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My beloved 2001 GTV TS is showing a few signs of wear and tear in the interior so time for a bit of TLC. I have read various posts about getting the steering wheel re-trimmed and getting it off without smashing yourself in the face with it. My question is; what is the clock Spring that is apparently a pain to sort out and is this an easy DIY job? Will I end up having to get the airbag warning light reset etc?

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The clockspring looks like this -

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m615/pkr1/Steering wheel/audio clockspring_zpsdfph3zbd.png

( that however is from a 166 with slightly different connectors ).

It is screwed to the back of the steering wheel with three screws.

When you get the steering wheel off, you'll notice a spikey part. You'll notice that can rotate independantly of the wheel DO NOT ROTATE IT MORE THAN A FEW DEGREES. When you see how it works, get a bit of masking tape and tape the two halves of the clockspring together.

I'd remove it from the wheel and not send it to the retrimmer. That way you can be certain it hasn't been rotated inadvertently.

If you suspect it isn't centred, it isn't the end of the world, it's fairly easy to re-centre it.

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Some people use brute force to remove the wheel. Others buy a harmonic puller to do it -

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AM-Tech-H...516394?hash=item2818aa762a:g:FWEAAOSwrURXPcIb

( make sure you get the metric version ).

I made a puller -

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums...ing it apart/2011-11-11_15-11-06_DSC_0041.jpg
 

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Pkr... Many thanks. Do I need to worry about the airbag warning light?
 

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Not really. Just make sure you don't turn on the ignition whilst the airbag is disconnected. You could lift the rear seat and disconnect the airbag ECU just to be sure.
 

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My plan is to get a cheap wheel off eBay and get that re-trimmed so will only have the steering wheel off for long enough to swap them over.
 

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Many thanks again. I have e-mailed Royal Steering Wheels earlier to get a quote. Depending on cost etc I may well drive down and let them do it but not if it is mega expensive.
 

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I'm after a ph 2 one so three spoke.
 

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I think Royal Steering Wheels in Aylesbury may have a GTV wheel for swap out.

I'm not sure how it works but when I went to pick up my retrimmed wheel he was in the process of fitting a wheel to a BMW. So either done by post or a visit.

This is the wheel he did for me -

http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums.../2015-08-15_15-16-49_DSC_0013_zpswruqq0ch.jpg

It's a 166 wheel with the quite rare audio controls.
pkr that looks very nice especially the red stitching.:thumbup:
 

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Dan... Many thanks. I'm after something cheap and tatty as it is going to get re-trimmed.
 
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