Mechanics

AIRBAG LIGHT STAYS ON.

1999 Ford Explorer • 180,000 miles

I have a 1999 Ford Explorer and am having trouble passing inspection due to a recurring air bag light on the dash. I've read up on it and the best information I can offer is that it is blinking 3 times, then 6 times after starting the vehicle. This continues until I shut the truck off. I had someone hook an OBD2 up to it and they said that the airbag system is not registering at all through the diagnostic tool. So, after more research, I find that there is a connector underneath the driver's seat that may have something to do with my problem. There are two wires for the connector but only one is plugged into it, the other has been broken. So, instead of splicing the wires back, the broken one was way too short to splice, I had someone solder them back together. The light still came on. I returned to the OBD2 and it is still not registering an airbag system. What should I do? I've troubleshot all I can with the knowledge that I've obtained.
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Ryugo7
April 15, 2013.



I feel that the scanner that you have used may not be a quality unit, you should be getting a code, cheap scanners may not read all the codes just give an over view, I would go get a read with a top end scanner and see what codes are set, from what you are describing it may be seat belt pretensioners, and you must disconnect the battery when working on the SRS system or you may get a bag deploying if it is not handled correctly and wiring work is carried out.

Mhpautos
Apr 16, 2013.