Step 1: Disconnect the airbag connector on a 4th-generation Nissan Maxima. To do this, take off the plastic cover and cut the airbag plug as much as possible. Alternatively, you can obtain a replacement connector from a previously deployed airbag if you wish to keep yours intact for resale.
Step 2: Gently separate the white wires. Among them, you will find two distinct colors: one is red, and the other is brown.
Step 3: Connect the red wire to the yellow wire, and similarly, join the blue wire to the brown wire. Secure these connections by soldering them and then insulate with tape.
Congratulations! Your airbag and steering wheel have been successfully modernized. Enjoy the upgraded features!
Just verified this procedure worked on my 1998 Nissan Maxima after installing a new model steering wheel and airbag.
Open the driver’s side door.
Put the key in the ignition and turn to ON (but don’t start the vehicle)
Within 7 seconds of turning the key to ON, push the driver’s side door switch button at least 5 times.
(The DOOR SWITCH is the trigger switch for interior lights located next to your door latch on the car)
The Air Bag light should go solid…give it at least 7 seconds, and it should begin to blink a 3 second, 2 second on/off pattern.
Turn ignition to OFF and remove the key.
Start the vehicle, and wait for the Air Bag light to turn off to verify that it worked.