View Full Version : electrical problem I think?? Air bag, cruise and horn not working
First time AWD'r
12-17-2011, 12:47 PM
Hi folks, 1st time poster.
I just had a leaky steering rack replaced in my 2001 Forester S and now I have an AIRBAG light on the dash, my cruise doesn't work and I have no horn??
Are these all on one fuse, or is there possibly a relay shot under the hood.
The mechanic says its not related to the rack replacement, and it was the first time using this shop.
Thank to all for your knowledge in this matter!
02-01-2012, 08:05 PM
i just had the exact same problem. after having the steering rack replaced and the car returned no horn, airbag light was on and no speed control. mechanic stated that it was clock spring coil behind the steering wheel and further stated it had nothing to do with the new steering rack. i have seen a lot post stating otherwise. they stated they could not find a part except at the subaru dealership for $320.00. i am new to this site and you probably have it fixed by now, but hope it helps someone else. if they turn the column while the rack is off seems to be the most common reason for the clock spring coil after steering pumps are placed from what i have seen.
First time AWD'r
02-03-2012, 12:43 AM
Thanks for your comments and no i haven't fixed it yet although, you are not the first person I have heard from that if the steering wheel is spun while the rack is off this is the result. I am going to attempt to repair the electrical connections in the "clock spring" ( which is not a clock spring at all but a spring-loaded wire connection to all the gizmos on the steering column that spin with the wheel! ) but will have to see what I find when I open the column up.
tankyou for your sharing.............
First time AWD'r
03-22-2012, 11:53 PM
An update...I was able to fix the problem quite easily after going to the wrecker and and uninstalling one from a car there. $75 and I was ready.
You must be very careful to remove the NEGATIVE battery terminal for about 20 minutes before taking out your air bag. This allows a discharge of any stored energy before you start fooling with it. The clock-spring removal took me just over an hour and re-install about 45 minutes including the air bag. Don't get carried away taking down the steering column as most of the operation is done with the removal of the steering wheel itself, which does NOT require a puller.
The most important part of the operation and the real reason for the failure in the first place is to center the clock-spring mechanism before installing. To do this, hold it in one hand and GENTLY rotate the center part fully in the clockwise direction. You will feel it tighten when it gets there, don't force it (if it doesn't stop rotating it is also broken so do this at your wrecking yard) Then gently rotate it counter-clockwise 2.5 turns and a small pair of markings will line it up. Replace the steering wheel and install it while it is in the right position. Connect the wires, then the air bag, and you're done.
P.s. there are 2 light green connectors near the base of the steering column (near your knees) that fit together BUT SHOULD NOT BE CONNECTED FOR ANY REASON.
Hope this helps other hornless, cruiseless, airbagless subaru enthusiasts
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