Posted by Jim Cash on January 06, 1999 at 15:51:50:
In Reply to: Airbag enclosure loose on passenger side..why..??? posted by Andy M on January 04, 1999 at 18:13:42:
: I just today noticed that the passenger side airbag enclosure is loose enough to get my fingers into the SRS compartment. I have pressed on the enclosure to attempt to press it back in.
: Very strange, I don't have kids who would have pried at it...anyone else have this problem on their E39?
Well it depends what yo mean by loose.
That section of the dash is just a cover over the air bag module. When the bag goes off that entire dash section is thrown out of the way, and is held above the expanding bag by a teather - so the dash section will not strike you.
Actually it is quite easy to remove. Just get your fingernails in the crack at the rear and pull - it will pop out exposeing the interior of the dash where the air bag is mounted.
Do not work about setting the bag off - it is not connected to that section of the dash. Just don not play with the electrical connector to the bag unit.
I have removed mine several times (the dash section that is) in order to get at some internal dash items. Hte dash section just "pops" back in position when I thump it.
But if yours is not holding properly then see your dealer. Unless you have damaged it then they should make sure it fits and holds properly.