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SRS light on

Postby Kuhnman » 05 Sep 2010, 03:09

Anyone know how to turn off the srs light after unplugging the passenger side air bag? I was told only the dealer can do it but will it work with a good OBDII scan tool, like a Snap-On Modis or something? Or can you do it with jumper wires at the diag plug? Also, if the light is on, is the system still working or is it turned off like an ABS system with the warning light on? Thanks for any info
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Re: SRS light on

Postby FCPGroton » 05 Sep 2010, 07:21

Unfortunately, this is a dealer only reset. I guess being it is a safety system, they don't want anyone but the dealer fixing it.

Also, when the light is on, the SRS system is no longer working so I would get it fix as soon as you can.
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Re: SRS light on

Postby V850B5254T » 06 Sep 2010, 13:53

Why would you unplug an airbag? If a repair necessitates this then disconnect the battery first and connect it again after assembly.
The computers that are monitoring the status of e.g. airbags will not function without power, thus they will not detect that you have disconnected an airbag while making a repair and connected it afterward.

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Re: SRS light on

Postby Kuhnman » 06 Sep 2010, 18:34

I was looking for help not criticism but for your info, I unplugged it to remove the dash pad to get at my instrument cluster. I turned the ignition on to check all the bulbs before reassembly thus setting the air bag light on.
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Re: SRS light on

Postby Kuhnman » 06 Sep 2010, 18:41

Thank-you FCPGroton for the info, I'll take it in right away, need the fam to be safe ya know! I'm so used to working on domestic cars that are easy to reset fault codes(just unhook battery), monitors and the like that I didn't worry to much about setting a code in the srs system. I didn't know it was such a pain in the ass to reset. At least I unhooked the battery before working on it. I worked with a guy that got an air bag in the face due to not unhooking the battery, not much fun for him. He's lucky he wasn't killed.
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Re: SRS light on

Postby V850B5254T » 13 Sep 2010, 09:31

Hi Kuhnman,
It was not my intention to piss you off and I'm sorry that you got that impression.
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Re: SRS light on

Postby Kuhnman » 22 Sep 2010, 02:55

Hi V850B5254T, I'm sorry about that too. I wasn't pissed off, I guess it's just hard to feel the mood of a conversation when it's not face to face. Thanks for the post, hope I can be of help in the future! It turns out I don't need to take my car to the dealer to turn the SRS light off. A few private shops have scanners that can do it. I'm told they're worth about $400 Canadian but they can do a lot of different stuff. I just might get one. I'll post what it is and where to get one when I find out. Thanks everyone for your input!
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Re: SRS light on

Postby Ozark Lee » 22 Sep 2010, 03:10

"Rumor has it" that there is a cracked copy of VOL-FCR floating around on Pirate Bay and that with a $15.00 Vag-Com SERIAL cable from eBay it will allow you to fix that problem yourself. It is rumored to deal with many other Volvo specific items that a normal OBD-II scanner can't deal with.

Just reporting the rumors.

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Re: SRS light on

Postby Kuhnman » 29 Sep 2010, 05:08

Thanks for the Rumour Ozark Lee, something to look into!
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Re: SRS light on

Postby MatDesign84 » 04 Nov 2011, 08:23

Im not sure why mine is on since I just got the car, where can I start looking im not sure where all of the air bag connectors are.
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Re: SRS light on

Postby Ozark Lee » 04 Nov 2011, 10:27

MatDesign84 wrote:Im not sure why mine is on since I just got the car, where can I start looking im not sure where all of the air bag connectors are.


There are 4 SRS devices. The steering wheel air bag, the passengers side air bag above the glove box, and both front seat belts in the reel assemblies.

You have SIPS on your car but that is not electronically triggered.

The SRS control module is located under the center console behind the shifter.

The most common failure point is the clock spring connecter in the steering wheel. DO NOT try to use an ohm meter to try to test the devices, that can cause them to trigger.

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Re: SRS light on

Postby MatDesign84 » 14 Dec 2011, 05:30

Ozark Lee wrote:
MatDesign84 wrote:Im not sure why mine is on since I just got the car, where can I start looking im not sure where all of the air bag connectors are.


There are 4 SRS devices. The steering wheel air bag, the passengers side air bag above the glove box, and both front seat belts in the reel assemblies.

You have SIPS on your car but that is not electronically triggered.

The SRS control module is located under the center console behind the shifter.

The most common failure point is the clock spring connecter in the steering wheel. DO NOT try to use an ohm meter to try to test the devices, that can cause them to trigger.

...Lee

After a bit of research I found out that if one of your seatbelts is difficult to get out that it might be that it had been triggered. I am fairly sure the passenger side front of my car has been in a slight accident before my ownership. That side seat belt is rough to get out at times and usually has to be pulled out slow and loosened up and pulled again etc. to get it all the way out to wear. Volvo states you need to replace both sides to clear the code, is this just a money racket?
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Re: SRS light on

Postby Ozark Lee » 14 Dec 2011, 14:49

After a bit of research I found out that if one of your seatbelts is difficult to get out that it might be that it had been triggered. I am fairly sure the passenger side front of my car has been in a slight accident before my ownership. That side seat belt is rough to get out at times and usually has to be pulled out slow and loosened up and pulled again etc. to get it all the way out to wear. Volvo states you need to replace both sides to clear the code, is this just a money racket?


Without specific codes all we can do is guess. Normally, an accident that triggers any of the electronically controlled devices triggers all of them simultaneously. I messed up and didn't have one of the airbags plugged back in all the way and hooked the battery back up. That triggered the SRS error but VOL-FCR cleared it after I plugged the airbag back in properly.

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Re: SRS light on

Postby pipboxer » 19 Mar 2012, 01:41

98 v70 glt

What about if you just bought a car and the light is on.
Where do you start? Dealership to scan, dealership to clear code? $100+ each way?

You guys are freakin great!! Volvo community that is!
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