Kia Sportage 1998-02

Knee Air Bag Module

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Removal & Installation




CAUTION
Before servicing, or working around, the SRS system, properly disarm the system.

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Disarm the SRS System as follows:
    1. Turn the ignition switch to the LOCK position.
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    3. Disconnect the negative battery cable. Disconnect the positive battery cable.
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    5. Wait 10 minutes for the back-up power to discharge.
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  5. Remove the screws that attach the OBD-II Data Link Connector to its mounting bracket.
    NOTE
    The OBD-II Data Link Connector must be removed from its mounting bracket to gain sufficient access to the lower right plastic mounting screw.

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  7. Carefully remove the two upper (square shaped) plastic mounting screw trim covers by prying from the side of the covers until they have been released from the knee bolster panel.
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  9. Carefully remove the four middle and lower (round shaped) plastic mounting trim covers by prying from the bottom until they have been released from the knee bolster panel.
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  11. Remove the four knee air bag module mounting nuts that were exposed after removing the middle and lower (round shaped) plastic mounting trim covers.
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  13. Remove the two upper plastic mounting screws that were exposed after removing the two upper (square shaped) plastic mounting screw trim covers.
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  15. Remove the two lower plastic mounting screws.
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  17. Carefully move the knee air bag module away from the instrument panel, reach around to the rear of the module and disconnect the knee air bag module connector.
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To install:

  1. Reconnect the knee air bag module connector.
    NOTE
    The plastic mounting screws must be replaced anytime they are removed from the vehicle.

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  3. Install the four new plastic mounting screws.
    NOTE
    Never replace the plastic mounting screws with any other type of fastener. Using the correct plastic mounting screws is critical to correct knee air bag module operation.

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  5. Reinstall the four knee air bag module mounting nuts.
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  7. Reinstall the four middle and lower (round shaped) plastic mounting trim covers.
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  9. Reinstall the two upper (square shaped) plastic mounting screw trim covers.
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  11. Reinstall the screws that attach the OBD-II Data Link Connector to its mounting bracket.
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  13. Connect the battery.
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  15. Verify that no Diagnostic Trouble Codes are present.

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    Fig. Knee air bag module and related components

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