Sunday, November 20, 2011

How to replace the Steering Wheel Clockspring on a 2006 VW Passat 2.0T (Part 2).


Now, pay special attention to the red safety cover on the steering wheel Clockspring. It's purpose is to keep the Clockspring in a center position until it is installed. Place the steering wheel Clockspring into position.

After you have placed the steering wheel Clockspring into position, remove the red safety cover and make sure you don't turn the Clockspring at all until final assembly of the steering wheel. Now lift the electronic module upwards until it plugs into the steering wheel Clockspring and it's clips latch on into position.


Now, elevate the lower steering column cover and fasten it into place with the two screws on each side.


Place the steering wheel into position paying special attention to the center markings on the steering wheel and center column. Make sure they are alligned to ensure proper installation. Also, make sure the top brown wires are snuggly fit into their designated space, so they don't get pinched when you install the airbag.


Now, fasten the steering wheel by tightening the center bolt back into postion. Plug the yellow steering wheel airbag plug into it's harness, and make sure it clicks into position for proper connection or else airbag may not deploy.


Place the top steering column cover into position and press down on it until it clicks into a fastened position.


Place the steering wheel airbag into position, making sure the connector wires of the yellow plug are not going to be pinched and press it into position until the metal clips snap into place on both sides.


Now, ***with the steering wheel assembled and in the center postion, remove the key from the ignition***. Then reconnect the battery. Now, arm and disarm the alarm system to inactivate the engine immobilizer. ***When you start the car keep the steering wheel in the center position as we mentioned earlier.*** The ESP light and the yellow steering wheel light on the dash may come ON, because the steering wheel angle calibration must be done. Now turn the car off, push the key in until the dash lights up and scan the car at this time with VAG-COM. It may give you multiple fault codes because the battery was disconnected and due to the steering wheel maintenance. Clear all the fault codes and the one that will remain is the following:

1 Fault Found:
8 - Steering Angle Sensor (G85)
005 - No or Incorrect Basic Setting / Adaptation

The ESP and Yellow steering wheel lights on the dash will still be there after clearing the codes. Now, we will calibrate the steering wheel angle.
With the engine running and the steering wheel in center position, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right first, then all the way to the left, then back to the center and then drive the car forward at no more than 20 MPH. This should turn off the EPC, yellow steering wheel light, and calibrate the steering wheel angle. If this doesn't do it then you will need to calibrate with VAG-COM.


  1. I just completed this switch using your DIY guide. Thank-you very much for a great write up with lots of pics. I still have the airbag light on, but I don't have a VAG-COM cable so I'm hoping it is a lingering error light that will go off eventually.

  2. Great writeup but this may not work for everyone. The replacement clock spring part may need to be coded to your vehicle. With VAG-COM, go to the 16- Steering Wheel module, select Coding, and write down the current coding. Use that to code the new module. As written above, you calibrate the G85 stop limits by turning the wheel full lock left and right, but make sure you wait to hear the 3 beeps. You may also need to calibrate the steering angle sensor.

  3. Also the airbag light will not go off but you can clear the code with VAG-COM going to 15 - Airbags, fault codes, clear all codes.