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I recently received a letter from Oldsmobile warning me of a possible air bag sensor malfunction caused by water entering the vehicle and malfunctioning the sensor under the passenger seat floor. I purchased this vehicle last year and the vehicle would take on water when it rained and flooded all floor pans to an inch or two. After getting no where with locating the path of entry, I desperately drilled several holes in each floor pan compartment and tore out the padding under the carpet to allow the rain water to drain fully. I recently discovered the path way under the windshield wiper conpartment after taking a hose and slowly checking each section of the vehicle. The air bag light dash icon has always been on along with the seat belt restraint light ( work together ? ) since I purchased the vehicle. They claim that there is a possibilty the air bag may deploy with out an impact or not deploy in an impact. I know that there is a design flaw that allows this water to enter inside the vehicle, but they state no mention of responsibility per a recall or any other accountability. I see none listed on the web as of date. Now, I ask. Can I replace the sensor with out the risk of deploying the air bags?

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SOURCE: AIr Bag System 2000 Odls. Silhouette

Make sure there are no bad connections under the right front seat. Usually it is just a bad connection. Try to clear codes and see if the code returns. You could also try switching the left and the right and see if the problems moves to the left side to be sure it is a defective pretensioner. If you do need to change it, just unhook the battery for 5 minutes. Then unplug and unbolt it. Hook up the new one and then hook the battery back up.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

Murphybanton
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SOURCE: airbag warning light staying on

You are very safe for the time being though you have to be careful not over-speeding. drive safely.

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Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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On my 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette, the air bag light occasionally comes on. What I found is that under the drivers seat, there are some electrical connections. Make sure all of those are tight. Make sure you have nothing under the drivers seat pushing on the cables.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009

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SOURCE: 330I drivers side airbag deployed and the car will not start

You triggered the impact sensor.(usually on or near the front bumper) It will need to be re-set or replaced, and obviously, you need to replace airbag.

Posted on Jun 15, 2009

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FixInfax is right except I'll add a few add ons to his statement. Number one. If the airbag deployed you'll have crash data saved in the airbag module. Anytime an airbag is deployed and data is stored you must replace the airbag module as well and the new one must be coded by Volkswagen. Number 2 as a technician of vw I would not erase or repair any airbag faults previously repaired by someone else because we cannot be sure what parts were installed or if they were well installed. If someone came to me and said we replace the module and the airbags can you code the module alone my answer would be NO, because too many safety aspects ride on it. Imagine someone did this for a client and a day later they were fatelly injured because of a crash or deployment and the last person to touch the system was a vw tech. It is too risk for the tech to do so, so when an airbag is replaced it should be only done by the qualified tech who will do the whole job.

Posted on Sep 06, 2009

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Where are the air bag sensors on a 2000 Lincoln towncar


Sensor - Front Crash Removal
WARNING: Vehicle sensor orientation is critical for proper operation. If a vehicle equipped with an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) is involved in a collision, inspect the sensor mounting bracket and wiring pigtail for deformation. Replace and properly position the sensor or any other damaged supplemental restraint system (SRS) components whether or not the air bag is deployed.
WARNING: Always wear safety glasses when repairing an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) vehicle and when handling an air bag module. This will reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accidental deployment.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, do not use any memory saver devices.
NOTE: The air bag warning lamp illuminates when the RCM fuse is removed and the ignition switch is ON. This is normal operation and does not indicate a supplemental restraint system (SRS) fault.
NOTE: The SRS must be fully operational and free of faults before releasing the vehicle to the customer.
NOTE: Repair is made by installing a new part only. If the new part does not correct the condition, install the original part and perform the diagnostic procedure again.
  1. Depower the system. For additional information, refer to Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering and Repowering in this section.
  1. Remove the radiator upper sight shield (8C291).
  1. Remove the air bag sensor.
    1. Disconnect the air bag sensor electrical connector.
    1. Remove the three screws.
    1. Remove the air bag sensor.
    2. SECTION 501-20B: Supplemental Restraint System 2000 Town Car Workshop Manual REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION Procedure revision date: 06/10/2004 Sensor - Side Crash Removal
      WARNING: Vehicle sensor orientation is critical for proper system operation. If a vehicle equipped with an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) is involved in a collision, inspect the sensor mounting bracket and wiring pigtail for deformation. Replace and properly position the sensor or any other damaged supplemental restraint system (SRS) components whether or not the air bag is deployed.
      WARNING: Always wear safety glasses when repairing an air bag supplemental restraint system (SRS) vehicle and when handling an air bag module. This will reduce the risk of injury in the event of an accidental deployment.
      WARNING: To reduce the risk of personal injury, do not use any memory saver devices.
      NOTE: The air bag warning lamp illuminates when the RCM fuse is removed and the ignition switch is ON. This is normal operation and does not indicate a supplemental restraint system (SRS) fault.
      NOTE: The SRS must be fully operational and free of faults before releasing the vehicle to the customer.
      NOTE: Repair is made by installing a new part only. If the new part does not correct the condition, install the original part and perform the diagnostic procedure again.
      NOTE: Left side is shown, right side is similar.
      NOTE: The side crash sensors are located under the carpet beneath the front seats.
      1. Position the seat to gain access to all fasteners.
      1. Depower the system. For additional information, refer to Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) Depowering and Repowering in this section.
      1. Remove the front seat. For additional information, refer to Section 501-10 .
      1. Remove the safety belt anchor bolt cover.
      1. Remove the bolt and the safety belt anchor.
      1. Remove the front and rear door scuff plates.
      1. Remove the lower B-pillar trim panel.
      1. Remove the carpet to access the side crash sensor.
      1. Remove the side crash sensor.
        1. Remove the retaining bolts and position the side crash sensor in order to disconnect the electrical connector.
        1. Disconnect the electrical connector.
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Dec 16, 2015 | 2000 Lincoln Town Car

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I have a 2003 impala and occasionally the air bag warning light comes on while driving but goes off in just a few seconds. This has just recently happened. One note, I just had some work on the...


Most likely not related to the transmission work. There are several sensors for the air bags, and the computer continually checks them, if one has an intermittent contact, the vibration from driving could make it open occasionally and the computer detects that. It is possible (but not likely) that one of the wires to the sensors was damaged during the transmission work.
You will need to take this to the dealer or a good shop, they can read the code stored in the computer and determine what to do. There is very low risk that the air bag could deploy when not needed, but there is a higher risk that it would not deploy when needed, if you were in an accident.
You need to get this repaired soon, but it should not be an expensive repair.

Apr 28, 2011 | Chevrolet Impala Cars & Trucks

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2004 Avalanche "Service Air Bag


First, please review this article: Where's The Fuse?

I seriously doubt that your problem is being caused by a fuse. Your Passive Restraint System has a problem. This could be caused by a driver's airbag, a passenger airbag, a seat belt pre-tensioner, a contact assembly in the steering column, or any of the crash sensors. To find out what the problem is, you must scan your Passive Restraint (or Airbag) module to retrieve fault codes. The only thing I can tell you for sure without properly diagnosing your vehicle is that your airbag system will not function in the event of a crash. The system is designed to disable itself any time the warning light is illuminated. This is to prevent accidental deployment of the airbags due to a malfunction in the system.

Feb 22, 2011 | 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche

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MY AIR BAG LIGHT IS STAYING ON AND SOMETIMES IT FLASHES?


You need to find out what the fault code is. It will direct you to the area responsible.

