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Pelican Technical Article:

Clockspring Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

***

Tools:

Small Phillips screwdriver, T20 Torx driver

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Clockspring

Hot Tip:

Disconnect the battery beforehand

Performance Gain:

No more airbag light

Complementary Modification:

Replace steering wheel

The clockspring is used to transmit electrical signals from the steering wheel's controls and airbag to the vehicle's electrical systems and computers. Due to the constant use of the steering wheel, it is common for the clockspring to be damaged or worn out. Replacing it is relatively easy, although a few different things must be removed to access it.

You'll need to remove the instrument cluster, airbag and steering wheel to gain access to the clockspring. See our articles on Steering Wheel Removal, Airbag Removal, and Instrument Cluster Removal for more information.

It is also very important to disconnect the battery before removing the clockspring. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

Once the steering wheel is removed, you can see the clockspring.
Figure 1

Once the steering wheel is removed, you can see the clockspring. You'll need to remove the upper and lower steering column covers to gain access. Begin by loosening and removing the two Philips head screws shown here (green arrows). Note that you'll need a small screwdriver to fit inside the holes.

Loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws (green arrows) underneath the steering column.
Figure 2

Loosen and remove the two Phillips head screws (green arrows) underneath the steering column. Then loosen and remove the single T20 Torx screw (yellow arrow) holding the lower column cover at the rear. Now you will be able to remove the upper and lower covers

You'll want to pull the lower cover slightly outward (green arrow) over the ignition switch (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

You'll want to pull the lower cover slightly outward (green arrow) over the ignition switch (yellow arrow). Don't be surprised if the rubber grommet stays behind on the ignition switch.

This picture shows the orientation on the rubber grommet in the lower cover.
Figure 4

This picture shows the orientation on the rubber grommet in the lower cover. Note the channel (green arrow) at the rear of the cover as well as the tab (yellow arrow) at the top. You'll need to secure the grommet in the lower cover and slide it over the ignition switch when re-installing the cover.

Shown here are the attachment points for the clockspring.
Figure 5

Shown here are the attachment points for the clockspring. There are four fingers (green arrows) that hold the clockspring in place over the turn signal/wiper switch.

This detail picture shows one of the four finger attachments (green arrow).
Figure 6

This detail picture shows one of the four finger attachments (green arrow). Simply lift the fingers up over the catches and remove the clockspring.

To unplug the electrical connection to the clockspring, first open the orange catches (green arrows) and pull the assembly back.
Figure 7

To unplug the electrical connection to the clockspring, first open the orange catches (green arrows) and pull the assembly back.

Now press the two yellow fingers (green arrows) and pull the connection apart.
Figure 8

Now press the two yellow fingers (green arrows) and pull the connection apart. Installing the new clockspring is the reverse of removal.


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