I have a 2002 Ford Escape and the air bag sensor light stays on,Ive been told by a dealer that this won't effect the performance of the air bag if needed,my question is can I replace this sensor easily myself and where is it located.
Yes You can Replace The Sensor Yourself The Question Is Are You Willing To Tear Your Complete Steering Column Appart! Also Special Tools Required ( Hex Headed Alan Bolts ) The Sensor Is Located On The Belly Side Of The Steering Column Under The Steering Wheel Beside The Ignition Switch The Average Cost Of A Mecanic Tools And Labor Is Around $250.00 And Believe Me Its Worth It ! If You Don't Believe me Tear It Appart Yourself Most Airbag Sensors Are Faulty On PreOwned Vehicles Anyway Because They Where Wrecked Prior And The Dealers Don't Want To Have them Fixed With The Crack Downs On The Lemon Laws In Most States. Alot Of These So Called Make Shift Car lots Sell Em Every Day with Faulty Sensors !. Anyway....I Would Suggest Taking It To A Authorized Ford Dealership And Have It Fixed At Least You Have A Bill And A Guarantee it deploys in case of a accident !
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This is a code 46 LH Crash Sensor - Not Mounted to Vehicle Properly. Often there is a poor contact on one of the wiring connectors. Some of the problems can happen from a poor connection where everything connects under the drivers side seat.
Here is a list of codes for the airbag light issues.
Air Bag Fault Code Table
AIR BAG DIAGNOSTIC MONITOR FAULT CODE PRIORITY TABLE
Priority Code Component/Fault Description
Highest -- No Air Bag Lamp - Inoperative Lamp Circuit or No Ignition Voltage to Diagnostic Monitor
' -- Continuous Air Bag Lamp - Diagnostic Monitor Disconnected or Inoperative
' 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
Ignition Voltage Below 9 Volts
RCM Disconnected, Inoperative, or Lost/Low Ignition Feed
RCM is Faulted
RCM Crash Data Memory Full
RCM Bracket Ground Resistance High
Incorrect Vehicle Identification Code
Driver Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Ground
Driver Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Battery or Ignition
Passenger Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Ground
Passenger Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Battery or Ignition
Driver Air Bag Circuit Resistance High
Passenger Air Bag Circuit Resistance High
Driver Air Bag Circuit Resistance Low
Passenger Air Bag Circuit Resistance Low
Front External Crash Sensor Shorted to Ground
Front External Crash Sensor Open Circuit or Short to Battery
Driver Side Crash Sensor Internal Fault
Passenger Side Crash Sensor Internal Fault
Driver Side Crash Sensor Mounting Fault
Passenger Side Crash Sensor Mounting Fault
Driver Side Crash Sensor Communication Fault
Passenger Side Crash Sensor Communication Fault
Driver Side Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Ground
Driver Side Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Battery or Ignition
Driver Side Air Bag Circuit Resistance High
Driver Side Air Bag Circuit Resistance Low
Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Ground
Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit Shorted to Battery or Ignition
Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit Resistance High
Passenger Side Air Bag Circuit Resistance Low
Air Bag Tone Warning Indicator Circuit Shorted to Ground or Open
Air Bag Tone Warning Indicator Circuit Shorted to Battery or Ignition
Air Bag Indicator Inoperative
Air Bag Indicator Shorted to Battery
No Communication With the Restraints Control Module (RCM)
a DTC: Diagnostic trouble code b LFC: Lamp fault code, flashed on air bag indicator.