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Hi...my '09 (purchased in July 2008) Versa steering wheel rubber, is, well, spongy (in feel, not in use).

I want to replace it, but cannot find the exact part (48430-EM36C) that goes with the VIN number.

I can find the next version of the same year's production model (48430-ZW46C). No dealer parts counter will tell me if this is "OK." I've seen online that the steering column is identical for 07-11 production years.

Am I overthinking this, or will I be ok if I use the latter model steering wheel? Both have just the cruise control controls--and I plan on "reusing" the car's original controls (not the one that comes with the "new" wheel).

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they are all replaceable.
Try to look at your local junkyards or pull-a-part pull and pay etc, you might get lucky and find the leather version!

I did and I swapped my rubber one with the leather one.

Do not completely remove the retaining nut before you pull the wheel, of you might damage the connectors. Just loosen it up a bit and the pull.
And be careful when you remove the airbag, disconnect battery and don't use a screwdriver to pry the retaining clips!
 

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they are all replaceable.
Try to look at your local junkyards or pull-a-part pull and pay etc, you might get lucky and find the leather version!

I did and I swapped my rubber one with the leather one.

Do not completely remove the retaining nut before you pull the wheel, of you might damage the connectors. Just loosen it up a bit and the pull.
And be careful when you remove the airbag, disconnect battery and don't use a screwdriver to pry the retaining clips!
That's part of the problem...I live in a bit of a junk yard desert, and it's 90 minutes to the nearest yard of consequence. I saw a leather one online for sale, but it looks like it is now gone, but the knowledge that they will work is helpful.

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Look on www.car-part.com for a wheel if you don't have a pick-a-part nearby.
The leather wheels are found on the SL variants.

This is the leather SL wheel. No longer on my car.
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This is the Altima wheel I currently have on the car
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When swapping the switches, the plastic part on the back of the wheel comes off to expose the screws holding the switches, and blanking plate on.
 

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Look on www.car-part.com for a wheel if you don't have a pick-a-part nearby.
The leather wheels are found on the SL variants.

This is the leather SL wheel. No longer on my car.
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This is the Altima wheel I currently have on the car
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When swapping the switches, the plastic part on the back of the wheel comes off to expose the screws holding the switches, and blanking plate on.
I don't really want to swap out the airbag...so I have to reuse the one that came with mine. Will the standard "rubber" wheel airbag fit the "leather" wheel?
 

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I saw a video online about getting the wheel off, but they couldn't show how to get the airbag back on (they had difficulty). Also, if I disconnect the battery, will I get the airbag code or not?
Disconnect the battery for at least 5 minutes so that:
1-You don't get an accidental airbag deployment
2-You don't get an airbag code.

My guess for the difficulty or reinstallation is they didn't use enough force to seat the airbag.

Also, if you could choose between a used leather and a new OEM, which would you choose?
I personally prefer the leather wheel. Much better looking and doesn't break down like the foam rubber wheel.
 

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I guess the other problem is that because I'm reliant on shipping, it looks like it will cost me $180 either way (new OEM rubber/used leather). With the new OEM, though, they will take returns...in 30 days. But I'm growing confident that either one will work--and while I have pulled steering wheels before, I've never done one with an airbag. I do have the new one (they were recalled, so I got the replacement).
 

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I guess the other problem is that because I'm reliant on shipping, it looks like it will cost me $180 either way (new OEM rubber/used leather). With the new OEM, though, they will take returns...in 30 days. But I'm growing confident that either one will work--and while I have pulled steering wheels before, I've never done one with an airbag. I do have the new one (they were recalled, so I got the replacement).
One is $129 plus $51 shipping; the other is $179 (free shipping). Go figure.
 

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If you look at www.car-part.com, you will find leather wheels as low as $50, foam rubber as low as $35.
You can use any wheel from 2007-2011 and 2012 hatchback.
I saw that...but the quality I saw there wasn't that good (my '09 has 93K, and I'm giving it to my kid as pretty as I can make it).

I also need to replace the front headlights (ideally, I'd love to find the proper turn signal to add factory fog lights, but I'm not sure I will find that part easily). New hubcaps as well (the factory ones were never very good--the plastic would break if you took them off incorrectly, and when I do that I need to clean up and paint the wheels). Eventually, new tires (with new tire sensors), and it will be "almost" new.
 

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I would look into a leather one at car-part, some of these junkyard also do shipping if you ask them. Some on them do have a website.

If you can't find anything at all I do have my old rubber one in a very good shape.
 

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I would look into a leather one at car-part, some of these junkyard also do shipping if you ask them. Some on them do have a website.

If you can't find anything at all I do have my old rubber one in a very good shape.
I called one--they said it was still in the car. I don't like/trust LKQ at all (unless I'm in their yard holding the part in my hand).
Can you send some pics of your old one? I really want to make this "nice" for the kid...
 

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I called one--they said it was still in the car. I don't like/trust LKQ at all (unless I'm in their yard holding the part in my hand).
Can you send some pics of your old one? I really want to make this "nice" for the kid...
That is why you use Car-Part! They are NOT LKQ. Most have pictures so you can see what you are getting.
 
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