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Rattleing front end and Airbag on/off

I have some rattling vibration under the front-end like a hard vibration. A garage near by tells me that come from the front sway bars, that rubber bushings are worn out. He is saying, that all the rest is safe and is nothing else loose. I can hear this noise when I go over bumps, dirt roads. Is very loud and It sound that is on the front right side. All of the sudden my Airbag dash light start it acting on/off. When I make a turn will go on, then off on a straight run, dirt road on, When I turn the engine the light will go on then off, soon as I move the light goes on then off. On/off intermittent. I turned the passenger air bag off to check this problem. That light is lit when is off. That tells me that the passenger Airbag is ok. (maybe). Is this maybe related to the rattling, vibration, or the sensor on the front got corroded. There is any way to troubleshoot this problem. Where I can find a diagram for the sensors front bumper sensors and others. So I can clean them or replace. The Dodge dealers are not very honest around here, I have experienced that with them. Is Impossible to trust them. I will really appreciate if you guys can help with this. Dodge Dakota 2004- 2 doors quad cab.

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  • pskiandes May 15, 2009

    Thank you. I think you are right, I drove the truck today and now I'm noticing that the light comes on when I make a turn and then off when I'm going straight.

    1)There is any way to replace this clockspring my self. Where exactly behind the sterring wheel is located. Any diagrmas?

    2)is this spring related to steering wheel sensor.?

    Yes also you are right. My local garage not the Dodge service wants me to replac all the sway bar bushings.

    The truck has now 72.000 miles.

  • pskiandes May 15, 2009

    Thank you one more time Chryslerguy. I will check into how to get this fix. Then I will post or write you back via e-mail to let you know how it went.

    Thank you

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You have two separate problems. The noise in the front is possibly the sway bar bushings, there was a problem with them on the dakota, durango and caravans. The airbag light problem is probably the clockspring. It is behind the steering wheel.

Posted on May 15, 2009

  • chryslerguy May 15, 2009

    Yes you can replace the clockspring yourself. Go to your dealer and buy the clockspring so you'll know what you are looking for once inside the column. Disconnect the battery and wait a couple minutes (to discharge capaciters). Remove the steering wheel (you'll need a puller) and upper and lower column shrouds. Once you have it replaced and all back together, turn the key on before connecting the battery. That way if anything went wrong during the replacement and the airbag deploys, you'll be safely outside the vehicle. I hope this helps.

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