Disable Airbags (1995-1999 S-Series)

Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")

Relevant Models

1995-1999 SC1
1995-1999 SC2
1995-1999 SL
1995-1999 SL1
1995-1999 SL2
1995-1999 SW1
1995-1999 SW2

Caution!

Inside the center console is the airbag system’s inertia switch, which detects changes in the car’s motion. Hitting this box could result in the airbags going off. While you can just try to be careful when working under the center console, I recommend disabling the airbags whenever working near the switch.

Tools

  • Flat-head screwdriver or other prying tool
  • Ratchet
  • 8mm socket

Disabling

Step 1

Disconnect the negative battery cable. It’s the black one. You’ll need the 8mm socket.

Step 2

Remove the airbag fuse. It is located in the fuse box in the passenger side of the center console. The picture shows the fuse puller on the correct fuse for in my car, but I recommend checking the back of the cover panel for the correct fuse location. Despite what some may think, this alone will not disable the airbags – there are capacitors that store energy. Do not stop at this step.

Step 4

Disconnect the drivers side airbag. The harness is easy to spot because it’s bright yellow. It has a metal clip on it holding it in place – just wiggle the harness around and the clip will slide off of the metal it’s mounted to. Then use your flathead screwdriver to push the green locking pin out of the harness. With the pin out, you can push in the clip and undo the harness. Don’t worry about taking the blue pin out.

Step 6

Disconnect the passenger side airbag. You’ll spot the yellow wire loom, which leads to the yellow wiring harness (just lift the foam out of the way). This one also has a metal clip, so wiggle it off of where it’s mounted, push the green locking pin out, push the clip in and disconnect the harness.

Re-enabling

Re-enabling is the reverse of disabling.


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