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cluster and seatbelt swap questions

Im getting ready to swap an 01 cluster with a tac into my 99, Ive searched and am pretty confident this will be a pretty easy task, but I have a question:
both trucks are auto, and the new cluster came with the drive indicator. my question/concern is the indicator in the new cluster is set on 1st gear. will I need to put mine in 1st gear during removal to sync them up correctly ?

my 2nd question, regarding the seatbelts:
I cannot get them to unwind at the moment, they arent installed yet, but I wished to test the locking mechanism before I did so. is that normal that they will not unwind ?
if so, will they just automatically free up after installing them or do I need to do something during installation to ensure they will ?

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The indicator is spring loaded to low so all clusters will say L when not installed. You should be able to pull on the cable and it should move all the way up to P.
Not sure on the seat belt question...
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the seat belts have to be in the correct mounting position to unlock. if it's off any, the mech is designed to lock. so it sounds like the lock is working fine. the bolt should go towards the bottom. if you hold it with that down, you should be able to get it really close to the correct angle and they should unlock.
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thanks for both answers
the seatbelt is no longer a priority though as they wont fit. I was trying to swap them into a different vehicle than a ranger (94 mazda) with the hopes it would, but either due to it being a mazda or to it being a different year they wont. (belts and cluster came from an 01 ranger edge)
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ok, got the swap all done, and now the airbag light is on.
I was aware the theft light would no longer work, but hadnt read anything about the airbag light staying on.

also, before I tightened everything down, the tac worked great.
after securing it all and putting everything back together, the tac will spike to 4k when I start the truck and stay there until I tap on it then it will function correctly, is this something I can take care of with lubrication or is it electrical ?
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whats the code the airbag light is flashing?
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2 flashes followed by 7 flashes, so 27 ?
after it does that a couple of times, it then remains on steady.
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2 flashes followed by 7 flashes, so 27 ?
after it does that a couple of times, it then remains on steady.
has nothing to do with the belt swap...your pass airbag deactivation switch took a **** on you...
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try checking the plugs under the seat for any corrosion , had this happen to me and easy fix.use dielectric gease to prevent this.
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try checking the plugs under the seat for any corrosion , had this happen to me and easy fix.use dielectric gease to prevent this.
this has nothing to do with a 27 code. as stated above, a 27 is the passenger deactivation switch light is burnt out.
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so its nothing major I need to worry about?
just need to replace the bulb in the psngr deact switch ?

the tac sorted itself out somehow, it no longer spikes to 4k, now it works correctly from the start, the only thing I did was I had to disconnect the batt again for a min, so Im guessing it must have reset or something.

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