Author: Jonathan Swain (aka "PurdueGuy")
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.
- Flat-head screwdriver or other prying tool
- 8mm socket
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.
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.
Re-enabling is the reverse of disabling.