How to replace Clock Spring on Hyundai Elantra 2011-2016

In this DIY article, you will learn how to replace the clock spring or airbag clockspring on Hyundai Elantra.

What you will need

Parts Required


  1. Locate the battery in the engine bay and disconnect the negative cable. To remove the cable from the battery post you will need to loosen the 10 mm bolt.
  2. Wait at least 10 minutes before you start work on the airbag system.

  3. Remove the airbag by using a screwdriver to press on the three locking pins that hold the Hyundai Elantra airbag in place. 

  4. Next, you will need to remove the 21 mm nut that holds the steering wheel in place. It is easier to remove this nut using a breaker bar.

  5. Once you remove the steering wheel you will be able to access the clock spring. Before you can remove the clock spring you will need to remove the plastic trim which is held in place with three screws.

  6. Install new clock spring in reverse order. Ensure all electrical connectors are secure. Tighten the steering column nut to 50 Nm using a torque wrench

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Applications model years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. Replacing the clock spring on a Hyundai Elantra is easy and requires about 60 minutes. 

Related Resources

  1.  Clock Spring Replacement Campaign

  2. Hyundai Elantra: Clock Spring, Steering Column and Shaft. Shop Repair procedures


Ray, 2017-01-25

Great article! Here is a tip for those trying this for the first time. If you trigger the airbag light you may need to use a tool such as Hyundai's GDS or Autel MaxiDAS to re-establish the steering angle sensor set point after repair.

Barry , 2017-01-25

I scanned the car, went to the SRS Airbag / ABS menu, read the code. Replaced the airbag clock spring, reread the codes. Old code was still there - high voltage on driver's airbag. Cleared the code, drove the car around and so far so good.

Jose freyre, 2017-06-14

Sorry bros but the technician in for step 4 "remove the clock spring" should consider pullong that video and repost with a different example ...based on that video i wouldnt let you work on my lawn tractor let alone a 30k car.i mean really ?

Ray, 2017-06-14

Well he is not working on your car is he? If that video isn't good than why don't you consider posting one yourself so that you can help others?

I think the guy is removing the clock spring on that car for the first time. Learn from his mistakes I guess.

Gemmell, 2017-06-19

Spot on DIY. Replaced the Clockspring in my 11 Elantra. Everything went like clockwork, pardon the pun. apart and back together in less than 45 minutes. All working now. Lights OFF. horn Works, Steering Wheel buttons all working again, Much Gratitude! The video's were a lifesaver while I was doing all the steps. Bravo!
-From Central Texas

By YOUCANIC on Apr 18, 2019


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