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Greetings, how do I remove the connector from the air bag (yellow connector) on a 1998 ML320. replacing combo switch. Battery is disconnected. thanks,wm
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Hi

The WIS does not give the details - it just says 'open arresting mechanism'... See drawing below.

You must work out how it locks together, unless someone else here has experience of the task.
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The WIS does not give the details - it just says 'open arresting mechanism'... See drawing below.

You must work out how it locks together, unless someone else here has experience of the task.
Thanks Keyhole, I will have to take a closer look at it. My book just states to remove it.
I read somewhere that you just pull it straight off with pliers but I would like to know if there is anything locking it before I do that.

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I'm sure that it will have a hidden plastic latch of some kind, which MB call the 'arresting mechanism'. It will not simply pull apart. If you do that, you will certainly break something...
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I'm sure that it will have a hidden plastic latch of some kind, which MB call the 'arresting mechanism'. It will not simply pull apart. If you do that, you will certainly break something...
Thanks, I plan to look at it later today, I won't do anything until I know it is the right way to do it.
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Thanks, I plan to look at it later today, I won't do anything until I know it is the right way to do it.
Can't see anything holding the connector in place. Everything I read states to pull it straight off but I have gently tried to remove it that way and it does not want to slide out, at least not easily.

Will the wire disconnect from the other end were it goes through the wheel?
All I want to do is get the steering wheel out of the way to replace the combo switch.

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Hi - I've taken another look at the WIS page that I posted yesterday, and realize that there is another photo that might be of interest. I have included it in a re-post of the previous images below.

It shows a picture of the 'arresting mechanism' as of 01/09/01 - which is after your car was built, and suggests that it was re-designed. However I'm sure that yours will be a very similar design. It looks like a clip that revolves around and locks the plug & socket together. It will be very obvious if it is there.

If you do not see such a device, then the plug should simply pull away from the socket.
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Hi - I've taken another look at the WIS page that I posted yesterday, and realize that there is another photo that might be of interest. I have included it in a re-post of the previous images below.

It shows a picture of the 'arresting mechanism' as of 01/09/01 - which is after your car was built, and suggests that it was re-designed. However I'm sure that yours will be a very similar design. It looks like a clip that revolves around and locks the plug & socket together. It will be very obvious if it is there.

If you do not see such a device, then the plug should simply pull away from the socket.

Thanks again for your time, if you go to the link I found on this site you will see exactly what my connector looks like. They said they just pulled it off, and another person said they pulled it straight out with a pair of pliers.
I have pulled on it as much as I feel confortable doing without knowing for sure this is the correct way to remove it.
I don't want to damage the airbag.
I see no mechanism to secure it, I'm thinking it is just a very tight fit.
fyi: it's a 1998 ml320

See:http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w210...errerid=345909
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Interesting link there... and the airbag connector appears to have no extra protection to prevent accidental disconnection. Maybe the 'health & safety' gestapo came along later to complicate the design....

So it looks like you just have to apply more finger pressure here. Try some wriggle action to open up the sob...
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Interesting link there... and the airbag connector appears to have no extra protection to prevent accidental disconnection. Maybe the 'health & safety' gestapo came along later to complicate the design....

So it looks like you just have to apply more finger pressure here. Try some wriggle action to open up the sob...
keyhole, thank you for your help. I removed it, job is done, went fine after that.
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