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This article provides guidelines on how to replace the clock spring (spiral cable) and steering angle sensor on Nissan vehicles.

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It is not uncommon for Nissan clock spring to fail to cause various problems. Some of the most common Nissan clock spring problems include.

  • Nissan Airbag Light On
  • Horn Does Not Work
  • Nissan Steering Wheel Buttons don't work
  • SRS Fault Code: Driver squib circuit open or high resistance
  • Typical Codes: Code B1049 and B1054

What you will need

How to change the clock spring on a Nissan

  1. Park your Nissan and set the parking brake. Remove the key from the ignition.
  2. Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal. Wait 15 minutes. 

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  3. Press the horn twice to discharge any residual current.
  4. Remove Torx bolts on the side of the steering wheel. Once the bolts are loose or removed, the airbag can be removed. You will need to use a secure Torx bit with a hole in the center. 
  5. Unplug the wires from the back of the driver's airbag. Watch the video on how to remove the Nissan airbag. 
  6. Remove the center bolt that secures the Nissan steering wheel to the steering column. Mark the steering wheel and column before you remove the steering wheel. Remove steering wheel and spiral calbe on Nissan Qashaqi Note Versa Rouge Tiida D40 Titan Micra Almera Primera Altima Maxima Murano
  7. Unplug steering wheel button wire harness. Watch the video on how to remove the Nissan steering wheel. 
  8. Remove the plastic trim screws. Then separate the two parts of the steering column trim by pulling them apart. Watch the video on how to perform this step. 
  9. Next, you need to remove the clock spring, which is held in place with several screws. Replace the clock spring if your Nissan horn does not work
  10. Unplug the wires from the clock spring. 
  11. In this case, the clock spring and Nissan steering angle sensor are integrated. 
  12. Install new Nissan spiral cable/clock spring. The clock spring needs to be installed in the center position.
  13. Don't wind up the clockspring to the left or right. Clockspring has a limited number of turns. If you turn it all the way to one side, the ribbon can't take more steering wheel turns.
  14. This is a common mistake that causes the clock spring to fail shortly after installation. 
  15. Watch video on how to install Nissan clock spring / spiral cable/steering angle sensor. Nissan spiral cable replacement diy
  16. Install the Nissan steering column cover. 
  17. Install the steering wheel and torque the center bolt to 35Nm. 
  18. Install the steering wheel and torque the center bolt. 
  19. Install the airbag. Connect the steering wheel button and airbag wires. Torque the bolts that secure the airbag to the steering at 10Nm. 



We recorded this video series on a 2017 Nissan Quest, but these instructions are similar to Nissan Maxima, Altima, Murano, Titan, Qashqai, Navara, Pathfinder, Sentra, and Rouge.

Always disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes before you start working on the airbag system. Keep your body at least two feet from the airbag in case the airbag deploys. Handle the airbag with care.