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Feb
07

Is it safe to re-connect a disconnected SRS (airbag) wire?

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I recently bought a used 1997 Honda Accord V6. The dash SRS light was on, so I was going to reset the SRS light by using the paperclip method at the MES connector. However, upon looking under the dash at the base of my steering column, I could see that the airbag plugs (both yellow with 2 wires each) were disconnected. I haven’t reset the light yet since it will obviously still go back on with these wires not connected.

I don’t know why they are disconnected but the car does have a remote starter installed in it so I don’t know if whoever installed it would have needed to disconnect the plug and forgot to plug it back together or what. What could be reasons as to why this plug was disconnected in the first place?

The dealer wants $135 just to look at it. If it could be as simple as just re-connecting the plugs and resetting the SRS light I can do that myself.

I read that messing with the SRS system could be dangerous, ie airbags deploying etc. Would this also apply to just simply reconnecting the already disconnected plugs/harness?

Just make sure you disconnect the battery before you connect it back up. I’ve personally never seen one get set off by plugging it in with the battery still hooked up but wouldn’t be a bad idea as a safety measure.

EDIT- The only thing a shop is going to do is exactly what I stated. The air bag was probably disconnected during the remote start installation. Secondly any time there is an air bag fault and the light is turned on, the whole system is disabled. There are many checks that the Air bag module has to go through before deeming it necessary to deploy the air bag. If you remove the battery terminal and reconnect the plug, then re hook the battery up and if the bag deploys, then you are away from it any way. If there is a problem with the bag then it disables the system again and will not deploy regardless. Take some advice from someone that IS certified and not some car collector…

  1. Jak Said,

    it is safe to connect and disconnect it.
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  2. Skyhook- Said,

    Just make sure you disconnect the battery before you connect it back up. I’ve personally never seen one get set off by plugging it in with the battery still hooked up but wouldn’t be a bad idea as a safety measure.

    EDIT- The only thing a shop is going to do is exactly what I stated. The air bag was probably disconnected during the remote start installation. Secondly any time there is an air bag fault and the light is turned on, the whole system is disabled. There are many checks that the Air bag module has to go through before deeming it necessary to deploy the air bag. If you remove the battery terminal and reconnect the plug, then re hook the battery up and if the bag deploys, then you are away from it any way. If there is a problem with the bag then it disables the system again and will not deploy regardless. Take some advice from someone that IS certified and not some car collector…
    References :
    6 years exp. ASE cert

  3. Ernesto Alvarez Said,

    yeah but before you do that make sure to disconnects the positive cable of the battery and wait one minute before to work on the airbag.
    References :
    experience.

  4. Jeff R Said,

    No, DO NOT re-connect the air bag harness without having it checked out by a licensed shop. It has been dis-connected for a reason. There could be underlying problems that some one didn’t want to fix before.
    Did you buy the car knowing it had a problem? If so, then the monkey is on your back, unless you can prove wrong doing by the person/dealer that sold it to you.
    Either way, the air bag system is not a system to be played with at all. It can hurt you in a bad way. Anyone who has any knowledge of the systems will tell you to get it looked at before you plug it in, not give you advice on how to plug it in and clear the codes.

    EDIT: Like I said, beware of anyone telling you to just hook it back up, after all, it isn’t them that have to deal with the consequences of the air bag going off while driving down the road, do they?
    Anyone suggesting there is no problem, without looking at it first, is not trained in these systems and is an idiot and doesn’t care if you get hurt or not, or if you hurt or kill someone else or not.

    EDIT: Skyhook is not ASE certified or he would know better than to tell you just connect the wires. Like I said, he doesn’t have to face the consequences when the bag malfunctions. Oh, by the way, I’m not just a car collector, I also am ASE certified and own my own (huge) body shop and also know that there are legal responsibilities when it comes to the air bag systems, and that you cannot just tell someone to plug it back in and there won’t be any problems. If skyhook were ASE certified, he would know better. Yes, you can do as he says, and it (could) work, but what if it doesn’t? What if the system has a problem? What if when you hook the battery up and it deploys the air bag? You have a very expensive fix on your hands. What if everything works fine and dandy until about two weeks later, the air bag all of a sudden deploys when your going down the freeway? It has happened on faulty systems. Are you going to call skyhook and tell him he gave you bad advice? how do you hold him legally responsible for giving you bad advice? Also, if you take it to a shop, they will put someone on it that knows what to look for. If something goes wrong, then the shop will be responsible.
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    T/A Collector

  5. rick29148 Said,

    Boy, I’d stay away from that one. No telling why the bag was unhooked, but re-connecting it could pop that puppy right in your face. Because a real replacement air bag can get expensive, like maybe 500 bucks, people do weird things to keep from spending the $$$. Also, there are fake air bags out there – They look good to an untrained eye, but inside they are just full of card board. I’d let a trained pro be the first one to touch those two wires together ….
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  6. Mark Rupert Said,

    i would say go for it if it didn’t go off when it was hooked up before it shouldn’t now. i don’t see any reason it should have been unplugged. if you do hook it back up disconnect the battery and pull the fuse first and keep your face clear of the airbag in case it goes off.
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