Airbag warn­ing

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Help! -

The airbag/seat­belt light in my 2003 Ford Fo­cus Ink has started to flash. Some­times it stays on, at oth­ers it goes off. I am won­der­ing if there is a bad earth or con­nec­tion? If so, where would I find it and how can I rem­edy it? Paul Wain When you turn on the ig­ni­tion, the warn­ing light should il­lu­mi­nate then go off, af­ter which it will flash out a fault code in half­sec­ond flashes, fol­lowed by a pause. A code with one flash in­di­cates a prob­lem in the driver’s airbag area, while a code with two flashes in­di­cates a pas­sen­ger airbag. Three flashes alert you to prob­lems com­mon to both sides: four flashes in­di­cate a pre-ten­sioner prob­lem, five flashes an off­side side airbag prob­lem and six flashes a near­side side airbag prob­lem. Us­ing a scan­ner to re­trieve a full fault code will give you a more pre­cise cause, but the flash codes should point you in the right di­rec­tion.

The airbag con­trol mod­ule is lo­cated un­der the cen­tre con­sole, just be­hind the gear lever, and it may be worth check­ing the in­tegrity of its con­nect­ing plug. One quite com­mon area for prob­lems is the front crash sen­sor, which is lo­cated on the bon­net slam panel – be­ing right at the front of the ve­hi­cle, it is ex­posed to the el­e­ments.

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