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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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air bag light?

hi, i have a 2003 forester xt, iv just noticed that my airbag light has come on, dunno what has caused this, any suggestions what to look for to fix it?

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It's not uncommon for one of the plugs under the front seat has either gotten loose or dirty. Very first thing to do is find the harness under each seat (start with the drivers seat) and unplug then plug it back in. You can always find the airbag wires (SRS system) because they are bright yellow. Try that first and let us know.

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many thanx, il have to check first thing in the morning, as in uk it is late and dark, will let you know the outcome, thanx for your help.
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thanx, problem sorted. it was the plugs under the seat.
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Glad it was something simple, cheers :)

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I plan on examining this tonight! i hope it works :)

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I got nailed by this the other day. I had earlier been rummaging under the seat (to get my spray can of window cleaner to remove bird poop), so that's where I went first. The connectors were actually still together but apparently partially dislodged inside. One squeeze and all was OK.

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I keep one of those synthetic chamois in the car for bird poop. The rag stays damp in the plastic tube :)

I had the same thing happen to me, the light came on and I pushed on the harness and it went out. For good measure I just unplugged and plugged it back in.

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It's not uncommon for one of the plugs under the front seat has either gotten loose or dirty. Very first thing to do is find the harness under each seat (start with the drivers seat) and unplug then plug it back in. You can always find the airbag wires (SRS system) because they are bright yellow. Try that first and let us know.
Lol same problem today after I shapooed my carpets. Didn't realize until I was 2 miles down the road and the ugly airbag light was looking at me. Looked under the seat and the vacuum pulled one of the connectors out. 2 sec fix.

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It's not uncommon for one of the plugs under the front seat has either gotten loose or dirty. Very first thing to do is find the harness under each seat (start with the drivers seat) and unplug then plug it back in. You can always find the airbag wires (SRS system) because they are bright yellow. Try that first and let us know.
I have had this issue for about a year or more. Took it to three mechanics, no joy. All I had left was the dealership that $90 to look at the problem. I pushed the cables together at lunch today and the light went out!!! I think I see tears of joy on my wife's face!!!
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I thought you only pay someone to actually fix something?

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Okay, so I checked all the normal things. I unplugged all 3 plugs under the seats. (Why are there 2 under the driver's seat? I don't have power seats.) The light is still on. Is there a diagnosing proceedure beyond checking all the plugs? This car has had no accidents.

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Did you really mean to say 'unplugged'?

This can also be caused by a disconnected or broken 'clock spring,' which is the flexible cable that connects electrical stuff in the steering wheel to the rest of the Forester. Does your horn work?

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Unplugged and reseated all 3 plugs. Horn still works.

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I have a 2004. There is a TSB on this. The connector under driver's seat has a higher resistance connection than the computer monitoring system thinks is OK. The airbags should still work. Repair involves getting a new plastic part of the connector (easy to bend/break) and VERY CAREFULLY applying just enough solder to one side of the metal terminals after removing them from the plastic connector to make a better connection. IMHO it is a more delicate operation than many newer techs could do successfully without some practice.

I think I found this on scoobymods someplace. The H/C I kept doesn't have full web address. The TSB number shown is 17-01-04 dated 8/12/04 applicable to MY 2003 and 2004 thru VIN 4*737367.

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