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How to Replace AirBag 88-98 GMC Sierra K1500

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How to Replace AirBag 88-98 GMC Sierra K1500

Created on: 2017-02-16

Learn how to remove and install the airbag safely with expert help in this how-to video

  1. step 1 :Disconnecting the Battery
    • Remove the negative terminal with a 5/16 or 8mm wrench
  2. step 2 :Removing the Air Bag
    • Pry the pins up and out from behind the steering wheel
    • Disconnect the air bag wiring harness
    • Remove the orange safety
  3. step 3 :Reinstalling the Air Bag
    • Connect the harness to the air bag
    • Install the safety ball
    • Clip in the air bag and push it in
  4. step 4 :Reconnecting the Battery
    • Put your key in and turn it to the run position
    • Connect the negative terminal with an 8mm wrench

Tools needed for replacement

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Wrenches - Metric

    8mm Wrench

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In this video we're going to be working with our 1996 GMC Sierra K1500. We're going to show you how to remove and replace your vehicle's airbag. This is the spring lock type not the push button type.

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Here are items you'll need for this repair: 8mm wrench, flat head screwdriver

Remove the negative post from your battery using a 5/16 or an 8-millimeter wrench. Be very careful. This wrench isn't long enough but if you have a longer one, you may be able to hit positive battery terminal with it. You want to be very careful you don't do that. Remove the terminal and isolate it from the battery. Just so you can see because it's pretty difficult to show on the back of the steering wheel, there are these notched pins all four of them on the airbag and these sit into these four holes.

What I did to release them is there's openings in the back you can reach through with a flat blade screwdriver and pry them up and out of the way. Pretty difficult to get back there and see that but you just need to reach in there and pry it up out of the way with your screwdriver and it'll pop itself up. Remove the airbag. There's a little hook on the harness you need to disconnect to get this out of the way. Remove the orange safety. You may need a screwdriver to release the electrical connector here.

Make sure to attach the harness back into its clips as well as the one on the airbag but we'll reconnect our connector and install our safety tab first. Slide the back into place and just push it in firmly to engage all four clips. Now the most important step anytime you work on your airbags or anything that has to do with the airbag system, is put your key in. Turn it to the run position then reconnect your negative battery terminal. Remember to tighten this down with a 5/16 wrench.

Now the reason we do this in the order that we did, is power just came back on in the vehicle and our key is already on so if anything had happened with the airbag like a chaffed wire or some other issue, the bag would have deployed now while we're out here safely under the hood rather than once we get in the vehicle and turn the key and we're sitting right in front of it. While airbags are meant as a safety device, in improper conditions they can be very dangerous.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 8mm Wrench

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