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Pelican Technical Article:

Passenger Side Airbag Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket, Phillips screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Mercedes-Benz W124 (1986-95)

Hot Tip:

Wait 15 minutes between disconnecting the airbag and working on it

Performance Gain:

Access to systems behind the airbag

Complementary Modification:

Install a new steering wheel

There are many vacuum, heater and electrical connections that are easily accessible by removing the passenger side airbag. Mercedes replaced the glove box with a passenger side airbag and a glove box beneath it, which necessitates the removal of the airbag to be able to get access to these systems again. This article will show you how to remove the passenger side airbag.

Locate the negative terminal on the battery (yellow arrow) and remove the negative ground cable (red arrow).
Figure 1

Locate the negative terminal on the battery (yellow arrow) and remove the negative ground cable (red arrow). Place the cable in a manner that it cannot come in contact with the battery while working. Allow the car to sit for at least 15 minutes before working further on it to allow any remaining electrical energy in the car to dissipate.

If the airbag has never been removed it can be easier and potentially do less damage to the trim if you help push the airbag out from behind.
Figure 2

If the airbag has never been removed it can be easier and potentially do less damage to the trim if you help push the airbag out from behind. To do this you need to remove the lower passenger side kick panel. Begin by removing any carpets on the passenger side, including the big heavy foam floor piece. Remove the single Philips head screw that holds the kick panel (red arrow) in place (yellow arrow). With the screw removed slide the kick panel towards the front of the vehicle and slip the retaining clips out from the lower dash (green arrows).

Use care when removing the panel from around the insulation under the glove box as it can tear easily.
Figure 3

Use care when removing the panel from around the insulation under the glove box as it can tear easily. You can now remove the kick panel from the vehicle (red arrow).

Directly under the airbag is access to the single bolt holding the airbag in place.
Figure 4

Directly under the airbag is access to the single bolt holding the airbag in place. Use a 10mm socket with an extension and remove the single bolt holding the airbag to the mount (red arrow).

The bolt is very long so do not lose it.
Figure 5

The bolt is very long so do not lose it.

Depending on whether the airbag has been removed before will vary the amount of force needed to push and wiggle it out form the mount (red arrow).
Figure 6

Depending on whether the airbag has been removed before will vary the amount of force needed to push and wiggle it out form the mount (red arrow). If it is really stuck it is a good idea to push it out from behind so as not to damage the trim on the exterior of the unit.

Tilt the unit forward and remove the main wiring harness from the clip on the back of the unit (red arrow) and then the two orange connections (yellow arrows).
Figure 7

Tilt the unit forward and remove the main wiring harness from the clip on the back of the unit (red arrow) and then the two orange connections (yellow arrows). Always store the airbag unit with the padded side facing upwards.

With the air bag removed you now have access to the vacuum lines, heater core lines and electrical connections.
Figure 8

With the air bag removed you now have access to the vacuum lines, heater core lines and electrical connections. Installation is the reverse of removal.






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Comments and Suggestions:
Doug Comments: isnt there a heater hose behind the air bag needing removed before you can reach the single 10 mm bolt? Im attemptnig this now..to get to the aspirator pump for the climate control system..
January 28, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: What vehicle are you working on? is there a hose currently blocking the fastener? - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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