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claude
post 3rd March 2007 19:04
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OK for anyone intending to ditch the airbag wheel and fit a momo or similar I can now offer a solution to stop the damn airbag warning light coming on!

Basically when make sure to disconnect the battery 30 mins before removing the std steering wheel as suggested in quite a few other posts. Then remove the 3 allen bolts from the back of the wheel to remove the airbag assembly and (carefully!!) unplug the tiny plug in the back of the airbag. Now you can breath easy!! Put the airbag away somewhere safe. Then remove the central bolt for the steering wheel itself. It's f***ing tight! Rock the wheel to and fron until it comes loose off the splines then gently remove, feeding the wires through the small hole in the wheel.

You then have to remove the plastic steering column surroun. 4 screws at the bottom will remove the lower bit. Then you'll be able to see the 2 allen bolts for the top bit. Unscrew these and wiggle the bottom shroud free. You can then get to the 3 screws around the side of the airbag / horn wiring circular donut thingy. Unscrew these and pull the donut off. Put the donut with the old wheel - you don't need it for the momo wheel. There is a small 2-pin plug (mine was hidden in foam tape) which you need to undo. This is from the airbag controller. This is the clever(ish) bit. Go and buy a 2.2 ohm / 0.6watt resistor from somewhere like maplins. They cost about 6 pence! plug the wires from this into the 2 pin socket above the steering column, that the airbag was plugged in to. Put tape around it to keep it in place, amking sure the pins don't touch one another.

Now you can put on the momo boss, horn push, wheel etc. When you reconnect the battery the airbag computer is fooled into thinking the airbag is still there and hey presto the light stays off! Hope this helps as I had to do a fair bit of research to settle on the 2.2 ohm resistor! Claude.
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post 3rd March 2007 19:23
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Nice one Claude. I've seen quite a few posts on here wondering 'bout the resistance value of the airbag sensor.

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post 3rd March 2007 19:37
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Good work thumbsup.gif Now in the FAQ section biggrin.gif

I'll just add a link in this thread to the workshop manual section on how to remove the steering wheel airbag as additional help for anyone else who also attempts this job...

How to remove the steering wheel airbag: See page 171 of this document.


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post 3rd March 2007 21:36
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Thanks gents. Its a novelty to have t'internet at home I've been having to use it at work for the last few years with my boss staring over my shoulder!! whistle.gif
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To add to this thread - the steering wheel retaining nut is 24mm and the tightening torque is 43-53 Nm

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post 2nd December 2018 21:59
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