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OK, my clock spring arrived today from rockauto.com and of course I was totally gentle when opening it cause I thought it would jump all over the place and unwind and all that crap . . . didn’t happen! It’s secured with this while tab that you’ll see in the picture. Again, sorry about the camera quality.

What you will need:
Mines were all metric so I needed a 10mm, 15mm, a puller (I tried, couldn’t, ran to store, picked one up for 15.99), Phillips screw driver, pliers and that’s it! My truck is a 1994 with cruise control and an airbag.

So, here’s the kicker, I DID NOT disconnect the battery! I know, I was shitless too but since I read here that you could do it without it I thought I might as well put an end to all the discussions once and for all. You’ll have to read on to see if the airbag popped or not! Actually, not only did I not disconnect the battery, I had the radio on cause I thought if I’m gonna get busted up I might as well go out in a song.

Here is just the steering wheel, nothing special


There are 4 screws in the back of the steering wheel, they aren’t that tight so just start loosening them up one by one using a 10mm (I used deep socket to make the reach easier but you don’t have to).


Next, GENTLY pull the airbag module out. I say gently because you don’t wanna pull so hard to rip the connection out and mess up the wires. You can see the yellow wire which goes to the airbag from the clock spring. And another goes on the left side which you’ll see in another image slightly better.


Here is another angle so you know how it looks.


And here with the red circle is the other connection to the clock spring I was referring to. It sits on a shiny metal tab that you can just slip off before you can disconnect the wire.


Here is the part I ordered from rockauto.com, the new clock spring which is identical to the one in my car. Notice that white three pronged thing sitting on the clock spring? That’s the piece that keeps the thing from unwinding which you’ll be taking off right before installation.


A little closer up of the box in case there is any useful info for anyone.


Here is that metal tab I was referring to. Just slip it off first.


Then you can just disconnect it. It has a little plastic tab that you can lift with your nail to help separate the two harnesses


This is the one for the airbag, just undo it by pressing down the plastic tab that is sitting right under my finger. Here is when I took off my glasses, moved my body out of the way and prayed to all Gods from all religions!!

And…. Nothing happened! I hold the airbag module victoriously in my hand.


This is what it will look like when that airbag thing is out.


Ignore all the other wires, they look like they would prevent you from pulling the steering wheel out but they come off with the wheel, no sweat! Here is a 15mm for the center bolt.




I tried, I used every muscle in my body and couldn’t get it off. I didn’t want to break the tilt wheel so I really just gave it a good couple of tugs and pulls and even hit the top and then the bottom like someone else suggested and it wouldn’t budge. So I drove over to pep boys (I hate them but kragen was too far in LA traffic) and got this baby for $15.99.


You’ll see two holes where the long silver bolts will go into. I had to leave the center bolt in to make this piece of crap work because the head was so small that it would have messed up my threads. You’ll know exactly what I’m talking about once you do it, don’t worry, nothing fancy. Once you have it in there just gently using a 14mm turn it clockwise and you’ll totally feel the steering wheel loosen and you’re done. Take it off and put it on ebay!



Here the steering wheel is totally loose. Before you can put it away you have to get those two wires (black and yellow) through that hole they are coming out from and that’s that.


This is how it will look. Those are three gold torx screws you are looking at. Don’t know what size, sorry. Definetly small though and very little torque on them.



I didn’t know I had to undo the steering column too but I think you might want to do that ahead of time. There are 3 screws on the bottom which are Phillips. Pretty simple right? Well, this is what you’ll get if you don’t listen to Steve . . . for some reason the bottom piece wouldn’t come off and then I remember reading that Steve said that there is little fVcker Philips screw hiding in the back. You can’t see it here.


Voila! You see it? It’s holding the two black panels together. I’m catching it at a tight angle. And of course that is why the lower dash needs to come off. Don’t worry, real easy!

There is one on the right I think maybe 7mm? I don’t remember.


