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Old 03-12-2008, 07:54 PM   #1
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anyone have their airbag light come on? today i left school and noticed it stayed on. the manual says bring it to the dealer... like everything else. or can i just reset the ecu and be ok? i really dont wanna have to go back to stock, yea i know its only stage 2 but the dealership will probably give me a hard time about it
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:16 PM   #2
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber.

Oh and this should go in the Electrical Forum...
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:08 PM   #3
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Hi unabomber- can you help me? I just bought '02 WRX from used car dealer with airbag light on intermittently. Subaru service found code 42. In reading threads I see that it may mean mean faulty sensor or wiring on driver side, but am I wrong? This is my kid's car and I can't risk having him drive it with bad air bags. How do I locate the wires to check? what color might they be? exactly where would they be? Service guy says he can't do anything unless light comes on again. But I don't want my kid driving around with a faulty airbag system. Anyone with advice please weigh in- and thank you from a nervous mom
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:06 PM   #4
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber.

Oh and this should go in the Electrical Forum...
i have a problem with my subaru wrx 2005 i changed the seat then air bag light came on.. can someone help me...
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Old 06-27-2011, 09:35 PM   #5
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber.

Oh and this should go in the Electrical Forum...
Score one more for Unabomber.

My fatass father sat in the seat and i bet he jargoned something. Pushed the two yellow connectors together on the passenger side and it's gone.

Last time he gets in the car...
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Old 08-15-2011, 01:17 PM   #6
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Score one more for Unabomber.

My fatass father sat in the seat and i bet he jargoned something. Pushed the two yellow connectors together on the passenger side and it's gone.

Last time he gets in the car...
Same issue with my 04 STI although in my case it was the wife. Thanks Unabomber!
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Old 08-22-2011, 04:08 PM   #7
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Question for the guys that did this, are you disconnecting your battery first before you do this ?

I always disconnect battery when working with any of the seatbelt/airbag/anything electrical stuff. Just curious if thats step #1 still for this fix.

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Old 01-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #8
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Score one more for Unabomber.
If you get codes 41 and 42 on either a Forester or Impreza this would point to the yellow electrical connectors under the front seats of these cars(one code for each seat) there is a fix from Subaru, I can't remember but I think its a service bulletin, telling you to remove the wires out of the connectors and solder the terminals on to the wires then refit them back into new connectors, which should be supplied in a kit from Subaru. The kit costs about $20 or so from any Subaru parts store.Hope this helps out and is not to confusing?? When the airbag does its self check the light will go out.
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Old 06-18-2012, 04:30 PM   #9
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber..

dude, you are amazing had my airbag light pop on this morning and after doing all the diagnostic from alldata, watching youtube and ripping my hair out i found this thread and you totally fixed my problem, thanks so much Unabomber
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Old 07-12-2012, 07:46 AM   #10
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber.

Oh and this should go in the Electrical Forum...
^ Worked for me. Searched "Airbag light".
This was the first thread I clicked. Thanks Unabomber.
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Old 08-15-2012, 01:07 AM   #11
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Hey guys, im brand new here, looking to purchase an '04 WRX and the one I'm serious about right now has nothing wrong with it except the airbag light comes on from time to time. Is this something that anyone here has experience with in regards to possible repairs besides wire connections? I'd like to know how much money I will possibly have to put into it if theres a legit problem. Right now the price is okay at $9,200 with 120k miles. But I dont wanna have to put another grand into it right off the bat
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber.

Oh and this should go in the Electrical Forum...
Thanks a bunch Unabomber, worked right away!
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #13
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Just check the yellow connectors under your seats. Grab each one and smoosh the two sides of the connectors toward each other on the passenger and driver's seats and I'm placing 2:1 odds the light will go off and you will mentally thank someone from VA Beach with the username Unabomber.

Oh and this should go in the Electrical Forum...

