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DIY: Replace Clockspring/spiral cable + remove steering wheel

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by csuviper, Jun 3, 2018.

  1. Jun 3, 2018 at 3:55 PM
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    Below is the install as completed on my 2012 5.7L Rock Warrior Crew Max. Should be the exact same process for all 2007+ Tundras.

    I am in no way responsible for your install. Be very careful as you are working with an airbag that has the potential of going off and injuring or killing you.

    Parts List:
    (1) Clock Spring - purchased from Amazon
    The part i purchased is no longer available from the Amazon seller. The description was "Cable Sub-Assy, Spiral Calbe Clock Spring for Toyota Camry Corolla 84306-48030"

    Tools Required:
    10mm socket/wrench
    19mm socket/wrench
    Phillips screwdriver
    Small flathead screwdriver
    Plastic trim removal tool
    torque wrench
    Steering wheel puller tool - rented from Advace Auto


    1. Start by removing the negative battery terminal. Wait 15 min to ensure all power is dissipated before moving forward. Stock terminal uses a 10mm socket.


    2. Lock the steering wheel in place by moving it with key out of ignition until it locks. Remember this steering wheel alignment or use whatever method you like to mark it’s current location.


    3. Use plastic trim removal tool to remove the plastic covers on both sides of the steering wheel.



    4. Use a T-30 torx bit with screwdriver or socket wrench to remove the torx bolt on each side. The bolts are secured in a plastic retainer so they will not be fully removed. Just pull them out of the holes.


    5. Pull the airbag from the top until it’s far enough out to reach behind and remove the electrical wires. Point the airbag to the side, not directly at or away from you as a precaution.


    6. On the steering wheel remove the two white connectors.


    7. On the air bag use the small screwdriver to remove pull up the locking mechanism on the connectors. Then pull the two connectors off.
    Also pull the ground wire off of the airbag.



    8. Locate the center locking nut and remove using the 19mm socket/wrench.



    9. Rent or purchase a steering wheel removal tool from your local auto parts store. They are free to rent.


    10. Install the steering wheel removal too by using the M8-1.25 bolts screwed into the threaded holes on the steering wheel.



    11. Pull the steering wheel off.



    12. Remove the two Philips head screws.



    13. Pull the plastic down.


    15. Remove the 3 connectors on the bottom of the clock spring then just slide the clock spring off.



    14. Comparison between the existing clock spring and the new clock spring. Notice that there is a part on the existing clock spring that is not on the new one. It needs to be removed and moved over to the new clock spring. This can be done by carefully uncliping.





    15. Install the new clock spring and complete the installation by installing the rest of the components in reverse order.
     
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  2. Jun 3, 2018 at 3:56 PM
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  3. Jun 3, 2018 at 10:13 PM
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    Just a note so others dont mess up. The two bolts on the sides of the puller, make sure you dont go too deep it will crack and break the plastic on the clockspring. I made that mistake.
     
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  4. Jun 10, 2018 at 10:24 PM
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    Good advice. These bolts don’t need to be tight. Just install by hand and insure they are in just enough to have full thread coverage on the wheel. Don’t want to strip the threads by not being in far enough.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2018 at 6:44 AM
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    @csuviper
    Brian, I’m not sure what this is. Does this spring assist the steering wheel to return to straight ahead?
     
  6. Jun 11, 2018 at 11:28 AM
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    it is a electrical connection, if it where hard wired it would get all tangled when you turn the steering wheel
     
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  7. Jun 11, 2018 at 12:10 PM
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    “In vehicle steering systems a clock spring or clockspring is a spiral-wound special rotary electrical connector which allows a vehicle's steering wheel to turn while still making an electrical connection between the steering wheel airbag and/or the vehicle's horn and other devices and the vehicle's electrical systems. The clockspring is located between the steering wheel and the steering column.”
     
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  8. Jun 11, 2018 at 12:24 PM
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    Now I understand. Thank you. What happened to cause a failure in your clockspring?
     
  9. Jun 11, 2018 at 3:40 PM
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    I read something about the horn being the wire on the outside and it contacts a plastic joint. Over time it can wear through and fail.
     
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  10. Sep 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM
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    What's the part number for the spring? The link in the original post is broken. I am finding a very wide range of prices as well.
    Thanks for the description.
     
  11. Sep 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM
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    Looks like the part i purchased is no longer available from the Amazon seller. The description was "Cable Sub-Assy, Spiral Calbe Clock Spring for Toyota Camry Corolla 84306-48030"
     
  12. Sep 6, 2018 at 10:36 AM
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    Thank you all so much. I was able to easily replace my spring and my horn works great now.
     
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  14. Nov 6, 2018 at 10:01 AM
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    Just followed this to replace mine and this made it a breeze! I was done in probably 15min! You da man @csuviper
     
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    I am not finding this part on Amazon presently, but there are several listed through ebay. Search "CLOCK SPRING 84306-0C010" for the 2000-03 model years version. Price $10-30, compared to three or four hundred through parts stores or dealer - yikes!

    [Edit: turns out that part number doesn't fit my 2003 (with cruise and airbag). Needed 84306-60090/84306-0C021 instead, which is also listed as CSP6313/1 aftermarket.]

