Question about deploying airbags

eddieguy

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Seen a post on Facebook of a car for sale in my area that I took some screenshots of that I’m posting here for some opinions. The AD reads that this car has only 64,000 miles on a car built back in 93

States that the car has never been in a accident but the airbag deployed from hitting a bump in the rd. However in the pics there is one showing some damage to the drivers side front corner bumper

Just want some opinions on how much force does it normally take to deploy this airbag and is it rare or not to if the car wouldn’t sustain any drivability problems

You too this off with the fact that it’s really low mileage for a car built way back in 934E33008F-C449-4199-8A34-577AED8DD3D9.png86A36B52-F3BC-45F5-A8E8-2C5F8E4019C3.pngDC781E55-9CCF-496A-93E7-231E347BB61F.png
 

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I worked for dodger back then, young buck apprentice, yeah, the squibs on these SRS where actually very fragile. I would buy the car if it suits your needs. Put some hockey tape over the bag, and drive it till it drops.

I see those seat and arm rest, this was not a gangster car. Someone actually took time.

Up here in quebec. A boy like me call these things good winter beaters. And sometimes, these copy kat K cars will surprise you.


Check this link out for what I am trying to say about the squibs in these old mopars, it was very common to see that back then.

what is a squib. resistance measurement. screw with that,poof, deployed. replace or use suggested duct nascar hockey tape and continue driving car till it dies, gosh 2400$, I would all over that car. Buy a whole column if you can find one, that way you get the clock spring, which is key.

 

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However, I see no mention of what is in this beast, 2.2 or mitshubishi 3.0l?

Cuz if it has a 3.0l, great cruising car. If you got the 2.2, great city car.

Ball joints are 20$ a pop. A complete brake job cost me 300$.

Basically, these were throw away cars. Rent to own policy of back in the day.
 

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Just the hub caps are worth 50$ a pop. And those ones look real clean. These are all the little things I check when buying a cheap daily driver cheap.

Maybe I am writing out of nostalgia, cus my dad gave me a white plymouth sundance auto matic, I blew that thing away. Then I picked up a red sundance but with a manual, and taught my sons mother how to drive a stick. loads of fun with these jobs. Very easy to fix. But you have to be handy. This is not a reliable series, but they made so many of them, if you got some skills, it will surprise you.

ok nuff of me being nostalgic.
 

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However, to answer one of your initial question, typically at around 13 to 23 km per hr. These are canadian norms, might want to check usa norms, but think they are same. https://tc.canada.ca/en/road-transportation/publications/air-bag-deactivation/how-air-bags-work

But like I said, the damage to front bumper is minimal, but if that road bump cough, deployed it, suspect squib resistance, these were the cheapest cars to buy, so no thought put into it.

Nowdays, you will never see that. The safety dept had lawyers on speed dial back then for these issues.;)
 

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However, I see no mention of what is in this beast, 2.2 or mitshubishi 3.0l?

Cuz if it has a 3.0l, great cruising car. If you got the 2.2, great city car.

Ball joints are 20$ a pop. A complete brake job cost me 300$.

Basically, these were throw away cars. Rent to own policy of back in the day.
Sorry on the late reply from me but I was thinking a 2.5 liter is what they said.
 

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That bag doesn't look "deployed" to me. It looks like it is sneaking out because the plastic cover has been broken. Maybe somebody fussing with the wheel/column? I don't think you are getting the true story here.
 
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