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Old 02-04-2015, 02:59 AM   #1
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Question 2003 Saturn Ion Airbag Removal

I am in desperate need of some assistance. I just picked up this car for my daughter, and she has to leave to head back home tomorrow with it. The problem is I have the steering wheel half torn apart trying to get the airbag off. It is a 2003 Ion 4 door sedan.

I bought the car with the airbag light on and no working horn. I believe I will need a new SIR coil (Clockspring), which I can pick up in the morning. The problem is that I cannot get the airbag off of the wheel! I know there are 2 pins that hold it in, but I cannot locate the releases to get the airbag out. I have looked everywhere but most sites, videos, and photos don't show this car. I do not have any holes on the side of the wheel to release them from. There is a triangular hole on the back of the wheel, right where the pins are, but not sure if that is how I release it or not. Can anyone please help me? Thank you for reading!
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Old 02-04-2015, 08:52 AM   #2
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You have disconnected the battery, I hope.

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Besides the battery, some cars have a charged device that will activate the airbag in a crash if the battery has failed. You'll have to check the FSM to find if and where it is.
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there are 2 triangle shaped holes on the back of the wheel, on either side, that you need to put a long flat screwdriver (a 6" long one should be long enough) into, and twist a little.
there are 2 metal clips holding it in place, and the flat screwdriver will separate the clips to be able to release that side of the AB.
once its unclipped, that side should come slightly forward, make sure to hold onto it so it doesn't accidently clip back in.
undo both side, pull it out a bit, and there should be 2 or 3 connectors on the back of the airbag to unplug.

it can be removed safely without disconnecting the battery (as I did), but just to be safe, disconnect it anyways.
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This has all the answers and works perfectly and covers spring etc.


I could use same for removing Gove box and passenger side airbag
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