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AIRBAGS

1997 Mercury Cougar • 6 cylinder 2WD Automatic • 130,000 miles

I was wondering how to disassemble my air bags in a 1997 Mercury Cougar. I'm having to replace the ignition switch but need to disarm my air bags first.
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Sweetncharming2009
December 4, 2010.



Removal & Installation ignition switch (Contour & Mystique)
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove upper and lower steering column covers. Disconnect ignition switch connector. Depress switch locking tabs inward. Remove ignition switch. To install, reverse removal procedure

DISABLING & ACTIVATING AIR BAG SYSTEM
WARNING: Wait one minute after disabling SRS before working on vehicle. Back-up power supply holds a deployment charge for approximately one minute after positive battery cable is disconnected. Servicing SRS before one minute may cause accidental air bag deployment and possible personal injury.

CAUTION: When battery is disconnected, vehicle computer and memory systems may lose memory data. Driveability problems may exist until computer systems have completed a relearn cycle. See COMPUTER RELEARN PROCEDURES in GENERAL INFORMATION before DISCONNECTING BATTERY.

DISABLING SYSTEM
NOTE: Following disabling procedure should be used for component replacement purposes only. If vehicle was involved in a collision and air bag did not deploy or if SRS is not functioning properly, and vehicle needs to be driven, complete system deactivation is required. See COMPLETE SYSTEM DEACTIVATION.

Disconnect negative and then positive battery cables. Shield both cables. SRS contains a back-up power supply built into air bag diagnostic monitor. Wait at least one minute before servicing any air bag components. System is now disabled

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BMRFIXIT
Dec 4, 2010.
Ignition switch Removal & Installation (Contour & Mystique)
Disconnect negative battery cable. Remove upper and lower steering column covers. Disconnect ignition switch connector. Depress switch locking tabs inward. Remove ignition switch. To install, reverse removal procedure.

DISABLING & ACTIVATING AIR BAG SYSTEM
WARNING: Wait one minute after disabling SRS before working on vehicle. Back-up power supply holds a deployment charge for approximately one minute after positive battery cable is disconnected. Servicing SRS before one minute may cause accidental air bag deployment and possible personal injury.

CAUTION: When battery is disconnected, vehicle computer and memory systems may lose memory data. Driveability problems may exist until computer systems have completed a relearn cycle. See COMPUTER RELEARN PROCEDURES in GENERAL INFORMATION before DISCONNECTING BATTERY.

DISABLING SYSTEM
NOTE: Following disabling procedure should be used for component replacement purposes only. If vehicle was involved in a collision and air bag did not deploy or if SRS is not functioning properly, and vehicle needs to be driven, complete system deactivation is required. See COMPLETE SYSTEM DEACTIVATION.

Disconnect negative and then positive battery cables. Shield both cables. SRS contains a back-up power supply built into air bag diagnostic monitor. Wait at least one minute before servicing any air bag components. System is now disabled

BMRFIXIT
Dec 4, 2010.