RAM 2500 Truck 2WD L6-5.9L DSL Turbo VIN 6 (1998)
Air Bag(s) Arming and Disarming: Service and Repair
Air Bag System Arming and Disarming
WARNING: The airbag system is a sensitive, complex electromechanical unit. Before attempting to diagnose or service any airbag
system or related steering wheel, steering column, or instrument panel components you must first disconnect and isolate the battery
negative (ground) cable. Then wait two minutes for the system capacitor to discharge before further system service. This is the only sure
way to disable the airbag system. Failure to do this could result in accidental airbag deployment and possible personal injury.
16-Way Data Link Connector - Typical
NOTE: A DRB scan tool is required for diagnosis of the airbag system. Refer to the proper Diagnostic Procedures for more information.
1. Connect the DRB scan tool to the 16-way data link wire harness connector. The connector is located on the driver side lower edge of the
instrument panel, inboard of the steering column.
2. Turn the ignition switch to the On position. Exit the vehicle with the DRB. Use the latest version of the proper DRB cartridge.
3. Connect negative battery terminal. Using the DRB, read and record the active Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) data.
4. Read and record any stored DTC data.
5. Refer to the proper Diagnostic Procedures if any DTC is found in Step 3 or Step 4.
6. Erase the stored DTC data. If any problems remain, the stored DTC data will not erase.
7. With the ignition switch still in the On position, make sure nobody is in the vehicle.
8. From outside of the vehicle (away from the airbag modules in case of an accidental deployment) turn the ignition switch to the Off position for
about ten seconds, and then back to the On position. Observe the airbag indicator lamp in the instrument cluster. It should light for six to eight
seconds, and then go out. This indicates that the airbag system is functioning normally.
If the airbag indicator lamp fails to light, or lights and stays on, there is an airbag system malfunction. Refer to the proper Diagnostic
Procedures to diagnose the problem.
All extended cab models (club cab or quad cab) are equipped with a structural seat, which uses an electronic structural seat belt control system
to control the latching and unlatching of the integral seat belt retractors. The structural seat belt control system MUST be tested to ensure
proper operation following the service of any airbag system component. See Seat Belt Control System Test Mode in the Seat Belt Control
Systems for the test procedure.