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PostSubject: airbag question   airbag question EmptySat May 28, 2011 6:40 pm

i diddnt see this anywhere else on the site so i figured id ask.

underneth my passenger seat there is the airbag control module (from what i understand) my airbag light is currently on and i noticed that a plug (6ga yellow prongg type plug) was removed from the module (prev owner prolly had it pulled so his kids diddnt get killed by the bag)

how would i SAFELY reconnect the plug into the module so i can make my light go off
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptySat May 28, 2011 7:05 pm

First off, disconnect the battery for atleast 5 minutes to discharge SRS system. Then plug harness back in to module. Your airbag light may still stay on. If this is the case, you will need to have it reset by the dealer or someone with a computer that can access the vehicles sub-systems.
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptySat May 28, 2011 7:27 pm

thank you smile ill post my results smile
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptySat May 28, 2011 10:26 pm

If they were only trying to disable the passenger airbag, they made a big boo-boo...
That is the main SDM - Sensing and Diagnostic Module. It kills both bags.

I'm probably too late for this, but you really only have to pull the airbag fuse out of the IP fuse panel on the driver's side of the dash - #1, top left. However, I seem to recall that it should be for at least 20 minutes, and I always give it 30+.
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptyMon May 30, 2011 10:00 am

nope not too late, quite frankly i dont like airbags (blown up a few beer friges) but i suppose it is an important saftey feature so i want to reinstall it and get rid of annother dummy light lol smile
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptyThu Jun 02, 2011 6:46 pm

Just a word of caution. Despite what the factory says about how 'in many crashes severe enough to inflate an air bag, windshields are broken due to vehicle deformation. Additional windshield breakage may also occur from the right front passenger air bag' (that is a quote btw) they are full of IT! While it is POSSIBLE that a crash may cause the windshield to break, the air bag will DEFINITELY break it! No ifs ands or buts about it. So not only will you have to worry about whatever you're gonna hit and dodging the air bag but there WILL be shards or glass flying everywhere as well. Now I'm not advocating that ppl disable their air bags BUT if you're like me and you keep your passenger seat all the way back and make sure your passengers wear their seat belt then the air bag serves almost no purpose. If the seat is all the way back and the passenger is belted they should not be able to reach the area that the air bag inflates into, but the broken glass can reach them. Now I know it doesn't happen the same for all ppl but when I had my accident the only injures were FROM the air bags. The drivers side left a bruise on my arm when it ripped the steering wheel apart and my passenger was cut numerous times around the face and head from broken glass. Also remember that in 1998 gm reduced the inflation speed of its air bags because of numerous injury complaints from the air bags. So while it MAY save your life (maybe) it will definitely do damage to you and your car. Just my 2 cents on the matter.
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptyThu Jun 02, 2011 11:09 pm

Good point, Derek. In my opinion, air bags are there to keep you alive long enough to learn how much damage they did to your car and what it will cost to repair said damage--at which point you may well succumb to a heart attack. Granted that in a major crash this may not make much difference, but a fairly minor bump can cause several thousand dollars in damages inside the cabin. Seat belts are quite another matter, as you pointed out. I once thoroughly demolished a car after learning the hard way that cars cannot fly. Came out without a scratch or a bruise. People have been bruised severely by seat belts in a crash, it's true. The secret is to wear them with no slack, which also keeps you firmly behind the wheel and may well allow you to
prevent a potential accident. (Not always, of course, as you and several others have learned.
Damned deer.) rockets
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PostSubject: Re: airbag question   airbag question EmptyFri Jun 03, 2011 9:39 pm

Derek wrote:
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While it is POSSIBLE that a crash may cause the windshield to break, the air bag will DEFINITELY break it! No ifs ands or buts about it. So not only will you have to worry about whatever you're gonna hit and dodging the air bag but there WILL be shards or glass flying everywhere as well.
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that's why they use safety glass. This is not the glass of the 30's and 40's when broken windshields mean severed jugulars and gruesome scenes. When today's windshields break they are tempered glass so it won't create large shards, and it is laminated together, so hunks of glass don't go flying everywhere.

This is not to say that you won't have a glass mess, you most certainly will, but it's still safer than the seat belt alone absorbing all the impact. This is about shock absorption, which is more important than a few superficial cuts.
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