Jeep Wrangler JK Crown Automotive Clockspring (2007-2012) Review & Install


Ryan: The Crown Automotive Clockspring is
for those of you that have a 2007 to 2012 JK that need to replace a broken clockspring. This is going to be, for all intents and purposes,
a factory clockspring, but it is going to be less expensive than going directly to a
dealership or purchasing one that says Mopar on it. This is going to be a fairly easy install
although there is a little bit of disassembly and reassembly involved in the process. I’m gonna give it two out of three wrenches
and I’m gonna talk you through how to do it in just a second. So, Crown Automotive is known for making a
lot of pretty high-quality OEM style replacement parts, so whether you’re talking about suspension
stuff, interior, under the engine bay, whatever it might be, you can get stuff that is almost
exactly like something you would get from Mopar or from the dealership but is going
to be a little bit less expensive and this is a great example of this. So, for those of you that don’t know, the
clockspring is what allows you to have buttons and electronics, and airbag, and a horn in
your steering wheel and allows the steering wheel to still be able to turned back and
forth without twisting and breaking wires. So, this can simply just wear out with age
or this could be a situation where maybe you left the top down on your Jeep, you got a
little bit of rain in that steering wheel area. That can sometimes affect and break a clockspring. So, for whatever reason, if you do need to
replace yours, this is gonna be an excellent choice at a little bit less expensive than
going to that dealership. Speaking of the price, this is gonna come
in right around $160, where the Mopar, dealership price is going to be almost $100 more than
that. So, if you’re okay with the fact that yours
does not say Mopar on it, this is going to be a great way to save a couple of dollars. So, like I said before, now we’re gonna show
you exactly how to get this installed. Tony: Tools used for this installation are
as follows. We have a couple different impact guns or
a ratchet or both. We have a slightly modified flathead screwdriver,
a few T20 Torx bits, a screwdriver, and a 13-millimeter socket. All right. Now, let’s go ahead and get our clockspring
swapped out. To do that, first, we have to take our shrouds
off of our steering column. Then, we’re gonna remove our airbag. After that, we’re gonna get our steering wheel
out of the place and we’ll reach in there and we’ll get our clockspring out. But first, before all that happens, I want
you to make sure that your battery is disconnected. You do not want a premature detonation of
your airbag. That can result in a serious injury and cost
of a lot of money. Airbag replacements are not cheap. Now, let’s go ahead and get started. To begin, we’re gonna use a T20 Torx bit and
remove the three bolts connecting our shroud to our steering column. All right. Next, we’re ready to get our airbag out. Now, to do this, to remove the clips, kind
of need a special new tool. Get the cheapest screwdriver you can find,
a flathead. This one is just off the wall, no name, very
cheap, run of the mill flathead screwdriver and I put a slight bend in it. Well, a little bit more than a slight bend. It’s about a 90-degree bend. That’s gonna help me get into the slot and
lift up on the tabs. Now, there’s gonna be two tabs on the top
and one directly on the bottom. I’ll show you what those tabs look like. Once we get our airbag out, it’ll be a little
bit easier for me to show you exactly what’s going on. You’re gonna wanna go ahead, give the steering
wheel a slight turn so you can access the hole at the bottom of the steering wheel. Then, we’re gonna straighten it up and get
the two that are on top. All right. With our airbag disconnected, we’re just gonna
go ahead and unplug our airbag from our steering wheel. As you can see, these three posts sticking
up on the back of our airbag. Now, these are what we pried up on. So, when we reach in the back of our steering
wheel with this, we actually hook our screwdriver on those and we pried up on them to release
them from the small hooks that are inside our steering wheel. Now, the hooks that are inside of our steering
wheel will not move because they’re made out of aluminum and it’s a solid cast piece. And that’s where we put our screwdriver right
here and pried up on them to release them. With a 13-millimeter socket, we’re gonna use
our impact gun. You can do this with a ratchet. Impact gun might just be a little bit quicker. If you don’t have one, that’s okay. But we’re gonna go ahead and remove the center
bolt connecting our steering wheel to our steering column. Now, before you do that, you wanna make sure
that your steering wheel is dead straight because you need your original clockspring
to be dead straight. And the reason I say that is once we put it
all back together, you’re gonna wanna make sure that your new clockspring is going on
straight. If your steering column is slightly set askew,
it can throw off the alignment of your new clockspring. That can cause damage to it later and you’ll
have to do this process all over again. Now, before you pull your steering wheel off,
just unplug this. Now, with your T20 Torx bit, we’re gonna remove
the three retaining screws that hold our clockspring in place. There’s gonna be two on the back side. Then, plug your four small plugs on the back
of it. Now, you don’t have to worry about mixing
these up because they’re only gonna go into their respective spot. After that, we can go ahead and remove the
Phillips on this side and over here on this side, so we can take our headlight and wiper
switch out to transfer them over to our new piece. Now, with our old clockspring disassembled
and out of our vehicle, we can go ahead and get our new one installed. All right. Now, we have our new clockspring here. And as you can see, there’s this big, yellow
clip coming out of the front of it. Do not remove that until we’re ready to get
our steering wheel and airbag in place. We’re actually gonna get our steering wheel
in place before removing that. That’s gonna keep your lockspring centered
up, right where it needs to be so it doesn’t get twisted and out of shape or damaged in
any way possible. Now, to install this, it is exactly the opposite
of everything we just did to disassemble and remove the original one. So, we’re gonna go ahead and get our two levers
reinstalled. We’re gonna make sure our wires are tucked
away real nice and out of the way. Then, we’re gonna go ahead and just get this
put back in. All right. Just slide our levers back into place. Make sure you get the lock tabs lined up correctly. Now, remember when screwing these back in,
you’re screwing them into plastic. Just take your time. There’s no need to go hog wild and tighten
them down. They just need to be snug. Go ahead get your connections plugged back
in and just get our three bolts back in to retain
our clockspring to our column. Now, before we get the steering wheel back
on, we can go ahead and get our covers back on. We only needed to remove them to get the steering
wheel off. All right. And one of the last two pieces that we need
to put on, well, our steering wheel. We’re definitely gonna need to drive this
later. So, what you’re gonna do is remove the center
white tab and pop this yellow tab out, get our steering wheel back in, secure it down
with our original bolt. Now, with our bolt in and tightened, now,
I just tightened it back up to the lines that are on there factory. You could torque this down. The specification should be about 45 foot-pounds. We’re gonna go ahead, plug our steering wheel
back in, and last, we have to get our airbag back in. Just make the connections. And slowly push it back in until it’s nice
and secured. And that’s all it takes to replace our clockspring
in our Jeep JK. Now, I hope you got a lot of information out
of this video and it gives you the confidence to go ahead and do this at home by yourself. Now, for more parts and videos like these,
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