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Old 02-13-2006
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Riddle me this... Seatbelt pretensioner plug/airbag light..

From what I'v gathered, if the pretentioner plug under the seat is unpluged/dirty the airbag light will flash. Does this mean the airbag is dissarmed till it is fixed? If so by unpluging this plug will it esentialy turn off the airbag? What are your thoughts....?
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nope, they will still work normally, however its possible the passenger side might not go off

but basically, if the vechicle is in motion there has to be a driver
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Well there goes that idea...

So whats the deal with the light flashing then?
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to warn you of a faulty condition in your Air Bag System...all manufacturers have to put as many failsafes on the SRS as possible
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Are you trying to disable it?

I broke my clockspring, so now mine doesn't work because it has no power going to it lol.
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i will be getting some pretensioners soon to get rid of that stupid light, but my theory is that the airbags should still work and the light is only used to let you know. BUT that is only a theory that i hope i will not have the chance to test out
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whats an air bag? both of my trucks dont have them...
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Could you show me a picture of the pretensioners? I think I may have pulled the wrong thing for you Jacob.
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^^ ooops...lol.
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i don't have any pics. so if anybody can get some then PLEASE!!!
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I think airbag will still work

Im not sure but I think it will still work. I just got mine back from the dealer for that same problem, I didnt know what it was. They said it wasnt a big deal so I would see about tryin to fix it yourself by research on the net, especially if you dont have the extended care. If you do have the esp plan they should fix it free of charge and no deductible.
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airbags and safety things have a much longer warranty period than the rest of the vehicle
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I wasn't aware our trucks had seatbelt pre-tensioners. Are you sure about this?
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yep, we have them
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Interesting. What is used to fire it off? A compressed gas cylinder or a chemical pack like the airbags have?
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i don't know the answer to that. it is a cylinder with a small cable attached to the buckle that the seatbelt goes into.
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Anything relating to the airbag system has a 5yr/50k mile warranty. Check your owners manual for further info. Had the same thing happen to me a few months back right after i bought my ranger and they tried to charge me to replace the pretensioner but after some research and a lil help from Bob, found out they were covered. Anywho, Raised Holy cane with the dealer bout them tring to scam me.
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The seatbelt pre-tensioner is located on the underside of the seat. It is connected to the seat belt lock via a steel cable. This tells the airbag module when the seatbelt is fastened. If the module doesn't sense a secured seat belt, it will NOT fire the airbag in an accident. If your airbag light is flashing, this means the airbag system is inoperative and it will NOT go off. Toyota actually has sensors in the pass. seat to tell the airbag module if someone is sitting in it...
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My light was flashing at one time and it ended up being a loose connection in the passenger airbag compartment area. I DONT have a passenger airbag (Amp There Instead) but there is a plug that attaches to the lid above glove box and if its loose the light will flash.
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Here's a pic of the seatbelt pretensioner on the drivers side seat.

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That definately looks like a compressed gas cylinder type. I never knew the Ranger's had those, I'm glad I know that now. Bob, do you know what the pressure in those cylinders happens to be? The ones for airbags are in the neighborhood of 3000psi but I don't have a clue what those are.
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