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Sorry Josh but this is one you need to take to a repair shop . The air bag system requires special tools for diagnosing an it is possible to deploy an air bag without wanting to . People have been killed not knowing what they were doing . The light flashing means there is a problem with the system an there are DTC'S diagnostic trouble codes stored in the air bag control module !
well, if your air bag light is flashing then your system is already disabled. You have no worries about it deploying on you or anything, it just means that there is a problem that needs to be resolved before the system will activate again and work. Just like a check engine light, the air bag computer will have a stored code that can be read with a code reader, not like the ones you can use at a parts store though. You need to have your codes read and that will tell you where the problem is.
It is flashing a code for you to use in determining the reason the flashing purpose. in other words it has determined that there is a problem with the air bag system. it will flash the code for 5 times and the the light will stay on. it will be a 2 digit code. count the flashes to determine the code. Your Ford dealer can tell you what the codes mean and where to look for the problem. if this is helpfull please rate
A possible solution. i have a 2002 ranger in which the air bag light would present itself. i discoved that the passenger air bag indicater bulb was out if i had the airbag on or off. its located next to the key switch. i pulled it appart and notice the bulb was bad. replacing it fixed the problem. there is a catch. this bulb is solderd to the circuit board and you have to get it from radioshack. is a simple task if have a solder kit. hope that helps.
When you first start the truck the air bag system does a diagnostic. The light comes on because there is a fault in the system. Needs to be scanned, I suspect they will find a problem with the front impact sensor. Either it was damaged, or the wiring to it was damaged when you went into the ditch.
12 Low Battery Voltage | 13 Air Bag Circuit or Crash Sensor Circuit - Shorted to Ground | 21 Safing Sensor - Not Mounted on Vehicle Properly | 22 Safing Sensor Output Circuit - Shorted to Battery Voltage | 23 Safing Sensor Input Feed/Return Circuit Open | 24 Open in Circuit 944B or Low Resistance in Crash Sensor(s) | 32 Driver Side Air Bag/Safing Sensor Circuit - High Resistance or Open | 33 Pin 7 Not Grounded at Diagnostic Monitor | 34 Driver Side Air Bag/Safing Sensor Circuit - Low Resistance or Shorted | 35 Low Resistance Across Pins 8 and 9 at Diagnostic Monitor | 41 Crash Sensor Circuit - High Resistance or Open | 44 RH Crash Sensor - Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly | 45 Center Radiator Crash Sensor - Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly | 46 LH Crash Sensor - Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly | 51 Diagnostic Monitor Internal Thermal Fuse - Blown and Short to Ground No Longer Exists | 52 Backup Power Supply - Voltage Boost Fault | 53 Internal Diagnostic Monitor Fault Lowest -- Rapid Continuous Flashing of Air Bag Lamp - All Crash Sensors Disconnected