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Air Bags On or Off???

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by rogerrc, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. rogerrc

    rogerrc Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    This is my first time on this site.
    My son an I are new to snow plowing. Have a Boss Plow, F-350 diesel.
    Someone said we should we disconnect the air bags before snow plowing.
    It that true? If so, How??

    MOW ME OVER Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    I have heard people say that before also but have never read or heard of anybody having their airbags deploy when plowing. I have 02 F350 myself and did a really rough road last year a couple of times and never had a air bag problem. The road was so rough with bumps and un even alshalt that the blade tripped forward a couple times on me when moving at 8 or 10mph. The way I see it is if you hit something stationary really hard the blade should trip before you would have a air bag deployment problem. Remember that it takes a colision of approxomately 28mph combined head on for the bags to deploy.
  3. JElmWin

    JElmWin Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    If air bags were that sensitive then truck dealers wouldn't install plows! Next, if you actually hit something hard enough to deploy bags you'd want them to deploy.:nod: (I still think you should read other thread).
  4. Ken1zk

    Ken1zk Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    The air bag system in run by a computer which takes readings from a number of sensors. All the proper conditions must be meet to deploy the air bag. As already stated, if a snowplow blade tripping was enough to deploy the air bag no dealer would mount one on an air bag equipped truck.

    Keep in mind that if you disable any safety system, and subsequently are involved in a crash, your insurance company will most likely try to get out of the claim without paying you one red cent since you helped to create the conditions leading to your own injuries.:nono:
  5. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    Not sure on the fords (I've said this before) but on the Dodges there are no censers in the bumpers and I doubt there are in the new fords eather.
    The air bags are controlled by a Central inertia censer, there are not a bunch of censers to go bad of set off. If they were in the bumpers you would see bright yellow wires going to the censers and caution stickers stuck to the back of the bumper.
  6. mr.plow 2

    mr.plow 2 Member
    Messages: 43

    last year had a 18" storm i had a 02 ford superduty and the air bags poped on me the dealer said that it had two much snow packed up under the truck:nono: the air bag broke my arm:eek: i think you could leave them on just watch for snow pack under truck :waving:
  7. ratlover

    ratlover PlowSite.com Addict
    from IL
    Messages: 1,325

    Snow packed under your truck and the airbag went off and broke your arm?

    Leave em on and buckle up. JMO
  8. JElmWin

    JElmWin Senior Member
    Messages: 232

    Any chance you're one of those drivers that keeps his hand at 12 o'clock? I usually plow with hands at 4 or 8.
  9. Snow-B-Gone

    Snow-B-Gone Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 14

    I heard this back in '94 when I first started plowing.......urban myth:)

    If you are deploying the airbag when you hit a bank, yuo are abusing you equipment and won't stay in the business long.........slow and easy:sleeping:
  10. GripTruk

    GripTruk Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    Someone was wrong.

    leave them on, AND keep your seatbelt on!

  11. nextdoorlabor

    nextdoorlabor Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    i agree... depending on the manufacturer it takes roughtly a 28 mph collission to deploy airbags, if you were to hit a bank so hard as to deploy them badboys it probably would be necessary to have them pop... i once knew a guy who did tough truck competitions with his bronco and his airbags only popped when he hit a jump at 40mph and caught sick air, he was glad they popped cause he needed them to keep from breaking his face. if the truck comes equipped with airbags and a plow package, theres no reason for them to pop, and if they do it means ur just a crazy mofo like myself and u must be pile driving snow off the lot (which in no means is cowardly, but will harm ur equipment rapidly). plow smart and keep ur heads up, and like someone stated, keep ur hands at 4 and 8, and they will be wide enought to avoid any airbag explosion (keep in mind its an explosive device that deploys the airbags) cause u dont want to get in the way of that... much love and goodluck plowing brother
  12. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Have installed plows on pretty much every thing and have yet to find any type of air bag sensor from the front axle forward.
  13. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    I don't think you will find any any where.

    Becaus there are no sencers. Just ONE and it is located in the air bag controler. It is usially under the dash or it's mounted to the tranney tunnel under the dash. You can follow the power wires or the air bag wires right to it. There will not be any wires running to your bumpers or frame for the air bags.
  14. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    Okay--Last Friday--My brother-in law was plowing with a 99 f-350 PSD and guess what happened! Going along and the air bags deployed!!! Not an urban legend!! Road plowing ---he was doing about 20MPH. he thinks just hit a little bump(sewer cover?). Not one that lifted the blade way off the ground or anything and they deployed. Scared the Crap out of him and his 8 year old. It can happen! No one got hurt, but how much damage do you think the truck will have? Both airbags have to be at least a couple of grand, an windshield. If I can get pics I will! He cut the air bags out so he could finish the storm. Motto--Go Slow!!!

    Think Snow:redbounce
  15. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    The ins, co, will total it.
    I thought you needed to stay under 15 to 20 MPH looks more like 15 mph.
    Think about it, a dead stop at what is reported at 20MPH is a good hit.
  16. douglasl330

    douglasl330 Senior Member
    Messages: 356

    The sad thing is he didn't come to a dead stop! So the sensor could have been bad? The truck earlier in the day hit hard that the blade went way up, so he says this was a nothing little bump he doesn't think it tripped the edge all the way! I am figuring about 4K in damage-- truck is still worth about 18 as she sits so I don't think she'll be totalled.:bluebounc She was in a ditch a year back and the air bags didn't deploy! The sad thing is it has a dash key switch to sut the pass side off--Probably should have! hindsight is always 20/20
  17. golden arches

    golden arches Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    If he was in a ditch with it last year, whoever fixed it may have done something. I've never heard of anyone having an airbag deploy while plowing except in a major collision. Dealer told me that if you have the snow plow package on your truck, the sensor is adjust to compensate for the stress the plow puts on the truck.

    I agree with the majority... leave them on, buckle up and hands at the 4 and 8 position.
  18. Ken1zk

    Ken1zk Senior Member
    Messages: 193

    As it was explained to me by the dealer,
    "The central supplemental restraint computer takes readings from the main cpu that oversees all on board systems, sensors in the transmission, breaking system, and engine in addition to inertia measured in the air bag controller. Bumper sensors have gone to the wayside but there are others which very with make and model. Accidental deployment is nil in daily use including operation as a snow plow." Thats according to the Chevy dealer anyway.
  19. wedge88

    wedge88 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I hit a car that ran a red light last year head on at 35 mph and airbags did not deploy.
  20. CamLand

    CamLand Senior Member
    Messages: 301

    Bags on when working but passenger side turned off when kids are in truck...