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Old 16 May 2015, 09:45 pm
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Thanks for the response. Let us know what you find out.
I found out it was the clockspring, I checked my library's online Chilton manual, it said the same thing you all did.

We took off the clockspring from a 2007 pt in a junkyard. We then used a steering wheel puller to pull off my steering wheel, and the circular black ring the screw rotates on sunk into the steering wheel threads. The Haynes manual was off-I had to get two nuts for a 3/8 ' inch screws, and then removed the circular black ring and the steering wheel screw, and it loosened it, and then I had to just pull it off.

However, now the top line of thread for the steering wheel screw is mushed.

Can someone offer advice? We figured, drill and tap it the next size larger, but what size is the steering wheel screw, and what do we look for as a replacement? The bolt, all threaded, plus a flat washer? Can we drill and tap the steering wheel screw hole, or is there a better way?
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Old 17 May 2015, 06:16 am
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You don't want a tap. You want to chase the threads, not cut new ones. Cut two notches in the bolt you have. Wire brush the bolt afterwards. Stay within the first 3/8" of the threads since you'll be reusing the bolt.
Apply grease to the threads of the bolt, screw in straight. After you get it in a turn, back it off a 1/4 turn. Repeat until fixed.

Here's a few home made thread chasers I use on my engine:
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Old 17 May 2015, 06:27 am
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Should work great for you. Let us know.
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Old 17 May 2015, 06:55 am
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I posted in your other thread about posting some pics.
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Old 18 May 2015, 12:27 pm
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Should work great for you. Let us know.
I posted a pic. I also went to the store, bought an M10 1.25 . Before I could intervene, my son, the vet, had already cut the threads back open, or chased them, and reattached everything.

At ten a.m. this morning, the horn went off on the car. We have replaced the horn switch AND the clockspring, what do we do now?

I'm not sure what else to do, except for lubricating the springs on the horn switch.

Would that be okay?

And Rob342, thank you for the screw thread chaser. I am going to remember that and show it to my veteran son. We were lost as to what to do, we figured we would twist the tap lightly at the top, it was just the first few turns, and it did work, but yours means we will never have to worry about getting the right drill tap again! Thank you!
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