How to Replace a Clock Spring (airbag light & horn not working)

Learn how to turn off your airbag light and fix a horn that doesn't work by replacing your clock spring. Replacing a clock spring is very simple, saves us over $600 and takes less than an hour. I will show you how to safely remove the airbag and steering wheel so you can replace the clockspring at home using common hand tools.
To figure out I had a bad clock spring, I used an obd2 scanner to scan the airbag light and got codes b1801 and b1811 which is an open squib circuit, which means the clock spring is bad. Another way to tell the clock spring is bad is the horn doesn't work and/or the steering wheel buttons don't work.
OBD2 Scanner (BlueDriver):
Service Manual for Torque Specs:
Steering wheel puller:
Torque Wrench:
Clock spring:
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  1. drumbeast gaming

    drumbeast gaming4 päivää sitten

    It's funny how your voice sounded 6 years ago

  2. Steve Asumadru

    Steve Asumadru5 päivää sitten

    Simply the best!!! Thanks man. Thanks.

  3. Zino

    Zino6 päivää sitten

    What if you didn’t mark the center fir the steering wheel? Put it back on and it’s crooked, what’s the best way to restrighten it ?

  4. Querencias7

    Querencias76 päivää sitten

    BEAUTIFUL / EXCELLENT / NICE job CF! Kudos and MANY THANKS indeed. I might do this myself after all: '94 Buick Regal which, two or three years ago started honking steadily during the wee hours of the a.m. (neighbor's delight). Then it began honking, steadily, while driving! Embarrassing, people around me actually moved over ... or thought I was under a bad road rage episode and shook their head while I shyly passed them by. You, young man / mechanic, are awesome.

  5. Patrick Reyes

    Patrick Reyes7 päivää sitten

    I need help with how to do my 2013 nissan sentra horn switch replacement

  6. Treesha Surujmohan

    Treesha Surujmohan8 päivää sitten


  7. The Hearing Dock

    The Hearing Dock10 päivää sitten

    Hi. my 13 GT had The Advance Track needs service light come on and also had no power steering. I was told by auto repair shop the code reader said it was a Ford Steering Wheel Position Sensor. Is this the same thing as the Clock-Spring ? I can't find the Position, so maybe the Clock spring does both ??? Thanks

  8. Juan Martínez

    Juan Martínez11 päivää sitten

    Buttons don’t work and I have a blinking air bag light

  9. MBISOM89

    MBISOM8911 päivää sitten

    thanks for video just change my airbag after wife crash the car lol

  10. Panzer Alien

    Panzer Alien16 päivää sitten

    Airbag blew up in my face. It blasted my glasses straight into my brain, leaving me looking like quasimodo, retarded, and with severe autism. Be careful guys..

  11. Jackson's DIY

    Jackson's DIY17 päivää sitten

    Is it just me, or do you think Chris gets excited when his cars break down? Love the vids man keep it up!

  12. Joel Lucero

    Joel Lucero19 päivää sitten

    Hey Chris my airbag light didn’t go off but everything works now what do I do . It’s a Nissan 350z . Also my starting wheel is like off center a bit

  13. Brennan Archerda

    Brennan Archerda20 päivää sitten

    "Now you wanna take it for a ride and make sure everything works" *Crashes the car to test the Airbag*

  14. supreme goku

    supreme goku16 päivää sitten

    next video Chrisfix:hey guys chrisfix here today we are gonna fix your crashed car

  15. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix19 päivää sitten

    Or just wait for the light to go out :p

  16. Cobra427

    Cobra42722 päivää sitten

    my airbag light is on and my horn doesn't work, when I get my Mustang back together from fixing a coolant leak from under the intake manifold I'll test my cruise control and see if that works or not, main thing is fixing my horn and airbag light so I can get it inspected

  17. capsule

    capsule24 päivää sitten

    when i was eating my noodles. the intro juked me and burned my mouth a bit and im like. ............

