Removing Driver Seat is Battery Disconnect Necessary?

Discussion in '2005+ Mustang GT 4.6L Tech' started by Miker, Jan 22, 2023.

  1. Miker

    Miker Junior Member

    I have a 2005 Roush. I have to pull my driver seat to take it to the upholstery shop. I read that I need to disconnect the battery or it will cause a problem with the airbag sensor. Is this correct?
  2. skwerl

    skwerl tree hugger

    If the ignition key is off it shouldn't affect it. Lawyers want you to disconnect the battery before doing anything, even changing the light bulb in the glove box.
  3. Cum Grano Salis

    Cum Grano Salis Member

    Only thing (just did this) some cars can adjust seat with no ignition. Guess idea is set this before starting or driving? Now no idea with Ford, that’s Buick. But if you have all these things nobody wants, uses or even cares about?
  4. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand forum member

    For my 2013, there is a very specific procedure in the service manual for depowering and repowering the SRS before removing and after reinstalling the seat. It involves pulling the fuse, verifying the system is off line and then disconnecting the battery.

    Is it overkill? Dunno, but figured I’d rather be safe than sorry.

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  5. Roy D

    Roy D Junior Member

    I have pulled both of my seats in my 08 sgt without disconnecting battery. I was just very careful to not turn on the key until seats were re installed and hooked up. I didn’t have any problems with doing it this way.
  6. moooosestang

    moooosestang Junior Member

    2005 had airbags in the seat?
  7. Laga

    Laga Senior Member

    Side air bags.
  8. brford

    brford Junior Member

    Disconnecting the battery (power source) is a good practice whenever anything has to be unplugged from any vehicle that has air bags. It is a simple step to avoid accidental air bag deployment, which can be very dangerous.
  9. pass1over

    pass1over I like it LOW


    Where did you find this procedure for your 13? Curious if it's in the manual. I'd like to see if it's in the same spot for my '12.

    I've had both seats out of my '12 numerous times, sometimes battery disconnected, sometimes not. Never had an issue with either scenario. As long as you don't turn the key on, then the airbags aren't getting power. No way to discharge them.
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  10. jewc75

    jewc75 S197 Junkie S197 Team Member

    Ive never disconnected my battery when changing seats or removing seats. I pull the passenger seat and swap to a race seat every time i go to the track. Ive made 100's of trips to the track.
  11. WJBertrand

    WJBertrand forum member

    It's described in the service manual, not the owner's manual.
  12. pass1over

    pass1over I like it LOW


    cool, thanks. Page number, section, any other information?
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