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Hey everyone, I have been a lurker but I need some help.
I have a 98 camry V6 and I have a bunch of problems that started about a week ago.
First the Horn does not work, also the cruise control does not work, and last the air bag warning light is on. now I'm not thinking these 3 things are seperate issues. because all 3 of these things are located on the steering wheel. Please let me note everything on the steering colom (blinkers, lights, wipers) still function fine. as of yet I have not done much searching to find the problem if its not to cold tomarrow i'll test the horn relay. but i'm asking here hoping for some advice.
 

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hey guys,


Just got out the owners manual and checked about 5 or so fused relating to cruise, airbag, and horn. none of which are blown...
 

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take off your actual steering wheel and take a look at the wires that connect from the steering wheel to the steering column....if the wires are fine, then you may want to look into the turning thingy (what's it called???) that lets you turn the wheel and still have the wires working

the three things that you mentioned are isolated to specific things on the actual steering wheel.
the signals/wipers controls are located on the actual steering column
 

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sorry for sounding like a noob but i've never worked much on these cars. any where I could find a steering wheel disassembly guide? also, a now that the fuses are out its either wireing or the clock spring. hopefully I can fix it my self.
 

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ahhhh.....clock spring...that's what it was called...

but back on topic- it's going to be one of those two....an even more exact way of finding out would be by reading your airbag code, because it tells you where the problem is, and if the diagnostic system points there as well, then you know what's going on for sure...


and to take off your steeringwheel, it's pretty easy....
- unhook battery - don't pull the fuse- this in itself will also throw a code
- take off little plastic covers on sides of steeringwheel
- push airbag down so that the screws are easily accessible
- take off two screws (one on each side)
- remove airbag
- unhook wire plugs
- then remove the steeringwheel using a steeringwheel puller

at this point, you should be able to see if the wires are okay. to find out if the clock spring is still okay, I'm not sure...

you can check for continuity using an voltmeter I presume, after removing the steering column plastic and accessing the area

a haynes or a shop manual could really help you at this point

good luck
 

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yeah i'm looking on ebay for a repair manual now... getting the steering wheel off and removing the airbag, will the entire piece (horn button and all) come out after removing the two screws?
 

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the airbag will come off after removing the screws

then you'll need a steeringwheel puller to get the steeringwheel off the splines- it's basically impossible to take the steeringwheel off by just yanking on it

the horn plate (where the airbag mounts) is built into the steeringwheel and will come off with it

you'll understand once you get the airbag off
 

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clock spring isn't too hard, just don't blow the airbag up in your face - please please please disconnect the battery a few minutes before you start tearing. Center the steering wheel, use a brand new clock spring, the screws on the sides holding the airbag in are torx (T30, I think). You'll need to search these forums (I don't think it's in the AFM manuals) for the airbag reset procedure after you're done, since the light came on.
 

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clock spring isn't too hard, just don't blow the airbag up in your face - please please please disconnect the battery a few minutes before you start tearing. Center the steering wheel, use a brand new clock spring, the screws on the sides holding the airbag in are torx (T30, I think). You'll need to search these forums (I don't think it's in the AFM manuals) for the airbag reset procedure after you're done, since the light came on.

I will disconect the battery, last think I need is to blow up my face.... thanks for the advice, looks like I have all the tools I need just need to borrow a wheel puller.
 

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thanks for linking to the service manual that helps a lot!

does anyne know where I can find the part number of the clock spring? and does anyone know aprox. how much its going to cost me for a new one?
 
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