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This guide provides instructions on how to remove the airbag and steering wheel from a BMW vehicle.

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What you will need


  1. Park the BMW and apply the parking brakes. Center the BMW steering wheel. Ensure the front wheels are pointed straight. BMW  Airbag Removal Instructions 2000 2001 2002 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  2. Disconnect the Battery. Access the BMW battery and disconnect the negative cable. Wait five minutes before you disconnect any airbag component. 
  3. Remove the Airbag. Remove the BMW driver's airbag by inserting a flathead screwdriver or Torx 27 in the access holes on the side of the airbag.How to remove airbag on BMW  1 3 5 6 7 X1 X3 X5 Series E46 E60 E90 F06 F12 F13 F20 F21 F62 F25 X3 F30 F31 F34 F35 F32 F33 F22F23 F45 F46 F15 I01 F16 F26 I12 G11 G12 G30 G31 F48
  4. Press the spring to release the airbag from the BMW airbag removal retaining spring
  5. Disconnected the wires going to the airbag. You will need to use a small flat head screwdriver to unlock the airbag harness.
  6. 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. bmw airbag removal
  7. 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 a BMW airbag on a BMW 5-Series E60. 
  8. The following video shows you how to remove a BMW airbag found on BMW 3-Series E46. 
  9. Remove the Steering Wheel. Disconnect the airbag and steering button wires. How to remove the steering wheel on BMW  1 3 5 6 7 X1 X3 X5 Series 2000 2001 2002 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
  10. Remove the15mm bolt in the center of the BMW steering wheel. This will allow you to remove the steering wheel.
  11. Always counter hold the steering wheel to avoid damaging the steering column locking mechanism. 
  12. Watch this video showing how to remove a BMW steering wheel.  
  13. Install the new steering wheel in reverse order. Tighten the steering wheel center bolt to 40Nm (30 ft-lb). Verify torque requirements by calling your BMW dealer. Upgrade BMW steering wheel ALLMO
  14. Install the driver airbag. Connect the wiring harness first. Then, secure the airbag on the steering wheel.
  15. Tighten the bolt in the center of the steering wheel to OEM specifications. Typical: 40Nm.
  16. If your BMW uses bolts to hold the airbag in place, torque the bolts to 9 Nm. BMW  Airbag Installation DIY
  17. Connect the negative terminal. Start the BMW to ensure the airbag light is off.
  18. If the light is still on, use a BMW scanner to read and clear the codes. BMW  airbag light on

The reasons why someone may want to remove a BMW airbag and steering wheel are endless. For example:

  • Blown BMW Driver Airbag
  • Worn BMW Steering Wheel
  • Fix scraping /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.