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Old 05-11-2008, 09:04 AM   #1
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Disabling Airbags

This may be a stupid question but I know absolutely nothing about the electrical system on my TJ. If I remove the Airbag fuse on the right in slot 5 on my TJ will it disable just the passenger airbag? If not how can I disable the passenger airbag without disabling the driver side one? Any help would be greatly appreciated as my pregnant wife would then be able to ride in the jeep again!

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Old 05-11-2008, 09:09 AM   #2
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What year is your TJ? My 2000 has a key switch on the center console...

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mine is a 2006 but the key switch is an option and mine doesn't have it.
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ya, hopefully there's a switch somewhere, read your owners manual to. you're supposed to be able to shut it off for kids and stuff. but other systems use weight sensors to determine that, not likely in jeep though.

i wouldn't trust just the fuse. the best thing to do would be go behind glove box and disconnect it. air bag wires are bright yellow. just disconnect at air bag, disconnect battery first, and let sit for 15 mins.

air bag light will be on in dash.
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mines an 00 and the switch in front of the shifter does just that. The fuse shuts off both air bags however in a hard shock the air bag can still be deployed. This is the reason why when you're working on your steering wheel and you have the air bag out, you dont play around with it and toss it everywhere. You set it down pointing UP (carefully) so if it goes off (shock) it doesnt fly 30 feet and hit some one..
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First, there's no need for you to disable your airbags if you're worried about them going off on a rough trail. They will not go off unless you run into an obstacle head-on going fast enough that it'd be a serious accident. The airbag's sensor will not engage from any amount of up-down-side-to-side bump or jars, it will only go off from a head-on collision.

So far as the fuses go, each of the two fuses serve both air bags and each fuse serves as a backup to the other. So pulling one fuse will do nothing, both air bags will still work. The only way to disable them, which I would not do, would be to pull both fuses. Don't do it though if it's for offroading. Only pull the fuses if you're working on the dash or steering wheel doing something that might set them off.
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Jerry do you have any idea where the sensor might be?
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Old 05-11-2008, 07:03 PM   #8
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x2 on what jerry said.. when my jeep was stock and i was in highschool.. id abuse my jeep like no other..

it can take a ton of punishment and the airbag has NEVER went off..
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I would like to be able to shut the passenger air bag off in my 97. My 6yo likes to ride in the front seat - and I'd rather have her there due to the lack of headrests in the back. I have the fuses pulled now.
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yea, I'm not worried about rough ride just accidents. I won't have a shot of getting her out on a trail right now and I would just like for her to be able to ride without the airbag having a chance of going off in an accident. I will pull the fuses. Thanks for all the feedback!
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Jerry do you have any idea where the sensor might be?
Underneath the console, at the very front.
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its possible they can go off but highly unlikley, course that is a yota ...
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Underneath the console, at the very front.
Thats the switch to shut it off or the actual sensor? I'm afraid of hitting it on accident when working on my rig
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Thats the switch to shut it off or the actual sensor? I'm afraid of hitting it on accident when working on my rig
No, the sensor is underneath the switch if a switch is present. The sensor is under the console where you can't see it except may be a little from the side. You'd have to whack that sensor HARD from the FRONT to make it go off. You could take a hammer to it from the top, side, or rear and it wouldn't (shouldn't if it's working properly) go off.
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What year is that Toyota...? Gen two air bags should not go off unless in an accident. At work we do all kinds of testing to make sure of this.

Your 2006 will have gen two. If you disconnect your passenger air bag you will get a light and the whole air bag system including driver’s side may not function.
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Your 2006 will have gen two. If you disconnect your passenger air bag you will get a light and the whole air bag system including driver’s side may not function.
yup and this is when you need to find a resistor that has the same resistance as the air bag however you cannot test the air bag because it will deploy so you gotta connect a pot to where the air bag was connected and (start in the minimum) and turn it until the light goes off and then you measure the resistance of that and use the right resistor.

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