Ford Contour/Mystique/Cougar 1995-1999 Repair Guide

General Information


See Figures 1, 2 and 3

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Fig. Fig. 1: The air bag system component locations-1995-97 models

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Fig. Fig. 2: The air bag system component locations-1998-99 Contour

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Fig. Fig. 3: The air bag system component locations-1998-99 Mystique. Cougar similar

The Air Bag system or Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is designed to provide additional protection for front seat occupants when used in conjunction with a seat belt. The system is an electronically controlled, mechanically operated system. The system contains two basic subsytems: the air bag module(s) (the actual air bag(s) themselves), and the electrical system. The system consists of:

The crash sensors
The safing sensor
The air bag module(s)
The diagnostic monitor
The instrument cluster indicator
The sliding contacts (clock spring assembly)

The system is operates as follows: The system remains out of sight until activated in an accident that is determined to be the equivalent of hitting a parked car of the same size and weight at 28 mph (40 km/h) with the vehicle receiving severe front end damage. This determination is made by crash and safing sensors mounted on the vehicle which when an sufficient impact occurs, close their contacts completing the electrical circuit and inflating the air bags. When not activated the system is monitored by the air bag diagnostic monitor and system readiness is indicated by the lamp located on the instrument cluster. Any fault detected by the diagnostic monitor will illuminate the lamp and store a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC).