Warning: Any suspected faults with the airbag system should be referred to a Flat dealer - under no circumstances attempt to carry out any work other than removal and refitting of the front airbag unit(s) and/or the airbag clockspring, as described in the following paragraphs.

Electronic control unit of Fiat Punto airbag

The airbag ECU is located under the centre of the facia and is accessible after removal of the tower centre side vent panels beneath the facia.

Driver's airbag unit of Fiat Punto

Removal

2 De-activate the airbag system.
3 Turn the steering wheel as necessary for access to the airbag retaining bolts at the rear of the wheel.
4 Undo the three airbag retaining bolts.
5 Carefully lift the airbag unit from the Steering wheel and disconnect the wiring connector (see illustration).



Lift the airbag unit from the steering wheel and disconnect the wiring connector


6 If the airbag unit is to be stored for any length of time.

Refitting

7 Refitting is a reversal of removal, bearing in mind the following points:
a) Do not strike the airbag unit, or expose it to Impacts during refitting.
b) On completion of refitting, activate the airbag system.

Airbag clockspring of Fiat Punto

Removal

8 Remove the driver's airbag unit.
9 Remove the steering wheel.
10 Remove the steering column shrouds.
11 Check that the centre position indicator window on the outer moving portion of the airbag clock spring is centred over the red indicator tab on the fixed portion. If not already done, it is advisable to secure the moving and fisted portions of the clock spring together using tape to prevent rotation with the steering wheel removed.
12 Disconnect the wiring connector from the top of the clockspring (see illustration).



Disconnect the wiring connector from the top of the airbag clockspring


13 Unscrew the three securing screws, and withdraw the clockspring from the steering column (see illustrations).



Unscrew the three securing screws...



... and withdraw the clockspring from the steering column


Refitting

14 Refitting is a reversal of removal, bearing in mind the following points:
a) Ensure that the centre position indicator window on the outer moving portion of the clockspring is centred over the red indicator tab on the fixed portion.
b) Ensure that the roadwheels are in the straight-ahead position before refitting trim clockspring and steering wheel.
c) Refit the steering wheel, and refit the airbag unit as described previously in this Section.

Passenger's airbag unit of Fiat Punto

Removal

15 The passenger's airbag is fitted to the upper part of the facia, above the glovebox.
16 De-activate the airbag system.
17 Remove the glovebox.
18 Carefully prise out the immobiliser switch from the side of the facia and disconnect the switch wiring connector (see illustrations).



Prise out the passenger's airbag immobiliser switch from the facia ...



... and disconnect the switch wiring connector


19 Working in the glovebox aperture, undo the bolts securing the airbag assembly to the facia support rail (see illustration).



Undo the bolts (arrowed) securing the airbag assembly to the facia rail


Carefully withdraw the airbag from the facia and disconnect the wiring connector.
20 If the airbag unit is to be stored for any length of time.

Refitting

21 Refitting is a reversal of removal, bearing in mind the following points:
a) Do not stake the airbag unit, or expose it to impacts during refitting.
b) Or completion of refitting, activate the airbag system.

Side and side window airbags of Fiat Punto

22 The side, and side window, airbags are located respectively within the front seat backs and roof headlining, and no attempt should be made to remove them. Any suspected problems with the side airbag system should be referred to a Fiat dealer.