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Old 06-19-2007, 14:08   #1 (permalink)
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Help! Need advice re clocksprings OR disconnecting airbag light

I have a like-new '92 Mustang GT which, the Ford dealer says, needs a clock spring AND new airbag monitor to stop the airbag idiot light.

Problem: He can't locate clock spring for the '92 Mustang and Ford doesn't make them anymore. If the idiot light can't be turned off, my Stang can't pass inspection and the car is useless to me. Assuming no clock spring can be located (I've heard junkyard ones are bound to break real soon and there's no "Clocksprings r' Us"), how easy is it to disconnect bulb for airbag light? Of course, Ford dealer won't do it, but I'm more than willing. For all I know, airbag would work regardless of light being inop (and I always wear a seatbelt anyway). I doubt that drivers with pre-airbag era cars are risking their lives everyday. It's either that or my baby goes to junkyard. HELP!
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Re: Help! Need advice re clocksprings OR disconnecting airbag light

First off, if the airbag light is on, the airbag system is not functional and it will not deploy in the event of an accident.

As far as disabling the light, you will need to pull out the instrument cluster and then the bulb can be accessed from the rear.

Personally, I'd give a used one a try.

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Old 06-20-2007, 02:17   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Help! Need advice re clocksprings OR disconnecting airbag light

Well that's a sticky one mate.
No one is EVER going to tell you to remove the globe (specially no one from Ford), simply because of the legal implications of doing it. Of course, this doesn't mean you can't do it. But like Wythors said, if the light is on, your system is disabled. Also, when someone is inspecting the car, they'll know you've removed the globe because even if there's nothing wrong, the system is designed to illuminate the globe for a few seconds every time the ignition is switched on (system prove out). So anyone can pick it out.
If you can't get a hold of a second hand one I was going to suggest that you check which other Fords have a similar clockspring that you can use. Most of the time these clocksprings are designed to fit more than one model, so it is possible you could use something out of another Ford built around the same year as your 'stang. I'm not 100% familiar with all your models because some of them were never imported down here but anything that has a similar looking/sized steering wheel AND wiper/turn-signals switches will be a good place to start.
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Old 06-20-2007, 04:32   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Help! Need advice re clocksprings OR disconnecting airbag light

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First off, if the airbag light is on, the airbag system is not functional and it will not deploy in the event of an accident.

As far as disabling the light, you will need to pull out the instrument cluster and then the bulb can be accessed from the rear.

Personally, I'd give a used one a try.
THANKS for the tips. I had checked Ebay and found nothing, but obviously EbayMotors apparently isn't included in Ebay searches OR I effed up the search some other way.
Re the airbag light being on, the airbag isn't functional, do you mean continuously on (which it's not)? It's blinking out a "52" trouble code which (unless I screwed up that search too) has something to do with low backup voltage.

One last question: The Ford dealer also said the car would need a new monitor in addition to the clock spring. That seems illogical because why would a monitor need to be replaced if it's apparently doing it's job? It's a $250 item, so it's not chump change. Again, thanks very much for the advice....it might have saved my Stang.
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