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Ford Clock Spring Replacement Guide

Learn how to replace the clock spring on a Ford Fusion 2013-2020. This guide may apply to other Ford models as well.

Ford Clock Spring Replacement Guide
ESTIMATED TIME 1 hour - 2 hours
DIY COST $ 50 - 100
DIFFICULTY Intermediate

What you will need

Procedure

  1. Park vehicle with the wheels pointing straight forward. 
  2. Disconnect the negative battery cable for the battery. 
  3. Wait 15 minutes before you start working on the airbag system. 
  4. 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.

     

  5. Pull up the plastic trim above the steering column.Pulling up the upper plastic trim.

     

  6. 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.The location of the T25 screw on the lower plastic trim.

     

    The location of the 7mm bolt on the lower plastic trim.
  7. Pull the lower plastic trim out of the steering column.Removing the lower plastic trim.

     

  8. Remove the four T10 screws on the clockspring. Use a T10 screwdriver and twist it counterclockwise to loosen.The four T10 screws holding the clock spring.

     

  9. Disconnect the electrical connector of the clockspring by pressing the clip and pulling the connector out.Disconnecting the electrical connector of the Clock Spring.

     

  10. Press the clip on the upper left of the clockspring to detach the built-in connector on the clock spring.Removing the clock spring of the Ford Fusion.

     

  11. Pull the clock spring out of the steering column.Removing the clock spring of the Ford Fusion.

     

    Removing the clock spring of the Ford Fusion.
  12. Line up the new clock spring and push it until it snaps into place.Installing the new Clock Spring of the Ford Fusion.

     

  13. Reinstall the four T10 screws on the clock spring.
  14. Reconnect the electrical connector of the clock spring.Reconnecting the electrical connector of the Clock spring.

     

  15. 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. Installing the steering wheel and the airbag.

     

Safety notes:

  • 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.

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Notes

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.

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety Notes