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Old 12-22-2008, 10:22 PM
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126 Airbags? To Test or not...

Okay, so like a lot of us in our older 126s, I have been wondering how well the airbag(s) still work(s).

The other day, I was at pick-n-pull and I saw a '90 300SE with the airbag still in it.

Part of me wants to bring a battery out there and pop it, just to see if it still works. I guess I really should PAY for it if I plan on doing that, but pick-n-pull is expensive, and shouldn't really be selling expired airbags anyway.

What do y'all think? Should I just go do it, and video it? Wouldn't you all like to know if an 18 year old airbag still works?


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Old 12-22-2008, 10:27 PM
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How long has it been there?



I kinda want to do it at my PnP, but they will not let me bring a battery in.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:31 PM
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I'm not counting on my airbags to deploy in a frontal crash in my W126s.
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It's been there for about a month.

As far as popping the airbag, you don't need a car battery. A 9-volt usually will do the trick, two hooked together to give 18 volts will certainly do it.


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Old 12-22-2008, 10:42 PM
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Ehh, what the hell?


Do it.


I removed the airbag from my 124.
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Old 12-22-2008, 10:54 PM
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I'd bet they still work. Now if it were from an early 80s model perhaps not?

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Old 12-22-2008, 10:58 PM
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Just hit something, hard! That'll test the bag.
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Old 12-22-2008, 11:16 PM
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"Just hit something, hard! That'll test the bag."

Yeah, or just put off that flex joint replace another year.....

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Okay, if it's still there when I go back this weekend, I'm gonna do it!

UNLESS - any of you actually want the bag??? Is it even legal to ship one of those?


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Old 12-22-2008, 11:48 PM
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I think I read somewhere its illegal to ship since its got an explosive charge.




I say blow it up.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:43 AM
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It can only be shipped by ground. Regulations don't allow air transport.
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Old 12-23-2008, 02:28 PM
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... and ground shipping requires a special container.
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:22 PM
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How long has it been there?



I kinda want to do it at my PnP, but they will not let me bring a battery in.
Aren't there batteries literally lying about the place?
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:45 PM
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No they take them out of the cars.
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Old 12-23-2008, 03:57 PM
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Show's how often I go to the wrecking yard.
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Old 12-23-2008, 05:40 PM
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Most salvage yard owners will demand you pay, and not allow you to blow them in their yard = liability...

Some areas it is a felony to explode these, unless you are fire/law enforcement.

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