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Question about removing the steering wheel ... (archive)

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Posted by Fred 1988 735iL on October 08, 2001 at 14:43:49:

i'm up to change some light bulbs in my dash, it seems to be easy to do, except for the steering wheel and airbag removal.
Rainman gave me a fantastic link to a webpage showing how to do that, i understood everything but this part:
" Then you remove the 22mm self-locking nut that holds the steering wheel on. >>> This nut is to be replaced as it's only intended to be used
once. <<< The torque when reinstalling is 59 ft.lbs. Once that nut is removed, mark the steering shaft and the wheel with a marker. A line across both so you can put the wheel back on in the same place. Put the key in the ignition next and turn to the run position. The wheel will then lift off. "

what do they mean saying that the nut is to be replaced ?
do i have to buy a new nut when i remove the original one?

how can i measure the torque on the nut? is this a big deal?

thanks guys !!




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