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Old 08-30-2013, 02:38 PM   #1
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Replacing The Clock Spring

I found a '98 TJ for sale, but the owner says that it needs a new clock spring.

How hard is it to replace a clock spring in a 1998 TJ?

What makes a clock spring go bad?
Just age?

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Old 08-30-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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I know of several people that leave there tops down all summer and allow everything to get wet. They have all had to replace the clock spring.

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Old 08-30-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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They wear out with age. They are easy to replace. Just read up on it so you don't blow the bag off.
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Old 09-13-2013, 11:15 PM   #4
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The repair isn't that bad. I did it for the first time in about an hour. Check the price on the part first though. I've heard they can cost quite a bit. For my 2009, I got one for under $200 at factorymoparparts.com. I wouldn't rule out a good purchase over the clock spring.
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Old 09-14-2013, 12:23 AM   #5
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There are probably better instructions elsewhere, but basically...
Disconnect battery.
I also pulled the airbag fuses behind the glove box for good measure
Undo 2 screws behind the airbag cover on the steering wheel.
Pull cover off - gently prise off the yellow airbag connector. There is also a horn connection (obscured in this pic) which needs to be unplugged and if you have Cruise Control, that too needs to be unplugged.
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You will need a steering wheel puller and know how to use it. Bolts for steering wheel puller screw in the threaded holes highlighted here by red circles. Screw the steering wheel puller bolts right in, I've heard of folks stripping these out because the bolts are not all the way in.
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Clockspring will come straight off. Then replace with new clockspring and re-install steering wheel. (Yellow airbag connector and horn connector can be seen in this pic)
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The pics are not back-to-front, my 97 TJ is a RHD
I also have the dash 'knee panel', steering column covers and ignition barrel removed in these pics - these were removed at the same time for another job.
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