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Old 05-24-2012, 05:43 AM   #1
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When I bought the car the owner at the time for it to pass inspection it was gonna need a driver side airbag due to it went off because of the SRS sensor below the passenger side seat shorted out. I had my local shop confirm what they said about the airbag to find out it was true. They also said that was a common problem with the achieva'*, the airbags will just go off for no real reason. So for me to get it to pass inspection I am gonna go and get an airbag and an SRS module this Friday from my local junkyard. So when I due this I am gonna need yalls helpful advice on how to properly disarm my airbag system so I don't set off my passenger side airbag. Any and all advice will be helpful. Thanks.
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Disconnect the battery. Short the 2 battery cables together for a few seconds.

Pull down the passenger side kick panel(under dash) and find the 2 yellow wires. Find the quick disconnect and disconnect that.

Proceed to remove the ABS module under the seat.
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So how due I finish removing the remaining part of the driver side airbag. The airbag was cut out but the other part of it is still attached to the steering wheel.
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That part I'm not sure about. I know on the bonnevilles, there are 4 screws on the backside of the steering wheel that you remove and it just pops out.
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Thank you. Also what due you mean short the two battery cables together for a few seconds.
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Once you disconnect the 2 main cables from the battery, connect them together. This will short out any voltage remaining in the system.
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OK. Also with my radio in my car it has the anti-theft thing on it. After I disconnect the battery will it disable the radio or not.
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If the security light is flashing when the car is off and you disconnect the battery, Theft-Lock will be enabled and render the radio useless. Disable the Theft-Lock BEFORE you disconnect the battery.
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You can also turn your headlight switch on for a few minutes after you disconnect the battery. That will also drain any electricity left in the system
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How due I find out it the theft lock is still active. I only got a key with the car and nothing else when I bought it. I only noticed the anti theft when I was setting up the radio stations to my liking. Also my turn signal switch is broken. My light come on and stay on for how ever long I am in the car but will go off when I turn off the key. It also affects the tail lights to. The come on to when I start the car so in all reality I am running my night time lights all the time. That is how I found out that part of my turn signal switch wasn't working right.
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