Air Bag Diagnostics

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by GEO, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. GEO

    GEO Guest

    98 Impreza Outback Sport. Air bag light came on yesterday while wife
    was driving it. Never been on before except at start up. When I start
    the car and let it sit still, the light goes off as it should and stays
    off. When I turn the steering wheel the light comes on. Horn still
    works. I have a service manual on CD and it shows a drawing of the
    diagnostic connectors but I can't locate them to save my life! Are they
    a particular color? My diagram shows them to be close to the 2 green
    connectors. I want to read the codes so I can pass it on to the dealer
    if I have to take it to them. Anyone used these connectors? If so,
    please give me a hand.

    Thanks in advance
    GEO, Dec 18, 2006
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  2. GEO

    Blair Baucom Guest

    There is a clock spring which is like a flat ribbon cable that connects the
    wheel to the steering column that carries the deploy signal and any other
    signals from switches on the wheel back down the column. It rotates with the
    wheel and after so many turns they fail from fatigue. Sorry I don't have the
    diagnostic information, but it is quite a common event. Usually one side
    cracks and later moves all the way across, so your horn will work for a
    while longer.

    May be other cause, but this is most common.

    Blair Baucom, Dec 18, 2006
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