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Airbag light 1993 aerostar minivan- the airbag light on the dash comes on and stays on when van is driven. The bag has never been deployed, van has never been in an accident. Is this a circuit issue or is the airbag no longer viable?

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I just repaired my 93 aerostar with the same problem. there is a sensor in front of the radiator, and behind the front center section of the grill. need to remove the section of grill (4 screws) in the center, under the hood latch is a black box with a wire attached. remove the black box, 2 screws. wire brush the points where the mounting bracket comes in contact with the frame. also clean the 2 bolts and washers, down to bare metal. This is a problem of electrical contact. the sensor has to be well grounded to the frame to work properly. Just took me 10 mins. and no more warning light.

Posted on Jun 24, 2009

This is supposedly an issue with the contact circuit between the steering wheel and the wiring harness in the steering colum (per other web sites). Symptoms include no horn and/or no cruise control. Will be making this repair shortly to my own vehicle. Per other repair websites, you need to exercise extreme caution if you try to repair this due to the live airbag and potential for injury i.e. disconnect the battery and allow capacitors to discharge etc.

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

Most web items for this issue refer to the circular contact piece (below the steering wheel) as a clockspring. Use that term in your web search. I did this repair very recently so can offer a few caveats for those needing to do this. (I would not recommend trying this without a steering wheel puller.) Very doubtful that one could repair the actual part but a visit to a local U-pull-it auto business to get one of these will prepare you for the job on your own vehicle. When using a steering whell puller, make sure you have the exact size bolts as the holes are not tapped very deep and since it is aluminium they tend to pull the threads out instead of removing the steering wheel. Also, do not allow your puller to damage the threads for the retaining bolt. A cheap multi-meter and a paperclip will allow you to test for continuity after removing the air-bag but prior to the work of removing the steering wheel.

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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