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Pontiac Grand am: Three years ago my Clutch Slave Cylinder

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Three years ago my Clutch Slave Cylinder went out. The clutch went back to the floor last weekend and i replaced the Clutch Slave Cylinder. Still could not get the clutch up. The inside of the car has a smell of a dirty mechanic, so i think the Clutch master cylinder went out.. The fluid inside was black. Do you think it is the Clutch Master Cylinder? When i jacked up the motor and lowered the frame I did something that made the fluid leak out of the power steering pump and pull the steering column out. After reassembling it the darn Air Bag stays on.... It seems like im going backwards.. Also I can't get the Steering wheel straight.... Is there a secret to make it straight. I wanted to pull the steering column but could not find the crews to take off the Air Bag. I drive a 2004 Grand Am 2.2



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Hi there. I am AutoGuy99 and will try to help you with your questions.

It does sound like your clutch master cylinder has gone bad. It is a good practice to change the slave and master together. Always bleed the system good. Also a good idea to flush the brake and clutch fluids as regular maintenance so they won't turn black like you described.

You other question sounds like the steering shaft came off the steering rack? Is that what you are describing? If this happens and the steering wheel is allowed to turn free you will break the clock springs for the air bag.

Hope this helps some. Any more info or questions let me know.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Clock springs? Can you tell me more about it and how do i fix it so the airbag light does not stay on...... How do you replace the clock spring


Also is there an easy way to line up the steering shaft and the steering rack? Each time i do it the steering whell is not straight...


I was worried that the air bag was going to blow.....

I'm not sure if your steering shaft can connect to the rack just one way or many ways. If it can go more then one way you will need to point wheels straight and slide it onto the rack with steering wheel straight. It slightly off you can get an alignment done to correct it.

The clock spring is simply a coil that retracts and expands inside its housing as the steering wheel turns. Its function is to maintain electrical continuity for all the components on the drivers airbag. The components include the airbag, horn, and any vehicle controls such as radio, cruise, heat and even telephone on some vehicles.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
How and where do i find it at? I tried to take the air bag off but I could not find the screws and the manual stated
I will give you a how to on this. Remember always disconnect the air bag plug and fuse before working around the air bag.

-To remove air bag-
1- Disable the Air Bag system.
2-Remove the steering column trim covers.
3-Rotate the steering wheel half turn in order to access the screws to the air bag at the back of the steering wheel.
4-Use a T30 TORX in order to remove the air bag screws.
5-Gently pull the air bag from the steering wheel.

-To remove clock spring (air bag coil)
1- remove air bag
2- Remove the steering wheel nut. Note the mark on the steering shaft and the steering wheel to ensure proper alignment during installation.
3- Remove the steering wheel from the steering shaft.
4- On vehicles with a tilt column, pull the tilt lever straight out from the steering column. Remove the tilt lever assembly.
5- Remove the retaining ring
6- Remove the clock spring (airbag coil) from the steering shaft.

Installation is reverse.

I hope this information helps. Please leave a positive rating. tips/bonus is always welcome. If i can help more let me know.
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