We Diagnose & Repair Airbag (SRS) & Restraint Systems
By 1998, all new cars were required to have air bags (SRS) as standard equipment. In December of 2001, a record was set with 7,585 confirmed prevented deaths by proper airbag/seatbelt usage.
How airbags work
An airbag generally consists of potassium nitrate (KNO3) and sodium azide (NaN3) which when mixed together in the right proportions will produce nitrogen gas (N2). The estimated speed is around 150 to 250 mph as it leaves the steering wheel, which takes about 1/20th of a second. The powder substance that is accompanied with the blast is actually cornstarch or talcum powder —which is used to coat the bag so it will stay pliable and lubricated to the point that it will not tear or deteriorate over a predictable time table. According to NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), it has been determined that the first 2 to 3 inches of the airbag explosion is the danger zone area.
The recommended distance from the airbag is 10 inches from your breast bone. And, the proper position for the steering wheel is not centered on your face, but centered on the breast plate (a good thing to keep in mind with small children or smaller drivers). These days, the systems have developed into fully enveloping curtains and complete passenger compartment protection.
Requirements for working on airbags
Almost every vehicle requires a scanner specific to airbags or an interface with software unique to that car and system. If you want to be able to read and reset the airbag light on every vehicle, be prepared to spend between $40,000 and $50,000 for equipment and training per car line! Along with knowing the airbag systems, you will also need to brush up on your skills dealing with different interior components – everything from removing the driver’s airbag (special tools maybe required) to removing the dash panels for access to the passenger airbags. You’ll also need to work on your upholstery skills because a lot of manufacturers have installed the side impact bags into the seats themselves. The airbag systems are here to stay and AutoMetrics in Yakima has the tools, equipment and training to get your restraint system working properly again.
Yakima Audi owners need not worry about getting proper diagnostics performed on their vehicles. AutoMetrics has ASE and Bosch certified master technicians on staff and is equipped with factory or better Audi diagnostic tools so our technicians have the best tools to work with. Our ability to accurately diagnose the issue will save you time and money. This is what allows us to make the right repair and get you back on the road faster than any other Yakima auto repair shop.
– A proper diagnosis leads to a proper repair –
This is just a short list of some of the systems we repair on Audi vehicles: Brakes, engines, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction and stability control systems, fuel injection, electrical systems, transmissions, clutches, power windows and door locks, heating systems, air conditioning, axles, starters, ignitions, radiators, reprogramming, water pumps, timing belts, ball joints, control arms, wheel bearings, alternators, pre buy inspections, catalytic converters, airbags, belts and hoses, fuel pumps, washer pumps, sun roofs, head lights, tail lights, transfer cases, batteries, and body control systems.
We are the Yakima experts on Audi maintenance and service. From changing oil and all other vital fluids to performing valve adjustments, 30k service, 60k service, 90k service, tune ups, timing belts, timing chains, spark plugs, filters, headlight restoration, cooling system flushes, fuel injection cleaning, power steering flushes, transmission flushes, headlight alignments, thermostats, belts, hoses, antifungal and deodorization services for air conditioning systems, etc. AutoMetrics has all the expertise and factory repair information to ensure your car is reliable and stays dependable for years to come.