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post #1 of 9 Old 06-02-2011, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Nothing on the steering wheel works

Short story here...nothing works on my steering wheel! The horn, radio and cruise doesn't work or illuminate. A while back I noticed it flashing off and on while driving at night and now nothing. None of the fuses appear blown so I thought I would start here before the dealer.

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you sir need a clock spring! not hard to change and i have done about a dozen of em. basic hand tools and some time and you should be just fine if you need advice on how to change it let me know ill give you a step by step to help you get it done.


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I would really appreciate a step by step instruction list, thanks!

2005 PSD Crew Cab Lariat/FX4. 315/70/R17 BFG AT/KO on Procomp wheels, cold air intake, 4" MBRP turbo-back minus kitty, EGR delete, Powermaxx turbo, SCT.

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step one. unhook both batteries and go eat lunch when you get back from lunch touch to cables together do drain any voltage left in the computer (so the airbag wont cause you issues)
step two. take the screws out of the back of the steering wheel that hold the airbag in place. and remove the airbag module.
step 3. take it all apart til you see the clock spring, its really easy to do.
put the new spring in and put it all back together, its damn near impossible to mess up!


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What does this clock spring actually do? My horn works but my cruise does not.
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Thanks Skooter I'll give it a whirl. I assume I can just pick up the spring at the stealership?

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The clockspring is pretty easy. Skooters instructions might be a little vague....when he says take it all apart...he doesn't mean take the airbag apart.
Remove the airbag, remove the steering wheel, then you will see the clockspring. Black and tan plastic. Connectors that go to the lock cylinder, and two that go under the dash also have to be disconnected/removed. You have to remove the upper and lower column shrouds and the key cylinder also. The new clockspring comes set with a pull tab that you remove when you install it (so it doesn't spin and get out of center).

It is basically a large ribbon cable inside that makes the connections needed to operate the steering wheel controls, lights and airbag.

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Does this usually fail after airbag deploy?
I bought a truck that is wrecked and everything worked except the cruise and horn. Not to long after that the radio and a/c controls went out.
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Yes, when airbags deploy, they usually mess up the clock spring, have had this on two trucks I rebuilt.

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