I was working on removing my instrument panel and had to remove my steering wheel to get it out. So, I disconnected the battery, then the orange connector for my airbag and proceeded to loosen the steering wheel center bolt. I then realized I didn't have a torque wrench to tighten it back on to spec, so I stopped. I figured my repair would have to wait until I had the right tools. So I left the airbag off and hooked my battery back up. When I started my car, it ran really rough, then died, and I noticed white smoke coming out of my hood. So frightened that I damaged my car forever
, I broke a sweat... then I plugged the airbag back up to the car, first disconnecting and reconnecting the battery. After that it started up again fine.
It should have ran fine without the airbag plugged in right? Why the misfiring and smoke?