About a week ago on my way to school as i turned my steering wheel i heard cracking... later i found that my horn was not working or my cruise control. im afraid that maybe the track is off as well. I replaced the fuss so i know thats not the problem... any suggestions?? Thank you
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sounds like a bad clockspring. located in steering column under steering wheel, operates airbag, horn cruise etc, it make wire connection possible so the wheel can spin, its a roll of flat wires, that unroll and roll up as steering wheel is truned from left to right,wires break after a while.
It' probably the spring-loaded contacts that are there for the horn, and/or cruise...the controls on the steering wheel. You can try to spray a bit of lube in the crack between the steering wheel and the column... not super critical...just annoying.. k
mine did this and i noticed sometimes would work then not more i payed attention horn only worked in straight a head position (steering wheel) when i turned it quit does your do this?
If so remove the cavers that are behind the steering wheel and the trim for guages and radio (this one first steering covers next or youll break'em - i did) carefuly remove turn signal switch and very very carefully dissamble there is a littl brush that has a spring behind it (brush is round) it touches a rind on the steering column that allows the horn to sound. I streched the spring a little ot push the brush out farther ofr better contact.
You have a sliding contact behind the steering wheel (called a clock spring). It is probably bad & needs replacing. Need to remove steering wheel for access. Usually there is a code set that says whether it's the driver side air badg or passenger side air bag that's the issue.
Somtimes, you can check it yourself by reading the number of flashes once you enter self test. Read owner manual or call dealer service dept and ask for self test procedure.
For a Ford, you turn key to "on" and then press the door dome lamp switch 7 times in 10 seconds and then read the codes. Not sure about Chrysler.
Most likely it is the clockspring. The wheel and air bag have to be pulled off to replace. The wiring breaks within the clockspring causing the horn not to work and the cruise control on the steering wheel not to work. You can replace this your-self for about $100 as someone posted above but why. Check the recalls on your paticular veh. I replaced mine my self the first time and it went out about 6 years later. I found out that my vehicle was on the recall list for this part. The second time around I let the dealership pay for the part and labor.
Call the dealer to see if this is covered for free under recall! Most are! Hope this helps anyone who reads this!
it is the clockspring it is nothing to worry about i would get some cat 5 wire coil it up and wire it in there because the clockspring is very expensive part in have replace them using cat 5 wire and never had any problem after