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Why can't anyone fix the SRS?

We bought this vehicle as a used certified vehicle. SRS light keeps coming on. It has been fixed 3 times already (twice we had to pay). What is up with this?

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  • diskos May 30, 2009

    thank you all...the vehicle was purchased at a Honda dealer and carfax indicated it was never in an accident. It was brought to Honda 3x for SRS light staying on (since March 08). First dealer diagnosed 7-2 (failure of srs control unit) caused by low battery voltage. Battery replaced (worked temporarily). Second dealer same diagnosis, but battery ok, replaced sup restraint system; (worked temporarily) Third time, same code, replaced new srs control module (worked temporarily); now again. We're being told the sensor for seatbelt needs to be replaced as the reason for SRS light. How could 3 Honda dealers not get it right?

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    Quite frankly, carfax reports mean nothing, and carfax is nothing but a bogus money making company. I've seen several vehicles that have been is bad collisions, and carfax had nothing to report. If you believe that a carfax report report means something; you're mistaken.

    If your vehicle has ever been in a collision and the airbags deployed, the "entire airbag system" must be replaced for them to ever work properly again. It's hard to believe that the techs at 3 dealers would not have fixed it correctly, unless they didn't know of a prior collision. The srs light is giving codes to the techs, and they base their repair from those codes. After they make the repair based on those codes, the srs light will usually go off meaning the system is working properly. If a prior collision has taken place, the system may give a false sense that the system is working properly after the repair, until you hit a bump in the road, or make a hard turn, then the system will give another code because the entire system has not been replaced.

    You can't trust carfax to give a accurate report.

  • its420_us May 11, 2010

    If your repair was not performed by a "honda" dealer, it was probably never done properly. As long as that light is on, your airbags are disabled. Your vehicle may have been in a prior collision, and something didn't get replaced within the airbag system.

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Since u provide no info on what has been replaced there is no way to tell what might be the problem.



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Here's a quick check list for most common cost of SRS / Air bag problem.

Dirty contacts on driver and passenger seat belt buckles

Dirty contacts on seat belt connectors (under seats)

Dirty contacts on driver and passenger sides weight sensors (under seat)

Seat covers

Weight on passenger seat
(Example: grocery package trigger SRS / Air Bag light on the way home.)

I recommend you to pass an vacuum over the contacts and use CRC electronic parts cleaner to rule out connectivity problem.

I DO NOT recommend disconnecting the negative battery connector to clean the code(s).

Without the code(s) the dealer will takes "BILLABLE" time to reproduce the problem.


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I don't know where this vehicle was purchased(dealer?) But their is a recall on this model for air bags.I would take it to the dealer and start asking questions.Honda is pretty good about safety issues.

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