Kia Sportage: Airbag Module / Driver Airbag (DAB) Module and Clock Spring Repair procedures

Kia Sportage QL (2015-2019) Service Manual / Restraint / Airbag Module / Driver Airbag (DAB) Module and Clock Spring Repair procedures

Inspection
Air bag module
If any improper parts are found during the following inspection, replace the airbag module with a new one.
  
Never attempt to measure the circuit resistance of the airbag module (squib) even if you are using the specified tester. If the circuit resistance is measured with a tester, accidental airbag deployment will result in serious personal injury.
1.
Check pad cover for dents, cracks or deformities.
2.
Check the airbag module for denting, cracking or deformities.
3.
Check hooks and connectors for damage, terminals for deformities, and harness for binds.
4.
Check airbag inflator case for dents, cracks or deformities
Clock Spring
1.
If, as a result of the following checks, even one abnormality is discovered, replace the clock spring with a new one.
2.
Check connectors and protective tube for damage, and terminals for deformities.

Removal
1.
Set the front tires straight-ahead before assembling the steering wheel.
  
If the steering wheel and the front tires are not set straight ahead together, it may affect the number of circulation of steering wheel and damage the cable inside the clock spring.
2.
Disconnect the battery negative terminal, and wait for at least 30 seconds before beginning to work.
3.
While turning the steering wheel to left and right, press the parts marked A (3 red dotted circles) under the steering wheel and then remove the airbag module.

4.
Disconnect the air bag connector (A) and horn connector (B).

  
The removed airbag module should be stored in a clean, dry place with the pad cover facing up.
5.
Remove the steering wheel.
(Refer to Steering System - "Steering wheel")
6.
Remove the upper steering wheel column shroud (A).

7.
Loosen the screws and remove the lower shroud (A).

8.
Separate clock spring wiring harness connector (A) to the horn wiring harness connector (B) in a clock spring.

Installation
1.
Set the front tires straight-ahead before assembling the steering wheel.
  
If the steering wheel and the front tires are not set straight ahead together, it may affect the number of circulation of steering wheel and damage the cable inside the clock spring.
2.
Connect the clock spring harness connector and horn harness connector to the clock spring.
3.
Factory setting for the clock spring is neutral.
(1)
If white cable is visible through the product's 10 O' Clock Neutral Check Window, then the spring is at neutral.
(2)
If white cable is not visible through the product's 10 O' Clock Neutral Check Window, then manually adjust the setting to neutral.
Neutral Check Window : Normal
Neutral Check Window : Fault


White cable is visible through 10 O' Clock Neutral Check Window
White cable is not visible through 10 O' Clock Neutral Check Window

  
If the steering wheel and the front tires are not set straight ahead together, it may affect the number of circulation of steering wheel and damage the cable inside the clock spring. .
Damage to the clock spring may cause electric malfunctions in airbag warning lamp, horn, handsfree, auto cruise, heated wire and heated steering, and noise from turning the steering wheel.
4.
Clock spring manual neutral setting procedure.
(1)
Push the auto-lock button placed at the 6 o'clock position and turn it clockwise until it stops.

(2)
Push the auto-lock button placed at the 6 o'clock position and turn approximately 3.2 rotations counter-clockwise to align with the neutral mark (A).
(3)
If white cable is visible through the 10 o'clock neutral check window, then the spring is set to neutral.

5.
Install the steering wheel column shroud and the steering wheel.
(Refer to Steering System - "Steering wheel")
6.
Connect the Driver Airbag (DAB) module connector and horn connector, and then install the Driver Airbag (DAB) module on the steering wheel.
7.
Connect the battery negative terminal.
8.
Check if the steering wheel remote control, airbag system and horn are normally operating after turning the handle all the way left and right when installing air bag module is done.
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