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Horn button and cruise control do not work on my 1998 Toyota Sienna. Air bag light is on. How do I fix this?

The horn does not work, the cruise control does not work too. The air bag light is on. How do I fix these?

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  • Steve Scott Apr 25, 2013

    Here in Hilo, Hawaii, the "highway robbery" Toyota dealer charges over $420 for the replacement "clock-spring rotating contact ribbon"! One of their "top" mechanics, and several independent safety check shop owners, told me I should simply screw a little manual horn button onto the top of the round steering wheel right behind where the button and airbag are, and bypass the connections inside; that there should be many videos on the internet with full instructions. This is the closest that I've been able to find. Does anybody know where I can find instructioins and a video how to do this? THANKS!

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    yadayada Apr 26, 2013

    No, I do not suggest this oaky repair.

  • Steve Scott Jul 10, 2013

    I STILL can't find any instructions for how to attach the wires from an add on horn button to the proper wires inside the steering column once I've removed the airbag. Does anybody know where I can find photos or preferably a video about this? Thanks.



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This is caused by a part called the clock-spring rotating contact ribbon, it is a coiled up circuit ribbon that connects the steering wheel button and airbag to the steering column electrics. it is under the steering wheel. It needs to be replaced. This can be a dangerous job due the Airbag, so if you do want to try and replace it disconnect the battery negative cable for 15 minutes prior to start of work. The part is about $150.00 You will need special tools.

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It's not really hard. However, it does require a few special tools like a steering wheel puller. The MOST LIKELY cause of your problem is that the contact assembly (also called "clockspring" or "spiral cable") in your steering column is broken. The supplemental restraint system must be deactivated to prevent accidental airbag deployment. Other than this, it is just a few screws and a couple of nuts and bolts.

If you would like to take a shot at this yourself, most of the large parts outlets like AutoZone and Advance have "loaner" tools that you can use to do the job. Check with your local parts supplier to see if they have a steering wheel puller available.

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