How to Replace a Clockspring in a Chevy Cobalt

by Editorial Team

The clockspring in your Chevy Cobalt allows your steering wheel to turn and still remain connected to the airbag deployment mechanism. The clockspring allows for a continuous electrical connection to the airbag, horn and cruise control. When the airbag light remains illuminated, replacing the clockspring may extinguish it.

Step 1

Straighten the wheels of your Chevy Cobalt by turning the steering wheel to its neutral position. Turn the ignition off and remove the key.

Step 2

Disconnect the negative battery cable in your Chevy Cobalt and keep the cable separate from the battery terminal during the entire repair process. Allow the airbag system to discharge for a minimum of two minutes before working on the steering column.

Step 3

Open the Body Control Module (BCM) fuse center and remove the cover. Locate the two airbag fuses, AIR BAG (IGN) and AIR BAG (BATT), and remove both.

Step 4

Turn the steering wheel of your Chevy Cobalt so that one of the side openings ends up on the top of the wheel. Insert a tool with a blunt end into the opening and depress the sprint mechanism. Repeat this procedure with the other opening and remove the face of the steering wheel.

Step 5

Take apart all the electrical connections and remove the airbag. Unscrew the steering wheel nut and use a steering wheel puller to remove the steering wheel.

Step 6

Unhook the clockspring from your Chevy Cobalt by removing all electrical connections to it. Replace the mechanism and then replace the steering wheel and airbag.

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