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How to remove stiering wheel horn cover and air bag from a 99 vw jetta gl

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Stop, hold everything, do nothing.

You have not said whether or not the air bag has been deployed or what your goal is here. But one thing I do know is that these devices are dangerous. They don't hit you like a fluffy pillow. Premature deployment of an unanchored airbag can be deadly.

Even if you are extracting a previously deployed airbag and have no intention of replacing it, consider, 'is this the only air bag in the car'?

I will get into how they are removed after my mandatory (imposed by me) list of precautions.

Click here for a list of precautions. Read them. Read them again and take them seriously.

I'll repeat a statement from the link. Taking these precautions does not make them safe, it lets a person handle them with a higher degree of safety.

Let me know when you have them memorized


Yes, I'm a pain. But after 700 extractions I've never had one blow up in my face either.

Posted on Nov 18, 2010


Behind the steering wheel there is two holes ¼ inch aprox. with a little screwdriver, you must release this way ↔ a kind of spring,is a little tricki but it is possible the first one is the hard

Posted on Nov 14, 2010


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I disconnect connector under dash and horn stops...

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I pause here and verify horn will stop blowing when I disconnect the wires going to horn contacts. So I get horn blowing again...

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I Remove vinyl cover exposing horn contact pads which were sandwiched between cover and air bag container.

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Only a 1/16 of an inch or less needs to be removed.

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I Reassemble in reverse order with rivets.

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Vw jetta 1999

Disconnect the battery - you have to pull the airbag off. There are a couple of screws on the opposite side of the steering wheel center section (likely they're a T30 torx bit like my 99 A4). Undo them (they are probably captive screws that won't come out, but they'll loosen and allow the airbag to come off). Once the airbag is free, you have to unplug it - the yellow connector is the bag connector. Buy a ground strap from an electronics store and use it though - messing with airbags can be very dangerous and if you don't ground yourself to the car's frame, electrical discharge from your body could blow the bag. If you're at all hesitant about this, don't mess with it - paying a pro is much better than hurting yourself.

Once the bag is off, there's a center bolt you have to remove. First, mark it with a marker, and be sure you mark the wheel as well, so you can reinstall the wheel straight. Once you do that, remove the center bolt (again, on my Audi, it was a T55 torx - your VW is likely the same). Remove that, and the wheel should slide right off.

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