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Old 06-17-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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How to align E46 clockspring?


I have just purchased a clockspring from an E46 M3 but I don't know which position the owners wheels were in when he removed it from his car. If I install it in an arbitrary position, the ribbon cable in the wheel that is used to connect the steering wheel button will tear and the clockspring will be useless.

Does anybody know how to align the clockspring so that it is in the correct position when I install the steering wheel with the wheels straight?

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Old 10-04-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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Im in the same situation. Anybody else have info on how to do this?
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
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Install clock spring & make sure wheels are pointing straight ahead.
Before installing steering wheel ...
GENTLY turn clock spring mechanism completely in one direction until you feel resistance.
Then GENTLY turn the clockspring in opposite direction.
Count the number of revolutions until you feel resistance.
Turn the clockspring back half the number of turns you counted - it will be in the center.
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clockspring, clockspring alignment

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