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SRS screws and battery problems

Discovered screws missing that holds steer wheel door to SRS. Police checked out to see if air bag had been stolen, they don't seem to think but were not knowledgeable with cars was the comment.I am afraid to drive car like this, they said just put a screw (2) from an auto or hdware shop and it would be fine, I don't buy this! They didn't seem concerned for the safety, should I be? I did recently (5 mos ago) have a Bp shop replace a fuel pump they said due to having to replace 3 batteries in 3 mos time from AAA, the one now is smaller than the base in my car and my car is dead some days next day starts, Help Please and should I go to the dealer, I purchased new in another state, thanks ML

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1st the SRS screws missing- When u perform just about any work on a car equipped w/ an air bag, u disconnect the neg. battery cable, and disable the air bag. This is to prevent it from deploying while working on the car, which could result in injury or worse, and of course, result in replacing the air bag, not a cheap repair. I am guessing the shop did this when they replaced the fuel pump, and didn't replace the screws. It really is not a problem, u could actually leave the screws out, it wouldn't affect the air bag performance at all. As far as the battery is concerned, has the garage checked your cars alternator? If it's overcharging the battery, it could kill it. This would possibly explain 3 batteries i 3 months. The only other possibility I can think of is defective batteries. Were they all the same brand? It's a long shot, but it could be a batch of defective batteries. So, replace the screws, it will make u feel better! and have the charging system checked. This is a free service at most parts stores. Let me know how u make out.

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