Clockspring fitting procedure
There are some important components that operate through the clockspring. So it is best and highly recommended to have an auto electrician install a clockspring. However, if you are savvy with car maintenance and have the tools, then you may make the decision to install yourself. That is entirely up to you. Difficulty level may be described as Easy to Moderate.
Below is a generic and rough clockspring fitting procedure used by the author to install a replacement clockspring, sometimes called a spiral cable. It is not comprehensive and further steps may be necessary depending on vehicle and installation.
Spanners and / or a Socket Set
How to Steps:
- To start make sure the front wheels of the vehicle are forward aligned. Make sure the negative is disconnected from the battery. Then wait for minute or so until all the reserve current is drained from the electrical system.
- Remove the screws and bolts that fasten the the steeringwheel cover and remove the cover.
- Locate the airbag and remove the side mounting bolts and the wiring of the airbag, then remove the airbag from the wheel.
- Use socket-driver to remove the steeringwheel retaining nut.
- Locate the steeringwheel dampener. Generally this is a rectangular component in the centre of the steeringwheel. Remove the dampener from the assembly an dremove the steeringwheel.
- Remove the old clockspring and replace in exact same position the new airbag clockspring.
- Bolt the steeringwheel back on by replacing the wheel nut.
- Reposition the airbag and its wiring and the steeringwheel dampener.
- Replace the bolts and or screws from the wheel covering.
- Reconnect the negative battery terminal cable.