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2001 Ford Escort Question: 2001 ZX2 Airbag/Horn Replacement

 

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FAX68, 2.0L 4 Cylinder DOHC, Natick, MA, May 06, 2011, 20:21
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I need to replace my airbag because the horn is stuck and the horn wont stop honking. Do I need to pull the fuse first for the airbag before changing the airbag and can do it myself? I bought used airbag.

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    May 06, 2011, 22:10
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    Yikes, be VERY careful! If you've never had the pleasure of being around an air bag deploying, take it from me: You don't want that.

    Disconnect both battery cables. Let the vehicle sit for a while (10+ minutes just for extra caution) and then the system is ready for you to work on.

    I'm quite sketchy on the used air bag though; if there's any short involved in that unknown entity, you may get more than you bargained for when you reconnect that battery...

    Also - did you verify the failure is the horn pad itself? This is not a known issue for this vehicle -- it is a known issue for the Grand Marquis and Crown Victoria and Town Car -- different air bag.

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    FAX68, May 07, 2011, 04:50
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    The mechanic said it is the horn pad. because the horn pad is inside the airbag. the hornpad I broke. i pressed it so hard that it get stuck and it has clicking sound when the horn is honking. especially when it's hot weather. Can I just remove the fuse for the airbag by not the removing the battery cable. it's alot of work removing the battery cables

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    DaveJHM, May 07, 2011, 22:32
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    No, you cannot. Remove the battery cables.

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    Visitor, May 09, 2011, 04:58

    Thanks for reply.

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