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Pelican Technical Article:

Passenger Airbag Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

T27 Torx Driver

Applicable Models:

Jetta MkIV 2.0L (1998-05)

Parts Required:

Airbag

Hot Tip:

Remove the glove box to gain access to the electrical connector

Performance Gain:

Guaranteeing your passenger's safety

Complementary Modification:

Replace steering wheel airbag

In this article, I'll cover the steps involved with removing the passenger airbag safely.

The first step is to disconnect the battery (See our article on Battery Replacement for more information). You'll want to wait at least 30 minutes before starting work. This is very important, as the airbag is a dangerous explosive package and can be accidentally set off by a variety of factors. Also, the airbag control system is designed to remain operational for up to 30 minutes after the battery has been disconnected. Work smart and you should be ok.

You'll also need to remove the glove box from the dashboard. This is done to provide enough clearance to reach the electrical connector on the back of the airbag. See our article on Glove Box Removal for more information.

Pull the airbag cover up from the front edge (green arrow) and fold it back and up over the dashboard.
Figure 1

Pull the airbag cover up from the front edge (green arrow) and fold it back and up over the dashboard. Make sure you have disconnected the battery and let the car sit for 30 minutes! Failure to do so can result in the airbag detonating in your face.

Underneath the cover is the airbag.
Figure 2

Underneath the cover is the airbag. This is held in place by four T27 Torx screws.

Loosen and remove the two T27 Torx screws (green arrows) from the right side of the airbag.
Figure 3

Loosen and remove the two T27 Torx screws (green arrows) from the right side of the airbag.

Loosen and remove the two T27 Torx screws (green arrows) from the left side of the airbag.
Figure 4

Loosen and remove the two T27 Torx screws (green arrows) from the left side of the airbag.

From under the dashboard, pull the electrical connector (green arrow) off the airbag.
Figure 5

From under the dashboard, pull the electrical connector (green arrow) off the airbag.

Now remove the airbag from the top of the dashboard.
Figure 6

Now remove the airbag from the top of the dashboard. Installing the new airbag is the reverse order of removal. Make sure that you connect the battery AFTER hooking up the electrical connector on the airbag.


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