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Actually it takes far longer to pull the lower (archive)

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Posted by Rainman on October 09, 2001 at 09:07:48:

In Reply to: Re: Question about removing the steering wheel ... posted by jjp on October 09, 2001 at 03:53:54:

panel and drop the column. I do this for a living and have done it both ways and its much faster to take the wheel off. Both ways you're required to disconnect the battery and wait five minutes and thats what takes the longest anyway

I just changed all my bulbs in my 88 735i. I have read the post here and decided to do mine differently. If you take the bottom dash panel off and look up on the steering column you will see 2 bolts hold the column in place. If you take these off the whole steering column will pivet down and that will give you plenty of room to remove the dash. It is much easier then removing the steering wheel. This is how the dealer does it, Don't understand why someone has posted such a long process of removing airbag and steering wheel just to change bulds. Had mine done in 30 minutes.

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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