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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 01-03-2013, 10:04 PM
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Question about slip ring/clock spring...

Good day Gents,
My clock spring/slip ring finally gave up on me! No surprises there since the car has over 175,000 miles ( 97 528i ) in it and has not had the clock spring replaced! Anyway, every control in the steering wheel had stopped functioning and I'm most certain, the slip ring is the culprit ( unless someone might suggest as the ignition failing system )! It's not that hard to replace a clock spring as I was told but of course, it's better to ask the forum members for opinions and such before I do the task. Here goes...after I loosen the torx screw that holds the airbag, straighten up the steering wheel, unhook the battery cables, slowly uplug the wires from behind the airbag, remove the 16 mm bolt that holds the steering wheel...what kind of reaction would I expect from the clock spring that is mounted behind the steering wheel? Will it jump out or uncoil?
Not quite sure what to expect...really...so if any of you pros has done this before, kindly give me some clarification for I don't want to break anything!
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:54 AM
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Nothing to worry about. The clock spring will be retained by four tots screws and four wiring connectors. Nothing will spring out. Take a look at this post to get an idea of what you"ll be looking at:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...&postcount=249
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:57 AM
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Most clockspring works the same principle.

I replaced the clockspring in my 98 Volvo V70 and here are the points:
- Basically the SW turns about 5.5-6.0 complete revolutions.
- So you need to set the SW in straight ahead position, d/c battery, remove air bag.
- Then once you install the clockpsirng, it has to be "pinned" in neutral position, about 2.75 turns from either side.
- Then SW goes back in, then unpin the clockspring.

READ this Volvo write-up that I did a while back and you will understand it. Most cars have the same setup:

http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/for...ic.php?t=34639
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:01 AM
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Also, check this E36 thread by "Graham E39 528i":
http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum....php?t=1807368
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:18 AM
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Great! Very much appreciated fellas! Will give updates as soon as it's done!
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