Airbag can be dangerous, I advise you to let a pro handle them. Since you will just do it any way, I'll try to help you live through it. Take these seriously
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I worked at a salvage yard for a while. During that time I pulled
hundreds of airbags. I thought I'd share a few things.
I've provided this as a supplemental reference. The precautions are
applicable to handling all airbags. It provides important additional
information you need to be
aware of when working on or around SIR (Supplemental Individual
Restraint) airbag systems. It lists the potential dangers of doing so
and the appropriate precautions against accidental premature
Precautions for working with and handling airbags: Take these
- Always wear safety glasses.
- Control the environment - no kids, pets, people horsing
- Disconnect the negative battery terminal. After you
are done, make sure no one is inside the vehicle when you reconnect the
battery. If your vehicle has an anti-theft system, you'll need to get
your activation codes to reset your sound system.
- Do not use solvents to clean your airbags. They may
ignite if accidentally deployed. Use only a damp cloth.
- Airbags are sensitive to heat in excess of 190 degrees
F. Store them accordingly.
- Airbags are sensitive to impact - handle them carefully
- Airbags are sensitive to static electricity - ground
yourself, Spray the seat and rug with fabric softener (anti-static -
ever heard the term 'static cling')
- Wires for the SIR are bright yellow, the connectors are
- In addition to forward mounted sensors, there can be
sensors in the dash.
- Disconnecting the battery alone is not enough, the
diagnostic module can retain a firing charge.
- Do not use voltage testers or VOM's on SIR wiring.
- Do not haphazardly disconnect airbag components
- Be safe
- Be aware
Disable the system:
- Turn the wheel to the straight ahead position
- Lock the ignition and remove the key
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Be advised, this
will not render the system safe. The diagnostic module (DERM) can
retain a charge
- Remove the airbag fuse (refer to fuse block cover for
- At the bottom of the steering column locate the Airbag
connector. (Yellow wire, yellow conduit)
- You may need to remove the sound insulator panel
beneath the instruments to access it
- Disconnect the plug
The system is now disabled. That does not mean you can let your guard
down. It means that you can now continue working around the system with
a higher degree of safety. Continue to observe all safety precautions.
Airbags should be handled with caution at all times.