  18. capsule

    capsule23 päivää sitten

    @ChrisFix i am infected. please do all your vids. this is 0 signing off

  19. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix23 päivää sitten

    Oops :o

  20. Chris Tulley

    Chris Tulley24 päivää sitten

    Thank you! This resolved my Airbag light that has been on intermittenly for a year or so in 2006 Lexux RX400H with touble codes B010 and B1181! Less than an hour. You inspire confidence!

  21. Christopher Paez

    Christopher Paez26 päivää sitten

    Could this cause my turn signals to work intermittently as well ?

  22. Gage Smith

    Gage Smith26 päivää sitten

    love toyota but that car is uuuuugly

  23. Johnny Sins

    Johnny Sins27 päivää sitten

    Yeah the buttons on my Lincoln Ls aren’t working. I’ve only heard the horn once in my two years owning it lol

  24. Mariner Kids

    Mariner Kids28 päivää sitten

    you’re not real OK and my name is actually Isismy phone number is 277497922 you can try calling it but you’re not gonna get the right phone number anyway it’s my right name is Isis

  25. Miki Zuniga

    Miki Zuniga28 päivää sitten

    Is there a chance that Chris would put a quick release steering wheel on the driftstang

  26. NightHawk J30

    NightHawk J30Uukausi sitten

    Replaced the cable Reel (clockspring) on my 03 Accord EXV6 Sedan. After replacement the horn and steering wheel controls worked again. And the SRS light went out.

  27. Fer Torres

    Fer TorresUukausi sitten

    I got the air bag light on and the horn don’t work but the cruiser does work is it still the clock spring ?

  28. Broddi Eddi

    Broddi EddiUukausi sitten

    You need to be straight to do this job

  29. Muhammad Shazain 1999

    Muhammad Shazain 1999Uukausi sitten

    Hey Chris what is your Favourite car

  30. George a233

    George a233Uukausi sitten

    What will happen if I put gun powder in my fuel tank hmmmmmmm

  31. George a233

    George a233Uukausi sitten

    @ChrisFix it's like the sugar video you made?

  32. ChrisFix

    ChrisFixUukausi sitten

    It would get filtered out pretty easily!

  33. Ÿášh Gámîñ Đêľūxè

    Ÿášh Gámîñ ĐêľūxèUukausi sitten

    Today I saw a Toyota Prius drifting 😏

  34. ChrisFix

    ChrisFixUukausi sitten

    Haha awesome!

  35. Ovi Blue

    Ovi BlueUukausi sitten

    The OBD it's 164 euro man too expensiv

  36. 845 LosABM

    845 LosABMUukausi sitten

    What if it just the light on and the horn doesn’t work ?


    BEASTY SHARKUukausi sitten

    im about to get my first car and im gonna fully modify it its a 2002 honda civic shoud i get it

  38. pls help

    pls helpUukausi sitten

    How would I figure out if it’s the clock spring or just the horn?

  39. Albert Barrera

    Albert BarreraUukausi sitten

    Why is there no video for changing your airbag? Is ChrisFix against changing our own airbags? Thinking about buying a car for very cheap but the airbag has been blown. And thanx to Chris, I can fix everything else

  40. Jacky Jenkins

    Jacky JenkinsUukausi sitten

    Thanks alot for that Video man! Took us a long time to figure out why the horn and all the buttons on my grandmas steering wheel won't work. The Mechanic shop couldn't find the problem either. I'm gonna try this now and see if we get lucky:) Greets from Germany

  41. mckoy lach

    mckoy lachUukausi sitten

    Nice and elaborate procedures,very helpful,thanks...

