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Learn how to turn off your airbag light and fix a horn that doesn't work by replacing your clock spring. Replacing a clock spring is very simple, saves us over $600 and takes less than an hour. I will show you how to safely remove the airbag and steering wheel so you can replace the clockspring at home using common hand tools.
To figure out I had a bad clock spring, I used an obd2 scanner to scan the airbag light and got codes b1801 and b1811 which is an open squib circuit, which means the clock spring is bad. Another way to tell the clock spring is bad is the horn doesn't work and/or the steering wheel buttons don't work.
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Hey guys, ChrisFix here and today, i'm going to show you how to replace a clock spring in your car or truck And were going to be working on this 2007 Toyota Prius. But don't worry, replacing a clock spring in most makes and models is the same process or at least very similar. So after you're done watching this video you'll know exactly how to replace a clock spring in your vehicle., And so you know this job shouldn't. Take you more than an hour MAX, even for beginners and its completely worth it to do this yourself.

I contacted the local Toyota dealership asked them for a quote to see how much it would cost to replace a clock spring and they quoted me $ 650 parts and labor to replace the clock spring.. Now, if you were to buy this part yourself and aftermarket part, just like this, one was $ 20 and if you wanted to get an OEM part like this, this is around $ 220., So either way, you're saving a ton of money.. So let me show you where the clock spring is located and what it does So. The clock spring is located behind the steering wheel right back here.

So in order to get it out, we have to remove the airbag and we have to remove the steering wheel. But don't worry its not difficult to do., So what does a clock spring do? Well? This is actually pretty important. What a clock spring does is. It connects all the electronics on the steering wheel, the airbag the horn, all the buttons here, and it allows you to spin the steering wheel and maintain that electrical connection.

So no matter where the steering wheel is the horn airbag. All that stuff is going to work. If you had regular wires in there, they would just twist up and break off.. So how can you tell if you clock spring is bad Well, it's actually really simple to figure out and diagnose.

Basically, anything the clock spring connects to you want to test out.. For example, the horn - you can see the horn doesn't work here. You could test all the buttons on the steering wheel and the last thing to check is on the dash. You want to look for an airbag light and you can see there is an airbag light.

On. So because our horn isn't working the buttons aren't working and we have that airbag light on i'm very confident our clock spring is bad.. Now you might have one or even all these symptoms, so you have to try to figure it out.. Another thing is when this car is driven.

Sometimes when you turn the steering wheel, the connection in the clock spring gets connected and the airbag light shuts off the horn starts working. Oh there we go, The horn starts working, you can see like that.. So, as the wheel turns the connection in there is just making enough contact so it starts to work.. Obviously we don't want an intermittent connection.

We want to have a connection that works all the time, So we have to replace that clock spring., Since our airbag light is on, and this car is newer, then 1995, that allows to use a OBDII scanner like this, so we can scan the computer and see If that airbag light is telling us, the clock spring is no good. And, most of the time the OBDII port, where we need to plug this in, is going to be underneath the dash on the drivers side.. So if we take a look underneath the dash right there, you could see where the OBDII port is so were going to go and plug this in.. Now we need to get the car into the run position.

So if your car uses a key to start put the key in the ignition and turn it all the way right before the car starts to that last click, that's the run. Position., Don't start the car.IF. Your car has a push. Button start like this.

Take your foot off the brake, and sometimes you need to press this once and sometimes you need to press it twice. And once you see your dash lights come on now your car in in the run position.. Now we could grab our phone and click on the app and we are going to go to ``, read codes'' and we want to read the `` SRS'' the airbag light. So we want to click on read common dash codes, so click that right there and let it do its thing.

Let it scan the computer and check for all the codes., Alright, so its showing 2 airbag codes, ``, B1801'' and `` B1811''. Both are saying, squib circuit is open, and what a squib circuit is is that clock spring airbag circuit in here, so its letting us know its open its not connected, there's a break in it.. So if we click on this to check the code again, squib circuit is open. It is a common code, so this is actually a common problem on these priuses and its telling us, the most frequently reported fix is to replace the clock spring assembly..

