Jim Grant's Tech Tips
'90 Ford Taurus, Air Bag Code
I have a '90 Ford Taurus with an airbag light which is giving a 9 code.
I have been unable to discover the meaning of this code. The Dealer tells
me that the 1990s were a mixed up mess. Can you help with diagnosis and
- Peter V.
My first question
would be, have you had any work performed recently on the front of the
vehicle? Like a radiator replacement for example. Why do I ask?. The airbag
code you're reporting is for an open in the circuit to the forward crash
sensor. Other words for an open circuit is a broken wire or an unplugged
electrical connector. It is not uncommon to find a disturbed electrical
connector problem after work has been performed. If no repairs have been
recently performed and all the connections look good, then the circuits
and the sensor have to be tested to determine the cause for the failure.
If you are not skilled in this arena I would suggest keeping your hands
off and allow a trained technician perform the diagnosis and repairs.