Mitsubishi Outlander Clock Spring Replacement Guide

Vehicle:   Mitsubishi
Difficulty: ⚫⚫⚫⚪⚪
DIY Cost: $60-$150
Est. Time: 1-2 hr

In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to replace the clock spring on a Mitsubishi. The video and pictures are from a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, but the procedure is very similar for other models, including Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Galant, Eclipse, Lancer. 

Symptoms

  • Airbag light / SRS light on
  • Cruise control not working
  • ABS / Traction control light on
  • Steering wheel buttons don't work
  • Horn doesn't work 

What you will need

Procedure

How to change a Mitsubishi clock spring. 

  1. Start the car, turn the steering wheel so that the front wheels are pointing forward, and the steering wheel is on center. Center steering wheel before removing mitsubishi steering wheel

     

  2. Open the hood and disconnect the battery negative terminal. Disconnect battery terminal mitsubishi

     

  3. Wait 15 minutes before you start working on the airbag system. 
  4. Release the airbag by pressing the springs on each side of the steering wheel. You will see two holes on each side of the steering wheel (back of steering wheel) and also a hole at the bottom. On some models, you will have two  Torx 25 bolts that need to be removed. Note that the bolts need to point towards the airbag.Mitsubishi airbag release hole Do not confuse them with the screws pointing towards you as these are for the steering wheel buttons. release mitsubishi airbag

    Mitsubishi airbag release location  

     

  5. Unplug the wires from the airbag. To remove the wires, you will need to pry off the plastic in the center of the connector, as shown in the video. Once the plastic is pried off, you will be able to pull out the connector. Mitsubishi airbag wires
  6. Carefully remove the airbag from the steering wheel. Keep your body as far as possible from the airbag for safety reasons. Removed mitsubishi airbag

     

  7. Remove the 15mm bolt at the center of the steering wheel. Have a friend counter hold the steering wheel so that you are not putting pressure on the steering wheel locking mechanism. 
  8. Mark the steering wheel and steering column with a marker so that you reinstall the steering wheel in the same location. 
  9. Remove the steering wheel by pulling it back. remove mitsubishi steering wheel

     

  10. Remove screws under the plastic trim. Remove the plastic trim over the clock spring by prying it off with a dash removal tool. If a dash removal tool is not available, use a flathead screwdriver but be careful not to scratch the trim. Steering column upper and lower

     

  11. Unplug the electrical connectors from the clock spring by pressing on the connectors then pulling them. Clock spring connectors

     

  12. Remove the clock spring from the steering column by pressing on the three small clips. 
  13. Install the new clock spring by pressing it on the steering column. Connect all the electrical connectors. 
  14. Install the plastic trim by lining them up then pressing them together until they lock. Install the screw to secure the plastic trim. 
  15. Install the steering wheel making sure it is on center. 
  16. Torque the steering wheel nut (also known as jam nut or flare nut) to 45Nm. 
  17. Connect the airbag and install it. 
  18. Connect the battery. 
  19. If the ABS or traction control light stays on, carry out steering wheel calibration. You may also need to clear the airbag codes if the airbag light stays on. A good ABS / Airbag OBD-II scanner will allow you to perform both these procedures. For more help see our other guides on how to perform these steps. 

Torque Specifications

  • Steering wheel to steering column nut: 45Nm Typical
By YOUCANIC Automotive Experts
Oct 2020
Mitsubishi Outlander Clock Spring Replacement Guide In this guide, you will find step-by-step instructions on how to replace the clock spring on a Mitsubishi. The video and pictures are from a 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, but the procedure is very similar for other models, including Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Galant, Eclipse, Lancer.