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Old 06-24-2011, 08:27 PM
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Airbag light on cluster lit

The airbag icon decided to come on. First, intermittently, now full time. No trauma to car. Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old 06-24-2011, 09:54 PM
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Put the key in the house away from the car. Take out the seats. Clean and secure the electrical connectors under there. My preference is DeOxit. Check the wires for frays. Put it all back and reset the light. If it stays off you're good to go. 95% of the time. If it comes back on, pay attention to the codes on the Peake SRS reader that you're going to buy to reset the lights. Or pay the cost of the tool to the dealer to reset them with their tool - ONCE.

Key turned in ignition activates test sequence. If the connectors are not connected, you fail and it so very nicely turns the light back on. Leave the key as far from the car as possible.

How do you take out the seats? Try Search. Lots of different tutorials and procedures out there.
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Old 06-25-2011, 08:54 AM
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david, have you or anyone ever heard of the b200 srs reset tool? its 48.95 and some reviews on bavarian imports says it works great for this.
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Old 06-25-2011, 11:23 AM
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Sorry I've never heard of it. But that certainly doesn't mean its no good. Just make sure that's it reads the codes and doesn't just reset the light. At 50% the cost of a Peake its worth a good hard look.
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:01 PM
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Problem solved (for now) pulled passenger seat, everything was clean and tight, put anti oxi on connectors. Drove car to friends rural one man auto shop. His snap-on computer has the round apparatus and software for the code issues and SRS reset. the code was for the passenger seatbelt latch switch. reset, airbag light off. for now.
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Old 06-25-2011, 03:03 PM
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Glad it all worked out. Probably should do the driver's seat too. As if I should talk, it took me 5+ years to get around to doing the bushing in the passenger's seat.
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