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How To: Remove 1st gen. Versa Steering Wheel

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1) Make sure wheels are straight. Unplug the battery, and wait about 10mins.

2) On the back of the steering wheel are these caps. Take them off with your fingers or flat head.

3) Take the flat head and put it into the holes and push hard straight. It will feel like a type of spring. Take your other hand and feel for the airbag to move forward while pulling up slightly. Do this for both sides. Once released, take your hand and gently pull up on the airbag, It may feel still stuck, just pull a little harder.

4) Once removed, a yellow, orange, and green wire will be connected to it. Try to keep the airbag away from your body and face as much as you can while working on it. The green is for the horn, and the orange and yellow are airbag. Disconnect the green wire by just pulling it straight off. Now for the airbag wires. While holding the airbag in your one hand, take a pair of pliers and squeeze them on the black piece and pull straight up. Do this for both. The airbag is now freed. Place the airbag upright somewhere away from you.

5) Now is the cruise/audio connector. Just unplug that connector. I found the next step to be useful putting the steering wheel into it's locked position. Unscrew the bolt in the middle with a socket wrench, and remove the bolt. Now you can just simply wiggle the wheel back and forth, and the wheel will just pop off.

6) Replace with the new steering wheel and reverse the directions.

7) Enjoy!!

NOTE: This is for 1st gen. Versa. The difference between the 07-08 and 09-11, is the buttons are illuminated in 09-11 and needs two extra wires. But other then that it's all plug in play and the 07-08 steering wheels can be mounted anyways even without the extra two wires and still keep the cruise function. I wouldn't doubt it's reversible too! I transferred my cruise buttons so I keep the illuminated buttons. This was alot easier than I expected.
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Quick Question

I noticed the steering wheel before didn't have radio controls. Did the new wheel audio controls work or did you have to run any wires? And do you know if you can just get the audio controls and put them on the steering wheel?

THanks for your help
Can I ask where you found yours? I have been looking for awhile now. I talked to the dealer and they said the have the curise bluetooth combo swtich for 100. But of course I have to order it to see if it is the right part. Thanks for the quick response and your help...
I had another question for you, have you heard from your friend bob about how to wire the steering wheel controls. I was able to find the audio swtich itself. I am just hoping it is all wired up to the radio. I can say that on the back of the radio it had the two harness plugged into it. The main power hanress with speaker wires, a smaller one, then the antenna.

I am hoping it is prewired, but if not I may ask for some help once you figure yours out. If not I will have a switch for sale if you know anyone haha.

Thanks for all you help man...
I got my switches in and the wires aren't behind the radio in the harnness they are suppose to be in the main harness pin 6, 15, and 16. Have you heard anything from Bob, and where do you think the wires are coming out of the clock spring at? I thought you would have to go to the bcm or something like that. But any info you have definitely helps out thanks again.
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