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Old 12 Jun 2013, 09:00 pm
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My horn, air bag and cruise control quit working. From reading on here and other places I realize the problem is with the clock spring. I priced a new one and am looking at roughly $240 and that's just the part. I would be installing it myself.
My first question is: is it possible that there are just wires off behind the steering wheel or is it a case of "if the horn, air bag and cruise aren't working, it needs replaced"?
My second question is: how do you guys feel about second hand parts for something like this?
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Old 12 Jun 2013, 09:57 pm
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My horn, air bag and cruise control quit working. From reading on here and other places I realize the problem is with the clock spring. I priced a new one and am looking at roughly $240 and that's just the part. I would be installing it myself.
My first question is: is it possible that there are just wires off behind the steering wheel or is it a case of "if the horn, air bag and cruise aren't working, it needs replaced"?
My second question is: how do you guys feel about second hand parts for something like this?
Just had mine replaced in my 06. It won't b wires. My horn air bag and cruise didn't work either. I recommend having someone do it as ur air bag is behind the wheel cover. But to each there own. Part cost me 260 and labour at the dealer all together 460 done. Didn't want the hastle of something else goin wrong while in there
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Old 12 Jun 2013, 10:33 pm
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Airbag is really easy to get off. I have had mine off a couple of times. If you do a Google search you can find the instructions on installing the factory cruise control. It will show you step by step on removing the airbag and changing the clockspring. Make sure you get the instructions for 01-05. The 06 and up are a little different.

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Old 13 Jun 2013, 08:24 am
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Not worried about getting the airbag out. I have already had the entire dash out and removed/replaced the heater core. lol Steering wheel and airbag can't be much more friggy. Besides, I found a video and written instructions online.
I still would like to know if anyone has and opinion on using a second hand one.
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Old 17 Jun 2013, 05:33 pm
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Well as it turns out the junk yard didn't want to sell me just the clock spring. So, I had to buy the entire steering column for $100. That suited me anyways because I didn't have a steering wheel puller anyways and thought it would be easier. NOT!!

I have learned (now) that when you replace the entire column that your car will not start because the key and SKIM module aren't compatible with the car's computer. You have to move the lock cylinder and SKIM module or the anti theft will kick in and your car refuses to start.
This link will show you how to remove the lock cylinder. I didn't bother with the part about changing the tumblers, didn't need to. The first part will show you what you need to know.




The attachment shows how to remove the SKIM.

I hope this saves some time for people!!!

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