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Old 11-08-2005, 11:41 PM   #1
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How do you remove the airbag?

Just wondering if anyone knows how to remove the air bag from the 05 Focus passenger side? I am installing a new dash and need to take the air bag out to swap dash's. Thanks!

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Old 11-25-2005, 04:23 PM   #2
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Ok.. I haven't done this myself, so I'm writing what I'm reading from a manual. I thought about swapping out to an SVT dash for gauges, but decided that it would be better to put them in the extra DIN slot or the pillar instead since there is no SVT in 05.

First off, whenever working with the SRS... remove the negative terminal from the battery, and also remove the SRS fuse.

Remove the glove box, remove the air duct from the passenger side vent. There is a retaining clip at the main air box in the center of the dash, and then remove the defrost duct pipe in the same manner . You may have already noticed two bolts near the top of the opening which look like they might be holding in airbag module. Remove those nuts and bolts. Next you will need a trim clip tool.... or butcher your dash with a flat head srewdriver to get the cover off the airbag module. There are 3 clips on the back side of the cover which must be removed first. The first clip is just inside the back right side corner, the second clip is about 4 inches towards the center offset closer to the passenger door. The last clip is just inside the far left hand corner. To remove these clips, first locate the exact position, then insert a tool between the cover and the dash and pry straight up.

From my experiences with interiors.. I'd place a rag under the leverage point to keep from scarring the dash. It might be handy to bend an old rounded off flat head in a vise grip for this operation, or purchase a cheapo 8" pry bar. The proper tool is like a prybar, but has a larger head... which is important. It might be available at some larger parts stores, and surely is something you can order. If you break the airbag trim cover, it is probably not a horribly expensive part from Ford since it's commonly replaced- I say that not from knowledge of working at a dealer, but because it looks like the darn thing is going to break no matter how much you know or how much care you take.

OK, back to the clips. Once the 3 back clips are up, and you've decided that you might as well continue since you've come this far the next step is to get out all the other 7 clips on the front of the cover. Fortunately, these are not the same kind of clips as those in the back. To remove the cover, push on the left side (if you haven't already broken those two plastic clips while levering the backs out) and push from the front towards the windshield and pull up all at the same time..... in theory. The two clips remaining on the left side of the cover are just simple plastic hooks, and the remaining 5 holders in the front of the cover are more like slide in sleeves pinch holding the dashboard. Be careful to push the cover towards the windshield BEFORE popping the front up-- unless you've already broken so much that you're going to have to replace the cover anyway, but I'd say you'd probably damage the rest of the dash before you broke the front clips. I'll bet money that the ones on the left hand side don't survive though.

Now that the cover is off.... you should see 4 torx bolts holding the airbag module in the dash. Remove bolts, remove module and bracket, disconnect electrical connectors, and that's it.

I'd be really careful about static electricity around the electrical connections of the airbag module, be sure to wear gloves or ground yourself as soon as you remove it. It is a good idea to cover the connector in electrical tape so that no static electricity accidents occur. DO NOT TAKE THE AIRBAG IN YOUR HOUSE!! AIRBAGS SHOULD BE HANDLED LIKE NITRO-GLYCERINE!!!

By removing the airbag, you have complete and total responsibility for your actions, and in no way by writing this am I advising you to remove your airbag module. I'm merely making suggestions for proper removal if you so intend to perform such an action. Failure to follow proper safety suggestions could result in SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH.
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Old 11-25-2005, 07:06 PM   #3
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A simple question. WHY??? Unless your girlfriend is getting on your nerves and you don't want her to survive a wreck, go for it. Good luck selling it ever again, and don't forget your insurance will go up without a passenger airbag. Man, ..., lol, some peeps.
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Old 11-25-2005, 08:39 PM   #4
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I think he wanted to keep the airbag he has in a new dash he's installing.
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just hit something at over 5mph. it will remove itself... but be aware both airbags might be removed
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yes i know its an old thread but I want to just throw my experiaence out there.

Just did this and im going off memory but pry bottom right corner of airbag cover off working your way left until the whole bottom is free, then there is 2 clips on the left hand side u need to undo with a flathead. from there you gently bend the cover up until u can see the 3 big golden bolts/nuts. dont worry it is metal and WILL bend back to shape i can almost promise. undo the 3 bolts and the cover pops the rest of the way off and from there its as easy as removing some connectors and a few nuts and is all very basic and obvious.

thats all from memory from the other day so sorry if im slightly off
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I recently removed the passenger air bag from my '05 ST, to facilitate installation of an SVT dash. It isn't at all as difficult as I was led to believe. The '05 air bag cover on my '05 was very easy to remove. I inserted the edge of a US quarter into the forward seam (closest to the windshield), about 4 inches from the A pillar, and pushed it toward the windshield until I was able to get my finger tips into the gap, and lifted straight up. I did the same for the two remaining front clips, except once the first clip is loose, the rest follow with no tools (US quarter). I continued around the drivers side of the cover, gently pulling up. Once the side clips are out, the rears (closest to the seat) can be released by pulling the cover toward the windshield. My only other comment is that the four fasteners holding the air bag into the dash on my '05 are 7mm bolts, not Torx. Good luck.

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