GrandCaravan 2008

SRS Module

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Removal & Installation



Driver's Side

Specific to:

Chrysler Town & Country 2008-2009

Dodge Grand Caravan 2008-2009


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury when removing a deployed airbag, rubber gloves, eye protection, and a long-sleeved shirt should be worn. There may be deposits on the airbag cushion and other interior surfaces. In large doses, these deposits may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before further service.
  4.  
  5. Release the steering column tilt lever and lower the column to its most downward position for easiest driver airbag removal access.
    NOTE
    It may be helpful to use a small mirror to aid visibility during the initial attempt to remove the driver airbag from the steering wheel.

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  7. There are 3 airbag retainer access holes (1) on the instrument panel side of the steering wheel hub trim cover located at the 2 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 10 o'clock positions of the steering wheel. The steering wheel must be rotated to bring each of these access holes up to the 12 o'clock position of the steering column (one at a time) for removal.

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    Fig. Driver airbag retainer access holes (1) are on the instrument panel side of the steering wheel hub trim cover

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  9. Insert the tip of a short handled, flat-bladed screwdriver (1) into either of the upper (2 o'clock or 10 o'clock) access holes of the steering wheel hub trim cover (3) being certain to place the screwdriver blade (2) on the inboard side of the airbag snap retainer wire loop.

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    Fig. Insert the tip of a short handled, flat-bladed screwdriver (1) into either of the upper access holes of the steering wheel hub trim cover (3) being certain to place the screwdriver blade (2) on the inboard side of the airbag snap retainer wire loop

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  11. Twist the screwdriver handle in either direction far enough to disengage the snap retainer wire loop (4) from the hook of the steering wheel armature. At the same time, gently pull the driver airbag (3) away from the steering wheel (1) to prevent the retainer from snapping back into place over the hook once it is disengaged.
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  13. Repeat Steps 5-6 at the other upper (2 o'clock or 10 o'clock) access hole to disengage the other upper snap retainer wire loop.
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  15. Repeat Steps 5-6 at the lower (6 o'clock) access hole to disengage the lower snap retainer wire loop. The lower snap retainer wire loop has a distinctive V-shape and must always be installed onto the 6 o'clock hook of the steering wheel armature.
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  17. Pull the driver airbag away from the steering wheel far enough to access the electrical connections (2) at the back of the airbag housing.
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  19. Each clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire has a plastic retainer that is pushed onto one of the inflator mounting studs on the back of the airbag housing. Pull each of these 2 retainers off of the studs.
    WARNING
    Do not pull on the clockspring pigtail wires or pry on the connector insulator to disengage the connector from the driver airbag inflator connector receptacle. Improper removal of these pigtail wires and their connector insulators can result in damage to the airbag circuits or the connector insulators.

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  21. The clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire connectors are secured by an integral lock to the airbag inflator connector receptacles, which are located on the back of the driver airbag housing. Firmly grasp and pull the lock straight out from the connector insulator, then pull the insulators straight out from the airbag inflator to disconnect them from the connector receptacles.
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  23. Remove the driver airbag from the steering wheel.
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  25. If the driver airbag has been deployed, the clockspring must be replaced.

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    Fig. Remove the driver airbag from the steering wheel

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To install:


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury, use extreme care to prevent any foreign material from entering the driver airbag, or becoming entrapped between the driver airbag cushion and the driver airbag trim cover. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury, the driver airbag trim cover must never be painted. Replacement airbags are serviced with trim covers in the original colors. Paint may change the way in which the material of the trim cover responds to an airbag deployment. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.

  1. Position the driver airbag (3) close enough to the steering wheel (1) to reconnect the electrical connections (2) to the back of the airbag housing.
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  3. When installing the driver airbag, reconnect the 2 clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire connectors to the airbag inflator connector receptacles by pressing straight in on the connectors, then push the locks straight into the connectors. Be certain to engage each keyed and color-coded connector to the matching connector receptacle.
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  5. Each clockspring driver airbag pigtail wire has a plastic retainer that must be pushed onto 1 of the 4 inflator mounting studs on the back of the airbag housing to be certain that the wires are not pinched between the driver airbag and the horn switch or the steering wheel armature.
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  7. Carefully position the driver airbag into the steering wheel hub.
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  9. Engage the lower airbag snap retainer wire loop (4) onto the lower hook of the steering wheel armature. The lower snap retainer wire loop has a distinctive V-shape and must always be installed onto the 6 o'clock hook of the steering wheel armature.
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  11. Roll the driver airbag upwards and press it firmly and evenly over the 2 upper snap retainer wire loop locations simultaneously until they snap into place over the 2 upper hooks of the steering wheel armature.
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  13. Do not reconnect the battery negative cable at this time. The SRS verification test procedure should be performed following service of any SRS component. Refer to SRS Verification Test.
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Passenger's Side

Specific to:

Chrysler Town & Country 2008-2009

Dodge Grand Caravan 2008-2009


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury when removing a deployed airbag, rubber gloves, eye protection, and a long-sleeved shirt should be worn. There may be deposits on the airbag cushion and other interior surfaces. In large doses, these deposits may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before further service.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper glove box from the top of the instrument panel.
  6.  
  7. Remove the 3 screws that secure the forward edge of the passenger airbag door (1) to the instrument panel.
    NOTE
    Be careful not to drop the screws down the defroster duct opening.

