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Old 03-06-2013, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys. I got in an acceident awhile back and i need to replace the airbags and turn off my airbag light.

I have already purchased the airbags and i know exactly how to replace them. But my question is.

What else do i need to replace so that when install these bad boys so the airbags don't go off.


airbag sensor module? and RCM? is that all?

*note the seat belt tensors did not get ruined and they are fine.


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Airbag sensor module? and RCM? is that all?
*note the seat belt tensors did not get ruined and they are fine.
I'm not sure if it's the same sort of situation, but my friend's Milan was involved in a front-end accident resulting in airbag deployment. For his car to be repaired, he needed new seatbelt tensioners, new airbags, and a new airbag module. His airbag light is always on, as he has not replaced it. As I understand it, you need to replace the airbag module because once it tells the airbag to go off, it's sort of "dead" so to speak.
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Yes, airbags, RCM, seat belts on any seat that was occupied during the crash, and pretensioners if they fired all need to be replaced. Note that you will have to look carefully at the pretensioners to see if they fired (the belt will still work fine after they've fired).

At any rate, you should be able to read the air bag codes to see what you need to fix.

*Seat belts stretch during a crash to absorb energy. Once they've been stretched out they won't do the same again in the next accident.
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I havent heard of the RCU i have heard of the RCM. If i dont fix the seat belts and just replace the RCU and the airbag module, will the airbag light still stay on?
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Restraint Control Module (RCM) does not need replacement after an accident in a 96-07 Taurus. The Radio Control Unit (RCU) does not need replacement either.

It'd be nice to replace the seat belts, but it isn't 100% necessary, really depends on severity of the accident...I agree it'd be better if you can.

Your car does not have seat belt pretensioners. That came along in 2000.

So at minimum you just need to replace the air bags. Rehook up everything and see how what airbag codes you receive. You may receive some for the crash sensors up front.
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Whoops, I meant RCM instead of RCU. Won't you get a code 19 if you don't replace the RCM, Nick?

At any rate I like the idea of replacing the front air bags and seeing if you have any codes after that.
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^ For peace of mind, I'd replace the rcu too, lmao!
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Here is a look at the pretensioners. Good is the right side, the bad is on the left. If you have any that look like the one on the left, they will NEED to be replaced.

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Old 03-08-2013, 06:46 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Restraint Control Module (RCM) does not need replacement after an accident in a 96-07 Taurus. The Radio Control Unit (RCU) does not need replacement either.

It'd be nice to replace the seat belts, but it isn't 100% necessary, really depends on severity of the accident...I agree it'd be better if you can.

Your car does not have seat belt pretensioners. That came along in 2000.

So at minimum you just need to replace the air bags. Rehook up everything and see how what airbag codes you receive. You may receive some for the crash sensors up front.
I just wanna say you guys are absoultley awesome. I was searching the web for something related to my 1998 Taurus and this was the first thread that popped up. I hope that this will help other people with my same issue.

So! I found out that i dont have front impact sensor on my 1998 Taurus. They are on the 96-97 and the other models but not mine. I was going through my chiltons manual and found this.

Still very nervous about replacing my airbags and turning on the key. And just to clarify the RCU is the airbag diagnostic module under the dashboard?
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I know what the RCU is now and i know that the RCM is the module under the dash.
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