In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions, with detailed pictures and video clips, to help you successfully replace a BMW clock spring. A faulty BMW clock spring is a common problem that causes the airbag light to come on.
- BMW Airbag Light On,
- Horn doesn't work
- BMW steering wheel buttons don't work,
- Paddle shifter not working,
- Fault Code: Driver squib circuit open or high resistance,
- Code B1049 and B1054
What you will need
- Park your BMW and set the wheels straight, steering wheel on center. Engage the parking brakes.
Disconnect the BMW battery. The battery is located in the trunk area on most BMWs. including 3, 5, 6 X1, X3, X5 series.
Remove the BMW airbag and steering wheel from the steering column. On the back of the steering wheel, you will notice one or two access holes. Inset a screwdriver in the side hole and press on the spring to release the airbag.
Next, remove the steering wheel center bolt.
If you need help with this step follow this guide on How to remove airbag and steering wheel on a BMW. Mark the steering column and the steering wheel before you remove the steering wheel.
Remove the BMW steering wheel from the steering column.
Remove Torx bolts in order to remove the clock spring from the SZL module.
Use a small screwdriver to unlock the BMW steering wheel clock spring from the SZL module.
Install the new BMW clock spring.
Reconnect the steering wheel, airbag, battery and start the car.
Watch video on how to perform this step.
Clear SZL fault codes and carry out steering angle sensor calibration using a BMW scan tool.
Replacing the clock spring on a BMW is a fairly easy job that most DIYers can accomplish on their driveway.