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jM2.me 03-07-2013 05:19 PM

Volute Spring. What is it?
 
Doing some reasearch on e46 wiring and found something called "Volute Spring" on WDS its part I01002 (E46 WDS here)
As far as I can tell it is connected to K Bus, DDE/DME, I-Bus, multiple restrain system, and finally multi-function steering wheel.

So does anyone know what it is, or what it might be?

scottjoh 03-07-2013 06:57 PM

It's a flex cable connecting parts on the moving part of the steering wheel with the rest of the car (airbag, cruise buttons, radio/phone controls and horn.).

-fixture- 03-07-2013 08:18 PM

http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BM...649_volute.png

Hope this is the correct one.

cyberkaa 03-07-2013 08:23 PM

Correct. It's also known as a clock spring or slip ring.
It allows components that rotate about a central axis to maintain electrical contact with a fixed element without twisting a wiring harness.

On an E46, the volute spring is the slip ring that allows the steering wheel to connect to the harness.

CostiX 10-09-2016 12:53 AM

i have a steering wheel with shift paddles (smg gearbox) and i accidentaly got out the volute spring... is there a posibility that i could replace that volute spring with wires ? or is there a method to insert it in the correct order ? thank you (sorry for my english )

paraklas 10-09-2016 03:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CostiX (Post 17088480)
i have a steering wheel with shift paddles (smg gearbox) and i accidentaly got out the volute spring... is there a posibility that i could replace that volute spring with wires ? or is there a method to insert it in the correct order ? thank you (sorry for my english )

You mean that you unwrapped the ribbon out of the slipring body? if so, it's a pain to put it back together without breaking it. Why don't you pick up a used one and be done with it?
You can't really use wires as they will break with the steering wheel rotating.

CostiX 10-09-2016 02:52 PM

yes i unwrapped the ribbon out of the slipring body....i can`t use other ribbon because my steering wheel has the shift paddles .... the other steering wheels don`t have them... i think that i will look for wires and replace the ribbon.... what do you think ?


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