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Airbag Module Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Airbag Module Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

3 hours3 hrs

Tab:

$500

Talent:

*****

Tools:

Plastic trim panel tool, Torx driver T20, T30

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Airbag module

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery before beginning

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty electrical parts

Complementary Modification:

Clean debris and spills from under center console

The airbag control module on MINI R56 models is located on the interior transmission tunnel (beneath the center console) and can be troublesome, mostly due to moisture or physical damage. This is the number one area beverage spills gather. Electronic component function goes south quickly once they get wet, if they don't fail completely when initially doused. I have had luck drying out electronic components in the past. So if you get to the spill fast enough, you may be able to save the component. If trying to save one, detach the electrical connector and allow it to sit for 24 hours in a dry environment. If it doesn't come back to life after drying, you will have to replace it.

Airbag control modules will set faults for internal error or short. These faults require replacement of the control module. Airbag modules also have to be replaced after an accident with airbag deployment. When considering replacing these items, keep in mind the need for coding or programming. For example, the VIN is stored in multiple modules, including the airbag module. If the VINs don't match, faults will be set. You can keep the overall cost of the repair down by replacing the parts yourself, then having the components programmed at a MINI workshop.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts 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 you're 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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The airbag control module on MINI R56 models is located on the interior transmission tunnel beneath the center console (red arrow).
Figure 1

The airbag control module on MINI R56 models is located on the interior transmission tunnel beneath the center console (red arrow). Start by removing the center console. See our tech article on center console replacing.

With the center console removed, disconnect the coaxial connector next to the parking brake lever (green arrow).
Figure 2

With the center console removed, disconnect the coaxial connector next to the parking brake lever (green arrow). If your vehicle does not have the optional arm rest, you may not have this connector. Press the release tab (red arrow) and pull the connector apart to disconnect it.

Next, disconnect the electrical connector next to the parking brake lever (green arrow).
Figure 3

Next, disconnect the electrical connector next to the parking brake lever (green arrow). If your vehicle does not have the optional arm rest, you may not have this connector. Detach the Christmas tree mount (red arrow). Then pull out the electrical connector.

With the connector detached from the center console bracket, press the button (red arrow) and swing the lever (yellow arrow) open to disconnect it.
Figure 4

With the connector detached from the center console bracket, press the button (red arrow) and swing the lever (yellow arrow) open to disconnect it.

Next, remove the four 10mm center console bracket fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 5

Next, remove the four 10mm center console bracket fasteners (red arrows).

Move to the front of the center console bracket, at the foam block.
Figure 6

Move to the front of the center console bracket, at the foam block. Then, disconnect the coaxial connector (red arrow). Press the release tab (red arrow) and pull the connector apart to disconnect it.

Lift the center console bracket about three inches.
Figure 7

Lift the center console bracket about three inches. Then detach the wiring harness mounted to the left side (red arrow).

Lift the center console bracket up to remove it.
Figure 8

Lift the center console bracket up to remove it. Feed the parking brake lever through the opening with the boot.

Disconnect the negative battery cable (red arrow).
Figure 9

Disconnect the negative battery cable (red arrow). See our tech article on battery replacing. Wait 15 minutes before proceeding.

Remove the foam protective block (red arrow) from the top of the airbag control module.
Figure 10

Remove the foam protective block (red arrow) from the top of the airbag control module.

Remove the three 10mm nuts (red arrows).
Figure 11

Remove the three 10mm nuts (red arrows).

Lift the airbag module up to access the electrical connector at the right side.
Figure 12

Lift the airbag module up to access the electrical connector at the right side. Press the buttons (red arrows) and swing the levers open to disconnect them.

When installing the new control module, be sure the arrow on the sticker points toward the front of the vehicle.
Figure 13

When installing the new control module, be sure the arrow on the sticker points toward the front of the vehicle. Then reverse the steps to install the new one. Code and program the airbag control module using a MINI scan tool, as needed. The VIN is stored in multiple modules (green arrow), including the airbag module. If the VINs don't match, faults will be set. Remember to clear any fault codes when complete.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Greg Comments: Hello. Preparing a Mini for track days no more road use. Do you know if removing the airbag module will shutdown all airbags and avoid airbag warning message ? Thanks !
November 25, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: it will not shut the warning light off, but will deactivate the bags. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Safety Restore Comments: This is great post, I own Ford Focus and I had issues where the coffee or other drinks will spill near the transmission area until I came across with a cool product Maksimatic cup holder. It's really great product I don't sell these but since I have used them I believe it can help others too. In case still there are issues of spilling I think this post is amazing to help us out. While reading and going through images it felt like a DIY but I believe we should only touch electronic components only if we know what we are doing.

October 22, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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