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Old 09-16-2008, 03:50 PM   #1
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Water on the Clockspring

the other day i went to work with my doors off and we had a pop up thunder storm, obviously the inside was soaked so i vacuumed it all out and now today i get in the jeep and i have an airbag light on and the engine light is on and the thing is bucking like crazy going down the road i pull the codes off of it and it says P0123 tps high output voltage so i change that and it doesnt do a thing and i disconnected the battery for a while as well and someone i work with had mentioned water could have gotten on the clockspring and somehow its wired into the tps, and i do not have cruise control. does anyone know what it could be or if it is indeed the clock spring?

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The clockspring can put electrical "spikes" into the computer circuitry if something is wrong with it, like having gotten wet in the wrong spot. Those spikes can trick the computer into thinking any of several things are wrong when it may just be the clockspring throwing those eratic voltages into the bus/computer. Odds are it will clear up in a few day once it has a chance to dry out. Blowing a fan at it might help clear any trapped moisture out a little quicker.

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Old 09-16-2008, 06:13 PM   #3
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yeah it is dry, i would think that the damage is already done though
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Fresh water usually evaporates causing no permanent damage to most electrical circuits. Things may be dry on top but maybe not down where the clock spring is. It still may be fine in another few days.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:53 PM   #5
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The only wires that run through your clock spring are the air bag wires that will only be hot during a front end collision when the air bag module in the front valance is stuck and sends a signal to the clock spring.The other wire is just for the horn.I removed the clock spring all together on my 97 with no ill effect other than the air bag light on in the dash(pulled bulb)no light now.
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Old 09-16-2008, 07:14 PM   #6
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Any way to test the clock spring, got an airbag light on in one of the 97's.
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alot of times when they go your horn might not work thats the only way i know of
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You can take it out and Ohm test it.All the clock spring inside is a long wire tape(flat copper or metal foil like strips sealed between a flat plastic coating)then coiled around inside the circular case.Kind of reminds you of the inside of a tape measure after opening one(assuming you are like me and like to know how things work so you take them apart then they never work again) anyway it allows the steering wheel to turn without braking the wires inside.Over time they can still brake so if you put an Ohm tester in the hole for the air bag plug in and then touch it to the terminals were the wire plugs into the CS it should carry ohms on both feeds for the air bag if not the wire filament inside the CS is broken.Simply unplugging the air bag from the CS will make the light come on.Never the less I would say the CS is bad.I have replaced a few on the Dodge Caravans with the air bag light on and it fix all of them.
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You can take it out and Ohm test it.All the clock spring inside is a long wire tape(flat copper or metal foil like strips sealed between a flat plastic coating)then coiled around inside the circular case.Kind of reminds you of the inside of a tape measure after opening one(assuming you are like me and like to know how things work so you take them apart then they never work again) anyway it allows the steering wheel to turn without braking the wires inside.Over time they can still brake so if you put an Ohm tester in the hole for the air bag plug in and then touch it to the terminals were the wire plugs into the CS it should carry ohms on both feeds for the air bag if not the wire filament inside the CS is broken.Simply unplugging the air bag from the CS will make the light come on.Never the less I would say the CS is bad.I have replaced a few on the Dodge Caravans with the air bag light on and it fix all of them.
guess I'll order one, if it does not fix it then it goes on the spares shelf.
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I just put a clockspring in my jeep. I had a hard time geting the wright one. They cost too much $150.00 for mine. ps crusie and horn would not work but no air bag light.

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