I've just bought a secondhand E55 AMG and want to replace the rim of
the steering wheel with a new one I've bought (the old one has been
Is removing the central part (with airbag) a real hassle, or can it be
done with reasonable technical skill? Does the airbag detonate as
some people seem to say?
Secondly, if I do remove and refit, will the airbag warning light stay
on in the dash - ie. do I need to get the dealer to fit the wheel
Chris I made some minor collision repairs this summer on a W126 including
replacing an aribag, crash sensor and a seatlbelt tensioner. I am very
comfortable making repairs myself, got some sound advice on this forum, and
can share my experience: Any one handy with basic car repairs, a few tools
and common sense can remove an replace an airbag. Replace a stero is more
complicate. SRS systems have numerous safety mechanisms and the procedure
is very safe if you follow it. A shop manual is best and one for W210s can
be found on eBay, then follow the instructions.
The basics of the procedure are to disconnect the battery, find and
disconnect the disable mechanism (usually a red plug under the dash or floor
mat), unbolt the airbag and unplug it. Reverse to install.
I'd venture to guess more people have been injured removing their radiator
caps than pulling airbags.
Here is link that may help you:
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