    And thanks for the detailed walkthrough. Not sure if I'll attempt to swap it myself, or just inform the mechanic I know exactly how long it should take ;)

    PS homed in on the issue due to Horn and Cruise being disabled, as others have noted. These are on separate fuses and circuits, so it seems clock spring is the culprit.
     
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  16. Apr 16, 2019 at 5:52 PM
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    Hi, would you mind confirm the part number that you got for your 2003? My 03' (mfg. date 03/2003) is in need for a new clock spring too! However, when I tried to google the references, I only found a match for 84306-0C021 (with 84306-60050 as interchangeable) but got no hit for the 84306-60090 which seems for the Land Cruiser...
     
  17. Apr 17, 2019 at 5:19 AM
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    @wildfins as far as I could tell the 0C021 and 60090 were the same unit or indistinguishable/interchangeable, but it's a little hard to confirm. I wound up ordering this item and it fit/worked: https://www.ebay.com/itm/CSP6313-1-...e=STRK:MEBIDX:IT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    ...after trying a different one (0C010, per some errant part fitting guide) that didn't. The wire harness/connectors are different. Apparently 03-04 is a changeover year on this and other parts, which makes it extra tricky. Several toyota models and some lexus share common OEM parts, including Sequoia and the Cruiser. Hope that helps...they're pretty cheap, so if unsure you might even order two models to have available for fitting when you pull the wheel off.
     
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  18. Apr 18, 2019 at 3:51 PM
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    Thanks Benyo for your feedback. I will take your suggestion and will order both models to try out...
     
  19. May 17, 2019 at 6:06 PM
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    Or do like I did and skip steps 9 and 10 and Go to 11. Give a good wiggle and pull the steering wheel off . Btw I bought one off eBay for $8.33 so hopefully I won’t have to search for another topic about wiring
     
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    Thanks to this forum, I was able to replace the clock spring on my 2003 Sequoia quite simple and easy. It took me like 30 minutes to remove the whole thing and 15 minutes to put it all back. After removing the 19mm center nut, I used a large soft rubber mallet and lightly hit around the back of the wheel toward the front and the wheel came off slowly and easily, no effort at all. I was not too sure of the exact part that would fit my car so I followed @Benyo's suggestion and bought two different models that were listed for 2003 and the 84306-60090 was the matching one with the correct number of pins (see pics attached).
    Many thanks OP @csuviper and @Benyo

    clockspring original (1).jpg
    84306-60090 (a).jpg
    clockspring 84306-60050 (1).jpg
    soft-rubber-mallet-nupla.jpg
     
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    Thanks for the dope write up @csuviper ! I think I need to change mine. @papasmurf and I swapped the bushings in my steering rack a while ago and my VSC freaked out. I've tried the Zero Point a bunch of times but it keeps saying my steering angle sensor needs to be initialized and also some other codes which I can't remember off the top of my head.

    Yesterday I found that my horn doesn't work...

    I suspect that I rotated my steering wheel too far when we messed with the rack.

    Can anybody explain what the instruction on the part mean? "Point wheels straight ahead, rotate 2.5 turn..." etc etc???

    Also, sparks lists the part for my truck (2013) as 84306-0E010 for $230. Brian, you said you bought 84306-48030 and that works?? How did you know it was gonna work?
     
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    Just found 84306-0E010 on ebay. Looks like they changed the part for 2013+
     
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    Well I'm waiting to see what the scam is going to be, but most of them were $35-40 and I found one for $8 haha it says its new so we'll what I get
     
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    8C6FD6E7-4486-4E62-8711-98497E81716F.jpg 91396829-A8E1-4114-A818-1513EE744D34.jpg This is the clock spring I installed. Found on eBay for $8.62. Shipping was free and got it in 4 days. All the wires plugged in just like factory and everything worked. I was afraid I would be the one having to splice and move wires around to get it to work properly beings the price was so cheap. Plugged and played perfectly. My only issue now is what the trick to getting the steering wheel straight When I installed it I had the steering wheel locked in the straight position with wheels straight but when I drive it the steering wheel position is cocked to the right where the cruise control lever is in the 5 o’clock position. Funny thing is when I back into my driveway and turn the truck off my steering wheel is back to center and wheels are straight. Wtf am I doing wrong? I’ve took it apart 3x all with the same result
     
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    That the same one I bought, different seller, same price. Good to know the part is correct haha it just freaks me out because its so cheap but for $8 I'll take a chance.

    You just need to clock your steering wheel. An alignment shop will disconnect it at the shaft I believe. Then you'll need a zero point adjustment.
     
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    It definitely needs something adjusted. I was gonna pull the truck forward so it cocks the wheel to the right and reinstall steering wheel to see if that corrects it. It’s definitely irritating, especially when it’s hot outside
     
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    Does anyone know of this DIY is the same for 3rd generation tundra? I have a 2014 I believe with a faulty clock spring
     
  28. May 25, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    I don’t see why not. Everything I’ve read says it’s the same process for 2007 and up
     
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    Yeah you would think so. What's odd is that I have never seen this issue in the 3rd generation Tundras so im not completely convinced it's the spiral cable that's causing my horn to not function.
     
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