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Old 12-12-2011, 07:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How do you disable the passenger airbag?

I need to remove the dash of my 2002 Taurus because the heater core needs to be replaced.

Anyone know how to disable the passenger airbag? is disconnecting the battery cable enough to do it or should I remove a fuse/relay/other random wire?
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would disconnect the battery prior to any work involving the dash, but no need to mess with the airbags for heater core r&r. Have you watched the realfixesrealfast youtube video: Taurus heater core short cut video? Or googled: macs-airsept and clicked on the top (first) pdf and scrolled down to: heater core repair tips?
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I would disconnect the battery prior to any work involving the dash, but no need to mess with the airbags for heater core r&r. Have you watched the realfixesrealfast youtube video: Taurus heater core short cut video? Or googled: macs-airsept and clicked on the top (first) pdf and scrolled down to: heater core repair tips?
Thank you!!!! At the beginning of the video he just says you need to disable the airbag so that's why I asked. But if disconnecting the battery will do the same thing that's all I'll do.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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^+1. Pull both batt. cables and give it a few mins.

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Do the later cars have a "backup" battery for the airbags like my 91 LX does? It's located to the right of the glove box, inside the dashboard.
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^+1. Pull both batt. cables and give it a few mins.
One thing I don't understand. Every time I have gotten a quote from a repair shop to do this job they've included an allowance for recharging the a/c because it's very likely I'll lose Freon. None of the instructional videos I've seen or helpful materials I've read have ever mentioned this as something to watch out for.

What am I missing?
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Because they charge to fully remove the heater box, which is part of the procedure for replacing the heater core.
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Because they charge to fully remove the heater box, which is part of the procedure for replacing the heater core.
That's only applicable for Gen 1s and 2s.

Luckily Ford fixed that goof on the 3s and the 4s, where you can pull the heater core with the black box still in the dash.
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^+1. If a 96 model and above, no ac tampering.
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