Subaru Outback manuals

Subaru Outback: Side Airbag Module

A: REMOVAL

CAUTION: Refer to "CAUTION" of "General Description" before handling the airbag module. <Ref. to AB-9, CAUTION, General Description.>

NOTE: Remove the passenger's side by referring to driver's side.

1) Remove the headrest.

NOTE: For models with headrest monitor, remove the headrest in the following procedures.

1. Fold the backrest all the way backward, and then remove the headrest.

2. Place the headrest on the seating face.

3. Return the backrest to the original position.

2) Disconnect the ground cable from battery and wait for at least 60 seconds before starting work.

NOTE: For the power seat, remove the slide rail installing bolt before removing the battery ground.

3) Remove the front seats.

  1. Remove the slide rail installing bolt.
    1. Tilt the backrest forward and move the seat to the front most position.
    2. Remove the rear bolt cover (A) and remove the two bolts.
    3. Move the seat to the rearmost position.
    4. Remove the front bolt cover (B) and remove the two bolts.

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  1. Disconnect the connector under the seat.

CAUTION: Disconnect the ground cable from battery, and wait 60 seconds before disconnecting the connector.

  1. Take out the front seat from the vehicle.

CAUTION: Be careful not to damage the body.

4) Remove the seat lifter lever. (Manual seat)

  1. Using a flat tip screwdriver, remove the seat lifter lever cover (a).
  2. Remove the screw and remove the seat lifter lever.

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5) Remove the reclining lever cover. (Manual seat)

  1. Pull up the reclining lever and release the claws on the back.
  2. Pull out the reclining lever cover.

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6) Remove the seat side cover OUT.

  1. Remove the screws.
  2. Release the claw in the upper section of the seat side cover.
  3. Release the claw in the rear section of the seat side cover.
  4. Release the claw in the front section of the seat side cover, then remove the seat side cover OUT.

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

  1. Release the claw in the rear section of the seat side cover.
  2. Release the claw in the upper section of the seat side cover.
  3. Remove the clip and release the claw in the front section of the seat side cover
  4. Disconnect the power seat switch connector and remove the seat side cover OUT.

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7) Remove the inner seat belt assembly.

  1. Remove the nut and remove the inner seat belt assembly.
  2. Remove the clip for the inner seat belt harness located under the seat cushion.

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8) Remove the seat side cover IN.

  1. Remove the screws.
  2. Release the claw in the upper section of the seat side cover.
  3. Release the claw in the rear section of the seat side cover, then remove the seat side cover IN.

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  1. Remove the screws.
  2. Release the claw in the rear section of the seat side cover.
  3. Release the claw in the upper section of the seat side cover, then remove the seat side cover IN.

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9) Separate the backrest assembly and the seat cushion assembly.

  1. Remove the clip for the side airbag harness located under the seat cushion.
  2. Remove the bolts from reclining hinge of both sides.
  3. While taking care not to damage the airbag harness, separate the backrest assembly and the seat cushion assembly.

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

10) Remove the backrest back cover.

  1. Remove the screws.
  2. Release the hooks by pulling down the back cover and remove the backrest back cover.

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11) Remove the side airbag module assembly.

CAUTION:

  1. Remove the hooks and hog rings.

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  1. Remove the backrest pad & cover from backrest assembly.
  2. Remove the mounting nuts of the side airbag module.

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

  1. Remove the side airbag harness from backrest frame assembly.
  2. While taking care not to damage the airbag (plastic) protective cover, remove the side airbag module assembly.

B: INSTALLATION

CAUTION:

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

  1. Side airbag guide cloth
  2. Backrest cover
  3. Side airbag module ASSY
  4. Side airbag tape

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

  1. Backrest pad
  2. Backrest cover
  3. Nut
  4. Backrest frame
  5. Backrest back cover
  6. Side airbag guide cloth
  7. S hook
  8. Side airbag module inflator
  9. Side airbag module case
  10. Side airbag tape

1) Before installation, inspect the following items and replace any faulty part with a new one.

2) Install the side airbag module to the backrest frame assembly.

Tightening torque: 6 N*m (0.61 kgf-m, 4.4 ft-lb)

3) Install the side airbag harness to backrest frame assembly.

4) Install the backrest cover.

5) Secure the backrest hinge.

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

Subaru Outback. Airbag System

Tightening torque:
Refer to "COMPONENT" of "General Description". <Ref. to SE-2, FRONT SEAT, COMPONENT, General Description.>

6) Install the side airbag harness to the back of the seat cushion assembly using a cable clip.

CAUTION: After restoring the seat, operate the reclining and sliding mechanisms to check that the side airbag harness is not caught.

7) Install the front seat to the body.

CAUTION:

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Tightening torque:
Front seat assembly: 53 N*m (5.4 kgf-m, 39.1 ft-lb)

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