This is for a driver’s airbag on a 2004 Mazda 6. There should not be too much difference for other vehicles. It is a simple process and shouldn’t take you more than 10-20 mins.
Estimated time: 10-20 mins Difficulty: Easy
Begin by disconnecting the battery, which you should always do when working with electrical parts. Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery.
Next you must unscrew the two nuts on either side of the steering wheel. These are situated just behind the steering wheel and a socket set will remove these. It was a 16” head for this vehicle but you may need to check which size fits your nuts.
Once you’ve removed the nuts, gently remove the mid-section of the steering wheel. There will be some wires attached to the air airbag at the rear of the centre piece, two in this case. Disconnect these wires from the airbag with a flat headed screwdriver, prizing the black plastic clips from the connectors. This removes the airbag section from the steering wheel.
Connect the new airbag to the wires by connecting them onto the back of the airbag piece. Fit the centre piece (with airbag) back into position, screw the nuts back in using your socket set, ensuring they are fitted tightly.
This completes the process of replacing a driver’s side airbag. PLEASE NOTE: An airbag is an explosive part so please take care when replacing it yourself.