So that's what were going to do its amazing? What technology could do to help you diagnose a car.. We knew pretty much that the clock spring was bad.. The horn wasn't working, the airbag light was on the buttons weren't working, it makes sense and we just verified it with the OBDII scanner. Now that we know we need to replace our clock spring for sure.

You know how to diagnose it. Lets go and replace it, And here are all the tools: you'll need to get. The job done were using common hand tools, so you could follow along at home and get this done yourself. So we have a ratchet some sockets a T27 Torx bit.

Sometimes you have Torx bits to get the airbag out, sometimes its just a regular socket. We have an extension, we have a wrench, we have a Flathead and phillips head screwdriver. We have a marker, some black tape and a torque wrench. Now some steering wheels don't come off easily.

You might need a puller set like this. So don't worry, you can rent one of these for free at your local parts. Store.. This is very inexpensive to buy and then you can keep it.

I'll link. All of these tools in the description, so you could easily find them anything here that you see that you're like ``. Oh, i need one of those'' right down in the description, so you don't have to worry about it. And finally, the last decision you have to make is wether or not.

You want to go OEM or aftermarket on your clockspring.. That decision is up to you. I am using an aftermarket one because this was $ 20 versus $ 220 and the OEM is known to go bad on the Prius. So why spend all that money for something? That's just going to go bad again.

If it does go bad, you don't have to worry, it will let you know the airbag light will come on or your horn wont work. So you'll know this is no good. And it's so easy to replace its not worth spending all that extra money in this case.. If you have a nice car or you that it's not common for it to go bad, then it's probably worth it to go OEM, but in this case aftermarket is fine..

Now the next thing to do after we get all our tools and our parts we want to make sure that we park the car straight. You want to make sure that your steering wheel and your wheels are straight., So the wheels are good now lets go in the car good and our steering wheel is straight and that's important, because our clock spring is going to go in one direction.. If it's off to the side, it won't go in properly. You could also break the clock spring if it's not straight.

So having everything straight now is going to make our lives a lot easier after we remove the steering wheel.. So with the wheel straight now, we could go and remove the negative cable from the battery.. Now in most cars the battery is located under the hood, but in this car the battery is located in the trunk.. So, let's pop the trunk and the battery is located in the passenger side, so lets remove the carpet, lift up the floor that covers this bin.

Then we have to lift the bin out, so we can remove this cover that covers the battery.. Now we have access to our battery and we can unscrew it and then we could disconnect that negative cable from the post. and make sure you push it off to the side. So it doesn't touch the post at all.

And with the battery completely disconnected now, we want to wait about 10-15 minutes for the capacitors in the car to completely discharge that way. There is no power going to the airbags at all., And that makes it completely safe to work on., Okay, so 15 minutes later our airbag is safe to remove and in order to remove it, there is a screw on this side and a screw on that side. Holding it in so lets, move around to the side of the steering wheel.. You can see this trim piece right here and it looks like we have a little bit of damage from someone trying to take this off in the past.

So I wonder if the clock spring was already replaced., So now is actually a good time to bring up a quick tip your going to be using something like a flat head screwdriver to remove this plastic trim, and so you don't damage it like this person did. What you could do is get a little bit of electrical tape and you could cover the tip of your screwdriver, so its less likely to cause damage.. Now we get in here and pop this out like so., And that gives us access to our Torx bolt right in there there. So lets break this bolt loose good And many times these bolts don't come out all of the way..

You can see it's held in by a little plastic piece to prevent the bolt from coming out. Good. So with the bolt unscrewed all the way. Now we could go to the other side of the steering wheel and do the same thing.

Carefully pop the plastic trim out unscrew the Torx bolt and now the airbag is free to removed and make sure you do this carefully, because it's still connected to some wires.. Now, to remove the airbag wires, get a small flathead screwdriver under the plastic tab on top of the connector and pry it upwards. Do the same for the other connector., And now we could pop both of the connectors out of the airbag.. Then we could set that aside and remove the ground cable.

So with the airbag removed, a safety tip when working with airbags always place the airbags somewhere facing up, Never face it down. If you face it down and it goes off for whatever reason it going to shoot out, but if you face it up and it goes off, the airbag will just explode and you'll be fine, but we don't have to worry about it. The airbags not going off. It's disconnected you'll be fine, So next what we want to do is remove the wires that connect to the different buttons on the steering wheel..

