AIRBAG Light on? Cruise control / Volume switches not working? Horn not working? If you all three are bad or a combination of 2 then most likely your cable reel AKA clockspring has crapped the bed.
I made this D.I.Y. for a customer that needed help installing this part. Hopefully this will be helpful to someone.
A.) Its absolutely CRITICAL that the steering wheel be centered (wheels pointed straight ahead) on the donor car AND the car you are installing it in, it makes life much more easier.
B.) If its impossible to center the wheel on the junk car, or you don't know for a fact that its centered, then there is a method I have to re-center it, which will be mentioned later in this post.
C.) Safety first, the battery should be disconnected and car should be allowed to sit for at least 15 minutes with battery off to discharge the capacitors in the Airbag module.
D.) In the pictures, the steering column was removed from the car, that is not required, you can do this job with the steering column still in the car.
Phillips and Flathead Screwdriver, Ratchet and 6" Extension, #30 Torx Socket, 10mm Socket, 19mm Socket
#1.) Remove under steering column trim piece (No PIC)
#2.) Remove steering column trim clam (No PIC)
#3.) Remove the two covers on volume control and cruise switches, remove two screws each and remove both switches
#4.) Remove the two #30 torx screws holding the airbag in. Be careful to get a good grip because these are very tight and strip easily.
#5.) Slowly remove the airbag from the steering wheel, disconnect the connector. You can connect the red safety shunt as a precautionary measure against accidental deployment. Always store the airbag in a closed trunk with the "ACURA" facing UP.
#6.) Remove the steering wheel nut (19mm Socket). Re-verify that your wheel is still centered. Remove the two black connectors for the horn, the yellow airbag connector and slide the cruise control connector off of its bracket *IT is a PITA to release this connector, patience is required here, I used a bent dental pick*. Prepare the wires to be fed through the steering wheel. A friend is helpful here to feed the wires through the hole while you remove the steering wheel.
#7.) Remove the three screws holding the clock spring to the front of the column. Remove the column trim now if you havent done so already.
#8.) Remove the two phillips screws holding the clock spring cable to the column (GREEN ARROWS), Remove the 4 10mm screws holding the metal bracket (2 on each side, RED ARROWS), Remove the one hidden 10mm Screw holding the clock spring cable to the column all the way back (BLUE ARROW).
#9.) Remove the yellow connector at the back of the cable reel, and release the blue clip band holding the connector to the column. This is tricky with the column still in the car, try using a short flat head screwdriver.
#10.) Carefully remove the clockspring as an assembly. Put some tape around the movable part of the clockspring to hold it centered in place if you are re-using it.