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How can I fix a faulty clock spring in a 2012 Nissan X-Trail?

Asked by Geoff

My air-bag warning light on my 2012 Nissan X-Trail is blinking and I took it to an auto electrician. He said the clock spring is faulty. Is this common and is there an easy fix?

Answered by CarsGuide

15 Apr 2021 David Morley

The clock-spring is the electrical linkage that connects the driver’s air-bag and everything else that lives on the steering wheel (cruise-control, stereo controls and more in a modern vehicle) with the rest of the car. The clock-spring is needed to allow the steering wheel to turn while maintaining those electrical contacts.

It’s quite a common thing to have to replace and will probably cost a few hundred dollars to have a workshop do the job.

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