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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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  • chadd_gostas Jan 26, 2009

    Harley, where do I find the clock spring? I have not changed it yet but I do plan on going to the junk yard soon, is it a small part? I will look it up in my book.

  • chadd_gostas Feb 27, 2009

    would it be easier or cheaper to change my column to one with an airbag that wasn't deployed? It will cost me 50 dollars for a new column and about one hour to take one from a yard and replace it in my car.

  • gerry bissi Feb 27, 2009

    Removal


    1. Ensure that the front wheels (1007) are in a straight-ahead position to ensure alignment of the air bag sliding contact.

    2. WARNING: THE ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT NECESSARY FOR DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG MODULE DEPLOYMENT IS POWERED DIRECTLY FROM THE BATTERY. TO AVOID ACCIDENTAL DEPLOYMENT AND POSSIBLE PERSONAL INJURY, THE BATTERY GROUND CABLE MUST BE DISCONNECTED PRIOR TO SERVICING OR REPLACING ANY DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG MODULE SYSTEM COMPONENTS.
      Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). Wait one minute for the driver side air bag module backup power supply to deplete.

    3. Remove the two driver side air bag module bolts from the rear of the steering wheel (3600).

    4. Pull the driver side air bag module (043B13) up and away from the steering wheel and disconnect the driver side air bag module electrical connector from the air bag sliding contact.

    5. WARNING: ALWAYS CARRY THE DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG MODULE WITH SOFT FACE AWAY FROM YOUR BODY TO PREVENT INJURY IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENTAL DEPLOYMENT.
      WARNING: ALWAYS PLACE DRIVER SIDE AIR BAG MODULE SOFT FACE UP ON A WORKBENCH TO PREVENT INJURY/DAMAGE IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENTAL DEPLOYMENT.
      Remove the driver side air bag module.

    6. Remove the steering wheel bolt.

    7. Use Differential Bearing Cone Remover/Replacer T77F-4220-B1 to remove the steering wheel.

    8. Tape the air bag sliding contact as shown in the following illustration to prevent disturbing the air bag sliding contact alignment.

      Installation
    9. Remove the tape from the air bag sliding contact.

    10. Position the steering wheel and install a new steering wheel bolt. Tighten the steering wheel bolt to 46-63 Nm (34-46 lb-ft).

    11. Connect the driver side air bag module electrical connector to the air bag sliding contact and install the driver side air bag module to the steering wheel.

    12. Install the two driver side air bag module bolts through the rear of the steering wheel. Tighten the driver side air bag module bolts to 4-6 Nm (35-53 lb-in).

    13. Connect the battery ground cable.


    1. Remove the four screws from the lower steering column shroud (3530).

    2. Remove the ignition switch lock cylinder illumination lamp socket from the lower steering column shroud.

    3. Remove the lower steering column shroud.

    4. Remove the upper steering column shroud.

    5. Disconnect the three multi-function switch electrical connectors.

    6. Remove the multi-function switch screws.

    7. Remove the multi-function switch electrical connectors and the multi-function switch (13K359).

  • Bill
    Bill May 11, 2010

    Did you change the clockspring from your old steering column. Most likely the junk yard one is damaged. Try swapping your old one to the replacement column.

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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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