So just press down on that top clip of the plastic connector and pull it outwards and make sure you pull for the plastic clip and not from the wires themselves, which could damage it. Good, so were going to keep the yellow airbag wire attached and just move. The steering wheel button wires out of the way, and now we want to remove our bolt.. That's what holds the steering wheel in., But before we remove it grab a marker, and we want to mark this.

So we know exactly how it goes. In. So use the paint marker to mark the center steering shaft the nut and the steering wheel, all in one line just like that. And the steering whee and nut, and the shaft here all being marked.

All in line is going to help us out a lot when we remove the steering wheel, and then we have to go put it back on, because you could put it back on a little crooked and that could cause damage to the new clock spring and also Your steering wheel wont be straight., So with our steering wheel marked now, we could get our 19mm socket and get it on there., And the first thing you'll notice is this: steering wheel will turn as you try to loosen this nut. So that's not going to work.. So straighten out this steering wheel and then jam your legs up against the bottom of the steering wheel. So the steering wheel doesn't spin.

And you could use your other hand to help, give you even more leverage, so it doesn't spin. There. We go Alright and now we could remove this nut. The rest of the way.

Alright, so lets get that nut completely off and beautiful. So there we go now that the nut is removed. We could remove the steering wheel. So just wiggle the steering wheel back and forth as you're pulling just like this beautiful and then it should come loose and then carefully remove it.

So you are not pulling out any wires.. Now not every steering wheel comes out so easily some of them. You need to use a puller set like this and don't worry it's very simple. I'm going to show you how to use this in my mustang, where you need a puller set to get that steering wheel, off.

Alright. So the first thing you do is make sure you screw in the bolt or nut that holds in the steering wheel, but just screw it in a little bit.. This will prevent the puller from damaging the threads on the steering shaft.. Next, you want to find the right size, bolts that fit in the threads of the steering wheel, holes and it looks like these black ones thread in there perfectly.

And i'm going to screw these bolts into these threaded holes on the steering wheel, which is designed specifically For a puller. Now your puller comes with a bunch of different attachments. In this case, i'm going to be using this attachment, which will fit nicely over out bolt.. Now we can grab our two bolts, tighten them down by hand, so we don't cross thread them..

Now we could start tightening this down, which should pull the steering wheel right, off. And with that pop. This steering wheel is now loose and we could remove the puller.. Also don't forget about that: Torx bolt.

And then now our steering wheel will come right. Out. Perfect And now we have access to our clock, spring., Which is this right here., And I thought that was important to show you guys its very simple, to use a kit like this, and you could rent one of these for free from your local parts. Store.

Or you can pick one up, they are very inexpensive and it's good to have Not every steering wheel is going to come right off. This steering wheel came off pretty easily, but some like on my mustang. You definitely need a puller set like this ill. Be sure to link this in the description, so you could easily find it.

Alright. So now you could actually see the clock spring. In order to get to the clock spring to remove it. You need to remove this screw and this screw, and then there is one.

Last screw under here., So lets use a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the left screw and to remove the right screw Good And finally, the bottom screw under the steering column right here.. Now we can pry apart. The plastic trim around the steering column like that, and there are 3 different wiring harnesses that need to disconnected from the side of the clock spring before we remove it. So lets get those off.

Good. So, with all our wires disconnected now we could remove our clock spring And if we take a look at that new clock spring, there are 3 clips. There is one at the top one here and one here that we need to press so that could remove this.. So we could pop that top clip out, and this simply un-clips like that, and then we could pop the bottom two clips out and now this will come sliding right out like that.

So out with the old and in with the new - And I always like to compare old parts to new parts to make sure they are identical, and these look the same, the only difference is the old part has an angle sensor on here. Not all clock springs. Have angle sensors, but Toyota Lexus and some other brands have an angle sensor that we need to take off the old clock spring and transfer to new clock spring.. So the angle senor, is this black piece right back here and its held in by some plastic clips on the side, so get a small flat head, screwdriver and just pry on the clip so that you could pop this out just like that., Beautiful and this all An angle senor is its very simple: it just lets the car know which direction the steering wheel is turned.

