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Question DetailsAsked on 8/13/2017

how much to replace the clock spring on a 2006 hhr

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For those who say - hey dummy, dummy - radio is digital, no windup needed so no spring - the clockspring is a clockspring-looking part (inside a plastic housing) which winds the spring up and back out as the wheel is turned, providing power/electrical connection to the various controls mounted on the steering wheel and to the steering wheel airbag.

Sit down - this is going to hurt. Shop manual says (in general for pickups and SUV's from GM for that year) 1-1/2 hour labor to replace - so I would expect from about $100-300 labor depending on whether going to an economy shop or a dealer or something in between. The specific part number I could not call up without more details on your vehicle, so part could run from about $200-300 from GM Direct depending on exact part number needed (evidently has a different part number depending on how fancy your exact model was - evidently different steering wheels take different clock springs. Plus looks like $110 expedited shipping and handling.

Now the worst part - web blogs on HHR's and Silverado's and such indicate it is HARD to come by, commonly in-stock at only a couple of dealers in the US and generally on back-order, so evidently wait times of 2-8 weeks are reported for OEM part. A scavenged module from a wrecked car apparently goes for about $100, but blogs from GM mechanics say only about 1/4 of them come out intact, so if you buy a used one the chances are VERY good it will have been damaged and be useless and you will have wasted the purchase cost and replacement labor and have to start all over again. Aftermarket you are on your own - don't know if I would trust an aftermarket one which controls such important things, and might fail so need replacement again soon.

And worse yet - if damaged, driving without it or with a damaged one, because of the very fine wires and contacts inside, can cause while-driving failure of anything electronic in the steering wheel - radio controls, cruise control, steering wheel air bag - and anything else controlled from the steering wheel in your model. Can, during failure, also cause air bag system failure (so light should come on) but also reports of it triggering the airbag in a few instances, and a few of it smoking and blowing fuses when it failed.

Oh - BTW - one blog said that component had a recall in some HHR's, so put your VIN into the recall webpage at or to see if there is a free replacement recall for your vehicle.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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