Continental 2000-2002

Arming The System

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  1. After service is completed, reconnect the battery cables, negative cable last.
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  3. Turn the ignition switch to the RUN position. The air bag indicator should light continuously for approximately 6 seconds, then turn OFF . If the indicator fails to light, flashes or remains lit continuously, there is a fault in the air bag system.
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  1. Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables. Wait 1 minute for the backup power supply in the diagnostic monitor to deplete its stored energy.
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  3. Remove the air bag simulator from the vehicle harness connector at the top of the steering column. Reconnect the driver air bag connector.
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  5. Position the driver air bag on the steering wheel with the 4 nut and washer assemblies. Tighten the nuts to 24-32 inch lbs. (3-4 Nm).
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  7. If equipped with a passenger air bag, remove the air bag simulator from the vehicle harness connector and reconnect the passenger air bag. Proceed as follows:
    1. Position the air bag module in the instrument panel.
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    3. Install the 2 rear screws and tighten to 24-32 inch lbs. (3-4 Nm). Install the 2 front screws and tighten to 68-92 inch lbs. (8-10 Nm).
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    5. Return the glove compartment to its proper position.
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    7. Install the instrument cluster finish panel and tighten the screws to 17-27 inch lbs. (2-3 Nm).
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    9. If removed, install the right-hand register applique and tighten the screws to 17-27 inch lbs. (2-3 Nm).
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    11. Install the instrument panel lower moulding.
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  9. Connect the positive, then the negative battery cables and verify the air bag light.
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  11. Ensure the air bag indicator light turns off after approximately 6 seconds. If the light does not illuminate at all, does not turn off, or starts to flash, have the system tested by a qualified automotive technician. If the light does turn off after 6 seconds and does not flash, the SRS is working properly.
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