How to Replace a Clock Spring (airbag light & horn not working)

Publicerades den 10 nov 2019
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.
OBD2 Scanner (BlueDriver):
Service Manual for Torque Specs:
Steering wheel puller:
Torque Wrench:
Clock spring:
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  • I also wanted to add my OEM spring says before installing to rotate 2.5 turns from left and align arrows. But if I rotate 2.5 turns the arrows will not line up. I’m very confused by this request, why would they not just make it in the right position for install!? Any help would be great. Thanks

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  • Thank you as always Chris! Would not have wanted to try this without your video. I did it in under an hour and got an aftermarket clock spring for $20. Fixed the horn on my 2011 Toyota Tundra! So so grateful for your videos. You’re incredibly underrated. Thank you

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  • I have a quick question. I have this same problem with the airbag light on my 2007 buick lacrosse. I have been trying to find a replacement clock spring for the part on my car but I can not find it anywhere. Are clock springs this hard to find or am I doing something wrong.

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  • This is helpful. Question for those who know, do you have to change a clockspring if the car has been in an accident that set off the airbag?

  • @ChrisFix - Would this clock spring problem do the opposite with the horn? where it will sound off on its own without you pressing it? I am having this problem. I unplugged my horn at the grill to make it stop and I have an airbag light. But yea, my horn had the problem of not shutting off.

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