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Old 09-25-2007, 01:03 AM   #11
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Default Re: SRS Light staying on!!! Keep me away from the dealer!

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So if i can get access to a DRBIII i can reset this? Forgive my ignorance but is the DRBIII specific to our sprinters or would my local dodge (not an authorized sprinter service location) be likely to have one?

Thanks for all the quick responses.
SRS codes are usually off limits to aftermarket scan tools. All Dodge dealers have DRBIIIs but not every non-Sprinter dealer has the DRBIII Sprinter/Crossfire multiplex cable(for the German k line protocol) and the DRBIII Sprinter card needed for communication. BTW, The DRBIII is not the only Sprinter scan computer. Snap-on's Nexiq Technologies division now markets the German SDA software for Sprinters. Used by UPS and fleets who don't want the DRBIII(or can't afford it). It's not cheap, runs on a laptop, will eventually also accommodate CAN based protocol on '07 and '08s. I find it slower to use than the DRBIII but it has lots of secondary tech info and wiring diagrams included in the software menus. Doktor A
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:17 AM   #12
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What happened, will you go to dealer to reset your code now?
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:14 PM   #13
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Please keep me from having to return to the dealer...please!
Sounds like you're still under warranty? If so, I would swallow hard and take it back. Even if you could find someone with a DRB-III to reset the light, it might just come back on and then the fault would have to be repaired. The SRS light is lit again on my '02 as I write this, but I know (the good Doktor hooked up his DRB-III) that there's a problem with the driver's airbag squib wiring (either a short to ground, or a short between the two wires) that I have to trace and fix. Don't know, but could be the clockspring needs to be replaced.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:32 PM   #14
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Bingo! I brought it into the dealer....problem in the squib wiring and they ordered a new clockspring
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Old 09-28-2007, 01:52 AM   #15
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Recent analysis of returned clock springs have indicated that prior service may have contributed to the clock spring's failure.

* Do not use silicone or any other lubricant spray on or near the clock spring. Lubricants are often used in the clock spring area of the steering column to eliminate noise. Lubricants may have an adverse effect on the clock spring.
* Clock spring centering. Any repair that may disrupt the positioning of the steering wheel with the front wheels will require that the clock spring be centered. This includes clock spring replacement, steering column service, steering gear service, and front suspension crossmember service. Refer to the Service Manual for the clock spring centering procedure. Doktor A
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Default Help: Clock spring. lubrication, noise in steering wheel

I am responding to a very old post of Dr. A's regarding the clock spring. I have had noise coming from the steering wheel for over a year - only when the weather is hot or the inside of the van cabin is warm/hot. It is a creaking noise when the wheel is turned, even the slightest little bit, to the right. No noticeable effect on steering - just irritating and worrisome.

I have put off dealing with it because even after quite a bit of research and a visit to a local non-Sprinter mechanic it isn't clear what is going on.

I hate to just have the clock spring replaced (it is is in a likely spot in the steering wheel and several people have suggested this COULD be the problem) but it is expensive and some have also suggested that the steering wheel be taken apart and plastic trim pieces examined for binding/rubbing or even lubricating places in the steering column. It seems like there are a lot of possibilities.

I can't afford to fix this in a totally trial-by-error approach if anyone has knowledge that could help eliminate possibilities.

Is it worth having the steering wheel disassembled just to see if anything seems to be binding and then lubricate likely spots? Is lubrication going to damage things. Can one tell if the clock spring needs to be replaced if the steering wheel is opened up?

After much internet searching I have found several mentions of a similar noise and problem after work was done on the steering wheel. I did have to have the multi-function switch replaced about 18 months ago and the noise started the first hot day on a long drive after that. Coincidence or clue?

Another clue might be that the lexan (or whatever sort of plastic) instrument panel covering cracked from where it sits just above top of the steering column - the crack going up about 3 inches - and that happened on the same trip. I didn't connect the two things until just now, but it was in the 90s for about a week and we drove about 500 miles.

THis has all been complicated by the fact that SprintGuy is no longer nearby at a dealership and the Dodge dealer no longer has a Sprinter mechanic. I had hope to get the van to him last fall but family issues intervened.

I need a strategy. Any advice is appreciated.
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