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#4536187 - 10/07/17 12:31 PM Anyone have any experience messing with airbags?
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 486
Loc: Vienna, VA
After watching tons of YouTube videos I'm still scared every time I go to disconnect an airbag. I always feel like it's going to go off in my hand and I'm going to die when disconnecting the power and sensor cables. Today I'll be swapping steering wheels on the mr2 and have to disconnect and reconnect the airbag. The nerves.

Anyone ever had any bad experiences or any experience at all disconnecting airbags?

As an avid mechanic who has done it all, am I being dumb being scared every time I mess with an airbag?
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#4536194 - 10/07/17 12:34 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
bdcardinal Offline


Registered: 06/03/05
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Loc: Santa Barbara, CA
Disconnect the battery before touching anything.
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#4536197 - 10/07/17 12:37 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: bdcardinal]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 486
Loc: Vienna, VA
Originally Posted By: bdcardinal
Disconnect the battery before touching anything.


Do every time. Let it sit the 30+ minutes to drain the capacitors in the back up firing system and sill gives me nerves.


Edited by TinyVoices (10/07/17 12:39 PM)
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#4536209 - 10/07/17 12:54 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
14Accent Offline


Registered: 08/03/17
Posts: 395
Loc: MN
I've never had an issue with airbags. I've even done them without disconnecting the battery (don't do that).

Also, make sure to touch some bare metal on the car to discharge and possible static build-up in your body.
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#4536214 - 10/07/17 12:58 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
AVB Offline


Registered: 05/20/12
Posts: 1283
Loc: Georgia
lol, most never even disconnect the battery. I heard about a tech last week that blew out a bunch of airbags when replacing a ORC module. I think they said it did $4000 worth of damage.

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#4536221 - 10/07/17 01:08 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
Lolvoguy Offline


Registered: 02/06/14
Posts: 2350
Loc: Canada
I was a little scared too, the first time I removed the bag on the Focus in my sig.
The reason I had to remove it, was because I had a warning light on my dash that the bag wasn't operating properly.
After a search of Youtube vids, I found that all I needed to do was remove the bad from the wheel, then remove the connection,
then apply a small amount of dielectric grease to the connection.

Two years later and still no problems.
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#4536366 - 10/07/17 05:04 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12342
Loc: The Motor City
I believe with some models, you disconnect a battery cable and touch it to the other cable to discharge any stored power. Can someone verify this?

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#4536384 - 10/07/17 05:34 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
TinyVoices Offline


Registered: 09/12/16
Posts: 486
Loc: Vienna, VA
Well as usual, no issue disconnecting the bag or plugging it back in. Always worried about nothing.
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#4536926 - 10/08/17 09:24 AM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
Kestas Offline



Registered: 06/04/02
Posts: 12342
Loc: The Motor City
Glad to hear it went well. I just remembered another caveat, that sliding on interior fabric while working can result in a build up of static charge, which can be a problem.

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#4536998 - 10/08/17 10:36 AM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
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Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32663
Loc: ME
I've done it without taking any precautions aside from not sliding my bum around on the seat.

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#4537040 - 10/08/17 11:33 AM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
dishdude Offline


Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 8757
Loc: Phoenix
Has anyone heard of an air bag going off accidentally while it was being serviced? I've R&R'd a couple and it was uneventful.
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#4537411 - 10/08/17 06:50 PM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
Carmudgeon Offline


Registered: 04/26/05
Posts: 540
Loc: Under the hood
Do you worry every time you fill your vehicle with 12 gallons of highly flammable and potentially explosive liquid?

Just be smart and take the proper precautions.

Aside from being a safety precaution, disconnecting the battery first will prevent accidental triggering of an SRS fault warning light if the ignition is switched on while the airbag is disconnected. Depending on the car, resetting it can be a real hassle, requiring a factory tool.

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#4537736 - 10/09/17 07:57 AM Re: Anyone have any experience messing with airbags? [Re: TinyVoices]
punisher Offline


Registered: 09/11/04
Posts: 2425
Loc: snowblind in TX
Air bag connectors, on the airbag side of the connector, have shorting bars to prevent problems. Did dozens, and nothing unintentional ever happened. The intentional detonations were fun though.

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