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Old 08-01-2009, 05:55 AM   #1
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Default Driver's Air Bag Removal

I have some issues going under in the steering wheel under the air bag. Got in the truck today the the horn just went off!

So, Chiltons says disconnect the baterry and wait ten minutes. Then take to a qualified shop to remove the air bag! Sheeshh....

It sounds like ya have to let some capacitors bleed off. I'm just gonna pull the the cover off and then disconnect the air bag to get to steering wheel off. It can't be that big of a deal. Any tricks here or do I need a special tool before I get into this. It's a '96hb. TIA
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from what ive heard they say dont touch the air bag for like a couple of hours
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i took mine out and the only time spent waiting was getting to the bolts.

there should be 2 little covers on the sides of the wheel. pop them off and youll find 2 tamper proof torx screws. i dont recall what size they are tho. pull them out and the air bag unit will be free. unplug it and your good.
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Thanks! We'll give it a shot.
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Tool companies make the special torx bits to fit the tamper proof bolts. I took a Dremel tool and cut out the little tits then removed with a regular torx socket. Then unhook the plug/s. Piece of cake.

Disconnect battery cable first and foremost.
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david29:

Will vise grips do it? Just kidding I have a dremel if needed. Appreciate it!
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Got the air bag off and a iron bar mounted on rubber was clanking around under it. 2 of the 3 rubber 'pins' were rotted.

All I can tell is this is for balance I guess cause it doesn't seem to do anything, no electrical contacts, not mounted on anything else except the steering wheel.

Can I pitch this thing?
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yes you can throw the piece away that clunking is annoying. The bolt are torx T50 tamper resistant. but before you start disconnect your battery. you can remove the airbag its the modules that have a current stored inside them I-car suggest at least 15min. for a complete discharge.
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Thanks for the fast reply! Battery hooked back up, no issues. Cool!
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Yes sir glad I could help
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