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By YOUCANIC on Jun 19, 2019

BMW Airbag & Steering Wheel Removal Installation DIY

In this tutorial, you will learn how to remove BMW airbag and steering wheel from BMW vehicles.

The reason why you may want to remove BMW airbag and steering wheel are endless.

For example:

  • Blown BMW Driver Airbag
  • Worn BMW Steering Wheel
  • Fix scrapping /rubbing noise from BMW steering wheel
  • Replace BMW clock spring to fix airbag light
  • Replace BMW steering column bearing
  • Upgrade BMW steering wheel to M Sport steering wheel

Before removing the airbag, make sure to have the correct airbag for your BMW. BMW makes single-stage and dual-stage airbags and the two are not interchangeable. 

What you will need

Parts

Tools

Instructions

Park BMW

Park your BMW and apply the parking brakes. Center BMW steering wheel. Ensure front wheels are pointed straight.

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Disconnect Battery

Access the BMW battery and disconnect the negative cable. Wait five minutes before you disconnect any airbag component.

Remove Airbag

Remove BMW driver's airbag by inserting the flat screwdriver or Torx 27 in the access holes on the side of the airbag.

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Press the spring to release the airbag from BMW airbag.

bmw airbag removal retaining spring

Disconnected the wires going to the airbag. You will need to use a small flat head screwdriver to unlock the airbag harness.

Once the airbag connectors are unlocked you will be able to remove the wires from the airbag. If you forget to unlock the connector you won't be able to remove the airbag wires.

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Once the airbag is released, handle it with care. Place the airbag in a safe location facing up.

Watch a video on how to remove BMW airbag on BMW 5-Series E60.

The following video shows you how to remove round BMW airbag which is found on BMW 3-Series E46.

Remove Steering Wheel

Disconnect the airbag, steering button wires.

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Remove 15mm bolt in the center of BMW steering wheel. This will allow you to remove the steering wheel.

Always counter hold the steering wheel to avoid damaging the steering column locking mechanism.

Watch video on how to remove BMW steering wheel.

Install the steering wheel

Install the new steering wheel in reverse order. Tighten the steering wheel center bolt to 40Nm (30 ft-lb).

Verify torque requirement by calling your BMW dealer.

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Install airbag

Install the driver airbag. Connect the wire harness first then secure the airbag in the steering wheel.

Tighten the bolt in the center of the steering wheel to OEM specifications. Typical: 40Nm.

If your BMW uses bolts to hold the airbag in place, torque the bolts to 9 Nm.

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Connect battery

Connect the negative terminal. Start the BMW and ensure the airbag light is off.

If the light is still on, a Level 2 OBD2 scanner that can read BMW codes, is required to read and clear the codes.

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Important Notes

Warnings

  • Do not use test equipment such as multimeters to check SRS circuits unless directed by the Shop Repair Manual. Doing so can deploy airbags.
  • Always turn ignition switch OFF, disconnect the battery negative terminal and wait at least 3 minutes before you start working on the airbag system.
  • Handle airbag module carefully. Place airbag with the pad side facing upward and always stay two feet away from the airbag.
  • When installing a clock spring (spiral cable) it needs to be the neutral position since its rotations are limited. 
  • Don't rotate the clock spring after you remove the steering wheel. If the ABS or Traction Control Light turn on, you may need to reset the steering angle sensor using a Steering Angle Sensor Reset Tool.
  • Rember to read fault codes from the SRS control unit and clear codes after replacing airbag components. You may need a Level 2 OBD2 Scanner to clear airbag codes. 

Related Resources

  1. BMW OEM Steering wheel to M3 Conversion DIY youtube.com
  2. BMW E46 Steering WHeel Replacement youtube.com
  3. BMW Steering Wheel Removal and Installation Guide cobywheel.com
  4. E90 Driver Airbag Removal DIY Guide e90post.com
  5. How to remove BMW non airbag steering wheel bimmertips.com
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