How to Disable Airbags in a Suburbanby Kyle Sanstrom
The airbags in a Chevy Suburban are designed to cushion the driver and the passenger in the event of a front-end collision. These airbags inflate within milliseconds of when the vehicle's computer senses a severe crash. Many Suburbans come equipped with key-switch that allows the passenger airbag to be selectively disabled, but this switch does not disable the driver's side airbag. Removing the airbag system fuse is a universal solution that disables all of the airbags in the vehicle.
Turn off the engine and place the Suburban's transmission in park. Apply the emergency brake and open the hood.
Locate the engine bay fuse block. It is mounted on the right side of the engine compartment, next to the driver's side fender.
Remove the cover from the fuse block. Read the diagram on the underside of the cover to determine the airbag fuse location within the fuse block.
Remove the airbag fuse from the fuse block.
Turn on the ignition and verify that the airbag warning lamp is illuminated. This lamp signifies that the airbag system is disabled.
- "Haynes Repair Manual: Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra (Includes Suburban, Yukon) 1999 thru 2006"; John Haynes and Jeff Kibler; 2008
Kyle Sanstrom has been writing professionally since 2008. His articles have been published on several websites including eHow and Automobile Insight. Sanstrom has undergone advanced automotive training at the Dunwoody College of Technology, holds an Associate of Arts in general studies from Century College and has more than 10 years of experience in all aspects of automotive repair and diagnosis.