Sorry but I can't give you specific instructions on removing the airbag or
replacing the ignition switch, but I can give you the basic warning that
everyone should understand and heed.
Do not under ANY circumstances work on your airbag without disconnecting
your battery and waiting at least 30 minutes for any internal charge to
dissapate. This is, of course, by no means a guarantee that it will still
be safe to work on, but it is the absolute most basic precaution that you
need to take. Airbags can deploy with and unbelievable amount of force, and
if you are in the path of a deploying airbag (quoting the warning label)
"death or serious injury could result". It's like trying to work on a
If you are going into this project with only novice-level skills and
information and no specific instructions, then your best bet is to have this
work done by a qualified mechanic with the appropriate knowledge and tools.
To the best of my knowledge there are also some specialty tools required to
remove the components you need to and then remove the ignition switch.
Cheers - Jonathan
First Gen Air Bags Deploy at 200 to 220 MPH. The Current Generation of
"Safer" Bags deploy at Between 150 to 160 MPH. These Figures come from a
tour I took at the former Delphi Airbag lab that used to be in Vandelia
Most cars built after 1996 have a wire in the dash that can be
disconnected. This is for servicing the Air Bag area. Basically it
leaves it grounded, yet with no positive charge to cause deployment.
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