Bad Clock Spring

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More of a historical FYI than anything else....LX 570 steering wheel clock spring failure @ ~ 70K miles

About 5 months ago my heated steering wheel selector would show illuminated whether engaged or not. The problem was purely indication and the steering wheel would heat if selected. The problem was that we didn't know if it was on or off because the light was always on. Well, with as much travel as I was doing and the distance to a dealership, we left it alone for some time.

The other 3 buttons still worked just fine. The fuse wasn't blown or problematic at all. The cluster of gauges came out easily and didn't appear to have any issues.

So fast forward, we're in Oklahoma City and decide to take the truck to the dealership since it is close. Again, as many have stated, always a great experience. They diagnosed it to an open in the signal path and are changing out the part.

I'm not aggressive with turning the steering wheel and rarely, if ever, go full lock. I'm surprised that this has failed, but also thinking it could be related to the cold temps in ND somehow.

Cheers,
Chris
 
That place is colder than Alaska.
 
More of a historical FYI than anything else....LX 570 steering wheel clock spring failure @ ~ 70K miles

About 5 months ago my heated steering wheel selector would show illuminated whether engaged or not. The problem was purely indication and the steering wheel would heat if selected. The problem was that we didn't know if it was on or off because the light was always on. Well, with as much travel as I was doing and the distance to a dealership, we left it alone for some time.

The other 3 buttons still worked just fine. The fuse wasn't blown or problematic at all. The cluster of gauges came out easily and didn't appear to have any issues.

So fast forward, we're in Oklahoma City and decide to take the truck to the dealership since it is close. Again, as many have stated, always a great experience. They diagnosed it to an open in the signal path and are changing out the part.

I'm not aggressive with turning the steering wheel and rarely, if ever, go full lock. I'm surprised that this has failed, but also thinking it could be related to the cold temps in ND somehow.

Cheers,
Chris
Do you remember how much it was?

My steering wheels buttons are all dark. They all function. If I turn half left, the lights come on. I think it is bad clockspring.

Is this a part we need OEM vs aftermarket? I wasn't able to find another thread with the same title, thus wondering if it is something I can tackle at home, or need to take it to a mechanic?

Thanks
 
Is this a part we need OEM vs aftermarket? I wasn't able to find another thread with the same title, thus wondering if it is something I can tackle at home, or need to take it to a mechanic?

This part triggers your airbag in an accident, while dealing with the steering wheel being turned thousands of times in the vehicle’s lifetime. OEM only for me, personally.

As for install.. if you can remove the steering wheel and reinstall, it’s right there. Note that you may need a puller to get the wheel off the tapered shaft. A number of people have written about removing the wheel, so there is info on the board.
 
This part triggers your airbag in an accident, while dealing with the steering wheel being turned thousands of times in the vehicle’s lifetime. OEM only for me, personally.

As for install.. if you can remove the steering wheel and reinstall, it’s right there. Note that you may need a puller to get the wheel off the tapered shaft. A number of people have written about removing the wheel, so there is info on the board.
thank you. i will order on oem one. then see about the steering puller

Thank you
 

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