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Old 07-21-2009, 06:30 AM   #1
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AU Airbag error code 34

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My '99 explorer has just been at the workshop because it was winding over but would'nt start. After 6 hours labour cost to find the problem , it turned out to be a $10.50 Aus. relay. Car is starting great now but while it was there the airbag light came on , they were getting an error code 34 and got the Auto Electrician to look at it . He said it would need to go to a Ford dealership to figure out exactly why this was happening. When I start the car the light flashes 3 times , pauses , then flashes 6 times, pauses, and repeats this several times till it stops and just stays illuminated. Does anyone have an idea why this is happening?
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:15 AM   #2
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Is it code 34 or code 36? Which is it flashing?




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Old 07-22-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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Is it code 34 or code 36? Which is it flashing?
The mechanic who scanned it said it was code 34, but that's as far as he could go and Ford would need to investigate it further. The light on the dash is flashing in the sequence as I've said , not knowing much about it ,I can only repeat what they've told me and what the light is doing.

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Old 07-22-2009, 09:37 PM   #4
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Nevermind, I got it wrong. I wondered why they'd have codes for the same thing.

Code 34 is Driver Air Bag Circuit Resistance too low. This means that the wires going to the driver's airbag are somehow shorted together. The most common place for this is the clockspring.

Code 36 is Driver Side (the one in the seat) Air Bag Circuit Resistance too low or too high. Same thing, except this doesn't go thru the clockspring.

Either way, you should be extremely careful with airbags--disconnect the battery and wait a few minutes before disconnecting airbag wiring.
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Thanks Mate

Will check it out on the weekend with a mate who's a bit more savvy. The mechanics may have disrupted something there when they were looking for the no starting problem
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