Mechanic's question, 98 Lumina LS Airbags install Car5 was hit on drivers
wheel / fender not other damage A-arm, CV axel, strut, inner tie rod, &
fender damaged then airbags deployed. I talked to 2 different GM dealer
parts department got 2 different answers.
Question was 2 parts, Do I need to change the sensors & module to reset the
airbags? 1 said yes I have to change all but never looked up the parts for
me. The other looked up the part numbers & cost & they said from what they
can see there was only a module & said it doesn't look to have any sensors.
Now which is true. on a Ford crown vic I fixed I only had to change the
airbag module & bags. is the 98 Lumina the same way? but on a Dodge ram I
fixed I had to change both sensors & module.
I'm not an SIR expert. I am just reprinting pieces of the service manual. It
says to replace the VATS (vehicle anti theft) module. It is behind the pass.
side air bag and it must get damaged during the explosion. When you carry or
install air bags always expect they're going to explode in your hands. Carry
one with the bag toward you and the metal parts of it away from you. Set it
on a bench metal down and bag up. Be careful, the bag can send a steering
column through a wall! My job for awhile, was to explode scrap bags (in a
special cage) with a 9 volt battery and 30 foot of wire.
Remove Fuse 21 from the IP fuse block.
Caution: If any water enters the vehicle's interior up to the level of the
carpet or higher and soaks the carpet, the sensing and diagnostic module
(SDM) and the SDM harness connector may need to be replaced.
After a collision involving air bag deployment, replace the following
components. If you detect any damage to the mounting points or mounting
hardware, repair or replace the mounting points and mounting hardware as
Inflatable restraint IP (inflator) module
Inflatable restraint steering wheel (inflator) module
Inflatable restraint Sensing and Diagnostic Module (SDM)
Vehicle theft deterrent module
After a collision involving air bag deployment, inspect the Inflatable
restraint steering wheel module coil and the coil wiring pigtail for
melting, scorching, or other damage due to excessive heat. Perform this
component inspection in addition to the inspections indicated above in
Accident With or Without Air Bag Deployment. If you detect any damage,
replace the component. If you detect any damage to the mounting points or
mounting hardware, repair the component or replace the hardware as needed.
Install Fuse 21 to the IP fuse block.
Install the IP fuse block door. Refer to Fuse Block in Instrument Panel,
Gages and Console.
Staying well away from both air bags, turn the ignition switch to the RUN
The AIR BAG warning lamp will flash seven times.
The AIR BAG warning lamp will then turn OFF.
Perform the SIR Diagnostic System Check if the AIR BAG warning lamp does not
operate as described.
thanks. I will check my parents 98 Lumina first they also have a deployed
bags but there windshield has not been replaced yet..
As for mine. I replaced the window first. So if it goes off, I waste a
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