Question about 1998 Dodge Dakota
Hi, there is a good chance you have overclocked the clockspring that contains the airbag wires. It may just be they came disconnected when you spun the wheel. Or, perhaps the wires are loose at the base of the steering column--check those first. Note that the horn wires also go thru the clockspring. If the horn is not working either, it makes the clockspring all the more questionable. Fig. Removing the air bag module hardware Fig. Removing the steering wheel nut
May I assume you have reattached the steering bolt? Is the steering wheel properly centered when the wheels are straight ahead? If not, that issue should be addressed first.
If the wires at the base of the column are good, you will have to remove the steering wheel to access the clockspring, as shown in the picture below. The procedure is pasted in below. As you can see in the last photo, you will likely need a steering wheel puller to get the wheel off. Once you have the wheel off, inspect the clockspring for damage. If it looks OK, the problem may be further down the column. You may be able to disconnect the wires at the base of the column and fish them up to check for opens/breakage. It's hard to say exactly what is wrong without taking it apart a bit. Please let me know if you have questions, and thanks for using FixYa.
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
CAUTION The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) uses an air bag. Whenever working near any of the SRS components, such as the impact sensors, the air bag module, steering column and instrument panel, disable the SRS. Refer to "Chassis Electrical" for air bag removal, handling and installation procedures.
NOTE Do NOT move the front wheels or steering shaft once the steering wheel is removed. Moving the front wheels or steering shaft will disturb the relationship between the clock spring and the shaft. If the relationship has been disturbed, the clock spring must be centered prior to reinstalling the steering wheel.
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Fig. Removing the air bag module hardware
Fig. Removing the steering wheel nut
Fig. Using a puller to remove the steering wheel
Posted on Apr 09, 2011
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