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Old 04-17-2002, 10:16 AM
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Question 124 steering wheel removal

Anything special need to be done or just pull off the airbag and disconnect. I need to replace the cruise control stalk on my 500E. Thanx much.
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Old 04-17-2002, 11:27 AM
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Jim,

To replace the stalk, it will be more involved than just pulling the wheel.

Remove the 2 torx #30 bolts from the backside of the wheel (or in a pinch use a 4mm allen), remove airbag after disconnecting the red or yellow connector. While storing the bag, be sure to keep it in a cool location with the cover side up. Then remove the 10mm allen that retains the wheel, this bolt may be very tight, requiring two people to loosen (one to run the breaker bar the other to hold the wheel). Don't try to use the column lock to hold the wheel stationary.

Now that the wheel is off you will have to remove the column cover plate. Easy enough, three small phillips head screws.

In order to change the stalk, you will have to pull the entire combination switch as the cruise stalk is slip fitted into the side of the combo switch. To remove the combo switch, you will probably have to pull the lower panel and the column cover. The combo switch is held to the column by three phillips head screws also. There will also be several electrical connections to loosen (that's why the lower panel needs to come off) which may also require the driver's side knee bolster (collapsable steel tube) be removed.

I think there were three multi pin connectors, one for the lights/wipers, one for the air bag and the third for the cruise switch. Once the combo switch is removed from the column, slipping the cruise stalk off is the easy part.

The job isn't really as bad as it sounds, just a lot of work to remove/replace that little stalk.
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Old 04-17-2002, 05:10 PM
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Man, that's more involved than I imagined...I'll follow your steps if I decide to do it. Sounds like you've done several.

The old unit works but is beat.

...thanx a million
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Old 04-17-2002, 07:52 PM
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Not several, only one. I did the combo switch swap out on the 560, and once the wheel was off I noticed the 126 and 124 share a lot of column parts. Since they share so many parts they must be pretty close to the same so the process should get you through it. I'd figure on about 2-2.5 hours start to finish if working straight through (without snags ) for the first timer.
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Haven't done that job, but I would add a reminder to DISCONNECT THE BATTERY BEFORE YOU TOUCH THE AIRBAG.
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I've talked about air bags enough that that should have been an ingrained statement. Thanks for the reminder .
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