Is your Volkswagen driver’s airbag need to be replaced? Learn how to replace the driver’s airbag by following the procedures below. This guide provides step-by-step instructions on removing and replacing the airbag on a Volkswagen. While the pictures are from the 2016 VW Jetta, the procedure is almost identical for all Volkswagens, including Golf, EOS, Passat, Golf, etc.
Before you start
- Disconnect the battery negative terminal fifteen minutes before starting work.
- Make sure the steering wheel remains unlocked before disconnecting the battery. Turn the steering wheel.
- Handle the airbag with care.
- Keep at least one to two distances from the airbag at all times.
- Don’t test airbags with a multimeter.
What you will need
You only need basic tools to remove a VW driver’s airbag.
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- Flathead screwdriver
Here is how to remove and replace a VW airbag from the steering wheel.
- Turn on the ignition. Make sure the wheels are pointing straight forward.
- Disconnect the battery while the ignition is on; this ensures the airbag won’t deploy and the steering wheel remains unlocked so you can still turn it.
- Press the brake pedal several times, then wait at least 15 minutes before you continue to the next step. By pressing the brake pedal, we ensure that any electrical charge in the ECU is completely discharged.
- Lift the upper steering column trim. Use a dashboard removal to try to pry the top trim. Usually, there are no screws, just clips.
- Turn the steering wheel 90 degrees so the hole on the steering wheel’s side is at the top.
The hole is accessed from the back. Look for a hole in the back of the steering wheel. The 2015 and older VW vehicles had an easy-to-access hole on the back of the steering wheel. 2016 will not have a visible hole, but you should see a small indent. If the airbag has never been removed, the hole will be closed. Use a screwdriver to puncture this hole.
- Press the screwdriver towards the center of the steering column. This will release the airbag on one side.
- Turn the steering wheel 180 degrees to access the second hole on the other side of the steering wheel.
- Puncture a hole on the other side where the small indent is present.
- Release the airbag on the other side will allow you to remove the airbag. Have a helper hold the airbag as you release the second spring so that the airbag does not fall.
- Next, you need to disconnect the airbag. You can disconnect the wires from the airbag. The other option is to disconnect one connector to the steering column. Either way, you must release the locking tab first, then disconnect the electrical connectors.
Releasing the airbag on a Volkswagen can be tricky and requires patience. Especially if you are removing a VW airbag for the first time, watch our video on VW airbag removal and check out all the pictures. You will have a better understanding of what needs to be done.
Can I install a used VW airbag?
Yes, in theory. You can install a used airbag, but it is not recommended. A used airbag may not function or ignite appropriately in an accident. Also, check your local laws.
Does a VW airbag need to be programmed?
We hope you find the VW Driver Airbag Replacement DIY guide helpful. Check these troubleshooting and repair guides for more help on your Volkswagen.
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