Hyundai Clock Spring Replacement Guide

Hyundai Clock Spring Replacement Guide

Learn how to change the clock spring on Hyundai vehicles. The video clips and pictures are from a 2016 Hyundai Elantra, but these instructions should also help owners of other Hyundai models. Many pictures on how to replace the airbag can be found at the end of this guide.

The most common sign of a failed Hyundai clock spring is the airbag light stays on.

  • Airbag / SRS light on
  • Horn doesn’t work
  • The steering wheel buttons don’t work
  • Rubbing noise when turning the steering wheel

When the clock spring fails, you may notice only one of these symptoms; before replacing the clock spring, call a Hyundai dealer near you and check if there is an open recall for your car. The dealership may fix your Hyundai CLOCK SPRING free if an open recall exists.

What you will need

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  • Hyundai Clock Spring
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Metric Sockets
  • Ratchet
  • Work Gloves
  • Torque Wrench
  • 21mm socket
  • 10mm wrench


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  1. Park the vehicle with the wheels pointing forward.
  2. Remove the keys from the ignition.
  3. Pull the hood release under the dashboard and open the hood.
  4. Locate the battery in the engine bay and disconnect the negative cable. You will need to loosen the 10 mm bolt to remove the cable from the battery post.
  5. Wait at least 10 minutes before you start work on the airbag system.
  6. Remove the airbag using a screwdriver to press on the three locking pins holding the Hyundai Elantra airbag.
  7. Disconnect the wires from the back of the airbag. The yellow connectors have a safety orange clip that needs to be pulled first before you can disconnect the airbag wires.
  8. Have a helper hold the steering wheel to prevent it from turning.
  9. Next, you will need to remove the 21 mm nut that holds the steering wheel. It is easier to remove this nut using a breaker bar.
  10. Once you remove the steering wheel, you can access the clock spring. Before removing the clock spring, the plastic trim must be removed, which is held in place with three screws.
  11. 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.
  12. Connect the wires on the back of the airbag and push the orange clips to secure the connector.
  13. Press the airbag into the steering wheel to lock it in place. The springs on the steering wheels lock the airbag in place, and no further steps are required to secure the airbag.

If the airbag, SRS, or traction control light comes on, the next step would be to read fault codes. For more help with this step, check out our guide on how to read and diagnose vehicle problems yourself.

Airbag Clockspring Replacement Cost

Replacing a Hyundai clock spring at the dealership can cost anywhere from $650 to $1300. If you decide to return the clock spring yourself, you will spend about $100 on a new clock spring.

How do I know I need to replace the clock spring on a Hyundai? 

The airbag light may come on, or the horn will stop working.

Can you replace a Hyundai clock spring yourself? 

Yes. You can replace the clock spring on a Hyundai yourself with only a few essential tools. The key is resetting the new clock spring, so it is in the center.

Do I need to program the clock spring? 

In most Hyundai vehicles, you don’t need to program once the clock spring is replaced.  The most you may need to do is start the car and turn the steering wheel from right to left several times. Then drive for a few minutes, and the calibration should be completed automatically.

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Applications model years: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. Replacing the clock spring on a Hyundai Elantra is easy and requires about 2 hours.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    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

  2. Anonymous says:

    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.

  3. Anonymous says:

    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 ?

  4. Anonymous says:

    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.

  5. Anonymous says:

    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.