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post #31 of 44 Old 07-01-2019, 12:44 PM
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Just haven't had time to mess with getting the airbag cover off the wheel. Once that is done, the rest of the testing is easy. If you can figure out the trick to popping the cover, I'll all ears.
Most of these airbags come from the same place, this looks similar to the one on a 2016 Nissan I was driving around for about 9 months before we got our Jeep. Try expanding your youtube search out to other brands and skim through checking to see if the overall design is the same as yours (two holes, likely). I had pulled my Nissan airbag out once while installing remote start on the car, it was REALLY tricky the first time I ever tried removing an airbag and I had to pull it off again because I didn't get it back in right so had an airbag light for a while. Its just not a fun part to mess with at all. But anyways I also struggled to find a good video and finally expanded out until I found one for like a Nissan truck but the wheel and airbag was very similar and finally somebody showed a GOOD inside view of what the retaining springs look like and do and it all made sense.

Be careful what you stick in there. I was desperately trying different things and at one point I stuck something like a bit extension for a drill in there that had a retention cutout near the end (the part that locks into your tool) and the airbag spring locked onto that and I could not get it out. Do NOT stick ANYTHING in those holes that is not pretty much smooth steel all the way to the end, nothing that can snag. I had to pull unbelievably hard to get that bit extension out and was very lucky not to have damaged anything. In the end two screwdrivers did the trick but it was still hard to figure out until you see a video showing the inside and how the springs work.

Seems like pretty good odds the wiring will already be in the clock spring, as others have set. Usually all these steering wheel buttons are just sets of resistor ladders so adding a couple more values probably not an issue, but they could have their own circuit maybe.



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How do you connect this alfaobd to the Jeep? Special cable ?
Yep AlfaOBD is just software, either in an app on your phone or on your laptop. On the AlfaOBD homepage they list the recommended bluetooth and wifi OBDII adapters that are known to work well with it. Seems like no matter which one you buy you also have to get one or two of these "adapter cables" (blue, grey) that map the correct pinouts from the OBDII port to the bluetooth adapter so it can access different parts of the CANBUS network. There seem to be a high speed and a low speed network, and one in-between or regular standard protocol that a cheap reader would be able to access normally. They cover this in detail on the AlfaOBD site too.
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Most of these airbags come from the same place, this looks similar to the one on a 2016 Nissan I was driving around for about 9 months before we got our Jeep. Try expanding your youtube search out to other brands and skim through checking to see if the overall design is the same as yours (two holes, likely). I had pulled my Nissan airbag out once while installing remote start on the car, it was REALLY tricky the first time I ever tried removing an airbag and I had to pull it off again because I didn't get it back in right so had an airbag light for a while. Its just not a fun part to mess with at all. But anyways I also struggled to find a good video and finally expanded out until I found one for like a Nissan truck but the wheel and airbag was very similar and finally somebody showed a GOOD inside view of what the retaining springs look like and do and it all made sense.

Be careful what you stick in there. I was desperately trying different things and at one point I stuck something like a bit extension for a drill in there that had a retention cutout near the end (the part that locks into your tool) and the airbag spring locked onto that and I could not get it out. Do NOT stick ANYTHING in those holes that is not pretty much smooth steel all the way to the end, nothing that can snag. I had to pull unbelievably hard to get that bit extension out and was very lucky not to have damaged anything. In the end two screwdrivers did the trick but it was still hard to figure out until you see a video showing the inside and how the springs work.
From what I've read from other people on other vehicles it's exactly like you said. Not necessarily a hard procedure, just tricky to work blind and get the clip to pop. From the work I've done so far, I can feel the clip start to move when I twist a flat blade screwdriver, but it doesn't seem like enough to release it. Any bigger of a flat blade doesn't fit into the opening or is too big to maneuver inside. I probably just need to give it more time to get the finesse right.
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I don't want to lead you down the wrong path, its been quite a while since I did that one on the nissan but the foggy memory tells me 1) You won't have to put the screwdrivers in quite as far as you think, and 2) you are going to end up needing to either lift the handles of the screwdrivers up or push them down to move the spring. I could be way off on this though. The one on the nissan physically popped forwards towards me about 1/4 of an inch when it was freed.

Please take lots of pictures once inside as we are all eager to learn from your experience
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Any updates on this?
I might actually give it another try this weekend if I get some free time. Just been busy with other things.
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The issue is with getting the airbag off?
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The issue is with getting the airbag off?
Yeah. I can't install the new switch/button controls until I can get the airbag cover off to expose the screws and wiring harness. Installing the buttons should be trivial. Then doing the car config change and proxy align is simple too. Not sure if it will work or not, but testing should be easy enough.
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n4cr2k a little later this weekend after jabbing the screwdrivers around a little too harsh:




This newer video might help:

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Wow, that video does seem helpful. That last one I saw was in Portuguese, so I couldn't follow what they were describing. Having to disconnect the battery and let it sit for a bit also slows down progress and it turns a few minutes of tinkering into a longer more drawn out process.
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So I took another stab at it this weekend. Still no luck. What I did notice is that in the video, they are able to inert the screwdriver almost vertically. It's perpendicular to the controls/buttons on the wheel. The holes that are in the back side of my wheel are drilled at an angle. So when I insert a screwdriver they want to go towards the center of the wheel. I would really have to torque the screwdriver or drill out the holes to get it to go straight up as effortlessly as in the video. I've already widened them a bit. I think for my next attempt I might try something like an Allen key.
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post #41 of 44 Old 09-20-2019, 02:13 PM
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There a part number for the switches?

I've noticed not all the ACC switches are the same depending on vehicle.
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post #42 of 44 Old Yesterday, 07:18 PM
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Well, not much happening here

Well, I believe this is the part number:

68321896AA
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i've been watching this thread since I got my 2019 compass two weeks ago. given that this feautre is less than $1,000 as an add-on from the manufacturer, I can't imagine it being impossible to install aftermarket. I would certainly pay that amount to get this installed (assuming it comes with the collision warning)....
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If you have forward collision warning, then theoretically it should be inexpensive to do. If you don't have this, well ...
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