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Air bag unit (driverТs side) - removal and refitting
Body electrical system / Air bag unit (driverТs side) - removal and refitting


Warning: Handle the air bag unit with extreme care, as a
precaution against personal injury, and always hold it with the cover facing away from the body. If in doubt concerning any proposed work involving the air bag unit or its control circuitry, consult a Ford dealer or other qualified specialist.

Removal
1 Disconnect the battery negative (earth) lead (refer to Chapter 5, Section 1).

Warning: Before proceeding, wait a minimum of 15 minutes, as a precaution against accidental firing of the air bag unit. This period ensures that any stored energy in the back-up capacitor is dissipated.

2 Rotate the steering wheel so that one of the mounting bolt holes is visible above the steering column upper shroud.

3 Unscrew and remove the first mounting bolt, then turn the steering wheel as necessary and remove the remaining mounting bolts (see illustration).

28.3 Unscrewing an air bag mounting bolt
28.3 Unscrewing an air bag mounting bolt

4 Carefully withdraw the air bag unit from the steering wheel far enough to disconnect the wiring multi-plug, then remove it from inside the vehicle (see illustration).

28.4 Disconnecting the air bag wiring multi-plug (arrowed)
28.4 Disconnecting the air bag wiring multi-plug (arrowed)

Warning: Stand the unit with the cover uppermost, and do not expose it to heat sources in excess of 100ЇC.

Warning: Do not attempt to open or repair the air bag unit, or apply any electrical current to it. Do not use any air bag unit which is visibly damaged or which has been tampered with.

Refitting
5 Refitting is a reversal of the removal procedure.


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