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Discussion in 'Elite Explorer 911!' started by toddious, December 25, 2004.

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    1. toddious

      toddious Well-Known Member

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      so i did my 3" BL the other day, which actually went pretty smooth. in the 24 hours that followed though, i started noticing this on and off sound coming from between my steering wheel, and the steering column. it sounded like plastic pieces rubbing together, and it would get worse when you turned the wheel sharply. well, the noise went away, but something obviously happened inside my steering wheel, because my air bag light came on, and all controls on the steering wheel (cruise control buttons, and the horn) all stopped working. do you think something happened because of the new angle of the steering wheel? i guess it could be unrelated. possibly a bad connection inside the steering wheel? it's weird, because even the lights for the cruise buttons don't work anymore. am i gonna have to have the steering wheel pulled? any ideas? thanks, todd.

      edit: and should i pull the fuse for the airbag? don't want it to blow up in my face while i'm driving!
       
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      i would check the wires.
       
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      1) I would pull the airbag fuse, when the light is on, the system defaults to "not inflating," but who wants to take that chance?

      2) For all your steering wheel related buttons to give out, it would lead me to suspect your "clockspring" was damaged. Do a search for it on here. Basically, it allows all electrical connections to pass from the steering column to the rotating wheel.
       
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      I've also found that the different angle on the steering can affect some things - my rag joint went away... An easily fixed issue, but one that could cause some safety issues.

      I'd also check the lower bearing to make sure that it isn't bad - and allowing the steering shaft to take a radical new angle - and bugger up the wires - clock spring...
       
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      When you had the steering shaft off, did the steering wheel turn?? If so you may have reinstalled it with out centering the clockspring, if that's the case, you'll have to replace it.
       
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      we made sure the wheel was centered before we installed in the extension, but i think that the clockspring is still the problem. seems from what i've read that when you have cruise control, air bag, and horn all go out simultaneously that it is the clockspring. any idea how much i should expect to have it replaced? thanks, todd.
       
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      its more than likely your clockspring.. Your looking atleast $80 for one thru your local Ford dealer or thru Ford Parts Network. You can try your luck and try to find one at a junk yard if the airbag is still intact but you'll be lucky if you can find one.
       
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      anyone junking out an ex who wants to sell me their clockspring? i'm gonna post something in the fs/wanted board. thanks everyone for the help figuring out the problem. todd.
       

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