I changed the steering coloumn and my airbag light flashes
I changed the steering column in my 1995 ford escort with one from a junkyard, the airbag was deployed so I put the one in from my old column and now the airbag light flashes and the horn doesnt work. How do I fix this so the horn works and the airbag light stops flashing? I have checked the fuses and all the connectors, they all seem to be in order.
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Re: I changed the steering coloumn and my airbag light...
Clockspring is behind steering wheel.
If the computer in the air bag diagnostic monitor detects an open in the air bag indicator circuit and if another system fault exists, then the air bag diagnostic monitor will turn on its internal tone generator (beeper). The beep pattern is five sets of five beeps. The pattern is repeated every 30 minutes while the ignition switch is in the ON position. The five beeps do not indicate a code five or any other code. The air bag indicator circuitry must be repaired before the diagnostic trouble code can be read.
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Thanks for choosing FIxYa and welcome to the site. Your best bet is to try to find a similar car at a junkyard. Using Google Maps, just type in junkyards and a bunch should pop up. Just a suggestion. Best wishes and thanks for using FIxYa.
sounds like a bad clockspring. located in steering column under steering wheel, operates airbag, horn cruise etc, it make wire connection possible so the wheel can spin, its a roll of flat wires, that unroll and roll up as steering wheel is truned from left to right,wires break after a while.
if it just all of a sudden came on one day its most likely the clockspring in the steering column finally wore out......you can have it checked by someone with a obd2 scanner.....if not i would start at the clockspring ...90% of all airbag lights that are on in late 90's cars is caused by that failure.
You can have the airbag light tested for the trouble code that is making the light blink, the most likely cause is the rotating contact that connects the steering wheel airbag to the steering column wiring, it is called the clock-spring contact, if you replace this part yourself make sure to follow factory procedures for disarming the airbag, if you don't and it goes off you will have a good chance of being injured or worse.
It's probably your Clock Spring in your steering column. It's a tape strip of wires behind your steering wheel and if it snapped (which happens very easily) than your blinkers would not shut of automatically(when you turn them on you have to turn them off as well) your airbag light comes on and ceases to work, and most of the time your horn shuts down too. I've had that problem with two of my cars. A 1998 Ford Escort and a 2000 Kia Sephia (Which I dont recommend anyone purchasing. A recall was made on that car because it couldnt have a set of brake pads last more than a month. Sometimes the rotors had to be replaced as well.) Anywho. Have you mechanic look at that or go purchase one and put it in yourself.