- Disconnect the negative battery cable and the backup power supply.
The backup power supply allows air bag deployment if the battery or battery cables are damaged in an accident before the crash sensors close. The power supply is a capacitor that will leak down in approximately 15 minutes after the battery is disconnected or in one minute if the battery positive cable is grounded. The backup power supply must be disconnected before any air bag related service is performed.
- Remove the four nut and washer assemblies retaining the driver air bag module to the steering wheel.
- Disengage the driver air bag module connector and attach a jumper wire to the air bag terminals on the clockspring.
- If equipped with a passenger air bag, open the glove compartment and rotate all the way down, past the stops. Disengage the passenger air bag connector and attach a jumper wire to the air bag terminals on the wiring harness side of the passenger air bag module connector.
- Reverse these steps to arm the air bag assembly only AFTER all work has been finished.