Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
CAUTIONIncorrect centralization may result in premature component failure. If in doubt when centralizing the clockspring, repeat the centralizing procedure. Failure to follow this instruction may result in personal injury.
NOTEMake sure the road wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
If the vehicle's clockspring has rotated out of center, follow these steps to center the clockspring.
Hold the clockspring outer housing stationary.
WARNINGOverturning will destroy the clockspring. The internal ribbon wire acts as the stop and can be broken from its internal connection.
- While turning the rotor clockwise, carefully feel for the ribbon wire to run out of length and for a slight resistance. Stop turning at this point.
- Turn the clockspring counterclockwise until the yellow indicator shows anywhere in the window (window will be near the 1 o'clock position) and the arrow on the rotor lines up with the arrow on the top of the housing. The clockspring is now centered. Do not allow the rotor to turn from this position.
- Hold the clockspring outer housing stationary.
Removal & Installation
- Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
- Disarm the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Refer to the Chassis Electrical Section.
- Make sure the road wheels are in the straight-ahead position.
- Position the steering wheel in the straight-ahead position and remove the ignition key. Rotate the steering wheel until the steering column locks into position.
- Open the cover on the underside of the steering wheel.
- Remove the steering wheel pinion bolt.
- Remove the steering wheel. Position the steering wheel rearward. Disconnect the 2 electrical connectors.
If equipped with tilt steering, position the steering column completely downward and lock in place.
- Push in where indicated, releasing the retaining tabs, and remove the upper steering column shroud.
- Release the tilt column locking lever, allowing the steering column to move upward. Do not lock the tilt column locking lever back in place.
Remove the 3 screws and position the lower steering column shroud aside.
- If installing the same clockspring, apply 2 strips of masking tape across the clockspring to prevent accidental rotation when the clockspring is removed.
Remove the 3 clockspring screws.
NOTEIf the clockspring is to be reinstalled, do not allow the clockspring to turn from its removal position.
- Partially remove the clockspring, then disconnect the 2 electrical connectors and remove the clockspring.
Connect the 2 clockspring electrical connectors to the clockspring.
NOTESlight turning of the clockspring rotor is allowable for alignment purposes to the steering column.
Align the clockspring for installation.
- Align the large slot to the large tab in the clockspring.
- Align the small slot to the small tab in the clockspring.
Install the 3 clockspring screws.
- For vehicles reusing a clockspring that was removed, remove the tape. For vehicles installing a new clockspring, remove the retaining pin.
- Install the lower steering column shroud and the 3 screws.
- Position the steering column completely downward and lock in place.
- Install the upper steering column shroud and engage the retaining tabs.
- Install the steering wheel. Torque the steering wheel pinion bolt to 9 ft. lbs. (12 Nm).
- Rearm the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS). Refer to the Chassis Electrical Section.