1997 Ford Explorer Pull Steering Wheel
The steering wheel on the 1997 Ford Explorer is connected to a rack and pinion system that turns the wheels. Steering is also made easier with the use of a hydraulic power steering pump or an electrical power steering unit. Removing the steering wheel requires a steering wheel puller tool. The tool can usually be rented or purchased at most auto parts stores.
 Tools Used
|Steering wheel puller|
 Pull Steering Wheel
- Open the hood and disconnect both battery cables using an adjustable wrench. Wait at least two minutes before starting to remove the steering wheel.
- Pry out the plugs on each side of the steering wheel. Remove the two airbag screws located behind the plugs. Pull the airbag out of the steering wheel and store it in a safe place.
- Remove the steering wheel bolt using a socket wrench. Disconnect electrical switches for cruise control and audio controls if necessary.
- Lift off the damper if necessary. Mark the wheel assembly with a pencil for alignment if there are not factory alignment marks on the assembly.
- Use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel. Discard the original steering wheel bolt.
 Tips & Warnings
- When handling an airbag, always keep the trim-side of the airbag pointed away from people. Store the airbag with the trim-side facing up.