How to Replace Your Vehicle's Clockspring

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If your vehicle has melted clock springs, MyAirbags has the fix for you! Dealerships & other mechanics may try to talk you into letting them replace the Clock Springs, but this is likely to cost you a lot of money for something that you can easily fix at home.

Steps to Remove Clockspring

  1. Disconnect the Battery - The very first thing you need to do is disconnect the negative charge from the car battery. Once you have done this, wait about 5-10 minutes for the charge to leave the airbag system so that you don’t risk getting electrocuted.  If you want to check to make sure that the charge has left the vehicle, you can try to turn on the lights to see if they are still getting power.
  2. Lock the Steering Wheel – Straighten the steering wheel and then turn the ignition to the LOCK position. This will ensure that the steering wheel stays in the correct position until you are done.
  3. Remove the Clockspring – There are a variety of things that will need to be disconnected or removed depending on your vehicles your specific make, model, and year. Consult your owner’s manual or contact MyAirbags if you need assistance determining the specific procedure for your specific vehicle. For most vehicles, the steps to remove the Clockspring are as follows:
  • Remove Steering Wheel Bolt Cover Clips
  • Remove SRS Airbag Control Module Bolts
  • Remove the SRS Airbag Control Module from the Steering Wheel  (make sure you disconnect any electrical connectors)
  • Remove the nut that is connecting the steering wheel to the column
  • Now you can remove the steering wheel from the steering column
  • Once the steering wheel has been removed, you can remove the Clockspring

If your Clockspring plugs are melted or damaged, you can send the Clockspring to MyAirbags and one of our IPC Certified Technicians can repair the part and ship it back to you within 24 hours.

Steps to Reinstall Clockspring

  1. Lock the Steering Wheel – Straighten the steering wheel and then turn the ignition to the LOCK position. This will ensure that the steering wheel stays in the correct position until you are done.
  2. Turn the Clockspring – Take the repaired Clockspring and carefully turn it clockwise until it stops. Then turn the Clockspring counterclockwise approximately 2.75 times.
  3. Align – Center the Clockspring so that the mark on the Clockspring is aligned with the mark on the outer housing.
  4. Install the Clockspring – This process will be similar to what you did when you removed the Clockspring, only in reverse. You will need to install or reconnect the following things:
  • Steering Wheel and the nut that connects the steering wheel to the column
  • Make sure you reconnect the electrical connectors
  • Reconnect the steering wheel module clips
  • Put the Bolt Cover Clips back over the bolts on each side of the steering wheel.

Now you should be able to reconnect the battery. If you run into issues when installing, you can always contact a MyAirbags specialist for help.

Plugs Melted?

You don't have to replace the entire Clockspring just because the plugs are melted! You can save money by replacing only the melted/damaged connectors!!

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