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Pelican Technical Article:

Airbag Removal

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0 to $594

Talent:

**

Tools:

Screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

Airbag

Hot Tip:

Let the car sit for 10 minutes before removing airbag

Performance Gain:

The airbag does its job saving your life

Complementary Modification:

Replace steering wheel

Removing the airbag from the Volvo C30 is a pretty easy task. The first step is to put the key in the ignition, turn it to position two and then disconnect the battery. You'll want to wait at least10 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 10 minutes after the battery has been disconnected.

NOTE: Airbags are special order from the dealer only.

Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the second position (green arrow).
Figure 1

Put the key in the ignition and turn it to the second position (green arrow). This will unlock the steering wheel.

Now loosen the 10mm nut (green arrow) on the negative lead at the battery and pull the lead off.
Figure 2

Now loosen the 10mm nut (green arrow) on the negative lead at the battery and pull the lead off. It is ok to do this with the key in the ignition as it will leave the steering wheel unlocked. You'll need to turn the steering wheel to remove the airbag. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information. Make sure you let the car sit for ten minutes before removing the airbag.

Turn the wheel 90 degrees from center so you can access the rear of the steering wheel.
Figure 3

Turn the wheel 90 degrees from center so you can access the rear of the steering wheel. There are two access holes on the steering wheel. You'll need to stick a screwdriver through the upper hole (green arrow) first. What you're doing here is using the screwdriver to release a spring clip while also pulling on the airbag. Once the upper side is free, remove the screwdriver, turn the wheel 180 degrees in the opposite direction and release the spring clip on the opposite side (yellow arrow).

Shown here is a screwdriver mounted in one of the access holes (green arrow).
Figure 4

Shown here is a screwdriver mounted in one of the access holes (green arrow). You'll have to reach around a bit to get a "feel" for the clip and push down. Have your hand on the edge of the airbag. Once you've hit the clip, the side of the airbag will come out.

Carefully lower the airbag forward to access the electrical connections (green arrows).
Figure 5

Carefully lower the airbag forward to access the electrical connections (green arrows).

This picture demonstrates how the release clips work.
Figure 6

This picture demonstrates how the release clips work. The latches on the airbag (yellow arrows) fit into the spring clips (green arrows) and latch against the small locking tab at the back. You can just make out the tabs in this picture. The idea here is to pull the tabs back, thus allowing the airbag to be pulled out.

Now press the tabs on each airbag electrical connector (green arrows) and pull them out of the airbag.
Figure 7

Now press the tabs on each airbag electrical connector (green arrows) and pull them out of the airbag. These are kind of a tight fit. It may take a little effort to get them out. Also make a note of the orientation. This is helpful when re-installing the connectors.

And here's the final result with the airbag removed.
Figure 8

And here's the final result with the airbag removed. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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