Air Bag Diagnostic Monitor
ani_caut.gif WARNING: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SUBSTITUTE ANOTHER FUSE VALUE FOR THE 10A BATTERY FUSE. ANY FUSE OTHER THAN 10A MAY CAUSE DISARMING FAILURE AND MAY RESULT IN DANGER TO THE OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLACE THE 10A BATTERY FUSE UNTIL THE AIR BAG SYSTEM FIRST HAS BEEN DEACTIVATED (SEE DEACTIVATION PROCEDURE FOR DETAILS).
NOTE: The safing sensor is internal to the air bag diagnostic monitor (14B056) and is not replaced separately.
The air bag diagnostic monitor continually monitors all supplemental air bag restraint system (SRS) components and wiring connections for possible faults in the system. If the air bag diagnostic monitor detects a fault in the SRS when the ignition switch (11572) is in the RUN position, a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) will be displayed by the air bag indicator, located on the instrument cluster (10849).
The air bag diagnostic monitor does not deploy the air bag in the event of a collision. The LH or RH air bag sensor and the safing sensor determine when to deploy the air bag.
The air bag diagnostic monitor illuminates the air bag indicator for approximately six seconds when the ignition switch is in the RUN position and then turns the indicator off. This shows that the air bag indicator is operational. If the air bag indicator does not illuminate or the indicator stays on or flashes at any time, a fault has been detected by the air bag diagnostic monitor.
DTCs may not be displayed for approximately 30 seconds after the ignition switch is placed in the RUN position. This is the amount of time the air bag diagnostic monitor requires to perform all tests and verify system faults.
Each DTC (a series of flashes and pauses of the air bag indicator):
  • Represents a two-digit number.
  • Is always displayed at least twice.
If the diagnostic monitor detects a fault in the air bag system, a DTC will be written to the diagnostic monitors non-volatile RAM (NVRAM). This DTC will then cause the lamp to flash a lamp fault code (LFC) on the air bag indicator and can be retrieved with the New Generation STAR (NGS) Tester. After repair, the DTC may then be cleared from the NVRAM.
If a system fault is present and the air bag indicator is malfunctioning, an audible tone will be heard. The tone is a series of five sets of five beeps. If the tone is heard, the air bag system requires repair.
If a fault exists that makes unwanted air bag deployment possible, the air bag diagnostic monitor will attempt to remove deployment power by turning on a solid state switch to blow the 10A battery fuse 2.
If the 10A battery fuse has successfully been blown by the air bag diagnostic monitor, the air bag diagnostic monitor will not attempt to blow it again until the proper fault has been repaired and cleared (see Diagnostic Trouble Code Clearing procedures for details). The air bag diagnostic monitor will store both the unwanted deployment DTC and the loss of deployment power DTC. The loss of deployment power DTC is the highest priority.
DTCs are prioritized numerically. If two or more faults occur at the same time, the fault having the highest priority will be displayed first. After that fault has been corrected, the next highest priority fault will be displayed.
The air bag diagnostic monitor includes an internal backup power supply. This feature provides sufficient backup power to deploy the air bag in the event the battery (10655) or battery cables are damaged in a collision before safing and air bag sensors close. The backup power supply will deplete its stored energy approximately one minute after the positive battery cable is disconnected.
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The DTCs can be retrieved with New Generation STAR (NGS) Tester using the Retrieve/Clear Continuous DTCs option. Any DTCs stored in the air bag diagnostic monitor will be displayed on the NGS along with a brief description of the DTC. If no DTCs are present, the NGS Tester will display a SYSTEM PASSED message. This option can also be used to clear DTCs from the air bag diagnostic monitor memory, as long as the concern no longer exists. Once a DTC is logged into the air bag diagnostic monitor memory, it will stay in memory until 255 key cycles have been recorded or until the NGS is used to erase the DTCs. Once 256 key cycles have been recorded since the concern was last detected, the DTC will automatically be removed from memory.

Jan 18, 2011 | 1997 Ford Expedition

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Says service air bag what does this mean? does this mean the air bag will not work if hit or will it explode on its own?


The car has to be scanned to retrieve the codes to diagnose it....
but the lamp means the system is inoperative until the problem is fixed...(it will not deploy) not to worry, it will not deploy while driving....but on the flipside it will not deploy if you are involved in an accident either......some people prefer them inoperative,some people like the safety of them...choice is yours

Apr 27, 2010 | 2005 Chevrolet Malibu

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Where are the airbag sensors on a 2002 Malibu? Daughter ran off road, hit ditch & did damage to right front from headlight down....both airbags deployed...is that normal?


Hi, the impact sensors for the air bags are usually located between the headlights more or less at the lowest point of the headlights. It is possible that the air bags will deploy as the impact sensors work with vibration. If the vibration is big enough to activate the sensor the air bags will deploy.

Nov 24, 2009 | 2002 Chevrolet Malibu

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Light stays on and warning for airbag service on reader board


If the airbag light stays on after it completes it's "check light" process then there is a fault in the air bag system. It could be anything from a bad sensor (there are 3 of them) to a wire that has become unplugged. This problem should be repaired as soon as possible because the air bags will not deploy in a collision while the warning light is continually on.

Nov 03, 2009 | 2004 GMC Yukon

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Air bag warning light on intermitantly


You need to take it to a dealer before it deploys. The warning can mean a bumper sensor is bad, the system has detected a leak in the air bag, or the firing system in one of the airbags has lost connection. The dealer would be able to tell where the problem is and you would not want the bag to deploy while you are working on it yourself.