So if the ABS, activates or the traction control activates the cars computer, knows how to use those systems and regain control of your car.. Now you just take your new clock spring and it just fits right in.. It will literally just snap in to place just like so. Perfect, With the new clock spring.

All set up lets slide it down the steering shaft and you press in the two clips at the bottom and then the one clip at the top, and then that is in Now you might have noticed this orange tab down here were going to have to remove That but don't remove it yet it prevents this clock spring from spinning. So as we install all the wires and gt the steering wheel ready, we want to make sure that the clock spring doesn't spin. We want to make sure it stays exactly in this position.. So don't remove that lets, get these wires installed on the bottom of the clock spring., And for these wires its important that you hear a solid click, especially for the yellow, airbag wire..

That click means this isn't going to vibrate loose as you drive it. It's stuck in there. Good. Now you can snap together the plastic trim pieces and screw in the two screws that hold this in place.

And don't forget that last bottom screw Alright. So, with everything screwed in all connected, we have our steering wheel ready to get installed, but first we need to remove this plastic piece. And this plastic piece just snaps off.. Now real quick lets just say for whatever reason by mistake, your clock spring turns, and you don't remember how many turns it is and you want to get it back to center.

So you don't ruin it. When you put the steering wheel, on. Well on some clock, springs, there's numbers on here, you can see right there, it says 5 turns that means 2 1/2 turns is dead center, so you could easily find dead. Center..

Another thing see that little glass window right there See how its black Keep and eye on it. When it's orange. That means it's dead center.. So those two things will prevent you from putting this off center and ruining it just in case when you pull that tab.

This gets spun around for whatever reason.. So now you know how to center it. Now don't turn the clock spring. Get your steering wheel, feed these wires through just like that make sire your clock spring is centered beautiful, so our dots right here are lined up.

So we know our steering wheel is straight on that shaft, exactly how we removed it. Our clock spring is lined up in the middle. Our airbag cable is out through here, so we can connect it to the airbag. Everything looks good.

So now we can install the nut, which holds this steering wheel. In. Now, there's 2 very important things you need to do when you're tightening down your steering wheel, nut or bolt the first very important thing is using medium strength, thread locker.. You want to get this medium strength thread locker on the threads..

This will prevent vibrations from loosening up this nut.. This nut holds the steering wheel on so it would be very bad if it came loose as you were. Driving so definitely use thread, locker Good. So, with that hand tightened down with that thread, locker on there, the second most important thing to do is to use a torque, wrench and torque this nut down to the proper spec., And you guys are always asking me where I get my torque specs.

And the Answer to that is I use service manuals like this in here it give you the torque specs, for whatever you are working on For all the cars that I own I like to keep a hard copy, and for this car I have an online copy.. So lets go to the specifications page scroll down to the steering section good right here and now check it out. It says: steering wheel, nut 37 ft-Ibs., So making sure you guys have the correct torque specifications is super important that why I always tell you guys to torque stuff down it's important to use thread locker, especially for something that holds your steering wheel, in. And now you Know exactly where I get my torque specs., So lets get the torque wrench on this nut and lets torque this down to 37 ft-Ibs.

Good. Next, we could connect the buttons on the steering wheel. Right here goes right into the clock spring up there, just like that. And finally, the last thing to do is connect the airbag so get the ground wire on first and give it a little tug to make sure it is on there and it wont, come off..

Then we could grab our yellow airbag wires and push the plastic connector all the way down and then push in that yellow snap on the top., And with that connected, we could put our airbag back into the steering wheel. And with the airbag in place. The last thing we need to do is to tighten down the 2 Torx screws that hold it in to 78 in-Ibs.. So tighten this one down to 78 in-Ibs.

Good. Then we could get that plastic trim back on and it just clicks into place. And now, on the other side, do the same exact thing: torque it down to 78 in-Ibs. And then pop that plastic trim in.

Good, All right. The airbag is in the last thing. We need to do is reconnect the battery So make sure you push that negative, cable, all the way down onto the terminal and snug it up, so it doesn't move.Then get that battery cover trim in place like that lower the privacy bin cover and put the floor. Mat back in All right moment of truth lets.

