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Old 03-28-2016, 04:13 PM   #1
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Drivers seatbelt replacement 2005 Focus

Had an airbag light on since I bought my 2005 Ford Focus wagon (ZXW) a couple of years ago. Finally went to a shop that could read airbag codes (cost $70). The codes that showed up were B1877 - Safety Belt Retractor/Circuit Failure and also B1231 - Crash Detected. So I pulled a carfax on the little wagon and found out that it had been involved in an animal/vehicle collision several years ago but that the airbags were not deployed. So I sent the module out to be reflashed and am now trying to replace the drivers seatbelt. The mechanics of replacing the seatbelt is fairly straightforward, but finding a good used replacement seatbelt is proving more problematic. Does anyone know know how to tell or test whether a seatbelt has been activated and would throw a SRS code? Specifically I have found a few seatbelts in cars that do not appear to have been wrecked and still have airbags intact. I tried testing those with a multimeter across the two pins connector and got !00% continuity and the same resistance as touching the two multimeter probes together. From another youtube video on this subject it seems that should not happen. The retractor unit itself appears to be normal looking on used ones but then again so does the one on my car that gave a code.

I did learn that the 2005 - 2007 cars are completely different from the earlier cars.

Any helpful advice on this would certainly be appreciated.


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Old 03-29-2016, 01:27 AM   #2
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Find out where the pretensioner is located, running meter power through it can possibly fire it off. Don't know on later ones but the early ones the tensioner is in the long tube that is part of the inboard seat belt stalk assembly. It's a one time use explosive device. On those easy to tell, if tensioner fired the stalk is shorter and all distorted. Can't say how built on yours but you can maybe get an idea...........
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Old 03-29-2016, 01:32 PM   #3
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On the 2005 thru 2007 cars the pretensioner is located in the B-pillar and is integrated with the retractor itself. Still unsure of how to tell if the pretensioner has fired or not since all outward appearances are normal on the one in my car as well as those I have found used. I think I need to be sure and have a good seat belt device installed before I reinstall the SRS module between the seats. Otherwise the SRS module may pick up a bad code from the seat belt and the light will be on again.
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:34 PM   #4
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You'll pretty much have to have the pretensioner out and in front of you to see how it is constructed, they commonly latch to not give once they have deployed. Several ways they can do that.

Look around in your big city library if they have one, sometimes they have dealer service manuals in the reference section that you can't check out but can refer to there, I do it here in Dallas whenever the need, they have the Ford airbag one here.
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Old 03-30-2016, 04:53 AM   #5
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If the pretensioner in the retractor fired off the belt will be in the locked position.

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He may be correct, that would make sense with it being on the retractor end of things................it locks down wherever it's at.
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