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Old 02-19-2016, 05:04 PM   #1
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Clock spring plastic tabs broken need help

I broke the two forward facing plastic tabs on the clock spring. Any idea how I can fix this without buying a new clock spring? Is there a plastic piece I can buy at the hardware store and then glue it in place with some jb weld?

Also, since I am installing an aftermarket racing steering wheel with quick release I will no longer have the need for an airbag or horn. My question is what is the purpose of the clock spring and will the steering be fine without any tabs?

The tabs go into the two holes above and below the steering shaft.
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I broke the two little tall plastic tabs in the below picture.

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Old 02-19-2016, 05:22 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what they do but they are ridiculously fragile.
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Old 02-19-2016, 05:42 PM   #3
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I'm not sure what they do but they are ridiculously fragile.
I agree, I was very gentle when removing the wheel.
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Take a guess

I think the clock-spring tabs are simply to move the turn signal lever back into neutral position when you make a turn....in other words it turns off the blinker.
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Old 02-19-2016, 06:57 PM   #5
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The clock spring is part of the airbag system. The tabs simply hold it to the steering column. It should still work, but will probably rattle around
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Old 02-19-2016, 07:33 PM   #6
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Per Wikipedia, "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."

Based on that I would say you don't need it. If you decide you want one I have an extra I can ship to you for a whopping $35.
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Old 02-19-2016, 08:22 PM   #8
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Per Wikipedia, "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."

Based on that I would say you don't need it. If you decide you want one I have an extra I can ship to you for a whopping $35.
Thanks Chuck,

I'm waiting for the hub and steering wheel to arrive and then I'll try it out. If I end up needing it, I will definitely take you up on that offer.

Also, are you saying to just remove the whole clock spring and replace it with the momo adapter? or does the momo adapter go on top of the clock spring.
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Thanks Chuck,

I'm waiting for the hub and steering wheel to arrive and then I'll try it out. If I end up needing it, I will definitely take you up on that offer.

Also, are you saying to just remove the whole clock spring and replace it with the momo adapter? or does the momo adapter go on top of the clock spring.
Cool. Sorry, I have never installed a wheel without an air bag and horn. I am sure someone with that knowledge will chime in.
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You could plastic weld them with a soldering iron.
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Yellow986S.... If you determine you do need to have the clockspring installed with your race wheel I have one that I'll give you. The plastic pieces are intact but the airbag plug is missing the plastic cover that goes over the female prongs. Since you're not using an airbag this should be good for you. The perfect is also available.

Here is a photo of it;

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Mine broke too, but there was just enough of the tabs left to engage with the steering wheel to allow cancellation of the turn signal. However, it was causing a terrible scraping sound when the wheel turned. I just stuck some thick sticky backed draught excluder foam on the back of the clock spring which kept it tight in place when the wheel was on. Been OK since and no scraping. Depends how much of the tabs you have left.

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Old 02-24-2016, 10:32 PM   #13
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Thank you guys, I will post pictures of the new steering wheel set up when it arrives and give an update if the install regarding clocksprings goes well.
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I just figured out that the clockspring is needed to reset the turn signals. The piece at the bottom of the clockspring hits a tab that resets the turn signals. It appears that the clockspring is needed for the horn, airbag and turn signals.


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