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How to Replace Steering Wheel Control Switches 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace the steering wheel control switches on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Disconnect the negative battery terminal. We'll use a 10mm wrench. Loosen this nut up, and pull the connection off, and set this aside. You don't want this to arc out on the battery, so make sure it doesn't spring back.

On the side of the steering wheel, there's a hole right here, and there's also one on the other side. I'm going to take a T30 driver, and you can find ... There's a screw in there, so it may take a little bit to find it, but once you find it, loosen it up. It's on there pretty tight. There you go. And the screw's not going to come out. It's just going to loosen up so that you can pull the airbag off. All right, that's good. And then I'll do the same on the other side. There we go.

With that loose, grab the airbag. We can disconnect the connectors. The connector right here, just grab that and try to pull this out, just like that, and then these two connectors. For these two connectors, I'm just going to use a pick, and you want to pull this center piece up first. Try to get under here. There's a little lock that locks these in, just like that. Once you get that out, you can get underneath the connector and slide it out. Just be careful not to break these. Just like that.

Then you can grab the airbag. When you place the airbag down, place it with the top of it facing up just in case it goes off. You don't want it this way. You don't want it to go off that way.

Just take a Phillips head screwdriver. Loosen up this screw right here. Pull that out. Then just grab this panel. I'll just pull that up. There is a little pin, it's held in back. Slide this wiring harness out over here, and this wiring harness. Just disconnect the connector right here, slide it up.

Now, whether you have a vehicle that has just the display switch or other switches, the procedure is going to be the same. Now we just take the wire, line the wire back the way it came. Connect the connector, and then just line up the switch and push it down. Take the Phillips head screw, get this started, and tighten it down. That's good.

Now we want to plug these connectors in. Make sure you don't twist these all over. I'm actually going to connect this black wire right here first. It's actually the ground for the horn. That's what makes the horn work. And plug the orange connector on the orange side, just like that. Lock it in place, and then the black one on the black side and lock in place. Just make sure those wires aren't twisted. Anything weird? You look good. Just line this up, goes right there, and take your T30 driver. We're going to do one side at a time. Get that on there, tighten that up, and then we'll tighten up the other side.

So I'm just tightening these up. Make sure they're good and snug. Now, if you have the ability to use a torque wrench, you're going to torque these to 78 inch-pounds. I'm not going to be able to do that because I can't put a torque wrench on the end of my driver. Just doing the best I can.

Let's reattach the negative cable. Take your 10mm wrench, tighten this up, snug that up. Just wiggle it. Make sure it's nice and tight. You're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench

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