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Old 07-23-2015, 06:03 AM
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Default 2008 JK Clock Spring

Yep, so first it was a flickering airbag light....then it stayed on solid, then no horn, and finally that crinkling sound emanating from the steering column and steering got a little stiffer than normal without the requisite power steering pump whine.

This is all over the JK forums, as Jeep decided to do a recall on the RH drive models, but not on the 2008 LH's. The flaw is that there is no seal/gasket in the original spring, so dust and moisture get in and accumulate on the ribbons, especially if you drive/wheel "top down, doors off". Forum also states that the dealerships are getting @$800 parts/labor to change this. Local mechanics are getting @$500.00 parts/labor depending on parts source. No recall in the works, any time spent dealing with Chrysler/Fiat "customer care" is wasted. Even saw one post of the driver airbag going off uncommanded, breaking the drivers arm in 2 spots as a result of a bad clock spring; thus the Rubi is down till replaced.

Found the part best price on Amazon at $161.00, OEM Mopar. Have watched several you tube videos, seems straight forward, most important points seem to be "disconnect battery at least 15 minutes before starting work" and "keep wheels straight, and ensure dot on steering shaft and arrow on steering wheel are aligned prior to removing the clocking tab on the spring".

If anyone has any other sage advice, would love to hear it! may try going after it this weekend.
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Old 07-23-2015, 06:39 AM
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Default Re: 2008 JK Clock Spring

bummer man... damn JKs

let me know if you need a hand fixing it. i'm usually good for a few hours out of the house.
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Old 07-23-2015, 08:02 PM
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Default Re: 2008 JK Clock Spring

The other thing I've heard is to also hit the brakes in order bleed out any stored electrical energy. I had to do this on the dodge after buying it because the clock spring was broke.

Any way to seal up the new one? Epoxy on the external seams maybe?
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:17 AM
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Am going to see....having a bad picture in my mind of one of them '70's sweatbands around the column!
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