A step-by-step guide on how to replace the airbags on your car

Jan 23, 2019 | Same topic: Handy maintenance tips
Have you ever replaced your car's airbags yourself?

Airbags are a very important component on your car with the function of preventing serious injuries while you are operating a car. That's why knowing how to replace a car airbag is also a very important knowledge that every driver should acquire. With that in mind, Philkotse.com will provide you with an informative article which is a step-by-step guide on how to replace the airbags on your car easily.  

Step 1: Read the car manual carefully

Experienced car experts say that a car manual generally has a section providing details about airbags and giving instructions on how to replace the airbags. However, if the owner does not have this manual, he/she should contact the dealer to request a replacement copy.

How to Replace an Airbag on a Vehicle

Read the car manual carefully

Read the car manual carefully

Step 2: Perform some safety operations

  • Turn off the engine and disconnect the negative cord before replacing the new airbag.
  • Wait for the capacitor in the airbag control module to completely discharge for about 10 to 15 minutes. This capacitor will activate the airbag system if the vehicle encounters an accident or any collision.
  • Airbag fuses must also be deactivated. The owner can find out more information about the fuse in his manual.
  • If you touch the metal part of the connector on the new airbag by accident, it may electrically shock you. Therefore, you should not touch this part.

Turn off the car engine

Turn off the engine and disconnect the negative cord before replacing the new airbag

Step 3: Check the steering column and locate the spring connecting to the airbag

  • Use the manual to find the steering column on the car. If the steering column is damaged, the vehicle owner must replace it.
  • Check the winding spring connecting to the airbag on the steering wheel. This is the component connecting to the driver's side airbag, so the owner must replace the unit if it is burned or damaged.

A car steering column

Use the manual to find the steering column on the car

Step 4: Replace the new airbag

To replace the driver’s side airbag, you should remove screws on the steering column, pulling out the old airbags until the electric cables are visible, disconnect the old bag from the electrical wires, install the new airbag to the existing wires, then put the steering column back to its original location.

To replace the airbag for the front passenger next to the driver, you should remove the screws, pull out the old airbags and disconnect it from the electrical cords, install a new airbag and put it back in place, then tighten the screws.

Step 5: Complete the replacement of the airbag

Complete the replacement of the airbag by reconnecting the negative cable to its original position and then re-activating the fuse.

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