And one on the left, below the fuse panel and above the brake release. Once you take those bolts out just gently yank on the panel. There are 4 places where it clicks into. I found it easier to take out the fuse panel face and then reach in there and undo them because I can’t stand breaking plastic interior panels; it’s like breaking teeth.


See how easy you can get to that little %#@# now?


Next, using the pliers grip the metal part of the tilt wheel lever and turn it counter clockwise. I kinda took off some paint which bugs me cause I’m anal like that but oh well, maybe a cloth next time would be smarter.


Here you see the lower steering column panel off. And these two harnesses I circles are the ones that the clock spring connects to. You need to undo them. They each have that little plastic tab that allows them to be held in place to the metal frame, I pulled those off first before disconnected the harnesses.


Here you see both unplugged. Now start snaking the wires out of their little hiding spots so they can come out.


Here is a little plastic thing that just snaps open with your finger. Undo it and take the wires out of here.


Now, the key harness needs to come out too, I know, what a bitch and I didn’t know that either but easier than I thought. Just put the keys in and brace yourself for a few minutes of that annoying sound that you get when keys are in and door is open. Anyway, just push a little pin or something into this hole you see to allow for the key cylinder to be release and then pull out and turn clock wise with the key at the same time and it’ll come out. Let me know if this doesn’t make sense and I’ll describe better.



Here you see the whole cylinder comes out pretty easily. Not that it’ll happen but remember the orientation so you don’t waste time later figuring out which way it goes.


Awesome, hardest part is done. Your wires should be dangling like your bulldog’s balls and you are now ready to remove the clock spring.


Notice that there is this little brown plastic thing left behind from removing the key cylinder. This just slips out easy.



Unplug using the torx driver undo the gold screws.

Here is the old clock spring after removing it.


Now put the new one in just the way the old one was on and line up the holes for the torx screws. After you tighten those screws you can take off that three prong plastic piece. Just gently squeeze the bases (no need to unscrew it at the screws) and it’ll come right off.


Don’t forget to put that plastic piece back in the key cylinder housing.


Nothing fancy left, do everything in reverse. Put the key back in and turn it until it clicks into place. Then run the wires down under the steering column nice and neat. And connect the two harnesses under the column. Then run the wires through the steering column, tighten the center bolt back (torque to 35-40 which is what my steering column said). Then connect the two harnesses to both the airbag unit and the other harness and screw the nuts back in behind the steering wheel and you’re done.


You can’t hear it but first time I’ve ever heard the horn since buying this car. Watch out you slow drivers, now I can actually let you know what I think of your driving! :beer j/k
 

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oh no sweat, won't take you long . . .
I'd say probably 1-2hours including figuring out how to do it
and driving to the local parts store . . .

start by taking the steering column apart and then the lower
dash and that way you'll be ready to go to work on the steering
wheel.
 

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the part cost $60 or so and $5 shipping . . .
and then the puller was $17 including tax
 

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Here's a weird question: Did you have an extra connection left over on your new clockspring? Mine had an odd two-prong copper connector left over under the steering column (not inside the wheel). I didn't connect it to anything, and my horn and cruise work, and my airbag light went out.

Also, you're crazy for not unhooking the battery. In my opinion, at least.
 

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The clockspring passes the electrical connections on the steering wheel (horn, airbag, cruise) through to the wiring harness, while still allowing the wheel to turn. There's a bunch of wire wound up in that little black plastic box, and it unwinds and rewinds as you turn the wheel.
 

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A+++ post! Thanks for doing this write-up!

Took me about 45 mins (had trouble getting the screws for the plastic column shroud to line up on re-installation). But now my horn and cruise control work, and there is no more clicking coming from the column.

A few notes I made:
-make sure you install the new clockspring right-side-up. It is labeled "TOP", so just pay attention to that when installing.

-I had an unused plug on my new clockspring that goes under the dash. It was not on the old one, and not sure what it is for (guessing some optional feature or something for another model vehicle).

-If you rent/borrow a steering wheel puller from Advance/AZ, there is a little cap in there that you can use in lieu of leaving the center bolt in the steering wheel.

Think that was all I has issues with...

Thanks again!
 

