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Old 04-06-2015, 05:28 PM   #1
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Video about replacing Passenger Air Bag Cover

I made a video today, how to replace the passenger Air Bag Cover.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkKT4JvMlmk

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Old 04-06-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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I am going to sticky this. Nice job on the video.
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Old 04-06-2015, 06:39 PM   #3
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Excellent job. Added to my favorites for future reference. Mine is peeling up at the ends, thought about super gluing it.
Nice music also, much better than most of the crap people put on their videos.
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Old 04-07-2015, 05:15 AM   #4
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Thanks guys!

Unfortunately I had to do it in the garage and there was not enough space for positioning the camera right, so I had to film from the driver seat mostly.

The music is from youtube's free to use list. I tried to use some nicer ones.

My spoken english is horrible, so I didn't want you get ear cancer.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:46 AM   #5
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I can see that you used a new cover, but I assume that can I use these steps to repair my existing cover that has crinkled up (like the dash). I am also surprised that you could even get a new cover. I will have to see how much that costs.

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Old 04-07-2015, 02:17 PM   #6
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I can see that you used a new cover, but I assume that can I use these steps to repair my existing cover that has crinkled up (like the dash). I am also surprised that you could even get a new cover. I will have to see how much that costs.

Of course you can use this method to just take off the cover and try to repair it.
The leather is just glued to that metal plate under the edge.

I got the cover on the german ebay for €35 inclusive shipping to Austria. It's a used one too, but it's in very good shape.
I just got lucky, but I assume you can try to find one on a junk yard or in used part stores.

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Old 04-09-2015, 02:47 AM   #7
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Another idea that could work is vinyl wrapping the cover. It seems the cover was covered in vinyl to begin with...
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Old 04-09-2015, 11:23 AM   #8
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Another reason why I am asking is because my dash is bad as well. I could get one of those covers, but then I'd still have the crinkled air bag cover. IMO, it's not worth fixing the dash, just to have the ugly air bag cover still there.
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:12 AM   #9
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You can buy replacement for the dash. It's not even that expensive if you live in the US, but I didn't see air bag cover anywhere on the net as a new replacement.
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You can buy replacement for the dash. It's not even that expensive if you live in the US, but I didn't see air bag cover anywhere on the net as a new replacement.

I assume that you are referring to the plastic dash covers that cost over $100
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Actually I was referring to complete OEM replacement of the dash. I am sure, I have seen it for around $100-$150 somewhere, but I can't find it now.

I think $100 for a complete replacement is not really much.
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andys auto sport and rock auto is where I had seen those full replacements. I believe they are just overlays though. they do not come with an airbag cover, its just cut out and would leave your factory one exposed.
Good video! I'm going to try and re-appulster mine before homecoming now that I know how to get to the darn thing.
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This is why I want to fix mine:



It looks way uglier in person.
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Mine looked like that when I bought my Alero. We went to a self service junkyard and found a good one for $5. Cheap and easy.
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Old 08-05-2016, 02:32 PM   #15
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Some pics from the Factory Service Manual and other to make it easier for the next person:

As you can see, the Factory Service Manual refers to it as an Inflatable Restraint IP Module (Passenger Inflator Module).

Here is the schematic which shows with fuses to pull:


They are on the left size door fuse panel:


Pull the G and K fuses:


Having said that, the Factory Service Manual says to only pull the Air Bag Fuse (the upper one of the two fuses, shown above, marked as G on the cover), but them mentions that you will see the air bag light on. I think if you pull both I mention probably not:



From the Factory Service Manual on how to physically remove and install the passenger side air bag:


As for how to remove the glove compartment (#2 above):

This fails to mention the 6 bolts holding it on (use 7mm socket), and then the electrical connector for the glove compartment light bulb.

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Old 08-05-2016, 02:39 PM   #16
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It should only take about 35-45 minutes to remove it. I did my wife's car about 4 weeks ago
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It should only take about 35-45 minutes to remove it. I did my wife's car about 4 weeks ago

Was the cover bad like mine?
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The previous owner threw the cover in the trash when it peeled up. Found a new one at the salvage yard and replaced the whole cover. Be careful to put towels down so you don't chew up your dash pad.
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OK, I'm done. Will post some pictures later. I reglued mine back on. It's a lot less bad. If I want it to look good, I am going to need a lot of clips to hold the vinyl to the backing and a new piece of vinyl. I only had 2 clips to hold it, so I had to not do it all at once. It's either impossible or very difficult to stretch the existing vinyl back into place (and if you did, it's probably going to get unglued again). What Oldsnut said about making sure not to harm the existing dash applies as well, it's easily damaged.
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The previous owner threw the cover in the trash when it peeled up. Found a new one at the salvage yard and replaced the whole cover. Be careful to put towels down so you don't chew up your dash pad.

Won't the junkyard one peel just the the original?
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