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What you will need
- Park vehicle with the wheels pointing straight forward.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable for the battery.
- Wait 15 minutes before you start working on the airbag system.
- Remove the steering wheel and the airbag. If you need help with this step, follow these procedures for removing the steering wheel and the airbag.
- Pull up the plastic trim above the steering column.
- Remove the T25 screw and 7mm bolt below the lower plastic trim. Use a T25 screwdriver and a 7mm socket wrench to remove the bolt and screw.
- Pull the lower plastic trim out of the steering column.
- Remove the four T10 screws on the clockspring. Use a T10 screwdriver and twist it counterclockwise to loosen.
- Disconnect the electrical connector of the clockspring by pressing the clip and pulling the connector out.
- Press the clip on the upper left of the clockspring to detach the built-in connector on the clock spring.
- Pull the clock spring out of the steering column.
- Line up the new clock spring and push it until it snaps into place.
- Reinstall the four T10 screws on the clock spring.
- Reconnect the electrical connector of the clock spring.
- Reinstall the steering wheel and the airbag. If you need help with this step, follow these procedures for reinstalling the steering wheel and airbag. Use thread locker on the steering wheel nut. Torque the steering wheel nut to specifications.
- Always disconnect the negative terminal of the battery when working on electric components on the vehicle.
- Wear gloves and protective eye wear.
- Be gentle with the airbag. The airbag is sensitive and can cause injuries if it deploys.
- Place marks on the steering column to be able to reinstall the steering wheel in the exact alignment.
Airbag Removal Tips & Warnings
- Always disconnect the battery terminals, press the horn twice then wait at least 10 minutes before working on airbags.
- Don't Probe The Airbag With Your Multi-Meter
- Always handle airbags with care. Do not drop an airbag.
- Many airbags are designed to destroy the protective covers they’re concealed in, such as plastic A-pillar or B-pillar trim, seat bolsters, passenger dashboard covers, pillar or B-pillar trim, seat bolsters, passenger dashboard covers, pillar trim, seat bolsters, passenger dashboard covers, etc.
- Airbags deploy with significant force and can not only damage peripheral and supporting parts, but the damage may not be apparent. This can include electronics, collapsible steering columns, ignition and brake interlocks, instruments, glass and more.
- Airbag sensors, which trigger the deployment, are often single-use designs, using a sliding, inertia-driven ball and a membrane. Once activated, these sensors will need replacement too to operate in case of another accident.
- Accidents that are serious enough to activate the airbags will often trigger the active restraints. That means that the seat belts will also need to be inspected and possibly replaced. Many vehicle restraints use a small explosive charge to tighten the belt by a few inches in an accident. Once that retractor is activated, it must be replaced.