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Hi:

Thinking about replacing the stock steering wheel with a sports after market one. These does not have air bags. How could I disable the airbag without getting the airbag warning light?

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by removing the airbag you are already technically disabling it; hence the airbag warning light lighting up.

there are plenty of racy looking aftermarket steering wheels out there you should look into it!

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Assuming I remove/reassemble the Airbag, after disconnecting the Battery and waiting 30 mins for the capacitor to discharge, then will the Airbag warning light still come on? If so, how can I avoid this happening?

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Assuming I remove/reassemble the Airbag, after disconnecting the Battery and waiting 30 mins for the capacitor to discharge, then will the Airbag warning light still come on? If so, how can I avoid this happening?

Thanks.

I've replaced the wheel twice on my '02 C4S. I disconnected the battery, removed the airbag, then the wheel. I didn't wait the thirty minutes that you mentioned, and have never had a problem with a warning light. One note: be sure to have your radio code handy. You'll need it after re-connecting the battery.

Good luck, but you won't need it. This is an easy DIY project.

Ken

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Assuming I remove/reassemble the Airbag, after disconnecting the Battery and waiting 30 mins for the capacitor to discharge, then will the Airbag warning light still come on? If so, how can I avoid this happening?

Thanks.

I've replaced the wheel twice on my '02 C4S. I disconnected the battery, removed the airbag, then the wheel. I didn't wait the thirty minutes that you mentioned, and have never had a problem with a warning light. One note: be sure to have your radio code handy. You'll need it after re-connecting the battery.

Good luck, but you won't need it. This is an easy DIY project.

Ken

On RoW cars the alarms are wired differently - On RoW cars most folks just turn the ignition on before removing the battery to avoid alarm problems.

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I've replaced the wheel twice on my '02 C4S. I disconnected the battery, removed the airbag, then the wheel. I didn't wait the thirty minutes that you mentioned, and have never had a problem with a warning light. One note: be sure to have your radio code handy. You'll need it after re-connecting the battery.

Ken,

Thanks.

The reason for waiting for a period of time (I suggested 30 mins), after disconnecting the Battery, and before removing the Airbag, is to allow the Airbag Capacitor to discharge. If you don't do this, potentially the Airbag is still 'live'. :o

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Do wheels typically come with instructions on how to remove the current wheel? I hate to start just pulling and jerking...

I didn't get any with my new wheel, but it's a simple process. Disconnect your battery. In this forum John suggested waiting 30 minutes for the airbag's capacitor to discharge. Good idea. Two screws on the back of the wheel hold the airbag. Lift it gently off and unplug the two or three wires, taking note where each one goes. Take off the center nut, and the wheel will pull off very easy.

Here's a link that will help: http://www.whiteson.org/boxster/mods/obc/obc.stalk.pdf

Note: The pictures in the link go past simply taking the wheel off, so stop after the wheel is off, and if you're replacing the wheel, marking it for re-installation shouldn't be necessary.

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