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How to Replace Clock Spring 05-16 Toyota RAV4

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How to Replace Clock Spring 05-16 Toyota RAV4

Created on: 2019-09-25

This video shows you how to replace the clock spring in your 05-16 Toyota RAV4.

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools


  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

    Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

    Torque Wrench


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Pocket Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    19mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

    10mm Wrench

Installation Video
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What's up, guys? I'm Andy from 1A Auto. In this video, I'm going to show you how to replace the clockspring on this 2010 Toyota RAV4. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

Disconnect the negative battery terminal. We'll use a 10-millimeter wrench. Loosen this nut up and pull the connection off and set this aside. You don't want this to arc out on the battery, so make sure it doesn't spring back. On the side of the steering wheel, there's a hole right here and there's also one on the other side. I'm going to take a T30 driver. And you're going to find, there's a screw in there.

So, it may take a little bit to find it, but once you find it, loosen it up. It's on there pretty tight. There we go. And the screws not going to come out. It's just going to loosen up so that you can pull the airbag off. All right, that's good. Then I'll do the same on the other side. There we go. Get that loose, grab the airbag. We can disconnect the connectors.

There's a connector right here. Just grab that and try to pull this out just like that. And then these two connectors. For these two connectors, I'm just going to use a pic and you want to pull this centerpiece up first. Try to get under here, there's a little lock that locks these in just like that. Once you get that up, you can get underneath the connector and slide it out. Just be careful not to break these. Just like that.

Then you can grab the airbag. When you place the airbag down, place it with the top of it facing up. Just in case it goes off, you don't want it this way, you don't want it to go off that way. We're going to disconnect these wires right here. Disconnect this one, just push down on the tab, slide that aside. And then, also, we'll disconnect this one as well. Push down on that tab. Slide it out.

This wire right here, we'll leave that attached. I want to take this nut off. I'm going to use a 19-millimeter socket and a ratchet. And I'm going to hold the steering wheel with my other arm and loosen that up. I should be able to do it by hand, get that nut. I'm just going to loosen the nut, not quite all the way off. And then I'm just going to grab the steering wheel, give it a shake back and forth.

The reason you leave the nut on there is so that when it releases, the steering wheel doesn't hit you in the face. So that's released. You can also use a puller, you can thread in the puller right there and then press it off. But you don't necessarily need a puller. Take the nut off. Now, before you take the steering wheel off, now the steering wheel is not keyed.

So, you could actually take it off and move it over a tooth and it's still going to go on fine. So, what you want to do before you take this off completely, just take a little felt tip pen and just mark where the steering wheel goes. Okay. And once you go to put it back on, you're going to know that it's not in the right position. So, that way you get it back to where it was. Pull this off.

All right, with the clockspring, it is kind of dangerous to just leave this out. You don't want this to spin so you could just take a piece of tape, try to tape it to the center shaft of the column, and then tape on the clockspring. That way it doesn't spin. I'm sure there's some other methods to prevent this from spinning. But for right now, we'll do that. Once I get these covers off, I can tape it on the outside.

I'm just going to take a straight blade screwdriver or a pocket screwdriver. Just go right in here, pry this part down right here as well, just release this. Lower the adjuster right there and just pull this off. With the adjuster loose, then you can pull the whole steering column out just like that. Release that, slide this off. And top part just slides up just like that.

All right, we're just going to disconnect this connector right here, just like that. And this one as well. This one has a slide, you just kind of slide it out. So you could take a pocket screwdriver or even use your fingernail and you just slide this out. When you slide that out it releases and then you can slide the connector off. So, that's at the bottom. And then this connector as well. Just push on the tab, slide it out.

I'm going to re-tape the top part of the clockspring to keep it from spinning. Just tape it like this. And take my pocket screwdriver, I'm just going to grab on the clockspring. Just give it a little pressure towards me. And then, right here, there's a release, right there. And then right here as well. Release those two tabs. Release that top one on the back and pull this off. Just make sure this is taped so it doesn't spin.

All right, take the clockspring. Now, if you have a new clockspring, it's probably already going to be set. So, you're going to want to make sure when you took the old one off that your wheels are straight cause that's how they are set up. So, we're just reusing ours. So, just line up the tabs and lock it back in place. Take the connectors ... oops. Connect that white connector back there, lock it in place. Black one goes right here.

No, take that back, yellow one goes right here, lock that in place. And the black one goes right there. When I go to put the top back on, the tape's going to be covered up. So, what I'm going to do is just take another piece of masking tape and tape it from the front, right here just to prevent this from spinning and I can take that tape off. Doesn't have to be on really good or tight or anything, just to prevent it from spinning.

There may be some other methods to keep this from spinning. If you have any methods, leave me a comment below. So, let's line this top up. There is a little tab right here. Just going to get it lined up up there, lock that in place. And take the bottom, now where the adjuster handle is, you're going to have to slide that through the slot on the lower tab. And line this up. Go over the key cylinder and just line this up. Lock it back in place. That looks good.

Now, we can lock the steering wheel lock. All right. Now, carefully take that masking tape off. Slide these wires through here, make sure the clockspring doesn't spin. And line the steering wheel up with the mark that you made before you took it off. I'm going to take the steering wheel nut and up behind the wheel, tighten that nut down. And I'm going to take a 19-millimeter socket and a torque wrench. Torque this nut to 37-foot-pounds. There we go.

All right, now I'm just going to connect the smaller connector right here. That goes to the cruise control switch. And then, this bigger connector, that connects to the steering wheel button right there. Now, we want to plug these connectors in. Make sure you don't twist these all around. I'm actually going to connect this black wire right here first, it's actually the ground for the horn or that's what makes the horn work. And plug the orange connector on the orange side, just like that. Lock it in place.

And then, the black one on the black side and lock it in place. And just make sure those wires aren't twisted, anything weird. They look good. Just line this up, it goes right there and take your T30 driver. We're going to do one side of the time. Get that on there, tighten that up. And then, we'll tighten up the other side. So, I'm just tightening these up. Make sure they're good and snug.

Now, if you have the ability to use a torque wrench, you're going to torque these to 78-inch-pounds. I'm not going to be able to do that. Because I can't put a torque wrench on the end of my driver. But I'm just doing the best I can. Let's reattach the negative cable and take your 10-millimeter wrench. Tighten this up, snug that up. Just wiggle it, make sure it's nice and tight and you're good to go.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Pick

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape
  • Marker / Writing Utensil

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Torque Wrench
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Pocket Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 19mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench

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