I am new to these forums. I am in the need of help on figuring out what seems to be the problem I am having and with this find the best possible solution.
This is my story.
The steering wheel was horrible looking, so I decided to paint it. I wrapped the whole area with plastic and masking tape to protect the areas that was not to be painted. It came up great, but at the time of removal of the plastic, I was attacked by a few bees. In an attempt to move my care to another location far from the colony, I drove with the plastic wraps but at a turn, the plastic got tangled where the steering wheel meets the non moving part.
Soon after removing the plastic, all features that gets controlled from the wheel no longer works. These are the problems:
1- Horn no longer works
2- Radio and audio controls no longer work
3- Cruise control no longer work
4- U-connect (uses the same buttons as the radio/audio) no longer works.
5- Permanent airbag light problem in the dash board.
Have been reading a lot about, and every time I come across something called "clock spring", which scared me a lot because it cost around $800 bucks (I called the dealer to inquire).
I don't much about cars, so I am dependent on the advice of mechanics and dealers, which, they do not come across trustworthy. Before jumping blindly, I would like to know more about what is going on and a possible cost effective solution.
Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advanced!
P.S. I am a Jeep fan, this is my third.