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Steering Wheel center piece

The center portion of the steering wheel where the horn and air bag is placed is very sticky. I put alcohol on a paper towel to try and remove the stickyness but it seemed to take off the color for the vinal.

Has anyone experienced this? I was thinking that the gases from the airbag cannister could be causing this problem.

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  • Anonymous Sep 22, 2008

    I had the same problem with my 96 Towncar that I bought about 6 months ago. Whan I tride to clean it the color started to come off. I just left it go and kept touching it when I drove the car. Little by little it got less stickey and after a few months there is no stickness at all. I have no ideal why they do this. I am thinking of getting a vinyl paint and doing it over now that it is not stickey anymore since it took some of the coloring off of it.

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Replace the clock spring, or check all the cabling and plugs first. If you are inexperienced take it to an auto electrician, otherwise do it yourself but disconnect the negative battery terminal for 2 minutes prior to opening the steering wheel to check the plugs, as not doing so could cause the airbag to go off. In addition you can also take out the airbag fuse. Check radio control plugs and close it up again and reconnect everything in reverse order. If that doesn't fix it, then have the clock spring replaced professionally, its too much mucking around if you don't know what you're doing.

Posted on Dec 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Air bag light is on... The str wheel controls r never correct

You have a bad clock spring. This is located behind the steering wheel and all electrical functions from steering wheel must go thru it. Pretty common problem on this model. The steering wheel and the steering column trim would have to be removed to replace it.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

chuck943
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SOURCE: Airbag light flashing

As long as the light is on the airbag system is disabled.

I would suspect that your clockspring behind the steering wheel is going bad. I would have someone with a scan tool that is able to retrieve trouble codes from the airbag system check it for codes to verify this. If so then steering wheel and steering column trim would have to be removed to access the clockspring to replace it.

Posted on Apr 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Loss of functionality in all buttons on steering wheel including horn. 2001LS

Check your fuses first, if it isn't a fuse it is not a do it yourself situation. The lincoln stearing wheel has a ton of electronics in it along with the air bag.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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change out the clock spring. i had this happen to me google the lincoln ls clock spring installation and then go to the dealership and purchase the part. it will run you about $138.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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    • 2Disconnect the black battery cable and then the red battery cable, in that order, using a wrench unfasten the two torx bolts securing the lower lid on the steering wheel using a ratchet and torx bit. Pull off the red shorting connector from the underside of the lid and put the lid aside.
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    4. Connect the negative battery cable. Remove the horn pad 88458p19.gif

      Unplug the horn wire 88458p20.gif

      Loosen and remove the wheel retaining nut 88458p21.gif

      Use a suitable threaded puller to loosen the steering wheel from the shaft 88458p22.gif

      Remove the steering wheel 88458p23.gif

      Matchmark the relationship of the steering wheel to the steering shaft 88458p24.gif

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