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Steering wheel cover removal.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 03redtaco, Jun 23, 2010.

  1. Jun 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    03redtaco

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    So, i need to remove my steering wheel cover to get to the horn sensor. Everytime i turn the steering wheel the horn goes off. I pulled the fuse and i have no Emer Flashers. Guess that they are on the same fuse I need to fix the problem. I found this thread but is for a 2nd gen. Is this the same for the 1st gen?? Do i risk deploying the air bag?

    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/au...ow-how-remove-center-part-steering-wheel.html
     
  2. Jun 23, 2010 at 2:32 PM
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    Just make sure to unplug the ground on the battery 30+ min before messing with airbag components and you should be fine. Anything to do with Airbag stuff does run some risk of it going off, but as long as aren't being mean to it, you'll be ok. Even manuals say that when its completely removed to put it face up just in case it blows.

    As far as removing it, there's two plastic covers on each side. Under those, there's a fairly large torque screw then it should just pull straight off.

    Its all pretty easy.
     
  4. Jun 23, 2010 at 3:25 PM
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    Thanks. I think that i will go give it a try. Well in about 30 minutes or so.
     
  5. Jun 23, 2010 at 5:56 PM
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    Okay. So I unhooked the battery and then went on a motorcycle ride. So that was an hour. I got the airbag off. So where is the horn sensor, relay what ever it is called? I don't know where it is. So i put it back together and hooked up the battery. I started the truck and everything was fine. The only problem that i ran in to is that my idle is REALLY low. About 500 rpm while in park and about 350 to 400 rpm while in drive. Don't think that is normal. It was idling at 750 on the mark.
     
  6. Jun 23, 2010 at 6:58 PM
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    (1) Yes - the horn and hazard flashers are powered off the same fuse in your 2003 Taco.

    (2) There is no 'relay' or 'sensor' in the horn circuit. There's the intermittent switch in the horn pad on the steering wheel, and the signal routes through the Body ECU to the horns.

    (3) If turning the steering wheel triggers the horns, it sounds like you have a short or crimp in your spiral cable (aka 'the clock spring').

    (4) Your truck is running oddly because disconnecting the battery 'wiped' the ECM, and it's having to 're-learn' ... It should be back to normal after a while.
     
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