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Pelican Technical Article:

Airbag Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

***

Tools:

T30 Torx screwdriver, small pick or screwdriver

Applicable Models:

A6 2.7T (1997-04)
A6 2.8 (1997-02)
A6 3.0L (2002-04)
S6 4.2 (1997-04)

Parts Required:

Airbag

Hot Tip:

Disconnect the battery before starting removal

Performance Gain:

Working airbag system

Complementary Modification:

Replace steering wheel

Removal of the air bag and steering wheel is required for a few repairs. When you remove the driver airbag, it is critical you disconnect the battery and wait at least 15 minutes for any residual electricity in the system to dissipate. Once the airbag is removed, store it in a safe place facing up. If you connect the battery with the air bag removed it will cause a fault code and warning light that you will have to reset. If you do not connect the battery, you can put everything back together without having to worry about this.

See our article on Battery Replacement for more information.

You'll need to remember that there are different types of air bags and steering wheels for the C5 A6 depending on which package the car was sold with. They are NOT interchangeable, so you'll need to verify the part number off the old airbag. In this article, we will focus on removing the airbag from a C5 2.7T Audi A6.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Vehicle models change and evolve as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please include your vehicle information.

Shown here is the airbag for the C5 Audi A6.
Figure 1

Shown here is the airbag for the C5 Audi A6. Keep in mind that there are different airbags for various models of the Audi A6. You'll need to verify the part number off the existing airbag before ordering a replacement.

The airbag is removed by loosening two T30 Torx screws on the backside of the steering wheel.
Figure 2

The airbag is removed by loosening two T30 Torx screws on the backside of the steering wheel. After the battery is disconnected, put the key in the ignition and unlock the steering wheel. Now rotate the wheel until you can access the bolts through the steering wheel. You'll need to do one at a time.

You'll now need to disconnect the electrical connectors to the airbag (green arrow) and the various connectors to the multi-function airbag (purple arrow).
Figure 3

You'll now need to disconnect the electrical connectors to the airbag (green arrow) and the various connectors to the multi-function airbag (purple arrow). Simply pull the muti-function connector out of the airbag. It is a good idea to take a picture beforehand. This will give you a good reference point when reconnecting the airbag.

Use a small screwdriver to press the locking pins on the connector (green arrows) and pull the locking catch up and out of the connector.
Figure 4

Use a small screwdriver to press the locking pins on the connector (green arrows) and pull the locking catch up and out of the connector. Now pull the connector up and out of the airbag.

Shown here is the back side of the airbag.
Figure 5

Shown here is the back side of the airbag. Make sure to verify the part number before ordering the new airbag.

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