Asked by: Fred Alfonzo
automotive auto safety technologies

How do you remove an airbag module?

Last Updated: 20th March, 2020

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Steps to remove airbag control module
  1. First, find the SRS computer module. In most cars, it is under the center console that is between the two front seats, or center of the dash on the floor.
  2. Disconnect the positive battery cable and wait 3 min.
  3. You are now safe to unplug the airbag control module harness wiring plugs.

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Likewise, people ask, how do you reset an airbag control module?

To remove your airbag module, follow these steps:

  1. Locate SRS airbag computer module.
  2. After you've found the SRS computer module, disconnect the positive battery cable.
  3. Wait three minutes, and then unplug the airbag control module harness wiring plugs.
  4. Send the airbag computer module to us for airbag module reset.

Also, can you drive without airbag module? While a vehicle can still run without an airbag module, it is strongly recommended that drivers do not operate the vehicle without it being installed—unless an emergency situation arises and there is no other option. Without airbags deploying, a driver and any passengers can face serious injury or even death.

Besides, how much does it cost to replace an airbag module?

On average, expect around $1,000 to $1,500 per airbag that needs to be replaced. That doesn't take into consideration other parts that need to be changed; just the airbags themselves. Airbag module replacement will run another $600 and up.

Where is the airbag control module located?

The location of the airbag module differs from vehicle to vehicle depending on the make and model of it. In some vehicles, it is located in the center console, kick panel, under the radio, or behind the steering wheel. Generally, though, it can be found underneath the driver's seat or front passenger's seat.

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Can you reset airbag light?

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How much does it cost to reset airbag light?

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This process can take several hours of time and usually costs a few hundred dollars, although depending upon the type of car it may be up to about $600.

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How do I get my airbag light to turn off?

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  1. Turn on the ignition switch with your car key.
  2. Wait for the airbag warning light to turn off.
  3. Turn the ignition switch of your car back off for a little longer than three seconds.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 twice to make three times total.
  5. Turn your ignition switch back on to fully reset the airbag light.

Rimsha Ettensperger

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Can I use a used airbag module?

The only replacement airbag that can be guaranteed to be safe is an original equipment unit purchased from the automaker through a new-car dealership. The use of salvaged airbag modules is likely to exacerbate the already significant problem of airbag theft, warns the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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What can cause the airbag light to come on?

A common reason air bag lights come on is because something is interfering with the seat belt switch — the sensor that detects if the belt is properly fastened — which could trigger a false warning light related to the air bags, says Robert Foster, owner of Foster's Master Tech in Bozeman, Montana.

Conor Nigorra

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Are airbag impact sensors reusable?

It all depends on the severity of the accident. However, in most cases, the front impact sensors are reusable unless they have been physically damaged or the wire leading to it has been crimped by metal.

Zinayida Ulpiani

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Do impact sensors need to be replaced?

Many automakers recommend replacing your airbag sensors after any collision in which your airbags go off. Other manufacturers state that their sensors will reset themselves after a collision and need not be replaced.

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How long does it take a mechanic to replace an airbag?

If repair parts are not already in inventory, they generally arrive in a matter of days. The repair work is expected to take about 2 hours to complete, depending on dealer schedules. While repair times can vary from 1 to 2 hours, wait times might be longer depending on dealer schedules.

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Does airbag module need to be replaced?

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Deployed airbags also indicate that the airbag control module will need to be replaced and/or reprogrammed. If any of the impact sensors were damaged during the accident, it generally means that they too must be replaced in order for the airbag module to reset and work properly after repairs.

Khitam Schnitman

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How hard is it to replace airbags?

Airbags may not be legal to replace, but they're not hard to replace. Disconnect the battery wire, pull the fuse, pull the old one out, install new one.

Irene Kripke

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Do airbag sensors need to be replaced after an accident?

Because many crash sensors will automatically reset themselves after a hard jolt, some car makers say their crash sensors do not have to be replaced after an accident as long as the sensors have not suffered damage.

Mamourou Klissner

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How much does it cost to replace seat belts?

Typically, seat belts range from $20 to $250.

Thibault Sainz De Vicuña

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Can I remove airbag fuse?

Every vehicle I've worked on has had an airbag fuse you can remove from the fuse panel to fully disable the airbag; the repair manuals recommend pulling this fuse when doing any work in the dash area since there's some risk of triggering the airbags to go off while you're working, which could result in serious injury

Nadiuska Tarouca

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How do you remove an airbag control module?

Steps to remove airbag control module
  1. First, find the SRS computer module. In most cars, it is under the center console that is between the two front seats, or center of the dash on the floor.
  2. Disconnect the positive battery cable and wait 3 min.
  3. You are now safe to unplug the airbag control module harness wiring plugs.

Soriba Segues

Reviewer

What is an airbag control module?

An SRS airbag module, also known as the airbag electronic crash unit, controls the airbag's deployment, stores crash data and exchanges information with the car's engine. If your SRS module is faulty, your vehicle's airbags may not protect you and your passengers in the case of an accident.

Sauc Tuguz

Reviewer

Can you cut out a deployed airbag?

Since the airbags deployed, they are no longer usable and would be removed by a repair facility as a part of the overall repairs. If you choose to cut them off so you can drive the car, there is no affect on the insurance.

Heinrich Masllorens

Reviewer

Is it safe to drive with the airbag light on?

It is not safe to drive with the airbag light ON. When there is a problem with the system, it will not deploy the airbags at all in an accident. It is always recommended to repair the problem as soon as possible. If your airbags are not functional in a crash, it may cause death or serious injuries.

Toutou Rujilo

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Are SRS airbags safe?

Airbags Save Lives
The airbags on all modern cars and trucks are housed behind panels marked SRS, which stands for Supplemental Restraint System (or Safety Restraint System). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) credits frontal airbags with saving 25,782 lives between 1987 and 2008.

Sieglinde Freile

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Is it safe to drive with the SRS light on?

It doesn't necessarily mean that the car isn't safe to drive but it's like playing with fire if you do. When this light is on it means your safety system isn't working at 100% and in some cases, it could mean that your airbags are disabled and will not deploy in an accident. So is it safe to drive with an SRS light on?