Mechanics

AIRBAG REPLACEMENT (TO REPLACE HORN S

2003 Oldsmobile Alero

Electrical problem
2003 Oldsmobile Alero 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 90000 miles

The horn will come on and stay on on cold nights (like last night). It appears this is a known problem and the fix is to replace the driver's side airbag which includes the horn switch.

I can purchase an airbag assembly and the installation looks simple. But is it? Are they any tricks/hints to replacing an Alero airbag?

I certainly don't want to compromise the safety in any way as my daughter uses this car.
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WoodFam7
January 4, 2010.



AIR BAG MODULES Removal & Installation (Driver-side) 1. Before proceeding, see AIR BAG SAFETY PRECAUTIONS . Disable air bag system. See ZONE 3 under DISABLING & ACTIVATING AIR BAG SYSTEM. 2. Remove steering column upper and lower trim covers. Remove driver-side air bag module Torx bolts from back of steering wheel. Carefully lift air bag module away from steering wheel. See Fig. 7 . Remove Connector Position Assurance (CPA) clip and disconnect driver- side air bag module connector. 3. Disconnect horn ground lead from steering wheel. Turn horn lead counterclockwise 1/4 turn to remove contact lead from steering wheel. Remove driver-side air bag module. 4. To install, reverse removal procedure. Tighten air bag module Torx bolts to specification. See TORQUE SPECIFICATIONS . Activate air bag system. See ZONE 3 under DISABLING & ACTIVATING AIR BAG SYSTEM.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_Airbag_1.jpg



http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_specs_6.jpg


Yes it's a known problem, the vinyl covering shrinks in the cold and presses on the circuitboard.
Disable the system by removing the NEGATIVE battery cable for 3 minutes before you begin!
Zone 3 1. Turn steering wheel to place vehicle wheels in straight-ahead position. Turn ignition off and remove key. 2. Remove driver-side instrument panel end cover. Remove AIR BAG fuse from instrument panel wiring junction block (fuse block), located on driver-side end of instrument panel. See Fig. 3 . Remove Connector Position Assurance (CPA) clip and disconnect driver-side air bag module Yellow 2-pin connector, located above wiring junction box on left side of instrument panel.


http://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/62217_conn_1.jpg


Or this way(ZONE 3)

Merlin2021
Jan 5, 2010.