Originally Posted by debruins
whats the draining thing for and what is it?
(just trying to learn)
Air bags can be touchy things so the touching the two DISCONNECTED battery terminals together will remove any residual voltage stored in the system, I'd also wait about 20 minutes and go have a coffee or something, then do the disassembling. You can get new clock springs for a decent price at www.jeepsareus.com
, $140ish price range.
Once you get it back together, reconnect the battery, now if you get in the drivers seat RECLINE your drivers seat all the way back BEFORE you turn the key on. Just another 'just in case'. It may also run funny for a while till the computer relearns the parameters, disconnecting the battery sets it back to factory defaults so it will take a few miles for it run 'normally' again as you are used to it.
I'm just over cautious but I spent too many years working around stuff that explodes and I still have all my fingers, toes and nose attached.
One more note, when you remove the air bag put it on your work bench FACE UP, not FACE DOWN. If it gets statically fired while the base plate is up you have a 1lb steel projectile.
FACE UP means the part you see when driving faces up.