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#4072570 - 08/01/20 09:14 AM 2004 CVPI clock spring replacement
Patstang Offline

Registered: 12/28/10
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Loc: Sheboygan,Wisconsin
Spent time searching forum but, can't find what I need. Replaced lower steering shaft before but, this time I had problems getting bolts back in easily. Tires were straight but, I rotated steering wheel ( upper shaft) to get lower shaft to get bolted. Like a dummy , I thought that I could just turn car on & rotate steering wheel for easier access to the bolt without jacking the car up. spun the shaft and had to take it off again. That info was to give you the scenario. anyway, it got together & I did a lock to lock turn to the right first. no problem. To the left, I heard crunching and then the horn was blaring and the airbag light flashed.

Got the new clock spring but, my question is: My tires are pointing forward and the steering wheel is in the forward position, will I be able to just pull the old spring and install the new one without worrying that the spring will break due to me turning wheel prior to breaking it ?

I searched the internet for weeks trying to find a you tube video or anything on Google for 2004 Vics. On the inner piece, there is an arrow on the old one that is still in the car pointing about 1 o'clock. Is that arrow important for position ? Got to get this car on the road again. I'll name a child after whoever can guide me.

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#4072588 - 08/01/20 11:21 AM Re: 2004 CVPI clock spring replacement [Re: Patstang]
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I can't remember exactly, but I believe the arrow should be pointing straight up with everything centered. That denotes the center position of the clock spring, which is really a coil of ribbon cable that winds/unwinds as you turn the wheel, sounds like yours was off center and over extended and broke. You want the clock spring in its neutral/centered position with the wheels straight ahead and steering wheel centered as close as possible when you reassemble it.

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