BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual: Removing and installing/replacing airbag unit

BMW X3 Service & Repair Manual / Suspension / Steering wheel for airbag / Removing and installing/replacing airbag unit

WARNING: Observe the following instructions to avoid any risk of injury by the airbag unit.

  • Comply with safety regulations for handling components with gas generators.
  • Do not exert any force on the airbag unit.
  • Use only specified tools for releasing the airbag unit.

NOTE: Incorrect handling may result in triggering of the airbag unit and thereby cause serious injury.

IMPORTANT: STEERING WHEEL must be replaced if airbag unit has been triggered! Follow PROCEDURE AFTER AIRBAG DEPLOYMENT.

Necessary preliminary work:

  • Disconnect BATTERY EARTH LEAD .
  • If necessary, remove shift paddles.

Insert Torx screwdriver T25 (2) at an angle into concealed opening on reverse side of steering wheel until a spring resistance is felt (approx. 1.5 cm).

Press spring leg (1) inward until airbag is unlocked.

Repeat procedure on other side.

Installation note:

Make sure electrical leads are correctly positioned.

Snap airbag unit with uniform pressing force plane-parallel in direction of steering column shaft into steering wheel.

Suspension

WARNING: Danger of injury! Airbag unit may only be set down with the airbag itself facing upwards .

Tilt airbag unit forwards.

Disconnect plug connections and remove airbag unit.

Installation note: Connect plugs to connections of same color on airbag unit.

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