Servicing the airbags of a vehicle absolutely needs to be done following correct safety procedures.
For whatever reason, if you need to remove the airbag, do so at your own risk, make sure to follow the safety steps in the guide below when doing so!
Causes of the airbag light:
- Blown fuses
- Airbag deployed
- Water damage to the airbag
- Faulty airbag sensors
- Faulty clockspring
- Discharged airbag battery
What you will need
- Start by disconnecting the battery. Remove the negative terminal from the battery. This is super important, airbags can deploy while being tampered with. To prevent the discharge of the airbag while working on it, it is a must to disconnect the battery. Failing to do so can lead to injury and even be fatal.
- After the battery has been disconnected, grab your flathead screwdriver and locate the holes on the back of the steering wheel. There should be three holes, one on the left, right, and bottom. Some models may have a hole with a Torx screw holding the airbag in place instead. If that is the case, use the Torx bit and unscrew them to remove the airbag.
- While working on the airbag it is also important to keep our body and face as far from the airbag as you can in case of accidental deployment. Insert the flathead screwdriver into each of the holes and use enough pressure to press the tabs that hold the airbag into place to pop the airbag out. Make sure the screwdriver is making good contact, rotate the tip of the screwdriver if needed.
- If necessary pull from the lip of the airbag to remove it while pressing down on the release tabs. Work your way around the airbag until it pops out of the center of the steering wheel.
- Carefully pull the airbag away from the steering wheel, do not yank it out, there are three electrical connectors attached to it. Point the airbag up and away from you while removing these connectors.
- To remove the electrical connectors, start by inserting your screwdriver into the yellow tabs and prying them away from the connector to unlock it. Then, the connectors can be removed by pulling them out. Remove both the orange and black connectors.
- The last wire is a single black wire for the horn. Remove it by prying it out with a screwdriver. There should be a slot above where it goes over the metal blade that it slides over on the airbag.
- With the new airbag in hand, replace it by reversing this procedure. Don't forget to reconnect the battery once you are done. Start the vehicle and test to make sure the horn works and there are no malfunction indicator lamps. You are done!
My airbag light is on after I replaced my airbag, what do I do?
If your airbag or the SRS light is on after working on it, you will need to clear the codes stored in the vehicle's computer. Sometimes this can be done by leaving the battery unplugged for thirty or more minutes, but it is likely you will need a professional OBDII scan tool to reset the airbag module. The only other alternative would be to take it to a dealership or shop and have them reset the module which could cost $100 - $200.
Do I need to replace my airbag?
If there is no airbag light on or code for your airbag, or it has not been deployed, you do not need to replace your airbag. Airbags will typically last the lifetime of the vehicle and if there is a problem with it a code will be triggered and a light will appear on the dash of most modern cars indicating it needs to be serviced.
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