dash- replacing the steering wheel
i prefer silicone grease to squirting anything to lube controls, especially the little plastic arms on the heater controls.
the vert has that pesky air bag steering wheel and the screws aren't really torx heads, they're some safety hardware. i've found that a certain size (i don't recall which size) will fit well enough to break them loose.
honestly, i pull the sir (air bag wheel) and clock spring off and use a ralley 3510 wheel adapter (geo metro spline) and a 5 hole aftermarket steering wheel to replace it with. you have to go to the junkyard and pull the brass horn ring contact off a hatchback's combination switch, press it into the vert's combination switch, and connect the green horn wire. the verts' clock spring took the place of the contact and when you unplug it's harness and connector at the fuse block you lose the wire for the horn.
if you are going to remove the air bag steering wheel for any reason, disconnect the battery a day ahead of time to lessen the chance of igniting the air bag when you disconnect it. the sir system uses a capacitor to store the spark source in the case the battery is disconnected in a crash and you need to allow enough time for that capacitor to bleed off it's charge.
always handle and carry the remove air bag steering wheel pointing away from you and don't scuff your feet so you don't build up a static charge. when you set the wheel down, do it so the air bag points up so it doesn't launch if the air bag pops.
if you remove the steering wheel and replace it with a non-air bag aftermarket wheel, there's a crash sensor bolted to the bottom of the upper radiator support about in front of the number 1 spark plug. disconnect that. i usually remove it.
removing the vert's ecu to mount the turbo3 ecu effectively disables the sir system (which is an integral part of the vert's ecu and not the turbo3's ecu.) to be safe, i'd ditch the air bag wheel anyway just so it doesn't spontaneously deploy. :D
this is the correct adapter.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3510-CHEVY-GEO- ... es&vxp=mtr
use at least a 2" spacer to allow clearance between the wheel and the turn signal stalk. i think the sweet spot is 3" to give you enough height to account for deleting the clock spring airbag coil.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-5-hole-Steeri ... 3a66ada090
you can find these in black or polished aluminum and with different horn buttons.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-Hole-Flame-Ho ... 3cbddbf050
all flavors of grant steering wheels. pick one in the 13" or 14" range. if the wheel diameter gets too small it makes you scrunch up at the shoulders. look for the 5 hole type. i like the gt type wheels. you'll have a wide range of grant, pilot, and aftermarket steering wheels.
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R4 ... ring+wheel
other than parts, you'll need to open up the hole in the plastic steering column trim for the spacer and do the little brass contact thing on the combi switch for the control wire.