  42. Rene Heitmann

    Rene HeitmannUukausi sitten

    have you learn the job of a car mechanik when yes how does it work in Usa in germany you go to school for it for 3.5 years and in a Garage were you learn the practic

  43. Rene Heitmann

    Rene HeitmannUukausi sitten

    warning in germany and many outer countries is it illegal do it you self why you need a Lizenz for working on the Airbag so pleas do it in the garage were no one can see it

  44. Joey P

    Joey PUukausi sitten

    LMAO.. Never knew that part was called a clock spring. When the video started I was like "yea right, more piston return springs".. LOL.. Good video. Keep it up.

  45. Andrew Santora

    Andrew SantoraUukausi sitten

    I like your Phone Background

  46. ceeb2 thoj

    ceeb2 thojUukausi sitten

    Not all Clock springs are made the same

  47. Jenny Brisson

    Jenny BrissonUukausi sitten


  48. MPA

    MPAUukausi sitten

    nice job, best car repair videos on youtube!

  49. freshdoug

    freshdougUukausi sitten

    My horn wasn't working and I had an airbag light and it turned out to be both the clockspring and the horn. Also you can pull the codes by jumping the obd2 plug and getting it to cycle through the codes by flashing the ABS light... each car has a different way of doing this.

  50. Kronos 08

    Kronos 08Uukausi sitten

    Answerrr meeee Chris

  51. Jaxson Carter

    Jaxson CarterUukausi sitten

    Pooping on the floor Chris fix Pooping on the back of your car 🚙

  52. Jaxson Carter

    Jaxson CarterUukausi sitten

    Pooping on the floor

  53. cius esnal

    cius esnalUukausi sitten


  54. Pasan kithmina

    Pasan kithminaUukausi sitten

    I always

  55. Saint

    SaintUukausi sitten

    is that a horn cable or a ground cable???

  56. Vaios Kaliakoudas

    Vaios KaliakoudasUukausi sitten

    I'd like to recommend you that it'd be better and safer to pull the orange safety tab from the clock spring after you reinstall the steering wheel, so it wouldn't be a headache to line it straight

  57. no1unorightnow

    no1unorightnowUukausi sitten

    15:10 the combination of threadlocker (or anti-seize) with a torque wrench is a bad idea; because both provide some initial lubricant, you end up with a higher compression than what the same torque would have applied to dry parts

  58. Edwin Alexander

    Edwin Alexander2 kuukautta sitten

    Why you mark there while most cars are marked there already for you? Your clock spring no need of re- centred?


    GEODEAHOLIC M2 kuukautta sitten

    excellent very detailed easy to understand video. safety hints & tips esp. let the caps drain, appreciated. subscribed!

  60. no1unorightnow

    no1unorightnow2 kuukautta sitten

    7:39 Is it okay if my airbag inflator is a little more rusty than yours? It doesn't seem to be part of any current recalls.

  61. Harman _

    Harman _2 kuukautta sitten

    thanks for video very well

  62. G M

    G M2 kuukautta sitten

    It worked!!! Thanks man truly a blessing to have your help! Have a great 2021.

  63. david andres zubietta naranjo

    david andres zubietta naranjo2 kuukautta sitten

    Hey Chris thanks for the info, this video was very helpfull, I AM from Ecuador, Do You know if this obd tool works for a Skoda Fabia?

  64. DVDSchner

    DVDSchner2 kuukautta sitten

    You are so knowledgeable. I wish you were my mechanic! I could learn from you all day!

  65. Reinaldo Nieves

    Reinaldo Nieves2 kuukautta sitten

    Love you videos, so much details.

  66. charles mccowen

    charles mccowen2 kuukautta sitten

    @ChrisFix I have a 2015 Prius and my horn keeps going off at random times. Would you recommend replacing the clock spring? My airbag light isn’t on. Everything else is working fine. The horn is just randomly honking really loud.

  67. Gardener Mike in San Antonio

    Gardener Mike in San Antonio2 kuukautta sitten

    Would the clock spring also be the reason for a horn that is stuck in the on position?

  68. Alex Matthew

    Alex Matthew2 kuukautta sitten

    I have 2003 toyota sequoia limited, clock spring was bad, I replaced it. Airbag light gone.. but horn still not working.

