Question about 1998 Ford Explorer
I have a 1998 Ford explorer 3.0 liter engine. I have been having some electrical problems with the the electical windows not working, interior lights not working, winshield wipers not working intermittently. At first I thought it was a fuse problem. That was not the problem. Now the airbag light stays on shooting a 12 code which is a low battery code. I have checked the battery voltage and it is okay and when I check it when car is running voltage is 14-15 as manual says it shoud be?? I think it is the alternator but tests show okay?? Also, how do you reset diagnostic monitor for the airbags??
Do you know what voltage drop testing is ? Test the ground circuits as well as B+ side ! Does your manual have wiring diagrams an show connections an ground point's .? There are a number of body grounds hidden you can't see , door pillars , behind the dash , places in the engine compartment, trunk etc....
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http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html free wiring diagrams ! enter vehicle info . then under system click on what ever you want to check ! power windows in body & accessories etc...
You have 3.0 L engine listed , 1998 had a 4.0 or 5.0l engine !
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: my 1998 Ford escort
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.
Posted on Jul 14, 2008
SOURCE: horn,airbag light,cruise control
ON CERTAIN MINIVANS, THE DRIVER'S AIR BAG MAY BECOME DISABLED DUE TO A FAILURE OF THE CLOCKSPRING, WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE HUB OF THE STEERING WHEEL. Consequence Summary: THIS CONDITION WILL MANIFEST ITSELF THROUGH ILLUMINATION OF THE AIR BAG WARNING LAMP, AND COULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN A DRIVER'S AIR BAG OPEN CIRCUIT, IF THE PART IS NOT REPLACED IN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME. Corrective Summary: DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CLOCKSPRING ASSEMBLY ON ALL COVERED VEHICLES WITH 70,000 MILES OR LESS. FOR THOSE VEHICLES WITH MORE THAN 70,000 MILES, DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL OFFER AN EXTENDED LIFETIME WARRANTY UNDER WHICH IT WILL REPLACE THE CLOCKSPRING AT NO CHARGE IF IT FAILS. DAIMLERCHRYSLER WILL ALSO REIMBURSE OWNERS WHO HAVE PAID TO HAVE THE CLOCKSPRING REPLACED ON THEIR VEHICLES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON OCTOBER 12, 2004. OWNERS SHOULD CONTACT DAIMLERCHRYSLER AT 1-800-853-1403. A malfunctioning clockspring can also effect your cruise control,radio, wipers, and your horn relay. This can also happen one at a time til none of these are working.The solotion is to get the clockspring replaced . I DO NOT suggest you doing this on your own!
Posted on Jul 19, 2008
this is likely a failed clock spring and will require some special tools adn knowledge to fix. it is located in teh steering column and requires removal of air bag module.
Posted on Dec 14, 2008
Some vehicles you can disconnect the battery for 10-20 mins and it usually resets a check engine light. But the airbag light is different. This means there is something wrong with the airbag system and it will not go out until maintenance.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
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