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Did anybody have any play in the steering wheel before/after making this repair? I love this writeup...and I had all the same symptoms so a new clock spring is on the way. But my steering wheel also feels "loose" like I can move it left/right/up/down a few degrees. Is this also related to the infamous clock spring? Again, excellent write up!
 

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1995 Clock Spring

The replacement clockspring DORMAN 525-200 does not list build year 1995.
I could'nt find a clockspring for 1995 anywahere, so I ordered the 525-200 anyway.
The OEM clockspring on my 1995 Bronco XL w/o cruise looked different than its replacement. It was attached with2 plastic tabs, not the 3 torx screws described above.
I was able to replace it with the 525-200 by using 3 self tapping screws, where the tors screws should have been.
The rest of the procedure is identical.

Great write-up. It helped alot.

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Awesome help thread! Just did the clock spring in my 94 Bronco following this post / photos and it came out perfect! First time I have heard the horn on my Bronco since I bought it awhile back and now even the cruise control works!

If I could add one thing I might mention that if you are concerned about pulling the ignition out and getting it back in correctly it is not necessary to pull it all the way out. Just about an inch is all you need to be able to get the little brown clip off.

Now if I could just figure out what is going on with the overdrive...

Thanks!!!
 

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Great writeup, i am in the process of doing this right now, my question is...

Do i have to reconnect the airbag? I'm not a fan of them.
 

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The replacement clockspring DORMAN 525-200 does not list build year 1995.
I could'nt find a clockspring for 1995 anywahere, so I ordered the 525-200 anyway.
The OEM clockspring on my 1995 Bronco XL w/o cruise looked different than its replacement. It was attached with2 plastic tabs, not the 3 torx screws described above.
I was able to replace it with the 525-200 by using 3 self tapping screws, where the tors screws should have been.
The rest of the procedure is identical.

Great write-up. It helped alot.

Ivo

I have been looking for a clockspring for my 1995 bronco. I cant find one ANYWHERE! However, 1994 bronco clocksprings are everywhere, and all the listings say they are NOT compatible with a 95. I may have to try what you did. Why arent there any direct replacements for a 95? Anyone know where to find one? I'll try the dealership when they open tomorrow. I'm a bit pessimistic though.

UPDATE/EDIT: The Ford Dealership said they can order one in, but its not kept in stock. The list price is $205, but the guy told me he could sell it to me for $182. Said it should be here the next day. I wish Dorman made a clockspring for the 95! The ones they made for the 94 are FAR less expensive than the OEM. But it looks like OEM from the dealership is the only way to go for my 95.
 

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The 96 has a different clock spring (airbag Sliding contact) - 3 screws are gone. A 2 jaw puller is required. In the pic see how I cut away the plastic on the wheel to allow the big ass puller to work.
 

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Is the plastic clip some type of retainer to keep everything in place? the reason I am asking is that I have access to several in a salvage yard close by and can get one there for a few dollars but don't want to invest the time taking it out if they are nearly impossible to get installed properly.
 

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See
http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/showthread.php?t=181708&highlight=clock+spring

Is the plastic clip some type of retainer to keep everything in place? the reason I am asking is that I have access to several in a salvage yard close by and can get one there for a few dollars but don't want to invest the time taking it out if they are nearly impossible to get installed properly.
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96 - two kinds of clips. One is to hold the thing together and the other kind are the 3 that hold it in place and are easily broken. If you are careful the JY unit will work. I dropped mine and it unwound and I just rewound it and installed while I waited for a NOS unit. That unit was missing the unwind clip from obvious previous work. And the clips that hold it in place were broken by the PO and me. It will still work with missing unwind clip and 2 broken retaining clips. Read the manual carefully for instructions on which way to push the retaining clips. Bring masking tape to replace a missing unwind clip
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Thanks for all this information. The clock spring has a label on it the tells you to turn it three and a half turns in one direction and so forth. But I don't see anything in this post that mentions those directions. Do I need to do this if the torx bolts line up perfectly? Thanks for your help.
 
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