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Old 02-08-2000, 10:58 AM
Fred Prickett
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My '85 500 SEL has 241,850 miles on the clock, and is equipped with air bag in the steering wheel. When and what kind of maintenance checks are required to ensure that a vehicle with this many miles and age has a system that fully up and ready to deploy if needed ?? I checked my recently-acquired Model 126 Service Manual Library CD and could not find this subject discussed anywhere. Thanks.
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Old 02-08-2000, 11:42 AM
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The last time I took my 86 300E into the dealer they updated the airbag expiry sticker, from 1996 to 2001. Upon further inquiry, I was told that the effective life was first determined to be ten years, and recently extended to 15 (hence the update). I imagine the same guidelines extend to your vehicle, although I would be curious about the actual effective life of the SRS system (that is, not motivated by the manufacturer's fears of potential lawsuits, etc...). Apart from that issue, I would think that as long as your SRS warning light doesn't light up while driving (and that the bulb works!), your airbag should be ready for action, god forbid!
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Nick
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Old 02-08-2000, 08:22 PM
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The operational life of the air bag is 15 years. After that it should be replaced for $1800. Talk about making DC happy!!

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