  69. Sammy K

    Sammy K2 kuukautta sitten

    Hello, My 2011 Nissan Altima 2.5 was involved in an accident. Airbag got deployed . I have changed the airbag and front seat belts. But, still have the airbag light on ! Do you know what else do I need to change? please let me know if I could use your help with this problem. Thanks a lot in advance

  70. invest for your future

    invest for your future2 kuukautta sitten

    what a wonderful video you saved me from detailers scam. thank you chris

  71. Markus_54 Alayleo Montalvo

    Markus_54 Alayleo Montalvo2 kuukautta sitten

    Memories that Chrisfix cut out the old leather and recovered the whole steering wheel the leather or the edge is all crack and faded and use the steering wheel puller and now Chrisfix has access to the clock spring 10:00

  72. Léo Van Der Poel

    Léo Van Der Poel2 kuukautta sitten

    You're a legend Chris !

  73. skythelimite ME

    skythelimite ME2 kuukautta sitten

    Chris is the best mechanic on FItitle

  74. Markus_54 Alayleo Montalvo

    Markus_54 Alayleo Montalvo2 kuukautta sitten

    I’m happy that they designed the steering wheel so @chrisfix doesn’t used steering wheel puller

  75. d r

    d r2 kuukautta sitten

    Sorry if it's been asked before, but do you remember if the old clockspring was OEM or aftermarket? Thanks.

  76. ingenierodevuelo

    ingenierodevuelo2 kuukautta sitten

    Man, I have an isue with the yellow conector from the car to the clock spring, cannot fit it to the top

  77. ingenierodevuelo

    ingenierodevuelo2 kuukautta sitten

    Xcellent job, thanks, you helped me a lot

  78. yadatguy

    yadatguy2 kuukautta sitten

    Does this also work for the passengers side light

  79. yadatguy

    yadatguy2 kuukautta sitten

    @ChrisFix I'm still stuck that someone with 7 mill subs commented back with an answer I'm a new subscriber but illl be here a while

  80. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix2 kuukautta sitten


  81. Vyn Solina

    Vyn Solina2 kuukautta sitten

    Our van doesn't have a clock spring, it just has a metal plate and some wires also if you turn the steering wheel to lock the horn does not work.

  82. Adam Jensen

    Adam Jensen2 kuukautta sitten

    I just turn right when I have to honk

  83. Nick Wagers

    Nick Wagers2 kuukautta sitten

    I have an airbag light on, but my steering wheel has some play in it. So if my wheels are straight but my steering wheel isn’t (or vice versa) would I still be able to replace the clock spring?

  84. Brett

    Brett2 kuukautta sitten

    my audio controls on my steering wheel dont work, possibly the clock spring? could affect it?

  85. TheFrankDaddy

    TheFrankDaddy2 kuukautta sitten

    I watched a few Toyota clock spring replacement videos before this, but only after watching your video did it seem so much simpler than the others. Never thought I’d need to do this myself but thanks for the helpful video ChrisFix!


    AUTO LAND OF THORNBURG2 kuukautta sitten

    I lucky because I got a 07 Prius and it needs a clock spring replaced

  87. Zahrin Umbai

    Zahrin Umbai2 kuukautta sitten

    Tq for your video..i have same problem with my car...horn not working...Proton Wira..

  88. Muhanned Mohammed

    Muhanned Mohammed2 kuukautta sitten

    Hey Chris can you make more videos on Toyota prius’s? I own a 2nd gen Prius and would like to know more about them.

  89. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix2 kuukautta sitten

    Thanks for the video idea!

  90. Jazil Usman

    Jazil Usman2 kuukautta sitten

    How can I trust that is it working? Show us!

