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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
bignbad711: 1st, to address your issue with the airbag system. I am going to guess that you have no experience in SRS systems. This is not meant as an insult, it just means that I want to give you a little more input so you don't end up making an expensive mistake or a PAINFUL ONE! VERY IMPORTANT!!!!!!!! Ay time you work on an airbag system, disconnect the "GROUND" battery cable and allow the car to sit for a few minutes so the the residual power will drain off. YOU DO NOT WANT A MISHAP!
On the car you have asked about, it uses, Driver's side and passenger's side airbags. It has Seat belt Pretensioners (they are like little explosive charges in cylinders which at the time of the airbag deployment, will discharge and lock the seat belts keeping them from reeling out. Once it has been discharged, the belt has to be replaced. Obviously the side airbags, you would have replaced, however, did you replace the clock spring? This component is just below the steering wheel. When the airbags deploy, in most situations, the clock spring electrical circuit will sustain some electrical damage. A word of caution: if you haven't replaced the clock spring and plan on doing it, follow the directions to the letter. If you don't have any, got to the book store and you will be able to find several sources of manuals there that will show you how. You don't have to buy the book, just write down what you have learned. If you had come up against a stone wall, write back in and I'll see if I can help you out. The car, in being reconditioned, may have a damaged impact sensor at the front of the car (located above the A/C condenser on the driver's side). Wiring harnesses, can be damaged from collisions and it's not unlike body shops or rebuilders to miss the damage or improperly repair it. CAUTION! The connectors are quite different than the regular electrical connectors. These have positive locking devices to keep the connectors from coming loose. Study them before trying to take them apart. Your best bet should you have all your bases covered, is to have the system scanned. Most good shops have scanners to
which will scan the airbag systems, abs systems and more on most cars. I just spent over 8 grand for updates and upgraded my equipment. It "AINT" cheap to stay on top of things! (BOY, WHAT ENGLISH!) It is better to pay some money to get factual data than start throwing parts at the car trying to fix it. Most rebuilders use used parts including SRS components.
In reference to the radio, The radio actually has to get it's power through a component called a BODY CONTROL MODULE.
If you are needing a security code some type, as long as you can provide proof of ownership, the dealers can, with a Vin number in some instances with some things help you. I'm not as familiar with GM as I am with most import cars, so I wish I could offer you more input. I know that on some cars, it requires the removal of the radio the get the number off the back of it. This number is the one which the dealer can look up the code for that specific radio.
I hope what I have supplied you has helped in some way to further your quest to getting the car going.
PS: Autozone and a few other auto parts houses scan cars at no charge. As to whether they can scan airbag systems? I couldn't say. GOOD LUCK GUY!
Posted on Apr 08, 2009
are u the original owner of the car ?if so do you still have the books that came with the car? look for the delco radio book !there should be a card in there with a code and instructions! if not the only wasy is to go to the dealer or a radio repair shop to have it unlocked!
Posted on Mar 17, 2010
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