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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Clock Spring Failure?

Let me start by saying that I have read alot of different threads on this topic but I can't seem to find exactly what I'm looking for.

So, my airbag light has been on for the last couple years and I'm finally getting around to fixing it. A while back I had the dealership look at it and they said it was probably the clock spring. They wanted $450 to fix it which is why I've been putting it off.

Now my questions:

1. Is this for sure the clock spring? From what I've read a clock spring failure usually causes other problems too (horn failure, cruise control failure, etc). I don't have any of those other issues. I would go get it diagnosed again but the dealer wants $150 just to re-check it.

2. Is this a job I could do on my own? $450 sounds pretty steep so if I could save myself some money by doing it myself that would be nice.

Any and all help would be appreciated!


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I can't say for sure cause i'm in a similar situation, but here is a free bump because I am also curious.
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So leave it be, we went 100 years without airbags. Have you ever used one?
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So leave it be, we went 100 years without airbags. Have you ever used one?
We have those safety features in our cars for a reason though. Some of us spend a lot of time on highways and what not that are at speeds of 70 mph. I know personally I drive on interstate 44 In Missouri to school every other weekend and its considered one of the more dangerous highways around this area. Airbag failure is a scary thought, plus having that annoying light on the dash is irksome.
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I had the same issue, it was the clockspring but here is some advice

1 - Get the part code (yes u need to dissemble everything CAREFULLY, I believe there is a tutorial around here) and search for the part online (ebay)

2 - make sure you get the complete assembly used (include the steering angle sensor) because the thing is, APPARENTLY, form 05 to 06 is different fromt 06 to 07, and 08 to 09, and so it goes, why? beats me, but trust me, I have an assembly from 05 and one from 06 and it didn't work on my 07.

3 - when you get the part its pretty much plug n play, once you place it just get it turned all the way to either direction and count 2 and a half turns, that's your center, and assembly. if you don't do it will break inside and youre pretty much back to zero.

hope it helps!
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Usually a new clock spring has a clip or lock holding it in the center position. Make sure to not turn it when installing it and you don't have to try and find center or risk damaging it doing so. I have seen some clock springs that were so delicate you couldn't feel the end of the turns...
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