Question about 1996 Oldsmobile Achieva
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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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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
SOURCE: air bag light on
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
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
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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