Re: Side airbag wire needs repair on '07.
I'd really appreciate if no one asks my how or why I cut it.
No questions, check.
If your goal is to make me feel dumb, that's already been adequately taken care of by myself.
In any event, now the airbag warning light is on and I presume it is non functional.
Just that one bag though.
A trip to the dealer yielded a $2500 estimate to replace the entire seat/bag.
Man's probably late on a boat payment.
First up, I may need to purchase a service manual.
Why? you know what the problem is.
How do I remove the seat?
Not familiar with the '07 seat. Probably got bolts holding it down, one or two plugs for the wires to the seatbelt and airbag. On my car I think the airbag wires are yellow. Sit down on the ground in front of the seat, move the seat back and forth, look for mechanical connections. Sit on the ground in back of the seat, repeat. Unscrew the bolts, unplug the wires, manhandle the seat out.
How do I cut power to the system. I assume simply powering off the car will accomplish this but would like to know for sure.
Its an electrical system. Under the proper circumstances it send a pulse to the airbag and sets it off. Physically disconnect the 12 volt battery. No electricty = no pulse.
Will the simple application of a solder gun activate the bag?
To the wire, no. Maybe if you heated the squib directly, I don't know.
This sounds stupid but would result in a bad outcome.
No bad outcomes, check.
Many here would be hesitant to advise because of liability concerns. Let me assure you that this is not the case. Anything I do is my own problem, and I can't even begin to hold anyone else responsible
Tellya what, if my advice for a repair I've never done, on a model I don't own, doesn't work fully as described, I will give you a complete refund.
for my own stupidity in the first place.
What, like we've never pulled any bonehead moves fooling around in the car somewhere?
I'd like to express my gratitude in advance for any information offered.
It doesn't sound that bad. You need good access to the wire and a very solid repair. You might want to reroute the wire so it can't be cut again while you're in there. Because the repair needs to last the life of the car I would be inclined to solder it and paint the wire with liquid plastic. I must respectfully disagree with redwein. A wire nut wouldn't do for SRS items (Toyotaese for Suplemental Restraint Systems) Wire nuts are not usually used in vibrating environments, also they could snag stuff that gets stuck under the seat.
There are crimp fittings that will join one wire to another. You position the stripped ends in the fitting and crimp it shut with a pliers. For an SRS item you would then solder the connection for good measure, make sure there's no room inside for air/moisture to get in. If you've never used crimp fittings either find someone who has, or get some fittings and scrap wire and do a couple practice runs on the scrap wire.