Thanks guys. You have both validated my paranoia to my husband and sister-in-law who called tried to reassure me that it can be fixed relatively easily. I’d love to repay you in-kind, but I’m a college English/Composition teacher, and from your responses, you guys don’t need grammar/composition help.
Although I am no stranger to low-level repairs, I am not confident in either my or my husband’s mechanical expertise when it comes to dealing with an airbag–so, though I believe it’s probably a simple extraction, I’ll probably be leaving this to the experts. I’ll be sure to post the results if you want to try your own “Stump the Chumps.”
TSM-It’s a 2002. From what I’ve researched after getting the car, it’s either the first or second year Ford owned the company. However, it seemed like such a sweet deal, we just couldn’t pass it up. We got it about four years ago from the lady who owns the company my husband worked for. It was her aunt’s car–an elderly lady and former high school English teacher who essentially only drove it to church on Sunday, She had died and they were trying to unload it… and we were trying to get rid of my red 2001 Cavalier that had, for some reason, become a magnet for police, even when I wasn’t doing anything wrong.
Since buying it: the hole for the screw that holds the left headlight in place has become stripped out so that now the light shines in the trees, the front passenger door sticks when it’s humid (did I mention we live in South Louisiana?) the trunk door sticks, hydraulics system which helps to raise and hold the trunk in place has permanently failed (It’s tried to close on my head a few times now) and we had some weird issue with a spark plug melting then exploding out–If you guys are curious, I can explain that later in one of the other boards. We’ve still got the plug somewhere, so I can show you what it looks like.