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This guide provides step-by-step instructions on 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.  

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 Symptoms

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

  • Airbag / SRS light on 
  • Horn doesn't work
  • 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. If an open recall exists, the dealership may fix your Hyundai clock spring free of charge. 

What you will need

Procedure

  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 removing the clock spring, the plastic trim is needed to remove, 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.

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. 

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 full right to left a couple of times. Then drive for a few minutes, and the calibration should be completed automatically. 

Photos from Hyundai Airbag Clock Spring Replacement 

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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.