  91. Damios 180

    Damios 1802 kuukautta sitten

    Is the 20$ clock spring safe??? I need to change mine one my 2005 Toyota Mattrix, but wtf is that price range, from 300$ to 20$ ??!! I asked my dealership and he said he would not trust the 20$ China one... is it like a big Toyota scam or is it really dangerous, cheap security 20$ part that will make my airbag explode in my face at any moment??

  92. BoredArmour

    BoredArmour2 kuukautta sitten

    10:00 Only veteran viewers will know that clip is old

  93. raju noor

    raju noor2 kuukautta sitten

    Nice to see youchris

  94. Quinn Mangum

    Quinn Mangum2 kuukautta sitten

    Ughhhh I’m so scareddddd 😂

  95. John Botterill

    John Botterill3 kuukautta sitten

    What brand is the obd2 reader?

  96. John Botterill

    John Botterill2 kuukautta sitten

    Thanks can’t wait to order mine

  97. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 kuukautta sitten

  98. Brian Fitness Etc

    Brian Fitness Etc3 kuukautta sitten


  99. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 kuukautta sitten


  100. Ganesh S

    Ganesh S3 kuukautta sitten

    All the dislikes are from the mechanics and dealers

  101. RyGuy Kopishke

    RyGuy Kopishke3 kuukautta sitten

    I actually watched all of your videos a while ago and when my horn stopped working and heard a lot of snapping of wires when turning the steering wheel I new exactly what it was. Thanks for what you do.

  102. Omar Zeno

    Omar Zeno3 kuukautta sitten

    Great thank u

  103. Bawan bilal

    Bawan bilal3 kuukautta sitten

    rip my nissan tiida horn

  104. David Wilson

    David Wilson3 kuukautta sitten

    ft-lbs?! That definitely said in-lbs. Where did you see ft-lbs? Also, my Nissan has an airbag light on, and the horn no longer beeps when we lock it from outside with the key fob. Could that be an indication of a failing clock spring?

  105. Felipe Mendes

    Felipe Mendes3 kuukautta sitten

    You saved my life!

  106. Christopher Paez

    Christopher Paez3 kuukautta sitten

    Would this cause my turn signals to turn on only sometimes? They work when I turn the hazards on

  107. Earlston Layne

    Earlston Layne3 kuukautta sitten

    Really superb bro...I'm a first timer and I've learned a lot..thanks👍

  108. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 kuukautta sitten

    I'm glad you learned a lot from the video! Thanks a lot!

  109. katijah abdul rahman

    katijah abdul rahman3 kuukautta sitten

    Why broken clock spring

  110. katijah abdul rahman

    katijah abdul rahman3 kuukautta sitten

    Why broken

  111. katijah abdul rahman

    katijah abdul rahman3 kuukautta sitten

    The clock spring is called abs

  112. Denis Legault

    Denis Legault3 kuukautta sitten

    very good video, would that work with a 2009 nissan sentra? I have watched many videos before but never detailed like yours. Again thank you for sharing your knowledge.

  113. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 kuukautta sitten

    Thanks a lot! I've done this on a bunch of different cars and this wouldn't be much different than your Nissan!

  114. Subaru STi

    Subaru STi3 kuukautta sitten

    Chris, bro you are my auto mechanic hero !!

  115. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 kuukautta sitten

    Thanks a lot!

  116. Kenji

    Kenji3 kuukautta sitten

    Is the after market clock spring universal?

  117. Kenji

    Kenji3 kuukautta sitten

    @ChrisFix will it fit on miata mx5 2017? I tried putting a quick release and I didn’t know you’re not supposed to spin the clock spring :(

  118. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix3 kuukautta sitten

    They might the same one on a lot of cars but you'll have check fitment!

  119. taseen yousuf

    taseen yousuf3 kuukautta sitten

    Chrisfix: hey guys, chrisfix here. Problems with your airbag? First thing you need to do is to disconnect the battery Me: disconnects the battery but pulls airbag and brings it In house and airbag deploys and house destroys because of airbag.