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Replcaing Clock Spring?

So mine needs replacing, I need my horn/cruise back. Are there any tips/info on how to do it? I'm assuming that I'll need a steering wheel puller?

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Bump, I need some answers asap! :)

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To get the wheel off here are the steps:
1.Disconnect negative battery cable and pull airbag fuse.
2. Pull 2 round covers on each side of steering wheel and remove bolts to remove the air bag.
3. Disconnect airbag electrical connector.(Try not to face airbag toward your face for safety)
4. Loosen steering wheel bolt 2 or 3 turns.
5.Remove damper(if there is one)
6. Look for mark on steering wheel and shaft, if no mark. Use paint to make a mark.
7.Use 2 jaw puller to loosen steering wheel, then remove bolt and wheel.
Do not reuse the steering wheel bolt. Torque bolt to 25-34 ft-lbs.
( The picture I am looking at looks like the clock spring is held to the wheel with 4 allen bolts)
I hope this gets you far enough to get the clock spring off. Good Luck

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Can you post a picture?

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What do you need of picture of?
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I'm using Mitchells now, so it's all good, BUT does anyone know what fuse is for the air bag switch? I don't have an owners manual and I'm going to attempt this after lunch today.

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Also, do I only need a basic steering wheel puller or do I need anything special?

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Ok, I've got everything out clock spring too, I also found out why it was "broke." Since I'm installing a new unit, any special tips to putting it back in? The tires are straight and so is the steering wheel at least it was before I took off.

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just slap it back together it's easy man
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I can't figure out how this small blue clip goes back in the ingition. Any pics or anything?

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I guess you've installed a clock spring before, there's a yellow tab that says "top" that I'm supposed to pull out after I've installed it I guess, but it's on the left side of the steering wheel, after I pull that, should I rotate it to the top?

Also there's a blue piece that plugs into the ingition, I can't figure out for the life of me how to get it back in? HELP! lol

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To get the clockspring harness off, you will need to remove the ignition switch too. This is not difficult.

You should already have the battery disconnected. Using your key, turn the ignition switch to the unlocked position and then use a punch or small screwdriver to depress the retainer pin. The switch will pull out. Then you can carefully remove the small plastic clip/wiper that is attached to the clockspring harness. Reassemble in reverse order.

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There may also be a small black module in the way of removing the cable. It comes off easily, just one screw IIRC.
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A new clockspring is supplied in a centralized position and held there with a key.

Remove the key from the clockspring, holding the rotor in its centralized position.

Do not allow the clockspring rotor to turn.


Vehicles needing clockspring recentering

WARNING:
Incorrect centralization may result in premature component failure. If in doubt when centralizing the clockspring, repeat the centralizing procedure. Failure to follow this instruction may result in personal injury.


CAUTION:
Make sure the road wheels are in the straight-ahead position.



Note:
If a clockspring has rotated out of center, follow through with this step.


Centralize the clockspring.

1 Hold the clockspring outer housing stationary.

2 Depress the clockspring locking tab to release the rotor.

3 CAUTION:
Overturning will destroy the clockspring. The internal ribbon wire acts as the stop and can be broken from its internal connection.

While holding the clockspring locking tab in the released position, turn the rotor counterclockwise, carefully feeling for the ribbon wire to run out of length and a slight resistance to be felt. Stop turning at this point.

4 While holding the clockspring locking tab in the released position, turn the clockspring clockwise approximately 2.25 turns. This is the center point of the clockspring.

Release the clockspring locking tab. Do not allow the rotor to turn from this position.


(Note:
Slight turning of the clockspring rotor is allowable for alignment purposes to the steering column.)


Install the clockspring onto the steering column.

With the flats of the clockspring aligned to the flats of the steering column, slide the clockspring onto the steering column.

Engage the upper and side retaining tabs.

Engage the lower clockspring retaining clip.


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Bob, have you ever done this before? Got a cell number I can call you real quick.

I've got everything on, BUT the white face of the clock spring has 2 plugs on it, 1 for the air bag and the other for the cruside control. The need to be on the right side of the shaft, but are on the left and I can not get it to rotate to the other side, because the wires won't reach from the steering wheel to the plug and they would also get smashed when I put the steering wheel back on.

The white face will turn only maybe an inch or so in either direction, but not enough to get it to the correct side.

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I believe that the center shaft has two flats on it. Maybe you can pull it off, rotate 180 degrees and reinstall??
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You are right, it does have 2 flat sides, but if I take the whole thing out, then the back part of the clock spring won't mount correctly to the colum. Can I take it off and just rotate the face of it to the desired position?

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My plugs need to be on the right side like that, and mine are on the left.

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I let you down Bob. :( I finally got it correct and I had the truck running, so I started tightening it and I heard it snap. If I could, I'd literally kick myself in the *** for doing that. Damn...

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NOT! It freaking works! It's weird that it still does, and it's also weird having cruise control after 2 years! lol

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bout time, to bad youll only have it for a couple more days.
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Yea... :/ Speeding tickets, HERE I COME!

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Don't be jealous! ****!

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