  8.  
  9. Remove the 2 screws that secure the inboard edge of the passenger airbag door to the instrument panel.
  10.  
  11. Remove the 2 screws (2) that secure the rearward edge of the passenger airbag door to the instrument panel.
  12.  
  13. Remove the 3 screws (5) that secure the passenger airbag bracket to the instrument panel structural support (3).
  14.  
  15. Disconnect the instrument panel wire harness connector (4) from the airbag inflator pigtail wire connector near the center of the airbag mounting bracket. To disconnect the connector:
    1. Slide the red Connector Position Assurance (CPA) lock on the top of the connector toward the side of the connector.
    2.  
    3. Depress the connector latch tab and pull the 2 halves of the connector straight away from each other.
    4.  

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  17. Disengage the retainer of the airbag pigtail harness connector from the instrument panel structural support.
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  19. Using a trim stick, or another suitable wide flat-bladed tool, gently pry the outboard edge of the passenger airbag door upward away from the top of the instrument panel far enough to disengage the single snap clip on the door from the receptacle in the instrument panel base trim.
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  21. Remove the passenger airbag door and the airbag from the instrument panel as a unit.

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    Fig. Passenger side air bag removal

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To install:


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury, use extreme care to prevent any foreign material from entering the passenger airbag, or becoming entrapped between the passenger airbag cushion and the passenger airbag trim cover. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury, the passenger airbag trim cover must never be painted. Replacement airbags are serviced with trim covers in the original colors. Paint may change the way in which the material of the trim cover responds to an airbag deployment. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.

  1. Position the passenger airbag and airbag door (1) to the instrument panel as a unit.
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  3. Carefully lower the passenger airbag unit into the instrument panel, being certain that the airbag mounting bracket is properly positioned to the bracket on the instrument panel structural support (3).
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  5. Align the snap clip on the outboard edge of the passenger airbag door with the receptacle in the instrument panel base trim, then press downward firmly and evenly on the airbag door over the snap clip until it snaps into place.
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  7. Reconnect the instrument panel wire harness connector for the airbag to the passenger airbag inflator pigtail wire connector (4). Be certain that the latch on the connector and the red CPA lock are each fully engaged.
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  9. Engage the retainer of the airbag pigtail harness connector with the instrument panel structural support.
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  11. Install and tighten the 3 screws (5) that secure the passenger airbag bracket to the bracket of the instrument panel structural support. Tighten the screws to 55 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
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  13. Install and tighten the 2 screws (2) that secure the rearward edge of the passenger airbag door to the instrument panel. Tighten the screws securely.
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  15. Install and tighten the 2 screws that secure the inboard edge of the passenger airbag door to the instrument panel. Tighten the screws securely.
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  17. Install and tighten the 3 screws that secure the forward edge of the passenger airbag door to the instrument panel. Be certain not to drop the screws down the defroster duct opening. Tighten the screws securely.
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  19. Reinstall the upper glove box onto the top of the instrument panel.
  20.  
  21. Do not reconnect the battery negative cable at this time. The SRS verification test procedure should be performed following service of any SRS component. Refer to SRS Verification Test.
  22.  

Side Curtain Air Bag

Specific to:

Chrysler Town & Country 2008-2009

Dodge Grand Caravan 2008-2009


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury on vehicles equipped with airbags, disable the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) before attempting any steering wheel, steering column, airbag, seat belt tensioner, impact sensor, or instrument panel component diagnosis or service. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative (ground) cable, then wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before performing further diagnosis or service. This is the only sure way to disable the SRS. Failure to take the proper precautions could result in accidental airbag deployment.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury when removing a deployed airbag, rubber gloves, eye protection, and a long-sleeved shirt should be worn. There may be deposits on the airbag cushion and other interior surfaces. In large doses, these deposits may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2.  
  3. Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable. Wait 2 minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before further service.
  4.  
  5. Remove the headliner from the vehicle.
  6.  
  7. Disengage the plastic push-in retainer (5) that secures the side curtain airbag (4) front tether to the inner A-pillar (1) near the belt line.
  8.  
  9. Disengage the metal hook (2) that secures the front tether to the inner A-pillar. Both the hook and the push-in plastic retainer are secured in the same slotted hole of the A-pillar.
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  11. Disengage the two remaining plastic push-in retainers (3) that secure the front tether to the inner A-pillar.

