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Old 04-21-2016, 09:32 AM   #1
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Steering Wheel Connections

"o3"Boxster with Tiptronic Tran. I am experiencing intermittent horn, paddle shifters, and air bag warning lite. I am told there is a interconnect module in the steering wheel, behind the airbag that might be the problem. Has anyone experience with this condition. Porsche dealer says about $500 to replace the module, part/labor. Your thoughts!

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Old 04-22-2016, 04:41 PM   #2
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also known as a clock spring
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Old 04-23-2016, 10:25 AM   #3
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In all likelihood, GTA G20 is correct. Swapping the clock spring is fairly easy and no special tools are needed. And, they can be found used on eBay for $50 to $100.

I have a used one you can have. The two clips that feed into the steering wheel are broken, but I believe there is enough to do the job. If nothing else it will allow you to ensure that the clock spring is the issue.

The first photos are of the unit you can have and show the broken clips. The last photo is what the clips should look like. If you do buy one on eBay look closely at the photos in the listing. There are a lot of sellers out there selling ones that the clips are completely broken off but don't list them as broken.

Also, the tiptronic clock springs are easy to identify besides the part number. They have a blue plug and one loose wire that the manual ones don't have.

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Thanks Chuck, will try to find one on ebay. Strange name for a connection module. How difficult is it to get the air bag removed from the steering wheel. I can see the exchange would not be difficult. Thanks!

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It's called a clock spring because it resembles a clock spring

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check procedure to remove airbag. Disconnect battery first and let sit for an hour or so. You don't want to set off the airbag. to remove the airbag use a t25 star long socket to remove the 2 screws in back that hold the airbag onto the steering wheel.

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