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Old 01-27-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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Clockspring

Ok.. so about a week ago I posted about my airbag light mysteriously coming on and someone gave me a write up from DC about oxidation on the male connectors behind the guages.. so after cleaning them for about 2 hours the light is still on.. I then remembered something about the clockspring causing this problem, along with disabling the horn.. So, press, press, press... no horn..

DAMNITALL!!

Soooo.. anyone have some specs on replacing a clock spring??

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Old 01-27-2008, 03:49 PM   #2
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drain the capacitors in the PCM to be sure there is no juice going to the air bag module.

pull steering wheel

unplug and pull clock spring

install in reverse order.

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umm.. ok.. I'm not going to lie.. I'm not the best at auto repairs..

PCM = ???

What would go into pulling the steering wheel??

God.. I'm bad at this.. lol
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Old 01-27-2008, 03:55 PM   #4
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PCM = your on board computer.

disconnect the positive battery cable and hold it to the negative terminal on your battery for 10-15 seconds.

2 bolts hold the airbag to the steering wheel. Remove those 2 bolts located on the back side of the wheel. Pull the air bag forward and disconnect.

Get a steering wheel puller from auto zone. Rent one if they have it. Attach it according to the diagram and crank it off.

Unplug clock spring. The plug is located under the cover and pull the clock spring off.
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Old 01-27-2008, 04:30 PM   #5
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whats the draining thing for and what is it?
(just trying to learn)
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:02 PM   #6
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whats the draining thing for and what is it?
(just trying to learn)
Air bags can be touchy things so the touching the two DISCONNECTED battery terminals together will remove any residual voltage stored in the system, I'd also wait about 20 minutes and go have a coffee or something, then do the disassembling. You can get new clock springs for a decent price at www.jeepsareus.com, $140ish price range.

Once you get it back together, reconnect the battery, now if you get in the drivers seat RECLINE your drivers seat all the way back BEFORE you turn the key on. Just another 'just in case'. It may also run funny for a while till the computer relearns the parameters, disconnecting the battery sets it back to factory defaults so it will take a few miles for it run 'normally' again as you are used to it.
I'm just over cautious but I spent too many years working around stuff that explodes and I still have all my fingers, toes and nose attached.
One more note, when you remove the air bag put it on your work bench FACE UP, not FACE DOWN. If it gets statically fired while the base plate is up you have a 1lb steel projectile.
FACE UP means the part you see when driving faces up.
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Old 01-27-2008, 05:16 PM   #7
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+5 to Mr.Clifford and richp.

Wow. You guys are flippin' Jeep scientists.

WOW!!! INFO AMAZEMENT!!
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You should be okay as long as there aren't any squirrels around. lol
Did you see that one squirrel come down after the last one went off? HILARIOUS!
Different variety of squirrels in the second video!!!
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that is freakin funny!!!
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Different variety of squirrels in the second video!!!
i think the squirrels in the first video are smarter than the ones in the second one
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i think the squirrels in the first video are smarter than the ones in the second one
Yep, "Here, hold onto my beer and watch this".....

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