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I am on Fire today,
posting three in a role.

I need to remove the front pillar (A pillar) to organize the power line for the dashboard recorder.
It doesn't say an air bag, so I thought it does not have an air bag inside, but it does!
I need to get the cord behind it, so I have to remove the plastic cover from the pillar, but there is no screw nor any sign on the surface of plastic indicating the access to the screw.
Should I force to remove it?

Anyone did this before, please let me know.
 

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I am on Fire today,
posting three in a role.

I need to remove the front pillar (A pillar) to organize the power line for the dashboard recorder.
It doesn't say an air bag, so I thought it does not have an air bag inside, but it does!
I need to get the cord behind it, so I have to remove the plastic cover from the pillar, but there is no screw nor any sign on the surface of plastic indicating the access to the screw.
Should I force to remove it?

Anyone did this before, please let me know.
I'd say NO! Have you ever messed with an air bag before? A friend of mine did. Got a broken nose and a messed up warranty. Its like digging in your yard without know where water and power lines are located. A look in your owners manual will show the location of the air bags.
Hyundai Santa Fe: Air bag - supplemental restraint system - Safety features of your vehicle - Hyundai Santa Fe DM 2013-2013 Owner's Manual

I'm sure you can do it safely but "forcing it" might be a big problem. Maybe a techie here can answer your question.
 

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I need to get the cord behind it, so I have to remove the plastic cover from the pillar, but there is no screw nor any sign on the surface of plastic indicating the access to the screw. Should I force to remove it?
the main module is in the center of your car under the arm rest(often under the rear seat). sensors are along the bumpers and side mounted in the b-pillar area's.) in order to remove this plastic cover, its held on by clips so grab a hold of it - and YANK. but dont yank enough to crack a small section of it.
when you are tucking your wires, make sure its done so with the airbag in consideration. mind you the things come flying out with enough force to rip most wires - its still a good idea to be mindful of not interrupting even a split second of deployment.
 

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the main module is in the center of your car under the arm rest(often under the rear seat). sensors are along the bumpers and side mounted in the b-pillar area's.) in order to remove this plastic cover, its held on by clips so grab a hold of it - and YANK. but dont yank enough to crack a small section of it.
when you are tucking your wires, make sure its done so with the airbag in consideration. mind you the things come flying out with enough force to rip most wires - its still a good idea to be mindful of not interrupting even a split second of deployment.
Yes, I thought too that I have to yank out the plastic, but I don't know how hard of force I can apply to it.
Only reason why I want to remove this cover is to have the wire run behind the airbag, so it doesn't interrupt, if it deploys.

Thank you for the tip.
 

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if you are really scared (which i understand. those things are nothing to test) remove the battery cable from your battery. let it sit for 10-15 mins and its gonna be clear.
 

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I am on Fire today,
posting three in a role.

I need to remove the front pillar (A pillar) to organize the power line for the dashboard recorder.
It doesn't say an air bag, so I thought it does not have an air bag inside, but it does!
I need to get the cord behind it, so I have to remove the plastic cover from the pillar, but there is no screw nor any sign on the surface of plastic indicating the access to the screw.
Should I force to remove it?

Anyone did this before, please let me know.
The plastic cover is NOT designed to be removed and refitted!!

There is a special attachment that secures the plastic cover to the A pillar. It is designed to stop the cover being blown into the car when the airbag is deployed.
If you force the cover off then you MUST NOT refit it. You must Purchase a new one or you risk serious injury in the event of an accident.

This attachment is also used on i40 & i30/Elantra Touring
 

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The plastic cover is NOT designed to be removed and refitted!!

There is a special attachment that secures the plastic cover to the A pillar. It is designed to stop the cover being blown into the car when the airbag is deployed.
If you force the cover off then you MUST NOT refit it. You must Purchase a new one or you risk serious injury in the event of an accident.

This attachment is also used on i40 & i30/Elantra Touring

Do not listen to this... It's false.

You can safely remove the A-Pillar trim, the airbag is bolted on the frame and will not come with the trim. And it's located on the each side of the roof, not in the A-Pillar or just the end of it.

But this is true that you should replace any clip that are damaged before re-fitting it


Here is the removal procedure from the WORKSHOP MANUAL :

Hyundai Santa Fe: Front Pillar Trim. Repair procedures - Interior Trim - Body (Interior and Exterior) - Hyundai Santa Fe DM 2013-2013 Service Manual



SANTAFE SPORT(DMA) >2013 > G 2.0 T-GDI > Body (Interior and Exterior) > Interior Trim > Front Pillar Trim>Repair procedures
Replacement


Put on gloves to protect your hands.


When prying with a flat-tip screwdriver, wrap it with protective tape, and apply protective tape around the related parts, to prevent damage.

Use a plastic panel removal tool to remove interior trim pieces to protect from marring the surface.

Take care not to bend or scratch the trim and panels.
1.
Using a screwdriver or remover, remove the front pillar trim (A).

2.
Install in the reverse order of removal.


Replace any damaged clips.
 

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Good information as I'm about to install a camera/recorder too. Not sure if I want to route the cable towards the driver side or passenger side.

I believe I can push the cable up into the headliner without removing anything, anyone know for sure?
 

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Do not listen to this... It's false.

You can safely remove the A-Pillar trim, the airbag is bolted on the frame and will not come with the trim. And it's located on the each side of the roof, not in the A-Pillar or just the end of it.

But this is true that you should replace any clip that are damaged before re-fitting it


Here is the removal procedure from the WORKSHOP MANUAL :

Hyundai Santa Fe: Front Pillar Trim. Repair procedures - Interior Trim - Body (Interior and Exterior) - Hyundai Santa Fe DM 2013-2013 Service Manual



SANTAFE SPORT(DMA) >2013 > G 2.0 T-GDI > Body (Interior and Exterior) > Interior Trim > Front Pillar Trim>Repair procedures
Replacement


Put on gloves to protect your hands.


When prying with a flat-tip screwdriver, wrap it with protective tape, and apply protective tape around the related parts, to prevent damage.

Use a plastic panel removal tool to remove interior trim pieces to protect from marring the surface.

Take care not to bend or scratch the trim and panels.
1.
Using a screwdriver or remover, remove the front pillar trim (A).

2.
Install in the reverse order of removal.


Replace any damaged clips.
great post Kameleau. thanks for the links and info. i will be running some wires soon in that area, and i referenced back to this thread as a refresher.
 

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Has anyone tried removing the A pillar cover completely. I tried and pulled on it and got it to unclipped 2 clips but there is 1 green plastic anchor that it attaches to. It doesn't have a clip, do you just pull on this as well? Worry about breaking this green plastic anchor.
 

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Has anyone tried removing the A pillar cover completely. I tried and pulled on it and got it to unclipped 2 clips but there is 1 green plastic anchor that it attaches to. It doesn't have a clip, do you just pull on this as well? Worry about breaking this green plastic anchor.
why do you need it totally off? i just did a wiring job and was able to easily route the wires behind the bag; without removing the full pillar.
 

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Two reasons I need off:
1. I dropped one of the yellow clips behind the pillar and can't reach it with cover still attached.
2. I was thinking possibly mounting an led on the bottom of the pillar for my custom BSD module (still deciding though where to mount).
 

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The Green clip can be removed with difficulty. It is designed to prevent the pillar from flying away when the curtain air bag is deployed. You need to pull with force but it should't break.
 
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