Sounds painful. My Cooper has been in to the dealers today to have the 'steering click' looked at. I was told that the problem is a slipped ring. Does this mean a bearing? I know the bearing is a problem in the steering rack/column. Anyway, I hope it's nothing more serious than the bearing.
Yes it is called an airbag slip ring.
It allows the power from the airbag control unit to flow through this and into a connector behind the wheel and then into the steering wheel.
Its the only way to get power to the drivers-steering wheel airbag if you think about it?
It basically a few wires that go into the slip ring and are curled up around the ring and come out into a connector inside the steering wheel assy itself and plug onto the airbag.
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