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Old 09-21-2021, 01:42 PM   #1
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Smile Smart Wheel questions

We have a 2015 American Eagle. About a year ago the smart wheel failed, horn, wripers, and cruse control. Fleetwood said it was a Freightliner
problem. I took it to Freightliner, over a 100 mile round trip. They said they replaced a fuse, road tested it, showed me where the fuse was, and charged me almost $200.
It has failed again. I replaced the fuse, even thought it was not burned out, but have no action on the smart wheel.
I hate to go to Freightliner again!!! Any help is appreciated.

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Old 09-21-2021, 03:28 PM   #2
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Look through this manual for troubleshooting ideas:

https://rvtechlibrary.com/electronic...heelOwners.pdf
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There’s a thing called a “clock spring” under the steering wheel that has probably broken. It’s what provides power to the steering wheel controls. If you’re comfortable with removing the steering wheel , you can replace it yourself, if not, it’s a trip to the repair shop. Many shops can do it.
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The way the steering wheel is built, I cannot see a way to remove it. This may result with another trip to the repair shop.
Thanks for your suggestion!!!
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Look through this manual for troubleshooting ideas:



https://rvtechlibrary.com/electronic...heelOwners.pdf

Thanks. Unfortunately it doesn’t say anything about troubleshooting, but it does explain how the system works.
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Get hold of the horn pad around the edges and lift. Mine is held down with clips and just pops off. You’ll also need a wheel puller to get the steering wheel off.
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Try this:

http://www.rvtechlibrary.com/electro...leshooting.pdf

Reset the control module as per the guide, check voltages/continuity to verify the controller is good. If not the controller, it is the clockspring.
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I have a 2015 Fleetwood Discovery and had the same issues. I tore into mine and found the clock spring flex cable had flexed one too many times and split the conductors.
I assume a poor design but replaced it and have never had another issue. If I recall it was close to $500 for parts and labor.

Could have easily replaced it myself but took it in for the warranty to pay for it.

Good luck with your diagnosis!
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