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BMW Clock Spring Replacement, Problems, Cost, DIY

This guide provides 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 Clock Spring Replacement, Problems, Cost, DIY
DIY COST $50-$140



  • 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


  1. Park the BMW and set the wheels straight, steering wheel on center. Engage the parking clock spring repair
  2. Disconnect the BMW battery. The battery is located in the trunk area on most BMWs. including 3, 5, 6 X1, X3, X5 series.

  3. 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. Insert a screwdriver in the side hole and press on the spring to release the airbag.

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  4. Next, remove the steering wheel center bolt.

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    If you need help with this step, follow this guide on Removing the airbag and steering wheel on a BMW. Mark the steering column and the steering wheel before you remove the steering wheel.

  5. Remove the BMW steering wheel from the steering column.

  6. Remove Torx bolts to remove the clock spring from the SZL module.

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  7. Use a small screwdriver to unlock the BMW steering wheel clock spring from the SZL module.

  8. Install the new BMW clock spring.

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  9. Reconnect the steering wheel, airbag, battery and start the car.

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    Watch the video on how to perform this step.

  10. Clear SZL fault codes and carry out steering angle sensor calibration using a BMW scan tool.

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Replacing the clock spring on a BMW is a fairly easy job that most DIYers can accomplish on their driveway.

Be aware that you may need to reset the steering angle sensor, which requires a BMW-specific diagnostic scanner. To learn more about clock springs and how they work, read this article.



Great Article! A faulty clock spring is common and many people take it as more of an announce than anything else. Yes the Airbag might function with it, but its not always the case. Airbags save lives and we need to get these fixed asap. There are many other reasons why the airbag light, also called the 'SRS' light in some cars might come on. In some cars, it might be a sign that the airbags have been deactivated. This is very dangerous and you need to get this check soon. It is also possible that the airbag sensors are not working. Faulty sensors can cause the light to go off and if they are in a bad shape, the airbags might not deploy when needed - so we need to get this checked. Another common reason is when your car was in a small accident but the force was not enough for the airbags to deploy. This might confuse the car's system and you might have to reset the whole thing. So while this article does help a lot, you also need to keep your eyes open for other problems.

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