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How to Replace Steering Wheel Switches 08-12 Ford Escape

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How to Replace Steering Wheel Switches 08-12 Ford Escape

Created on: 2021-01-16

Learn how to replace the radio or cruise control switches in the steering wheel on your 08-12 Ford Escape with expert advice in this video from 1A Auto.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Steering Wheel Switches
    • Disconnect the negative battery terminal with an 8 mm socket
    • Insert the 2.5 mm hex wrench, or similar tool, into the small hole at the bottom of the steering wheel, and press the air bag release spring up to release the air bag assembly
    • Disconnect the three electrical connectors on the rear of the airbag assembly
    • Set the air bag aside, facing up
    • Disconnect the electrical connector at the 12 o'clock position of the steering wheel assembly
    • Remove the T50 Torx bolt at the center
    • Thread the T50 bolt back on several threads
    • Pull the steering wheel firmly off the steering column
    • Remove the T50 bolt and the steering wheel
    • Secure the clock spring with painters tape or similar tape
    • Remove the steering wheel switch wiring from the retaining clips
    • Pull off the steering wheel back cover
    • Disconnect the steering wheel switch electrical connector
    • Pull the steering wheel switch assembly straight up
  2. step 2 :Installing the Steering Wheel Switches
    • Press the steering wheel switch assembly back into place
    • Reconnect the steering wheel switch electrical connector
    • Replace the steering wheel back cover
    • Replace the steering wheel switch wiring into the retaining clips
    • Remove the tape from the clock spring
    • Feed the airbag wiring harness through the opening in the steering wheel
    • Push the steering wheel back onto the steering column
    • Replace the T50 bolt, and torque it to 30 ft-lb
    • Reconnect the electrical connector at the 12 o'clock position on the steering wheel
    • Reconnect the three electrical connectors on the air bag assembly
    • The white connector goes to the yellow socket
    • The black connector goes to the green socket
    • Press the airbag assembly straight in to lock it into place
    • Reconnect the negative battery terminal with an 8 mm socket

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Pick

  • Hex Wrenches

    2.5mm Hex Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Torque Wrench

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T50 Socket

Installation Video
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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 switches on this 2012 Ford Escape. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to 1aauto.com.

We're going to disconnect the battery. I'll use an 8 millimeter socket and a ratchet. Loosen this up, the negative battery terminal. Once it's loose, grab it and pull it off. Set it out of the way.

I'm going to use this hex wrench. Underneath the airbag there's a little hole, right there. This happens to be a 2.5 millimeter hex wrench, and you're going to feel around. So if you can grab on it and you can watch the airbag move, you're too far forward. You're going to back up just a little bit, and there'll be something to push on. It's a spring. It might help out if you push on the airbag a little bit, and then it releases. You can slide the airbag up. Let me just show you what that looks like inside here. That's pushing on this spring right here. I'm going to push it up. There's clips right there that get pushed in, just like that.

All right, on the back of the airbag, we want to disconnect this connector right here. Just take a straight blade screwdriver and push. There we go, disconnected it. It was just clipped on there pretty hard. Now we'll disconnect the airbag connectors. Just squeeze the little tabs. You can use a straight blade screwdriver if you have to. Push on the lock tabs and slide them out. Same with this one, and slide it out. Grab the airbag. When you place the airbag, you want to place it facing up. You never want to place it on its face because if does go off, then it'll go flying.

All right, I want to disconnect this connector right here. We'll use a straight blade screwdriver or a pocket screwdriver. Just push on the connector and disconnect that. Now when we pull the steering wheel off, this wire is going to go through there. Take a T-50 extension and a ratchet. I'll take this bolt out. I'm going to hold the steering wheel I loosen this up. This might be kind of hard to do. Try holding it with my knees. There we go.

All right, I'm just going to take this bolt. I'm not going to take it out all the way, like I just did. I'm just going to put a couple threads on, and then I'm going to grab the wheel and just rock it back and forth. The reason why I leave it on there is so when the wheel releases it doesn't hit me in the face. There it goes, and pulled off. Now I can take that off. Now you could use a steering wheel puller. There's two holes right there, and then you can pull it off, but this way works as well. You just got to be careful not to bend the wheel. Don't grab it from the top too much, more on the sides, and just rock it back and forth. Slide that out, just like that.

Okay, I don't want this clock spring to spin while I have the steering wheel out. If this spins multiple times, it's going to end up breaking. So what I'll do is take some tape and just tape it to the center there. It's not going to hold it really, really good, but it'll at least keep it from spinning. So that's good enough.

I want to unclip all this wiring. I'm just going to use a right angle pick to help me out. Just get underneath the wires. Try not to stab the wires. Slide it out of all these clips. Same with this one, just like that. Let me flip this over and we can slide this up. Pull that off. Disconnect this connector right here. There's a little lock tab right there. Just push down on that, pull that out. And then now taking off this cover actually helped so that you can grab underneath this. It'll make it a little bit easier. Otherwise, you could probably leave that cover on to take this off. We did find it's a little bit easier and you're just going to push, push on this on the inside and push on the outside and push it up. Whoops, and it just slipped right out. See, it's retained in through those holes. There's like this foam piece.

To reinstall this, just line this up. Slide it in position and just push it down. Connect the connector. Then you can do the same with the other side. I'm going to reinstall this back cover. Just line this up and then press it down. Flip it over. Install the wiring harnesses into the retainers. Just do the opposite. Just press them in. And that's good. All those retainers are holding all those wiring harnesses.

Now we're going to install the steering wheel. I will take this tape off. Slide this wiring harness through here. There is some slots for the steering wheel to go on the shaft, and it'll only line up one way, so that's good. Take the bolt. Get that started. I'm going to take a T-50 extension and a ratchet. I'm just going to tighten this down. I'm going to use a torque wrench and I'm going to torque this to 30-foot pounds.

Take this connector and we can just slide that in position. Lock it in place. Now we're going to connect the airbag. This white connector is going to go right here with the yellow one, and the black one goes to the green. Lock those in. Then we'll lock this last connector in. Then lock it in place. Now we want to make sure this wire is out of the way. Slide the airbag in position and just with both hands push it. It's good to go.

Take the negative battery terminal. Reconnect it to the battery. And then take the 8 millimeter socket and ratchet. We'll snug this up. Just grab the cable, wiggle it, make sure it's nice and tight.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Hex Wrenches

  • 2.5mm Hex Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T50 Socket


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