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missed deer hit ditch airbags deployed

07-25-2008, 05:09 AM
ok my daughter took out about a 100 ft of ditch with 98 neon and the airbags deployed.. car seems to run ok i think she pulled some kind of pollution box off the bottom ill take a look tomorrow but im most concerned about the airbags, are they hard to replace? and ive been looking online and im wondering if i need a airbag for a 1998 or if other years will also fit... btw they can say what they want about neons but it took the blow pretty well. better than i imagined it ever would.:2cents: :uhoh:

07-25-2008, 07:30 PM
I am guessing that 97,98,99 would all fit the same, but might have different color lids. I dont think they would be too hard to replace - be sure to do it with the battery disconnected though. You would need the two airbags, and the control unit that lives under the center console. Some folks would advise you to replace the clockspring in the steering wheel behind the air bag too, as it carries a good bit of current when the propellant was ignited.
You may be able to find a set (should be all 3 items) on ebay. Even if you dont, ebay sellers of salvage yard airbags might have what you need - if you send them a 'question', asking about it. There are some states where you are supposed to have the air bags replaced by a dealer, or a shop, and some where they want you to only use 'new' air bags, i.e. not from a junkyard, and show the receipt to the inspection station. I dont know what the laws are in my state, but I would replace them myself. When we bought our 97 Neon, I got a set of the 3; left and right airbags and control unit, from ebay, for about $80. We havent needed them yet, but I have them if we do need them.
The only 'pollution' box that might be on the bottom might be the charcoal canister (are they inside one of the fenders?), unless you are talking about the catylytic converter. If that were damaged, I would expect it to make a lot of noise.
The good thing about deployed air bags, is that it is easier to see where the bolts are that attach them to the car.

07-25-2008, 08:36 PM
Check with a friend at a body shop who services these units. You need to be sure the system isn't armed before you plug them in. The older units you can with a test light for power if they have power don't plug them in. Some of the newer units require an air bag safe such as a waekon or one of the tool companies logic probe which is certified air bag safe.
A body shop which works on these all of the time could check for you.
The problem is I don't know what year they changed.

07-26-2008, 11:47 AM
actually the best thing about deployed airbag?
My daughter was not hurt........

07-28-2008, 09:43 AM
Airbag replacement is very easy. Do it with the fuse and battery disconnected and you will be fine.

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