It has been over a year since Chrysler first announced its recall of 3,660 2003-2004 Dodge Vipers because the airbag could suddenly deploy. The repairs are finally beginning, and it appears to be a nightmare for mechanics.

According to the automaker's filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the airbag control module can fail, which causes the bag or the seatbelt pre-tensioner to deploy without warning. It took over a year to design the new parts, according to The New York Times. However, Chrysler finally has a new "jumper harness with an in-line diode filter circuit" ready to fix the problem.

The dilemma now moves to the mechanics who have to actually install the part. A 47-step guide from Chrysler explains that the procedure should take about two hours. It's not an easy job, though. Most of the dashboard has to be taken apart, and the instructions include this helpful bit of advice: "Installing the jumper harness and filter box into position is not an easy task. Patience, perseverance, and small hands are required." We wish the best of luck to them. The fix comes just in time for the Vipers to enjoy the summer sun.


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      carnut0913
      • 8 Months Ago
      Well, if all the haters are correct about why men buy these things, then small hands shouldnt be a problem...
      ken
      • 8 Months Ago
      Anyone who have experience in working mechanically in older models of Chrysler/ Dodge will know patience, perseverance, and small hands are required for most of the works all the time.
      Jeff Helgeson
      • 8 Months Ago
      They issued a PSA with feel-good advice to technicians? And by their estimate it's a 2 hour job, which in reality means it will take 3 or 4 hours. And the tech gets paid for 2 hours while scraping his hands on knife edge metal under the dashboard while swearing at his normal sized hands and digits.
      JaredN
      • 8 Months Ago
      How does a mechanic know that he is well and truly screwed? When the manufacturer's instructions have the following text: "Installing the jumper harness and filter box into position is not an easy task. Patience, perseverance, and small hands are required."
      Fonin
      • 8 Months Ago
      We always keep someone on the crew with slender hands and nimble fingers. Not all mechanics have gorilla hands and banana fingers
      Jeff Helgeson
      • 8 Months Ago
      They issued a PSA with feel-good advice to technicians? And by their estimate it's a 2 hour job, which in reality means it will take 3 or 4 hours. And the tech gets paid for 2 hours while scraping his hands on knife edge metal under the dashboard while swearing at his normal sized hands and digits.
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Such is always the curse for a car owner like myself who has always done all of the maintenance and repairs. As cars get newer, they seem to be more and more difficult to work on. I think that the engineers should all be required to spend a some time at least 6 months working as a mechanic.
      BipDBo
      • 8 Months Ago
      Such is always the curse for a car owner like myself who has always done all of the maintenance and repairs. As cars get newer, they seem to be more and more difficult to work on. I think that the engineers should all be required to spend a some time at least 6 months working as a mechanic.
      Jeff Helgeson
      • 8 Months Ago
      They issued a PSA with feel-good advice to technicians? And by their estimate it's a 2 hour job, which in reality means it will take 3 or 4 hours. And the tech gets paid for 2 hours while scraping his hands on knife edge metal under the dashboard while swearing at his normal sized hands and digits.
      Fonin
      • 8 Months Ago
      We always keep someone on the crew with slender hands and nimble fingers. Not all mechanics have gorilla hands and banana fingers
      Jeff Helgeson
      • 8 Months Ago
      They issued a PSA with feel-good advice to technicians? And by their estimate it's a 2 hour job, which in reality means it will take 3 or 4 hours. And the tech gets paid for 2 hours while scraping his hands on knife edge metal under the dashboard while swearing at his normal sized hands and digits.
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