Ford Explorer: Supplemental Restraint System / Removal and Installation - C-Pillar Side Impact Sensor

Ford Explorer 2020-2023 Service Manual / Body and Paint / Body and Paint / Supplemental Restraint System / Removal and Installation - C-Pillar Side Impact Sensor

Special Tool(s) / General Equipment

Interior Trim Remover

Removal

  WARNING: The following procedure prescribes critical repair steps required for correct restraint system operation during a crash. Follow all notes and steps carefully. Failure to follow step instructions may result in incorrect operation of the restraint system and increases the risk of serious personal injury or death in a crash.

NOTE: LH (left-hand) shown, RH (right-hand) similar.

NOTE: Removal steps in this procedure may contain installation details.

  1.   WARNING: Before beginning any service procedure in this manual, refer to health and safety warnings in section 100-00 General Information. Failure to follow this instruction may result in serious personal injury.

    Refer to: Pyrotechnic Device Health and Safety Precautions (100-00 General Information, Description and Operation).
  1. Depower the SRS.
    Refer to: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering (501-20B Supplemental Restraint System, General Procedures).
  1. Position the rear door weather-strip aside.
  1. Release the clips and remove the rear door scuff plate trim panel.
    Use the General Equipment: Interior Trim Remover

Vehicles with police package

  1. Release the clips and remove the rear door scuff plate trim panel.
    Use the General Equipment: Interior Trim Remover

All vehicles

  1. Fold the second row outboard seat to the easy entry position.
  1. Position the cargo hook bolt cover aside.
  1. Remove the cargo hook bolt and the cargo hook.
    Torque: 44 lb.in (5 Nm)
  1. NOTE: Second row seat removed for clarity.

    Release the clips and position the loadspace trim panel away enough to access the C-pillar side impact sensor.

  1. Remove the C-pillar side impact sensor.
    1. Disconnect the electrical connector.
    1. Remove the bolt.
      Torque: 106 lb.in (12 Nm)
    1. Remove the C-pillar side impact sensor.

Installation

  1. NOTE: The C-pillar side impact sensor mating surfaces must be smooth and allow for a flush attachment to each other.

    To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. Repower the SRS.
    Refer to: Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Repowering (501-20B Supplemental Restraint System, General Procedures).

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