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Is a 15+ year old airbag really going to work when needed?

Discussion in 'Safety & Security' started by needWheels, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. denisond3

    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    I think the airbag light would be on all the time if you disconnected or removed the passenger side airbag - because each time you turn the key on, the airbag controller module runs through a self test.
    I doubt very much it would have any impact on the PCM running the engine or managing emissions.

    Dont they have annual inspections where you live? Where I live in VA, if the airbag light stays on, it wont pass the safety inspection; even if it does pass the emissions test in those counties that have the emissions requirement. I think its the same in TX - if the inspector bothers to look.
  2. chestypuller

    chestypuller making the wifes commuter better

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    no inspections, i can take bulb out of cluster. i think that sounds good to me.
  3. rbailin

    rbailin FEOA Member

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    If you remove the air bag bulb, the air bag module will beep 5 times in 5 seconds, pause 2 seconds, and repeat 4 more times, every 30 minutes while the car is on. This is simply to remind you that the bulb is not working by being very annoying. You might want to unplug the airbag module instead.
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    kaoshavoc FEOA Donator

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    This is very true, very very very true, and very annoying. Been there, done that.
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    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    the srs module will be constantly testing each circuit. if there was a fault detected you would get an srs code. the inflators them self's are sealed, the only thing that will cause a non- deployment is a faulty module or input.

    the srs module sends a very very small current thru the inflator to test its resistance, the second it comes open or excessive it will throw a code and most of the time will disable the system. there is no way to "test" an airbag due to the fact that if you use a DVOM on it the current is sufficient to deploy the inflator. with that being said, you can test the deployment circuits by unhooking the inflator and looking for an open code.

    don't try any of this yourself. you can kill yourself. i have been doing srs repairs for almost 8 years and it still scares me. if you have an srs light, take it to the dealer and have them look at it. dont remove the srs stuff, or modify it.

    ALWAYS REMEMBER TO DISCONNECT BATTERY BEFORE MESSING WITH THE SRS MODULE. IT HOLDS ENUF CHARGE TO DEPLOY FOR UP TO 20 MIN, AND WILL IF THE 'G' SENSOR DETECTS A 'ROLLOVER' IF YOU START MESSING WITH THE MODULE
  6. Pizzaman5000

    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    I just wanted to add that some fords will chime at startup, and once more a couple minutes later if there's an airbag fault and the airbag light is out. I've only seen it on on trucks for some reason, but on google it seems many models are effected. I don't know which model year it began.
  7. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    sometimes theyll chime if there are seat weight sensors and there is something less than 50 lbs in pass seat.
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    Deej-one FEOA Member

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    My '94 Tracer has a driver side airbag.

    I hope I don't have to find out the hard way if the airbag goes off.
  9. marclar

    marclar Moderator Staff Member

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    if the airbag goes off, you have worse problems than worrying about the bag

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