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Angry CLOCKSPRING (aka "rotational connector!") *FIXED*

Hello again Renault buffs! While my daughter continues to possess an 03 Megane (large derriere - the car, not the daughter!), I anticipate that my name will appear regularly in this forum as the problems are mounting up faster than I can fix 'em!

Today's subject is the CLOCKSPRING but nothing to do with clocks!
Daughter reported recently a chafing noise when turning steering wheel. I thought her kids have put silver paper between steering wheel and column surround. Had a look with a torch, could not see owt. "It will clear itself", I declared, carry on driving.
Then came the bad news. "Dad, the airbag light is on and SERVICE indicator is lit....." "Curses, why did you have to buy this wretched car!
A further investigation reveals that the clockspring is probably damaged although I cannot be sure until I remove the airbag, the steering wheel and the switch module. Simples! Not quite so simple. According to Senor Manuel Haynes, the clockspring is not available on its own but as part of the column switch module. Wow, sounds expensive!
Do any of you buffs know if there is a problem with clocksprings on this model? Instead of being wound on smoothly, it seems to have "piled up" in a birds nest (anglers will recognise this description!)
Any ideas about replacing this item? (It's not really a spring but a folding tape with about 5 conducting lines running along it.) The car has done about 65,000 miles.
Loads of Renault clocksprings on Ebay but all earlier models and these appear to be separate items. It's dodgy buying a unit from a vehicle in which the airbag has been deployed as manufacturers state that ALL the airbag compontents should be renewed. (Having said that I have on my workbench a MONDEO clockspring that I removed from a written-off vehicle and the clockspring connections are as perfect as the one I have that did NOT come from a damaged car. You will probably gather I know a bit about clocksprings, but not on Renaults!)
Meanwhile the car continues to run OK but the dreaded message appears on the display "steering is not locked!!" - seen it all before!
Any suggestions anybody please? (I don't wish to sound arrogant but suggestions such as "leave well alone, do not touch airbag, take to Monsieur Renault etc will not be acceptable..........mate!
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