Safe to replace multifunction switch without removing air bag?

Discussion in 'General Chevy & GM Tech Questions' started by Jamm3r, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. Jamm3r

    Jamm3r Member 2 Years 100 Posts

    The four-way flasher switch on my 1997 doesn't work. It's part of the multifunction switch and so the whole thing has to be replaced.

    The air bag deployment circuit goes through the multifunction switch. It is possible to replace the multifunction switch without first removing the airbag from the vehicle, but is it safe to do so?
  2. Pikey

    Pikey Moderator Staff Member 5+ Years ROTM Winner 5000 Posts

    As long as you disconnect the battery and wait 15 minutes for the capacitors to drain then I don't see why not.
  3. RayVoy

    RayVoy Epic Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts

    Or, touch the battery cables together after you have disconnected them, that should drain the caps.

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