Jul 17, 2009 | 1999 BMW 318 ti

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Airbag light on. flashing 5 times 2 times then stays on


I think you have a false code stored due to your work. clear the code and you should be ok.
If the air bag indicator does not illuminate or the indicator stays on or flashes at any time, a fault has been detected by the air bag diagnostic monitor.
Diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs) may not be displayed for approximately 30 seconds after the ignition switch is placed in the RUN position. This is the amount of time the air bag diagnostic monitor requires to perform all tests and verify system faults.
Each DTC (a series of flashes and pauses of the air bag indicator):
  • Represents a two-digit number.
  • Is always displayed at least twice.
If the diagnostic monitor detects a fault in the air bag system, a diagnostic trouble code (DTC) will be written to the diagnostic monitor's Non-Volatile RAM (NVRAM). This DTC will then cause the lamp to flash a lamp fault code (LFC) on the air bag warning lamp and can be retrieved with the New Generation STAR (NGS) tester. After servicing the DTC may then be cleared from the NVRAM.
If a system fault is present and the air bag indicator is malfunctioning, an audible tone will be heard. The tone is a series of five sets of five beeps. If the tone is heard, the air bag system needs attention.
If a fault exists that makes unwanted air bag deployment possible, the air bag diagnostic monitor will attempt to remove deployment power by turning on a solid state switch to blow the 10A battery fuse.

If the 10A battery fuse has successfully been blown by the air bag diagnostic monitor, the air bag diagnostic monitor will not attempt to blow it again until the proper fault has been repaired and cleared (refer to Diagnostic Instructions). The air bag diagnostic monitor will store both the unwanted deployment diagnostic trouble code and the loss of deployment power diagnostic trouble code. The loss of deployment power diagnostic trouble code is the highest priority.
If a fault exists that makes unwanted air bag deployment possible, the air bag diagnostic monitor has an internal fuse that that will blow (open) automatically. This removes all power to the air bag deployment circuit.
DTCs are prioritized numerically. If two or more faults occur at the same time, the fault having the highest priority will be displayed first. After that fault has been corrected, the next highest priority fault will be displayed.
The air bag diagnostic monitor includes an internal backup power supply. This feature provides sufficient backup power to deploy the air bag in the event the battery (10655) or battery cables are damaged in a collision before safing and air bag sensors close. The backup power supply will deplete its stored energy approximately one minute after the positive battery cable is disconnected.
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Once a DTC is logged into the air bag diagnostic monitor memory, it will stay in memory until 80 key cycles have been recorded or until the NGS is used to erase the DTCs. Once 256 key cycles have been recorded since the concern was last detected, the DTC will automatically be removed from memory.
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Active Command Modes
This command allows the technician to verify operation of the air bag system, indicator and tone. When the air bag output command is executed, the indicator and the tone are simultaneously activated for approximately four seconds. Both devices are automatically deactivated.


Air Bag Diagnostic Monitor DTC Priority Table DTC LFC Description Action To Take B1342 24 Air bag diagnostic monitor is faulted (retrieved only during On-Demand Self Test) GO to Pinpoint Test P . B1867 12/52 Lost or low battery voltage GO to Pinpoint Test A . B1869 — No air bag indicator — inoperative indicator circuit GO to Pinpoint Test R . B1913 13/53 Air bag circuit shorted to ground — driver/passenger GO to Pinpoint Test B . B1914 14/54 Air bag sensor circuit shorted to ground GO to Pinpoint Test C . B1921 21 Air bag diagnostic monitor ground circuit open or not mounted to the vehicle properly GO to Pinpoint Test D . B1922 22 Safing sensor output circuit shorted to battery voltage GO to Pinpoint Test E . B1924 24 System disarm fault GO to Pinpoint Test P . B1932 32 Driver side air bag module circuit high resistance or open GO to Pinpoint Test F . B1933 33 Passenger side air bag module circuit high resistance or open GO to Pinpoint Test G . B1934 34 Driver side air bag module circuit low resistance or shorted GO to Pinpoint Test H . B1935 35 Passenger side air bag module circuit low resistance or shorted GO to Pinpoint Test J . B1941 41 RH air bag sensor feed/return circuit open GO to Pinpoint Test K . B1942 42 LH air bag sensor feed/return circuit open GO to Pinpoint Test L . B1944 44 RH air bag sensor not mounted to the vehicle properly or ground circuit open GO to Pinpoint Test M . B1945 45 LH air bag sensor not mounted to the vehicle properly or ground circuit open GO to Pinpoint Test N .
DTC - Diagnostic Trouble Code, retrieved using New Generation STAR (NGS) Tester.
LFC - Lamp Fault Code, flashed on air bag indicator.

May 21, 2009 | 1997 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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Air bag light stays on


I just got a letter in the mail from Pontiac saying that if the air bag light is staying on then the air bag sensor, which is on the passenger side, may be bad.If any water has touched the sensor,that may be the cause of the light to be on.They also said that if it's on than your air bag can deploy at any time.Even if you haven't gotten into an acccident.I have the same problem and I am looking into the sensor for the air bag.You should do the same.Hope this helps you.

Jun 20, 2008 | 1996 Pontiac Grand Am

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