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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Sat, May-05-2018, 06:34:51 PM   #1
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Default steering wheel clock spring question

Just picked up a nice steering wheel with a clock spring intact. However I dunno how to tell if it is working as it should so I took a video of me turning it. It seems to only turn in one direction but if I try to turn it counter clockwise it stops. Any input?

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That is how it works. It unlocks when installed. I'd suggest you stop turning it in one direction before you end up unwinding the entire thing. The design is a coiled up flat ribbon cable. If they left it free spinning it could end up unwound or over wound by someone playing with it.

The unlock is the white pivoting lever on the other side (wheel side). The steering shaft bolt depresses the mechanism.

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Noted thanks brett!
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Brett do you happen to know which year they also added the M tri color stitching on the wheels?
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All M3 have Tri-Color.
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All M3 have Tri-Color.

So is this one off a different car? There appears to be just black stitching

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That would be from a non-M. I can’t tell but that may be the entirely wrong size too off an E39 (385mm versus E36 M3 375mm). Looking back at your video your clockspring is missing the wires too... so that is likely hosed.
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That looks like the wheel of my E36 328is
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That M badge looks a little odd too.

On my first 99 M3, the stitching was so dirty, the strings looked black. A wash revealed the colors but the leather was so bad I just got a new wheel.
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That would be from a non-M. I canít tell but that may be the entirely wrong size too off an E39 (385mm versus E36 M3 375mm). Looking back at your video your clockspring is missing the wires too... so that is likely hosed.
Brett can these clock springs be refreshed or do they normally just get replaced? I just haven't come across any bmw e36 specific D.I.Y. I have seen older Porsche guys DIY rewind, lube up, and repair their clock springs but that's because they really have no choice given the limited parts

I do have a few lying around from other steering wheels that appear to be intact.
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