In the process of replacing the A/C blowers in my car I removed the
passenger-side airbag and thought I would share some pictures and
info about that process. Once the necessary bits have been removed
to expose it, the airbag module must be disarmed to make it safer
to handle and to allow removal of the lower mounting nuts. Note I
said ‘safer’ and not ‘safe’. Treat it with great respect, don’t
place your head or other valuable body parts in front of it, etc.
In other words, treat it like a loaded gun - with the safety off.
And whatever you do, do NOT drop it. This airbag is not
electrically activated, it is activated by impact i.e. mechanical
force. To disarm the module, press the tabs (on each end/side of
the module) on the spring-loaded, rotating plate upwards while
tilting the airbag itself downward. I had to wiggle the bag
slightly as I did this because the actuator on the back of the
module (toward the front of the vehicle) was contacting the inner
dash panel behind it. When rotated fully downward the bag
will ‘lock’ into the disarmed position and the lower mounting nuts
will be exposed. Hopefully this will make sense when you see the
pictures here: http://www.jag-lovers.org/v.htm?1372523948.
Carefully support the module while the 4 mounting nuts are removed
(one upper, one lower each side)from the mounting studs, slide the
module rearward and CAREFULLY remove it to a safe place - that is,
somewhere where it won’t be dropped, knocked off (as a workbench),
or hit. I have a pdf file containing drawings and instructions for
the removal and disposition of both the driver- and passenger-side
airbags which I will gladly send in a private email if requested.
And now for the legal disclaimer: PLEASE NOTE that I share this
information for your use AT YOUR OWN RISK and DO NOT advocate
attempting this process yourself if you are at all uncomfortable
with doing so and/or don’t feel like the instructions are adequate.–
Mike Stone - 1994 XJ6/XJ40 - 162,XXX miles
Springfield, Missouri, United States
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