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I have repaired the power interruption to the airbag system on my 97 GL. :banana: Now it is flashing code #52 (meaning that the interruption no longer exists but, is still in memory). <_< How do I clear this code? :huh:
 

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Did you disconnect neg. terminal of battery for 1 min and retest?If you did, your gonna have to use a scanner ,clear codes and re-check for other faults.
 

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You can try taking off the neg. battery terminal. That may work. Also, the code should clear itself after the ignition key has been cycled from off to run 80 times (this is built into the system so that once the problem has been fixed, the light will eventually go out). So you can try cycling the key that many times, and see if the light does eventually stay out. If not, then you will need to use a scan tool to check and clear the codes, or take the car into a shop and have them do it for you.
 

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the OBDII auto scanner will erase the code for you. you can get it at
Auto zone, or they will just do it for you.
dave
 

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From the Ford manual................
Retrieve/Clear Continuous Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs)

 
During vehicle operation the air bag diagnostic monitor will detect and store both intermittent and hard failure codes in non-volatile memory. The DTC strategy employed by the air bag diagnostic monitor (14B056) incorporates a time-out scheme for determining when a fault exists in the system. This requires a fault to exist for up to one minute in the system before the air bag diagnostic monitor will detect it. For the air bag diagnostic monitor to determine that a fault no longer exists requires that the fault is absent for up to one minute. The actual fault detection time-outs vary with DTC. The codes can be retrieved by the service technician with the New Generation Star (NGS) Tester 007-00500 or equivalent using the retrieve/clear continuous DTCs option. Any fault codes stored in the air bag diagnostic monitor will be displayed on the NGS along with a brief description of the fault. If no codes are present, the NGS Tester will display a SYSTEM PASSED message. This option can also be used to clear DTCs from the air bag diagnostic monitor memory, as long as the fault no longer exists. Once a fault code is logged in the air bag diagnostic monitor memory, it will stay in memory until 80 key cycles have been recorded or until the NGS is used to erase the codes. Once 256 key cycles have been recorded since the fault was last detected, the DTC will automatically be removed from memory.
 

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I have seen the NGS at a store for $250 (ouch, too much money to simply remove a code). I would like to know of a way to reset it myself.
it will stay in memory until 80 key cycles have been recorded or until the NGS is used to erase the codes. Once 256 key cycles have been recorded since the fault was last detected, the DTC will automatically be removed from memory.
...stay in memory until 80 key cycles have been recorded... once 256 key cycles have been recorded...the DTC will automatically be removed from memory...
???What's the difference???

Is the Clock spring a servicable part or is it sealed?
 

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The NGS is about $1500. 80, 256?? I don't know, you would have to ask a Ford tech. :)
 

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$1500!!!! :eek: Ouch Ouch.

What about he clock spring? Has anyone had experience servicing the clock spring?
 

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For DIY code stuff on our OBD-II cars, I recommend going to http://www.obd-2.com and getting the software/cable package you need.

I got the TRICAN package for $240, because I have the wife's '01 Pontiac Montana I have to deal with, occasionally.

I loaded the program onto a cheap, second-hand laptop. THIS SET-UP WORKS GREAT!!! :D

If you're just doing your Ford(s), there is a $122 package available.

Oh yeah, get ready to learn a LOT about your car!
 

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What is the minimum required CPU speed to run it and how much HD space does it take? I have an old 100mhz pentium laptop with a 1.2 gig HD. Would that be enough to run the program?
 
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