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Hyundai Clock Spring Replacement Guide

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.  

Hyundai Clock Spring Replacement Guide
ESTIMATED TIME 1-2 hrs
DIY COST $60-$140
DIFFICULTY Intermediate

 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.

Comments

Visitor

Sorry bros but the technician in for step 4 "remove the clock spring" should consider pullong that video and repost with a different example ...based on that video i wouldnt let you work on my lawn tractor let alone a 30k car.i mean really ?

Visitor

Well he is not working on your car is he? If that video isn't good than why don't you consider posting one yourself so that you can help others? I think the guy is removing the clock spring on that car for the first time. Learn from his mistakes I guess.

Visitor

Spot on DIY. Replaced the Clockspring in my 11 Elantra. Everything went like clockwork, pardon the pun. apart and back together in less than 45 minutes. All working now. Lights OFF. horn Works, Steering Wheel buttons all working again, Much Gratitude! The video's were a lifesaver while I was doing all the steps. Bravo! -From Central Texas

Visitor

Great article! Here is a tip for those trying this for the first time. If you trigger the airbag light you may need to use a tool such as Hyundai's GDS or Autel MaxiDAS to re-establish the steering angle sensor set point after repair.

Visitor

I scanned the car, went to the SRS Airbag / ABS menu, read the code. Replaced the airbag clock spring, reread the codes. Old code was still there - high voltage on driver's airbag. Cleared the code, drove the car around and so far so good.

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Notes

Safety Tips

Auto Repair Safety 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.