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Old 01-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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DIY:2012 steering wheel bezel removal

so the '12 steering wheel bezel removal is different than the 10/11 models. i did this mod in less than 30 minutes and its not hard at all. Lupe painted mine carbon flash metallic, it turned out perfect.
tools needed:
T15 torx head
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long allen wrench or similiar to disengage/remove the airbag
start by turning your wheel 180 degrees so that the bottom of the wheel is at the 12 o'clock position. on the back of the steering wheel there are 2 holes that look like key holes. i used a long allen wrench that would fit and there are 2 springs that need to be disengaged to release the airbag. dont forget to disconnect the negative battery cable! pry towards the center of the airbag(direction of arrows)you'll hear a click and the airbag assembly will release. do that to the other side as well.

gently pull out the airbag assembly and let it hang free.





using a pry tool, start at the top and gently pry the trim bezel. work your way around the rest of the bezel and it will come off.


next release the tabs on the electrical connectors and disconnect the steering wheel controls on both sides, they are just clipped in.




using a T15 torx head, remove the 4 nuts that hold the audio controls in.


assembly is reverse.
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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hi Jeremy, thanks for sharing and thank you for your business. thanks for the DIY

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Old 01-30-2012, 07:24 PM   #3
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thanx man.. i need this after i get my bezels from lupe
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Old 01-30-2012, 07:26 PM   #4
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i searched everywhere for a how-to. i ended up going to the dealer and they printed me the airbag replacement diagram. i never would have found the 2 holes on the back/bottom of the wheel.
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thanx man.. i need this after i get my bezels from lupe
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:05 PM   #5
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Old 02-03-2012, 12:13 PM   #6
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Is there one for a 2010?
Do you mean a DIY on how to remove the trim? Yes, just search for it.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:09 PM   #7
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Is there one for a 2010?
this shows how to add audio controls, but also how to remove the steering bezels in the process

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73511


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Old 06-23-2012, 11:08 PM   #8
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so the '12 steering wheel bezel removal is different than the 10/11 models. i did this mod in less than 30 minutes and its not hard at all. Lupe painted mine carbon flash metallic, it turned out perfect.
tools needed:
T15 torx head
pry tool
long allen wrench or similiar to disengage/remove the airbag
start by turning your wheel 180 degrees so that the bottom of the wheel is at the 12 o'clock position. on the back of the steering wheel there are 2 holes that look like key holes. i used a long allen wrench that would fit and there are 2 springs that need to be disengaged to release the airbag. dont forget to disconnect the negative battery cable! pry towards the center of the airbag(direction of arrows)you'll hear a click and the airbag assembly will release. do that to the other side as well.

gently pull out the airbag assembly and let it hang free.





using a pry tool, start at the top and gently pry the trim bezel. work your way around the rest of the bezel and it will come off.


next release the tabs on the electrical connectors and disconnect the steering wheel controls on both sides, they are just clipped in.




using a T15 torx head, remove the 4 nuts that hold the audio controls in.


assembly is reverse.
what kind of color did you use, looks pretty cool.
By the way seems like you had a message showing up on the display after u got done. Was it any serious ones like air bag rest or not connected?!!
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:04 AM   #9
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what kind of color did you use, looks pretty cool.
By the way seems like you had a message showing up on the display after u got done. Was it any serious ones like air bag rest or not connected?!!
Looks like it says window is down or door is ajar
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Old 07-06-2012, 09:56 AM   #10
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Looks like it says window is down or door is ajar
I think it actually says "Open and Close Driver Window" and after you do that a couple times, it'll tell you to do the same with the passenger side. I had the same thing pop up when I was finished installing my scanner. No worries!
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Old 07-06-2012, 05:13 PM   #11
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I think it actually says "Open and Close Driver Window" and after you do that a couple times, it'll tell you to do the same with the passenger side. I had the same thing pop up when I was finished installing my scanner. No worries!
You're right Chizzy. All it takes is doing like you said or just drive the car out of the garage. I did this removal and painted it white yesterday. I'll try to put up a picture later.
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Old 07-06-2012, 07:30 PM   #12
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:29 PM   #13
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Please help - hear no clicking when trying to release the airbag
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Old 09-29-2012, 07:42 PM   #14
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Old 10-25-2012, 03:20 AM   #15
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I saw a post you made in another thread that you had this painted to match your door and dash trim. Was the door and Dash trim Carbon Flash Metallic when you bought the car? Or did you have it painted later?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:22 PM   #16
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the door and dash trim came carbon flash metallic from the factory
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I saw a post you made in another thread that you had this painted to match your door and dash trim. Was the door and Dash trim Carbon Flash Metallic when you bought the car? Or did you have it painted later?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:33 PM   #17
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the door and dash trim came carbon flash metallic from the factory
Good to know thank you! I may have to go with those rahter than paint the outside of mine Aqua Blue.

How well does the CFM vinyl match to the paint?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:53 PM   #18
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its a spot on perfect match.
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Good to know thank you! I may have to go with those rahter than paint the outside of mine Aqua Blue.

How well does the CFM vinyl match to the paint?
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:55 PM   #19
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its a spot on perfect match.
Very cool. Good to know that too!! Thank you for your help!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:46 PM   #20
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Hi, Bee, can you tell me if disconnecting the negative battery terminal did anything to the electronics of the car? Like did it reset any of the specs on the digital spedometer? if you get what i'm asking..
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Hi, Bee, can you tell me if disconnecting the negative battery terminal did anything to the electronics of the car? Like did it reset any of the specs on the digital spedometer? if you get what i'm asking..
You just have to reset your clock is all. I am almost 100% sure everything even the radio stations stay as is.
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just had to re-set the clock, and the windows-the window re-set is listed in your owners manual.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:02 AM   #23
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Thanks:-D The dealer wants $85 bucks to R & R the trim! I'm going to paint mine to IOM to match the rest of the trim:-D Pics later.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:27 PM   #24
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which position or which direction to push the allen wrench to remove the air bag?? any tips?? the fit is very narrow, very difficult to remove. thank you
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Glad I found this... the chrome strip on the bezel makes for instances where the sun reflections get in your eye.

I wonder if the chrome piece comes off the bezel easy enough? Looks like from the pics above, its all one unit.
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