Try this out see if it works, So keep an eye on that airbag light.. Every time a car turns on the airbag system does a test to make sure that it is all good.. So if we fix this, the light will go: off. Beautiful, We don't have any lights on the dash and we fixed our clock spring now.

You would want to go for a ride, make sure everything works as at should all the buttons the horn and make sure that airbag light doesn't come back on., But there you go. That is how you replace a clock spring in your car or truck and save yourself a ton of money we saved over $ 600 doing this ourselves in less than an hour.. So hopefully the video was helpful if it was remember to give a thumbs up. Also, if you're not a subscriber consider hitting that subscribe button for more videos, just like this, and as always all the tools and products I use are linked in the description.


17 thoughts on “How to replace a clock spring (airbag light & horn not working)”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Arturo Vazquez says:

    Hola bro!!! , congratulations on your channel, you're really good at it ,my name is Arturo I have 2012 civic , the air bag, deployed, I don’t going to fix, pleas telme # de fuise for shut the alarm !!!, , thank you , un abrazo!!!!

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Fun_boy 15 says:

    We tried doing this but the airbag went out before we can unplug the battery but we got a new one and we replace the clock spring out of work so much more better so quick shout out to the Cres and yeah and my name starts with Chris to because my name is Christopher

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brandon Isebell says:

    Go to a body shop if you ever need to get this repaired. It'll run you about 200 bucks cheaper than the stealership!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Eduardo Webster says:

    So i have a question if anyone can help me out.. I have a 07 Mustang w the V6 my horn does not work at all, i changed all the fuses that give power to horn, and still nothing. Bought new set of horns, still nothing. However people been telling me to get new clock spring but i dont have an air bag light. And my cruise control does work. What should i do? Please if anyone knows let me know if i should replace the clock spring or is it something like a grounded wire somewhere

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 威武 says:

    I've just replaced the clockspring on my 2013 Lexus CT 200h. Instead of torx nuts on the sides, the airbag assembly is held on by 3 wire clips, that just requires push by flathead screwdriver, 2 on each side, one at the bottom. Previously, i had brought a clockspring to a mechanic for him to replace. it turns out the clockspring i bought did not fit my Lexus, probably for a Prius. The Mechanic charged me $150 anyways. This time, i went on Ebay and bought another one, for $30. The whole job took about an hour for me. Tested it out, horn works. Satisfied with my job.

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Maria Salvador says:

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  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars luis Hernandez says:

    Absolutely great video. Took me 30-45 min to replace the clock spring on my 2009 Volkswagen CC sport!

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hello Kitty Lover Man! says:

    "And if we take a look at that new clock spring, there are 3 clips." Oh? Interesting that the existence of the 3 clips depends on if we looked at the spring or not.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hello Kitty Lover Man! says:

    "…Wheel and wheels"? Oops.

    * Steering wheel and road wheels (when talking about both at the same time).

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars J Day says:

    I have a 94 lincoln town car executive with a bad clock spring. I know this for a fact from watching your video. Trouble is, I can't find a clock spring for that year. Is there an interchangeable part that can be used? Any suggestions you can give me? At my wits end. Thanks!

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Doe says:

    Hello, not sure if you will see this comment/question, but when do you reconnect the battery? Right after the airbag is removed or only after everything is reinstalled?

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars club6000 says:

    You make, far and away, the best car videos. And you’re pretty far ahead of whoever is number 2.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Isaiah Kemp says:

    I got a question I have a 2003 Honda Civic. The airbag light is on but when I scan it it has no codes. But I don’t think it’s the clock spring because the horn works all the time in whatever position. Anyone know the problem

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Manu Vivas says:

    How reparir this, from a 93 honda del sol, please! I need to know how repair, not replacement.. Help

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Hassan Hassan says:

    Before I start watching your videos I didn't even know how to changed tires but now I am the family mechanic thanks Chris for everything you are a Godsend

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Edwin Alexander says:

    What can be done if it happens that whenever you switch on a car all dash signs appears and disappears but for VDC and Airbag  not seen at all? ? While they should appear and dissapears  as others do?

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eddyanders says:

    Hi Chris, speaking of 2007 Prius, the instrument panel will not come on, the car starts but no speedometer or gas gauge. What do you think. I just changed out the accessory battery too.

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