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AIRBAGS DEPLOYED, in some pain

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Old 03-17-2012
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AIRBAGS DEPLOYED, in some pain

AIRBAGS SUCK!!!! Riding in my my buddies ranger tonight slid into a little rut, the bumper hit and the airbags deployed, didnt do any damage other than bust the zip ties that were holding on his fog light valence, how hard is it to replace the airbags and whats the cost for a 2000 4x4 3.0 v6 regular cab?

Also after tonight I just want to confirm that my 94 doesn't have airbags cause I've bounced through stuff way worse than what we did tonight and I don't want any surprises
 
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both bags, the computer for the bags, possibly the clock spring, the seat belt pretensioners, and possibly the crash sensor that initiated the deployment. could easily cost towards $2000.
 
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yep. that really sucks!
 
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I think 95 was the first year for driver side airbags in the rangers, but I'm not totally sure. My 96 has driver & pass airbags.
 
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both bags, the computer for the bags, possibly the clock spring, the seat belt pretensioners, and possibly the crash sensor that initiated the deployment. could easily cost towards $2000.
This. finding a bag won't be hard. but you need both of them. you WILL need the clock spring, and if the seat belts are locked in place, you'll need a whole new belt assembly.
and the computer, which is the most expensive part.

96 was the first year for Airbags in ALL trucks. some late 95's may have had some bag's in them.
 
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I wouldn't touch airbags myself. That truck needs to go to a certified shop
 
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i handle them on a regular basis...as long as you disconnect the battery and dont apply any direct current to the bags themselves your fine
 
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The seatbelts,I assume, are fine, neither of us had them on so idk for sure, for future reference is there a fuse we can remove to disable the airbags while wheeling?
 
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My 94 had a driver's side airbag. Found that out the hard way.
 
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Whatever you do, don't have him tell his insurance...Salvaged once those things go off.
 
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The seatbelts,I assume, are fine, neither of us had them on so idk for sure, for future reference is there a fuse we can remove to disable the airbags while wheeling?
The seatbelts go off whether they're on you or not. give them a tug to find out.
I might as well say this now:
Airbags just don't go off with a light tap. You had to hit something pretty hard in order to get the bag to deploy.
 
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Originally Posted by StxDangerRanger View Post
The seatbelts go off whether they're on you or not. give them a tug to find out.
I might as well say this now:
Airbags just don't go off with a light tap. You had to hit something pretty hard in order to get the bag to deploy.
Thats what I have been thinking all along.
 
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Whatever you do, don't have him tell his insurance...Salvaged once those things go off.
not necessarily...they dont always total a car when they go off...it just ----s the carfax report lol
 
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Originally Posted by notsob2012 View Post
The seatbelts,I assume, are fine, neither of us had them on so idk for sure, for future reference is there a fuse we can remove to disable the airbags while wheeling?
under the cupholders on the floor right under the heat/ac control. pull the cup holder/console and unplug that big thing
 
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Originally Posted by djfllmn View Post
not necessarily...they dont always total a car when they go off...it just ----s the carfax report lol
haha Well if I checked the carfax on something and that popped up there is a good chance I'm not buying it. haha

Although I have owned a fair share of salvaged vehicles so I guess I can't say much. As long as it was fixed properly or good enough. lol If the price is right, I might get it. Whatever "it" may be.
 
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wow, that sucks, just glad you guys are OK
 
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Originally Posted by StxDangerRanger View Post
Airbags just don't go off with a light tap. You had to hit something pretty hard in order to get the bag to deploy.
Funny story...
I know a guy with a brand new 4runner. He was driving about 20 kmph in a gravel parking lot and the vehicle rocked back and forth a few times in pot holes and blew all his air bags. Messed him up pretty bad. Toyota said that it must have simulated a rollover and triggered the bags. Toyota did fix his truck for free tho.

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Glad you guys are ok.
 
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I can't explain a new car like that.
But i do know how the Airbags go off in a 2000 ranger. i've seen that before.
You had to be moving at a decent pace, then stopped like Right NOW in order for that to happen
 
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Originally Posted by -spilly View Post
Funny story...
I know a guy with a brand new 4runner. He was driving about 20 kmph in a gravel parking lot and the vehicle rocked back and forth a few times in pot holes and blew all his air bags. Messed him up pretty bad. Toyota said that it must have simulated a rollover and triggered the bags. Toyota did fix his truck for free tho.

Sory to thread jack
Glad you guys are ok.
We rented an H2 back in 09' in Vegas. We decided to umm drive it spiritedly threw part of the desert. Side airbags went off due to the same reason. Opps.

P.S. I was going to make a thread about this. Thread jack x2. Does anyone take out their airbag sensor out while wheeling?

On 2nd Thought, I'm going to make a thread about this right now.
 
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My 94 had a driver's side airbag. Found that out the hard way.
impossible. 94's had the square dash, no air bags. 95's got the new dash with driver side only. 96 had driver's side and passenger side became an option. 97-8 passenger side became standard.

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The seatbelts go off whether they're on you or not. give them a tug to find out.
I might as well say this now:
Airbags just don't go off with a light tap. You had to hit something pretty hard in order to get the bag to deploy.
it won't be the actual seat belt as the problem. the pretensioners are located on the seat mounted portion of the buckle. they will be the parts that need replaced. you can tell as they should have a black, accordion looking boot on them. when they fire, that boot will be compressed down.
 
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it won't be the actual seat belt as the problem. the pretensioners are located on the seat mounted portion of the buckle. they will be the parts that need replaced. you can tell as they should have a black, accordion looking boot on them. when they fire, that boot will be compressed down.[/QUOTE]

I've never seen just the pre-tensioner available. its always came as a whole seatbelt.
 
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Originally Posted by StxDangerRanger View Post
The seatbelts go off whether they're on you or not. give them a tug to find out.
I might as well say this now:
Airbags just don't go off with a light tap. You had to hit something pretty hard in order to get the bag to deploy.
x3. I t-boned a PT Cruiser with my 99 Ranger a few years back (I left a stop sign so couldn't have been more then 10 MPH) and my bags didn't go off. You must have been tearing that truck up to get those off. All the more props to you though!
 
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Originally Posted by StxDangerRanger View Post
I've never seen just the pre-tensioner available. its always came as a whole seatbelt.
possibly from the dealership. but you can find them individually from the salvage yard. as long as the bags haven't been deployed, they will be fine.
 
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I know my 95 E350 doesnt have any airbags... however that hasnt stopped me from getting a discount on my insurance. Their screw up, why rock the boat... hehehe
 
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