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Is this clockspring repairable?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by LarryJ, Apr 27, 2019.

  1. Apr 27, 2019 at 4:54 PM
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    LarryJ

    LarryJ [OP] '97 Tacoma SR5, Auto, V6 - Virginia Beach

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    I yanked the airbag wires out. Can they be soldered back to the little nubs remaining. Is there a service that does that. If I could find an early '97 clockspring with 6 pins I'd buy it, just can't find one.

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  2. Apr 27, 2019 at 6:05 PM
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    if you want to repair, you will need to cut or trim some of the plastic off to expose the copper nubs and solder the wires back

    looks like the 97 clockspring is discontinued and that's why you can't find one. The part # for the one posted above is for 98-99, but can it still fit? I honestly don't know... but for some reason, 97 is listed... maybe it can fit, who knows?

    Have you tried going to the dealer and ask if it has been replaced by some other part #? Your best bet would probably be to go to a junkyard, but good luck finding a tacoma as they are quite rare in junkyards

    @gunny1005 can you help? Since it is discontinued, was the 97 clockspring subtituted for another one?
     
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  4. Apr 27, 2019 at 10:57 PM
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    BartMaster1234

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    I wouldn’t trust that. They’re cheap enough aftermarket.
     
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  5. Apr 27, 2019 at 11:24 PM
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    Taco302

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    Yeah i would trim the plastic back and try to form a solid connection by connectors and soldering.
     
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    For once o_O I have to agree with Bart here... safety first, find a replacement instead of trying to jury-rig a fix. Last thing you want is the bag deploying when you least expect it due to some funk in the wiring job you did.
     
  7. Apr 28, 2019 at 2:20 AM
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    What other damage was done when you pulled things apart.

    There are traces those pins were attached to so will the heat needed to solder them back on melt even more connections
     
  8. Apr 28, 2019 at 5:39 AM
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    LarryJ

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    Thanks for all the replies. The one posted in the link won't fit. They changed the style and connectors after June/July of '97. My truck is an early '97. I managed to find a few that fit, but they have fewer pins negating the horn and cruise control. Need the horn to work for state inspection.

    I didn't want to attempt the repair myself. Thought maybe I could send it to someone. Found a service that replaces airbag connections after bag is deployed, but they don't repair clock springs.
     

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