I have a 04 STi with 40K on the ODO, and it's still one of my favorite cars that I own. I've done a Gumball, BullRun, & Players Run, and I wouldn't hesitate to drive it around the world. The airbag light has plagued me for years coming on and off. Why I didn't come here for real info has me chapped. Subaru could never find out definitively why it was on, and the whole time it was nothing more than from me switching seats. Sonofabiotch! Thought I'd post up - since I just usually lurk for info - that sometimes we need to be reminded that it's usually just a simple fix.

Thank you Nasoic! Drive hard and have fun!
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:25 PM   #14
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unabomber you are the man, how do you know so much. sorry for posting in the wrong area.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:43 PM   #15
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Actually it's a Maintenance item-
Resetting the ECU does nothing for an airbag light/code. Airbag codes are set and stored in the airbag control module and you can't clear them by disconnecting the battery.
It is possible to read the code by using the diagnostic procedure in the service manual, whereby you plug the diagnostic connectors together and count the flashes of the airbag light. Alternately the code can be read by the dealer using their scanner. Once the code is known, the source of the problem can be identified.
Anyway if you're already done what Unabomber suggested and it worked, just file this info away for another time if it happens again.
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Old 03-12-2008, 09:29 PM   #16
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yea connecting them worked, but thanks for the info mulder
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Old 04-30-2008, 04:02 PM   #17
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is there a reference somewhere that will tell me what each code means once i have identified the codes that are present?
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Old 04-30-2008, 05:17 PM   #18
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i found it... my good buddy ken gilbert had it listed...

dont want to link to it and i cant manually type each one, but i'll list the ones that i have in case anyone else has the same in the future...

codes along with the possible causes listed

12
-main harness circuit is open or shorted
-module harness (passenger) circuit is open or shorted
-passenger airbag module is faulty
-airbag control module is faulty

31 + 32 (L+R)
-front sub sensor harness shorted or open
-subsensor is faulty
-airbag control module is faulty

41 + 42 (L+R)
-side airbag harness
-side airbag module
-airbag control module

51 + 52 (L+R)
-side airbag sensor
-side airbag harness
-airbag control module

71 + 72
(need to reference a newer service manual to get this answer)

anyone see a common denominator? i've got a spare airbag control module i'm going to try to swap in to see if that wipes out all my problems...
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Old 02-17-2009, 12:55 PM   #19
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Thanks Unabomber, your solution worked for me too. Had me worried this morning since I've only had the car for a little over a week. Is there a logical explanation to this problem besides the fact that the wires got wiggled loose a bit? Is this something I should expect to happen again, and if so should I have it checked out? (i'm still under dealer warranty)
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Old 05-07-2009, 03:36 PM   #20
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I had to register on this forum just to say thank you for this!
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:50 PM   #21
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I also registered with NASIOC just to say: Thank you!
My 2006 9-2x was delivered from Connecticut today and the previous owner didn't disclose the airbag light. When I confronted him he told me it was like that when he bought it. The Saab dealer couldn't figure it out and told him there were no error codes.
So I googled, read this thread, and found a dangling airbag connector under the driver's seat. The light is out now! Thanks again Unabomber!
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:07 PM   #22
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Unabomber you are the man. Mine went off today at lunch and like you said 2:1 odds. Sure enought it is. Thanks a lot.
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Old 06-21-2009, 02:02 AM   #23
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so what about a light that comes on a 99rs, with STi dash and 05 swap. no airbag seats?
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Old 06-21-2009, 08:12 PM   #24
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so what about a light that comes on a 99rs, with STi dash and 05 swap. no airbag seats?
same here...i'd like to know about this too..
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Old 06-29-2009, 02:06 PM   #25
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Just bought '02 WRX from used car dealer with airbag light on intermittently. Subaru service found code 42. In reading threads I see that it may mean mean faulty sensor or wiring on driver side, but am I wrong? This is my kid's car and I can't risk having him drive it with bad air bags. How do I locate the wires to check? what color might they be? exactly where would they be? Service guy says he can't do anything unless light comes on again. But I don't want my kid driving around with a faulty airbag system. Anyone with advice please weigh in- and thank you from a nervous mom
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