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    Fig. Remove the front tether from the A-pillar

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  13. Disconnect the body wire harness connector (1) from the connector receptacle at the front of the side curtain airbag inflator (2) located on the roof rail just forward of the C-pillar.

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    Fig. Disconnect the body wire harness connector (1) from the connector receptacle at the front of the side curtain airbag inflator (2)

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  15. Disengage the plastic push-in retainer (4) that secures the side curtain airbag (5) rear tether to the inner D-pillar (2) near the belt line.
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  17. Disengage the metal hook (3) that secures the rear tether to the inner D-pillar. Both the hook and the push-in plastic retainer are secured in the same slotted hole of the D-pillar.
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  19. Disengage the two remaining plastic push-in retainers (1) that secure the rear tether to the inner D-pillar.

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    Fig. Remove the rear tether from the D-pillar

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  21. Remove the 6 nuts (3) that secure the side curtain airbag (4) mounting tabs to the 6 weld studs (1) on the inner roof side rail.
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  23. Remove the 2 nuts that secure the 2 inflator mounting tabs to the 2 weld studs (2) of the inflator mounting bracket on the inner roof side rail and disengage the inflator from the bracket.
  24.  
  25. Remove the side curtain airbag from the vehicle as a unit.

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    Fig. Remove the side curtain airbag from the vehicle as a unit

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To install:


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury when removing a deployed airbag, rubber gloves, eye protection, and a long-sleeved shirt should be worn. There may be deposits on the airbag unit and other interior surfaces. In large doses, these deposits may cause irritation to the skin and eyes.


CAUTION
To avoid serious or fatal injury, use extreme care to prevent any foreign material from entering the side curtain airbag, or becoming entrapped between the side curtain airbag cushion and the headliner. Failure to observe this warning could result in occupant injuries upon airbag deployment.

  1. Position the side curtain airbag (4) into the vehicle as a unit.
  2.  
  3. Engage the mounting tabs just ahead of and just behind the airbag inflator over the appropriate weld studs (1) on the inner roof side rail and loosely secure with 2 nuts (3).
  4.  
  5. Engage the metal hook (3) that secures the side curtain airbag (5) rear tether to the inner D-pillar (2) near the belt line.
  6.  
  7. Engage the plastic push-in retainer (4) that secures the rear tether to the inner D-pillar (2). Both the hook and the push-in plastic retainer are secured in the same slotted hole of the D-pillar, but the hook MUST be installed prior to the retainer.
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  9. Engage the 2 mounting tabs on the outboard side of the airbag inflator into the 2 slots of the inflator mounting bracket on the inner roof side rail just forward of the C-pillar, then engage the 2 mounting tabs on the inboard side of the inflator over the 2 weld studs of the mounting bracket and loosely secure with 2 nuts.
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  11. Connect the body wire harness connector (1) to the connector receptacle at the front of the side curtain airbag inflator (2).
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  13. Engage each of the remaining airbag mounting tabs forward of the inflator over the appropriate weld studs on the inner roof side rail and loosely secure with nuts.
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  15. Engage the 2 plastic push-in retainers (3) that secure the front of the side curtain airbag (4) to the inner A-pillar (1).
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  17. Engage the metal hook (2) that secures the side curtain airbag front tether to the inner A-pillar near the belt line.
  18.  
  19. Engage the plastic push-in retainer (5) that secures the front tether to the inner A-pillar. Both the hook and the push-in plastic retainer are secured in the same slotted hole of the A-pillar, but the hook MUST be installed prior to the retainer.
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  21. Engage each of the remaining airbag mounting tabs rearward of the inflator over the appropriate weld studs on the inner roof side rail and loosely secure with nuts.
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  23. Engage the 2 plastic push-in retainers that secure the rear of the side curtain airbag to the inner D-pillar.
    CAUTION
    To avoid serious or fatal injury, the rear tether MUST be routed over the inboard facing side of the quarter glass motor and NOT between the inner D-pillar and the outboard facing side of the motor. Failure to observe this warning could result in improper side curtain airbag deployment resulting in occupant injuries.

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  25. Working from back to front, tighten each of the 8 nuts onto the weld studs to secure the side curtain airbag onto the inner roof side rail and the inflator mounting bracket. Tighten the nuts to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
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  27. Install the headliner into the vehicle.
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  29. Do not reconnect the battery negative cable at this time. The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) verification test procedure should be performed following service of any SRS component. Refer to SRS Verification Test.
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