2008 Honda Odyssey Bad Steering Spool, maybe.

Tiny
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  • 2008 HONDA ODYSSEY
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Background:

This van does have telescoping steering.
Before changing out the rack & pinion steering gear, I failed to wire the upper and lower
halves of the steering shaft together, then disconnect the lower u-joint from the rack pinion.

I did turn the wheel while the two halves were separated in order to match up the marks and be in phase regarding upper/lower u-joints.

Immediately after completing my work replacing the steering gear, the SRS light came on and stayed on.

Also the horn and cruise control were both inoperable

Question:

Now if after my mechanic scans and determines there is no other problem with any other facet of the SRS and if he says he wants to see if the steering reel has be damaged,

I need to save money so, I need to know what steps need to be performed in order to R&R the reel without damaging the airbag module.
Thanks Randy A.

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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 4:47 PM

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Tiny
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It sounds like the air bag coil has broken but first if it did break did you miss align the steering coupler so the steering wheel turn too far one way and broke the coil?
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Thursday, November 7th, 2013 AT 5:57 PM
Tiny
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Hi,
What do you mean by "Did I misalign the steering coupler?"
After I corrected the out of phase condition (thanks to AAMCO transmissions), the steering wheel was not centered.

If the air bag coil is broken, will that render the cruise and the horn both inop? Or would no cruise and no horn be caused by bad steering spool?
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Sunday, November 10th, 2013 AT 9:53 PM
Tiny
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The horn and cruise switch pass thru the air bag coil which I believe you are calling the steering spool?What I was asking when the steering coupler which is the intermediate shaft is unhooked. Then the steering wheel turns one way or the other. Then the intermediate shaft is hooked back up without the steering wheel. Being turning back and hooked up in the same place it started. Then the wheel is turned breaking the air bag coil because it was over turned one way or the other. So did we get codes yet?
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Sunday, November 10th, 2013 AT 10:12 PM
Tiny
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Your answer is exactly what happened. I do not have the money for my mechanic to hook up his scanner right now.
Driving straight down the road, the wheel is off to the right by about 45 degrees.

I should have kept the wheel straight by means of the outer tie rod adjusters, right? I was not thinking logically.
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Sunday, November 10th, 2013 AT 10:43 PM
Tiny
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Yes you start with the steering wheel straight secure the wheel straight so it wont move. Then when your done you make sure the wheels are straight before hooking up the intermediate shaft back up. Did you count the turns on the left and right outter tie rods when removing them from the old rack?Then put them on the new rack the same amount of turns?
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Sunday, November 10th, 2013 AT 11:00 PM
Tiny
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Did you count the turns on the left and right outter tie rods when removing them from the old rack?Then put them on the new rack the same amount of turns?
Answer: Yes

On Dec. 01, We'll hook up the scanner and see what it reads.
You have been absolutely great. Thank You.
I'll let you know how it turns out.

Randy
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Sunday, November 10th, 2013 AT 11:09 PM
Tiny
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That's good that you did it that way your Welcom keep me posted on what you find.
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Monday, November 11th, 2013 AT 12:08 AM

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