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I have a 97 STS and just had my steering wheel controls (volumn, cd changer controls, air temp control...) stop working. This buttons on the dash for these same steering wheel controls do work; its only the steering wheel controls that are not. I believe I checked all fuses related to this area; cluster fuse in the trunk compartment, all are fine. My next step will be to inspect the entire steering wheel column for possible fuses or disconnected wires... Has anybody had this problem? I'll greatly appreciate the help.

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I have a 97 STS and just had my steering wheel controls (volumn, cd changer controls, air temp control...) stop working. This buttons on the dash for these same steering wheel controls do work; its only the steering wheel controls that are not. I believe I checked all fuses related to this area; cluster fuse in the trunk compartment, all are fine. My next step will be to inspect the entire steering wheel column for possible fuses or disconnected wires... Has anybody had this problem? I'll greatly appreciate the help.

Falconeo
Right off the top of my head I would suspect that you lost the ground to the switches. It is located in the reciprical unit at the base of the wheel. Problem is you need to remove the airbag to make the repair.
 

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Thank for the quick reply. The control lights still light up. I think they stopped worked after hitting a serious pot hole; which makes sense with the "losing ground to switch" possibility. How do you remove the airbag to get to this?

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Thank for the quick reply. The control lights still light up. I think they stopped worked after hitting a serious pot hole; which makes sense with the "losing ground to switch" possibility. How do you remove the airbag to get to this?

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In my state, my city, my area, the average Joe, the average mechanic, the average dealership is NOT allowed to remove and replace a supplimental restraint. It is a government job....yup!, you need a specialist!
 

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Remove the airbag fuse before you do anything. It should be in the fuse block under the rear seat. Then there should be 4 screws or release pins on the back side of the steering wheel that need to be removed or released. The airbag should then come off. I just pulled the one on my daughters '99 SLS to replace a switch. Treat the airbag like a loaded gun and never put your head in the line of fire. Also keep in mind that when it is on a work bench in the inverted position, should it deploy (not likely but anything is possible), it will launch like a rocket.
 
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