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Old 19-06-2019, 01:50 AM
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Been asked before I guess but I cant find it. My light comes on the dash "cruise" but you cant set it. I have replaced the rubbers on brake and clutch under dash still no difference. I heard that the clock spring wears out in steering wheel could this be and issue as well or a common thing I am having issues with my 4x4 solenoids on gearbox no 4lo engaging could they be related. I also read that the neutral positioning switch on box could be faulty ?????? any ideas tips thanks heaps in advance...They say drive along road and hold gear stick to the left or right and try to set cruise I tried that no go just frustrating...
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Old 19-06-2019, 12:30 PM
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Ok, so yours is a manual.


It's very possibly the clock spring. I've replaced/repaired mine plenty of times, I've got 3 fully functional right-hand-drive spares (don't buy one off eBay that has an "L" stamped on the upper face, that's for a left hand drive car and won't cancel your indicators properly). What I do these days is just buy the ribbons and replace them, although I've got one (it's the one in my car now) that I've re-joined the ribbons together.


It's not just the rubbers but sometimes also the electrical connector and the adjustment of the switch. It's worth having a good look at them.


A multimeter will tell you if the clock spring's stuffed, but usually the cruise control goes then the horn stops working. You'll need a torx bit, a philips screwdriver (PH2) and a flat bladed screwdriver to pop the airbaig out - there's a hole in the underside of the steering wheel, you aim the screwdriver into the hole at 90 degrees to the steering column and push, the airbag pops out. Disconnect the horn wire and the airbag wire and it's away. Undo the two screws (torx) from under the shroud around the steering column then pop the shroud apart.


Undo the steering wheel nut and remove the steering wheel, taking care to disengage the electrical plugs.


Now you've exposed the clock spring. Press the clip retainers on each side of the housing to release the indicators and wiper switches - they just pop out easily. Undo the yellow and grey plugs underneath by pressing their locking tab and lifting them out - one holds the other in, I can't remember which one has to come out first. Two philips screws, press the tab in the top of the clock spring and it should come free and now you can test it (or replace it).


If you let the faulty clock spring go too long, it could trigger an airbag diagnostic light, and that could wreck the airbag diagnostic module which Nissan want $1,025 to replace (I bought one in a wreckers for $100 and thankfully it works).
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Old 19-06-2019, 08:30 PM
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Your absolute champion mate Tony I will check it all out when I get a moment this weekend hopefully I just hate having things not doing what they should or not working at all thanks for the info greatly appreciated indeed...
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Before you start work on the clock spring, there's one more task BEFORE you turn off your engine as you park the vehicle that is IMPERATIVE. You cannot miss this one or you'll break the clock spring again ...


Straighten your wheels. Not just the steering wheel, but check that the wheels are pointed straight ahead.


As you're taking the clock spring off, use tape or something to lock the thing together in its place, or you'll have to do the count of the number of turns required (below) to centre it again.


If you need to check (and I do this anyway, just so that I'm absolutely certain), with the clock spring in your hand, turn the inner (lower) part as if you were turning the steering wheel, counting the full rotations.


On mine, I get about 2.75 turns in one direction and just over 3 turns the other way before it starts feeling stiff. I then count back the number of full turns and place the locking clip (that you get when you buy a new clock spring) over so it can't move, but this isn't really necessary.


The Navara D40 steering wheel needs about 2.25 full turns from "straight" to "full lock" in either direction, so if you want to test that before you put the clock spring back in, do it so that you feel confident about not breaking the spring after reinstalling it. Because of the power steering, it's really difficult to feel when you break the ribbon cable while it's installed.
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Thanks for the tip mate Ill follow instructions to the letter. Appreciate the help
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I was just thinking, an easier way to do the counting is to stick two fingers of your left hand up through the hole from the bottom, with the black face and the "R" uppermost. Grasp the white knob - this locates in the steering wheel - and turn it instead, holding your left hand steady.


That's faster. I just went and tried one of my spares.
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It could be the neutral position switch if 4lo won’t engage. the transfer case needs to know the gearbox is in neutral to change modes.

Had to replace the neutral position switch on mine to get the cruise working properly, but I was a me to hold the gearstick to the right in 5th or 6th to engage cruise after I adjusted the clutch sensor. Lately the clutch pedal hasn't always been fully returning which means the cruise won’t engage, but a quick lift with my foot fixes that.
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Replaced clock spring and they told me it was for a RHD vehicle had the R on it but mongrels when it arrived had the L but it was new so installed it but made no difference to cruise control still didn't work. I know a silly question but to make sure I do it correctly how do you check the switch on brake pedal with a multimeter to make sure it is ok and which one exactly maybe I did wrong one. Thanks
Weirdly sometimes the b
indicators cancel fine and others I have to turn them off but it has new clock spring.
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Testing the clock spring is a matter of checking continuity. It's a ribbon cable so once you get continuity on one line, checking the others is just a matter of moving across the ribbon. A left-hand-drive spring cancels differently but still works, so it's unlikely the clock spring.


There are two brake switches. The upper one (white plug, black socket) is the brake light connection which is where you'd tap into for a trailer brake controller. The lower one (brown connector and plug) is the cruise control. Normally if this switch is not operating correctly (and your brake lights are ok) you should get an error in the ECU (1572) without a Check Engine Light appearing. The switch should be OFF when the brake pedal is depressed and ON when it is released (that's my understanding of the drawings, I haven't put a multimeter to mine yet).
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