LNever use airbag parts from another vehicle. Whenreplacing parts, replace with new ones.(a)Place the front wheels facing straight ahead.(b)Remove the 2 steering wheel lower No.2 covers.(c)Using a torx socket wrench, loosen the 2 torx screws.HINT:Loosen the 2 screws until the groove along the screw circumfer-ence catches on the screw case.(d)Pull the pad out from the steering wheel and disconnectthe airbag connector.CAUTION:LWhen storing the wheel pad, keep the upper surfaceof the pad facing upward.LNever disassemble the wheel pad.NOTICE:When removing the wheel pad, take care not to pull the air-bag wire harness.2.REMOVE STEERING WHEEL(a)Disconnect the connector.(b)Remove the steering wheel set nut.(c)Place matchmarks on the steering wheel and main shaftassembly.(d)Using SST, remove the wheel.SST09950–50010 (09951–05010, 09952–05010,09953–05020, 09954–05020)
W03303MatchmarksSR–12–STEERINGTILT STEERING COLUMN3.REMOVE UPPER AND LOWER COLUMN COVERS1308AuthorĂ:DateĂ:1997 LEXUS ES300 (RM511U)(a)Remove the lower No.2 cover from the lower cover.(b)Remove the 3 screws.4.REMOVE FRONT DOOR SCUFF INSIDE PLATE5.REMOVE COWL SIDE TRIMRemove the clip.6.REMOVE No.1 LOWER PANEL7.REMOVE LOWER LH PANELRemove the 4 bolts.8.REMOVE LOWER FINISH PANEL9.REMOVE COMBINATION SWITCH WITH SPIRALCABLE(a)Disconnect the 3 connectors.(b)w/ ELECTRONIC MODULATED SUSPENSIONDisconnect the connector.(c)Disconnect the airbag connector.(d)Remove the 3 screws.10.REMOVE SPIRAL CABLE(See page BE–26)NOTICE:Do not disassemble the cable or apply oil to it.11.DISCONNECT INTERMEDIATE SHAFT ASSEMBLY(a)Place matchmarks on the intermediate shaft and controlvalve shaft.(b)Remove the bolt.12.REMOVE INTERMEDIATE SHAFT ASSEMBLYRemove the bolt.13.REMOVE STEERING COLUMN ASSEMBLY(a)Disconnect the connectors.(b)Remove the 4 column assembly set nuts.
SR05U–05W03333Screw ExtractorW03334–STEERINGTILT STEERING COLUMNSR–131309AuthorĂ:DateĂ:1997 LEXUS ES300 (RM511U)DISASSEMBLYNOTICE:When using a vise, do not overtighten it.1.REMOVE KEY CYLINDER LAMP ASSEMBLYRemove the screw and lamp assembly.2.REMOVE COLUMN UPPER BRACKET AND COLUMNUPPER CLAMP(a)Using a centering punch, mark the center of the 2 ta-pered–head bolts.(b)Using a 3–4 mm (0.12–0.16 in.) drill, drill into the 2 bolts.(c)Using a screw extractor, remove the 2 bolts.3.REMOVE TURN SIGNAL BRACKETRemove the 2 bolts.4.REMOVE TILT LEVER RETURN SPRING5.REMOVE COLUMN TUBE SUPPORT(a)Remove the bolt and washer.(b)Remove the tube support with lower column tube attach-ment.(c)Remove the tube attachment from the tube support.6.REMOVE 2 ENERGY ABSORBING PLATES(a)Using pliers, remove the energy absorbing clip.(b)Remove the energy absorbing plate, energy absorbingplate guide.
SR05V–05W03335Ignition KeyW03336ScrewdriverSR–14–STEERINGTILT STEERING COLUMN1310AuthorĂ:DateĂ:1997 LEXUS ES300 (RM511U)INSPECTION1.INSPECT STEERING LOCK OPERATIONCheck that the steering lock mechanism operates properly.