Clocksrping Spiral Cable - 3rd times a charm?
Just bought my 3rd spiral cable/clockspring for my 2007 Armada. Here is the background: Original clockspring began to fail with symptoms of steering radio controls not functioning and finally horn not working. I bought an aftermarket clockspring for $100 on EBAY. Instructions indicated I should just move the steering angle sensor from the old one to the new one and its good to go. Upon reinstall I had VDC/SLIP lights illuminated and these did not reset after a week or so of driving. So I removed the new clockspring and returned it. I then bought an OEM clockspring from Nissan complete with new light/wiper/blinker stalks and a new Steering Angle Sensor. Upon installing that unit, I again had VDC/SLIP. Thinking that the new Steering Angle Sensor had to be programmed to the car, I removed it and installed the old sensor. Lights off and all seemed good for a few days until VDC/SLIP AND Air Bag lights started to appear. I could always clear the Airbag light with a reset procedure but it would come back a few days later. The diagnostic code always read "No current fault", meaning that whatever was detected was not present when I did the reset. The VDC/SLIP would come and go. Pulling my hair out at this point...I re-installed the ORIGNAL clockspring with the original Steering Angle Sensor....ALL GOOD in 2 weeks of driving except for the original symptoms of radio controls and horn not functioning. So then I had the bright idea of trying to operate on my old clockpring and install just the ribbon cable from the new clockspring. DON'T try and take these things apart unless you are extremely trained/talented !!! I TRASHED THEM BOTH!!
LONG STORY brings me to today...I ordered a 3rd clockpring from EBAY - an aftermarket one for 65 bucks. I plan on installing my old steering angle sensor and praying the damn thing works and the lights go out and stay out! Through all of this I realized that the steering angle sensor, while physically attached to the clockspring...has NO electronic connection to it! It has a separate connector that goes to a separate harness to the car. Why would I get VDC/SLIP with new clocksprings but not the old one if I am using the same Steering Angle Sensor each time?
Any ideas or theories would be appreciated! I will update when I install my new one - hopefully over this weekend.