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Old 10-14-2011, 10:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2005 Canyon Airbag waring light stays on at all times. Is there a troubleshooting that can be done before getting broke by the dealer
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Old 10-15-2011, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Get someone with a scanner that can read air bag codes. The code will tell you exactly what the failure is.

I just went through this with my 2005 and the problem was the clockspring in the steering wheel. Usually, but not always, when the clockspring fails the the horn also does not work. On mine the horn still worked but it failed a couple of months later. I suggest you try the horn and see if it works. If it doesn't then you can bet the clock spring is broken. If is not a bad job to replace it. It took me about 1 hour. A word of warning there are several different clockspring part numbers so be careful when ordering a replacement. I had a difficult time finding exactly which part number applied to my Collie. The GM stealer wants some astronomical price for a replacement. After a lot of Internet work I ended up finding a GM one for $105.

There are many other things that can cause your air bag light. I just mentioned the clock spring because that is what failed on mine. You need to find someone with a scanner that will read the supplemental restraint system codes and go from there.

Good luck. I drove around with mine bad for about 6 months before I finally fixed it.
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Also make sure there is nothing under the front seats that may have affected the wiring harness.

On a long night drive to Vegas, my buddy with big feet was trying to get comfortable and kicked the harness loose under the passenger seat. The airbag light came on immediately. He moved around again and it went off. I looked under the seat at our next stop and saw the harness hanging down. I made sure all the pins in the plug were tight and tucked the harness back up under the seat and problem solved.
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