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    Default Changing upholstery on seats with side airbags

    Hello,

    I have a set of '98 306 XSi seats from a low km car and want to fit them (or swap the seat covers/foam cushions) onto a 2000 XSi set with side airbags...

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    I know I need to be careful (battery disconnected, leave hammer alone, don't wear a nylon suit etc ;-) but has anyone have specific tips for dismantling/repairing seats with airbags in them?

    The earlier velour seats as well as being in better condition are nice and 'grippy' as well as being more comfortable...

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    When you unplug the seat harness bridge the wires going to the squib.

    If youre discarding the seat you can cut the plug off and twist the bared wires together.
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    Your mother should have told you not to mess around with them unless you are having an "accident"....

    The response of the inbuilt collision detectors is most important. The Irish Parachute was famous for opening on impact........

    As a former explosives operator I wish you all the best both before and after....

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    The only time I had to disconnect front Air Bag seat and remove the dash warning was on a Passat and this was pre swich off air bag option 1999 to install a rear facing child seat. We had to install a 4k7 resistor across the open connector. Worked a treat and even the VAG software was not able to disable the AB.
    Battery disconnected every time for safety of course.

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    Default Changing upholstery on seats with side airbags

    Thanks for the replies - I've fitted the velour seats after disconnecting the battery... I'll wear the airbag light until I have a bit more time to tinker. The airbag seat has been dismantled down to the foam - the seat cover seems to be held together by vast quantities of short and very sharp, bent bits of wire.

    I should be able to swap the seat covers and good foam to the airbag seat frames (and score lumber support in the process).


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