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Old 05-23-2013, 07:04 AM   #1
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Smile How to replace Clock Spring JK

Cruise control not working?
Airbag light and chime driving you crazy?

You most likely have a worn / broken clock spring!

Step 1
Buy a new CS from Amazon, Ebay or wherever. I got mine from Amazon for fraction of Jeep AU price.

Step 2
Straighten the steering wheel.
Disconnect the battery, I did because I absolutely did not want to accidentally set off the airbag - didnt fancy a screwdriver in my forehead, some may say it would be an improvement LoL
The only tools you will need are
a long T20 torx driver,
philips head screw driver
bend yourself a special flat blade screw driver
Socket, ext and driver - to loosen the nut behind the wheel - Not the Jeep enthusiast LoL

Step 3
Remove the plastic panels around the steering column by removing the 3x T20 screws (underneath the wheel, 1 is silver and visible and 2 black ones are hidden)

Step 4

Remove the Horn button / Drivers airbag
by using the bent screwdriver to gently pry / lever off the cast steering wheel hub 3x U shaped spring clips (they remain attached to the Airbag / Horn - when you spring the 3rd one be ready to catch the Airbag / horn and unplug it.

Step 5
Disconnect the white plug at TDC and remove the centre bolt that holds the steering wheel. Pull the wheel off - I didnt use a puller (some say I have expert pulling skills) just a big grunt LoL

Step 6
Remove the blinker stalk by removing 1x Philips head screw (on the left side) and unplug it.

Step 7
Remove the Headlight stalk, 1 x Philips screw (on the right side) and unplug.

Step 8
Remove all the plugs from the old CS.

Step 9
Remove the 2 silver torx behind the old CS and 1 silver torx screw near the IGnition Key Hole and gently pull off the old Clock Spring.

Step 10
Replace CS with new one - leave the yellow CS lock in place until you have put the steering wheel back on and tightened the centre bolt.

I hope you guys find this useful and it saves you some cash
cheers Hunty

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Old 07-28-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
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Awesome! Thanks for the post and "play-by-play!"

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Old 09-13-2013, 11:10 PM   #3
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The directions you posted were quite useful until I got to Step 4 (the biggest pain of this repair job). I thought your instructions were having me pull the cover off the horn. Believing this was wrong, I did a bit more research and got some clarification. In Step 4, you are removing the horn from the back side of the steering wheel. Here is the site I used to understand Step 4 better: Because I didn't have the airbag removal tool referred to, I used a paint can opener (yup!). It had just the perfect lip on it to get under the clips and was the perfect length. Start with the bottom clip, (turning the wheel so you are working from the top) so you can get a good idea on how to remove the other two clips that hold the horn on. These other two clips a bit more difficult and take some patience. Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2013, 09:08 AM   #4
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CHECK with JEEP !!! They replaced mine for FREE and I only had it in for other service. 1-877-426-5337
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Old 09-14-2013, 01:56 PM   #5
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Jeep extended this as a service bulletin/recall type thing. I talked to jeep when I got my notice saying they were extending it to a lifetime replacement but was told would only replace if and when it was acting up.
UNLESS someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not. Dr. Seuss
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Old 09-14-2013, 04:37 PM   #6
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I agree it is only supposed to be done if a problem arises, however the dealer we use gets alot of our business so they took care of it.
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I received a 100k mile extended warranty on the clockspring shortly after buying my preowned 07
Covers replacement or refund if already replaced.

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