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Old 07-08-2016, 10:43 AM   #1
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Smart wheel clockspring

Has anyone replaced or repaired the clockspring on their smart wheel? I've chased everything down to the smartwheel, itself. I had no response to headlights, wipers, cruise, or horn. Replaced the module, checked all fuses, finally removed the assembly holding all the controls on the smart wheel and rewired them directly from the module and everything worked. Therefore, I'm assuming it must be in the clockspring workings within the wheel. Pictures and strategy of removal and repair would be nice. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-08-2016, 03:46 PM   #2
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We had our clockspring replaced about 4 years ago and it cured numerous gremlins in the Smart Wheel.

Wipers wouldn't work in Hi/Lo, then they would. Cruise intermittent. Etc etc etc

I did not do the work myself but I watched a tech do it and it was relatively quick and appeared to be straightforward.

Good luck!


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Old 07-08-2016, 04:08 PM   #3
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Some have stickers on the new part with re-install directions, if not do this. Before removing park with the wheels straight ahead as driving down the highway, put a mark on it at top center and on the steering wheel,rotate the clock spring to the right and count the revolutions to stop. Rotate back to where you started "center", then count rotations to the left to stop. Clock spring should be equal revolutions side to side. Clock springs are not complicated as some make out to be. They just need to be centered so they can rotate with the steering wheel full right and left. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:04 AM   #4
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Doc, I too have gremlins in my SmartWheel. I noticed you replaced your controller in 2009. I have a 2007 MA and have yet to replace the controller. I have had to reset it a few times though. I hesitate to replace the controller because it doesn't seem to be the problem.....I wonder if replacing the clockspring will be the fix?
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Old 07-23-2016, 10:38 AM   #5
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LABergo - I am on my third controller (none at my expense) and that still didn't fix the problem. Replacing the clock spring did!

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Old 07-23-2016, 06:17 PM   #6
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Here is a link to the clock spring that is in my rig, don't know if it is the same as yours, I own a 2002 Monaco Windsor


Go to the Douglas Autotech website, they are the suppliers of the steering columns on most rigs and have the service bulletins.

Go here
Service Parts | Douglas Autotech Corporation

Type in 1900043 and it will bring up the instructions on how to change.

If this isn't the one it is probably close enough.

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