Continental 2000-2002

Disarming the System

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  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions section.
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  3. Disconnect both battery cables from the battery, negative cable first.
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  5. Wait 1 minute before proceeding with the service procedure. This is the time required for the back-up power supply in the air bag diagnostic monitor to deplete its stored energy.
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  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Disconnect the electrical connector from the backup power supply.
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NOTE
The backup power supply allows air bag deployment if the battery or battery cables are damaged in an accident before the crash sensors close. The power supply is a capacitor that will leak down in approximately 15 minutes after the battery is disconnected or in 1 minute if the battery positive cable is grounded. It is located in the instrument panel and is combined with the diagnostic monitor. The backup power supply must be disconnected before any air bag related service is performed.

  1. Remove the four nut and washer assemblies retaining the driver air module to the steering wheel.
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Fig. Air bag module mounting-1990-91 vehicles

  1. Disengage the driver air bag module and attach a jumper wire to the air bag terminals on the clockspring.
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Fig. Connecting a jumper wire to the air bag terminals on the clockspring-1990-91 vehicles


NOTE
For this procedure, you will need the Rotunda Air Bag Simulator 105-00008 or equivalent, for early models, or 105-00010 or equivalent for later model vehicles. Since different models use different simulators in the same year, always check and be sure the right tool is being used.



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Fig. Rotunda Air Bag Simulator-105-00010 shown, 105-00008 similar

  1. Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
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  3. Wait one minute for the backup power supply in the diagnostic monitor to deplete its stored energy.
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  5. Remove the fasteners attaching the air bag module to the steering wheel.
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Fig. Driver air bag module mounting-1995 vehicle shown

  1. Disengage the driver air bag electrical connector, then attach Air Bag Simulator Tool, or equivalent to the vehicle harness connector.
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Fig. Connecting the air bag simulator tool


NOTE
If your vehicle is equipped with a passenger side air bag, both the driver and the passenger air bag modules must be disconnected.

  1. If equipped with a passenger air bag, proceed as follows:
    1. Remove the right-hand and passenger side finish panels.
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    3. Remove the instrument panel finish panel retaining spear clips.
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    5. Open the glove compartment, press the sides inward, and then lower the glove compartment to the floor.
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    7. Working through the glove compartment opening, remove the two lower air bag module retaining bolts.
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    9. Remove the four remaining air bag module retaining screws from the side of the air bag cover.
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    11. Disengage the electrical connector from the left side of the air bag, then remove the air bag module.
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CAUTION
When carrying a live air bag, make sure the bag and trim cover are pointed away from the body. In the unlikely event of an accidental deployment, the bag will then deploy with the minimal chance of injury. In addition, when placing a live air bag on a bench or other surface, always face the bag and trim cover up, away from the surface. This will reduce the motion of the unit if it is accidentally deployed.

  1. Attach the Air Bag Simulator Tool, or equivalent to the vehicle harness connector.
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  1. Connect the positive battery cable, then the negative battery cable.
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Fig. Rear view of instrumental panel showing diagnostic monitor location-1990-91 vehicles

 
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