Question about 2002 Honda Accord
EVERYTHING ELSE WORKS JUST FINE
What you suggest is scary since it can cause premature deployment of an airbag.
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@RMallla & CMDiaz,
It was hard to trackyou down. Thank you for the compliments, I will do my bestto live up to them. I also like to receive Fixya ratings. So I alwaystry to do my best. The answer to your problem is going to be a jointeffort. For part of it, I'm going to have another Expert help you. ThenI'll finish.
This is a serious subject, so I'm going to provide as much info as possible. So please be patient with the overwhelm.
Mymain experience in handling Airbags was the extraction of them at awrecking yard for resale. Specifically the safe handling of undeployedairbags AFTER a crash. In the 15 months I was at this location, Ipulled well over three hundred of them with zero accidental deployments.
Click herefor precautions to take when handling, working with on or near airbagsystems. I supply these as a cautionary bit of advice for anyone whomight be working near these systems.
The problem you aredescribing is a coming from what is commonly referred to as the DERM(Diagnostic/Energy Reserve Module). To be honest, I'm not sure whatHonda calls their version of the DERM. For lack of a better term, callit the Brain Module.
The brain makes sure your system is inworking order, receives sensor info and holds a charge that deploys theairbags even if the battery gets destroyed in a crash. That charge why even a car without a battery can still deploy an airbag by surprise.
Every time you start your vehicle, this module performs system diagnostics(indicated when your SRS light blinks). After a successful diagnostic,the SRS light goes out. When it stays on, that means there is a fault.
Nowhere is the area I'm weak in. The fault the brain module found is heldin storage. As you may imagine, running diagnostics on wrecked vehicleswasn't a top priority. As such, I can't advise you on the next step youneed to take, which is how to retrieve these codes. They will indicatethe type of fault and where it is in the system.
I'm not sureif your Honda has an ODBII diagnostic option or if system error codesare retrieved via another route. For this, I would have to refer youback to Toyota Ed.
Click here for his profile, then click the 'AskMe' button under that Gold Star.
I can tell you that in 2004, the price ofindividual airbags was usually over $500.00. Airbag sets and the brainfrom a single vehicle was over $1,000.00
While the dealershipcan definitely fix it, the cost could approach $1,000.00. We, here atFixYa consider that to be a solution of the last resort.
So, I hope this helps, but I must hand this problem back to Toyota Ed temporarily in order to get those codes.
I'll be waiting when they are retrieved.
Posted on Feb 02, 2009
You need to check out this site: http://www.geocities.com/myintegra96/srs.html
Get down on the floor of the driver side on your back and look under the steering wheel towards the door (basically the inner side of the fuse box) and find the smaller yellow connector and unplug it (it isn't really plugged into anything, just kind of snapped into the console so it doesn't move around). Use a pair of needle nose pliers to pull it out.There is a nice pic in the link above. Don't pull the big yellow one, make sure it is the SMALL yellow connector.
For the connection, I went to Lowes and bought a set of green grounding wires for like $3. You could use 2 paperclips, but they don't fit well into the yellow connector. The grounding wires have a U on the end of them, kind of like a tuning fork. Plug one of the tines of one of the grounding wires into one of the ports on the small yellow connector, and plug one of the tines of the other grounding wire into the other port on the small yellow connector. Then you just need to touch them together creating the circuit and follow the procedure outlined in the link above.
It works, but if there is a real problem with the SRS module it will come back on. I honestly don't care. I plan on repeating this procedure so I don't go crazy seeing the red light on the dash. As I get closer to my car inspection I will leave the light on and then reset it the day I go to the inspection so I can get thru it without getting rejected (hopefully this works!) It usually stays off for like a week or two then comes back on.
I had about 97,000 miles on my car and had had the timing belt and water pump replaced at the Honda dealership a few thousand miles earlier. Then one day the SRS light came on out of nowhere. So annoying. I keep the grounding wires in my car in case I ever have to do it when I am away from home. I've done the reset a few times now and it only takes me about 20 seconds to do it. It is scary the first time you do it b/c you are wondering if you are hurting your car, but if you follow the instructions you'll be fine.
Hope it works out for you.
Posted on Jan 31, 2009
Most likely the seat belt buckle but you need to get the code first.
Posted on Dec 17, 2008
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