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What's a clock spring?
« on: May 12, 2018, 01:12:37 PM »
On the side door of my 159 there is a sticker that is stamped (at the 10th year anniversary build date) for maintenance on the "clock spring". Anyone know what this about?

Also noted that the sticker saus airbags and pretensioner need work in 2023. This is going to be interesting if the dash needs to needs to be extracted.

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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 02:57:26 PM »
The clock spring is the electrical contact plate that is behind the steering wheel airbag.
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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2018, 04:19:09 PM »
Thanks.

So whats the maintenance about then?

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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2018, 05:52:58 PM »
I think it's just their way of saying to check all (testable) functions and replace if outside limits (ie, if contact pins are oxidised and went high resistance). It wouldn't mean they test the airbags or replace them...

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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2018, 09:29:35 AM »
On the side door of my 159 there is a sticker that is stamped (at the 10th year anniversary build date) for maintenance on the "clock spring". Anyone know what this about?

Also noted that the sticker saus airbags and pretensioner need work in 2023. This is going to be interesting if the dash needs to needs to be extracted.


The clock spring is a long flat cable that is wound in a circular pattern around the inner hub of the steering wheel. It is the cable that connects all the functions on the wheel to the car computer. Occasionally they let go and need to be replaced. Can be a very fiddly little job



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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2018, 12:58:06 PM »
Thanks all. I have been told if it aint broke dont fix it. Sounds good to me.

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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2018, 02:03:25 PM »
This is what the "Clock Spring" on the 159 looks like -

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Re: What's a clock spring?
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2018, 05:05:35 PM »
Ta mate.  Was told it is unusual for Euro cars to 'recommend' replacing them if there is no need.  And rare for them in the 159 to break.