mitrals
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Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Mon Oct 04, 2021 4:44 pm

I have a 16 leaf with a beat up steering wheel. The leather is beat up. I have seen a lot of heated steering wheels from a 12. Would that fit? The connectors look the same.
Current car:
2016 Nissan Leaf SV

Previous electric cars:
2012 Leaf SL. 9 Bars 50K miles - 06/15/2019
2018 Honda Clarity Plug in Touring- Bought 04/26/19
2013 Leaf SV. Bought with 11 bars and 4K miles.
2013 Cmax Energi.
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goldbrick
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:20 am

I don't know but what I usually do in this situation is look up the part number on some site that sells Nissan parts (probably a dealer site for something like this) and see if the part # is the same.

mitrals
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:29 am

It fits. I was able to find an extremely clean steering wheel from a 12 with heater element leather covered and everything is bolt on.
Current car:
2016 Nissan Leaf SV

Previous electric cars:
2012 Leaf SL. 9 Bars 50K miles - 06/15/2019
2018 Honda Clarity Plug in Touring- Bought 04/26/19
2013 Leaf SV. Bought with 11 bars and 4K miles.
2013 Cmax Energi.
2013 Fusion Energi Titanium.

jjeff
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Wed Oct 13, 2021 5:18 am

mitrals wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 4:29 am
It fits. I was able to find an extremely clean steering wheel from a 12 with heater element leather covered and everything is bolt on.
Nice! thanks for posting back. Now I know not all Leafs have heated seats anymore but do they still all have a heated steering wheel? if not I wonder if one had a Leaf without an OEM heated steering wheel if it would be as easy as installing one from a Leaf that did? well I guess you'd need the switch but I wonder if the wiring is already there.....speaking of wiring, how do they get all the signaling from the multitude of switches and such from the steering wheel back to the car? I've always wondered that. Back when cars only had a horn on the steering wheel I remember the whisker type slide thing that carried the horn button signal back to the car but I can't see that working with all the signaling that goes from a modern steering wheel back to the car, is it now sent via RF or some other way? I haven't had a steering wheel off a car since back from when the horn was the only thing on the steering wheel :oops:
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goldbrick
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Wed Oct 13, 2021 9:52 am

Not all Leaf's have heated steering wheels, even if they have heated seats. For example, my 2017 S has heated seats but not a heated steering wheel. It is something I would be interested in upgrading if possible but I don't think it would be easy.

As for the controls, there is a clock spring under the steering wheel that supplies the electrical connection between the moving wheel and the stationary parts on the shaft. Probably the only difference between a simple horn and multiple connections is in the clock spring and its connections.
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:07 am

I was curious too, so I went hunting for a YouTube video that shows the inner workings of a clock spring - pretty simple:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=862izi6XChI&t=170s
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:31 am

Now I know not all Leafs have heated seats anymore but do they still all have a heated steering wheel?
I doubt that the 2011 Leafs have heated steering wheels but no switch for them.
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jjeff
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Re: Does a steering wheel from a 2012 fit a 2016?

Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:54 pm

LeftieBiker wrote:
Wed Oct 13, 2021 11:31 am
Now I know not all Leafs have heated seats anymore but do they still all have a heated steering wheel?
I doubt that the 2011 Leafs have heated steering wheels but no switch for them.
Correct, unless the '11 had the "cold weather" package it lacked a heated steering wheel, heated seats and a battery warmer but from '12 up to ?? all Leafs had all 3, at some point I know they dropped the heated seats for cost savings and probably the heated steering wheel as well. I for one could do without heated seats but would REALLY miss the heated steering wheel, which unfortunately is harder to find than heated seats, which seem to be available on basically all cars, not so for a heated steering wheel.
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