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Old 04-28-2011, 07:16 PM
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Having this issue with my 2006 dodge dakota, the air bag light in the cluster comes on when you start it and then goes off for a split second then comes back on and stays on... All fuses are fine.We had this issue where it would pop a air bag fuse if you sat in the passenger seat and pushed the seat all the way back, the light in the middle of the dash would come on until you replaced the fuse then it would all be working fine. Now just recently the air bag light on the cluster comes on and won't go off. I tried turning the passenger air bag off with the key switch but it doesn't show the light and it doesn't say it's off.

Also there is a after market radio that I had to tap switched power from the cigaret lighter.(Don't know if that could cause these issues)
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:41 PM
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When we had the passenger air bag issues a few years ago we had taken it into the dealer and they said everything was fine well today I decided to see if everything was "fine".

I found this

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I tapped the bad spot up and tapped the entire cluster of wires and replaced the fuse but still the light on the cluster was on.
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:39 PM
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Is it the yellow airbag light on the top of the radio bezel between the air vents or the red airbag light on the instrument cluster behind the steering wheel? If it's the red one, try disconnecting the battery for like 30 minutes (to let the residual charge dissipate), if your tape job fixed the problem there still might be a code in the computer that needs to be cleared. Sometimes if you do that, it will let the computer reset itself and it will go away.

I had a similar problem when I forgot to reconnect the yellow light above the radio, once I found that to be the issue and disconnected the battery, it went away.
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:11 PM
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Will have to try that and it's the red light in the instrument cluster.
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Old 04-29-2011, 04:44 PM
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Update: Left the battery disconnected for a few hours and the light still comes on in the cluster.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:24 PM
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I had the same problem and disconnecting the batt fixed it for me... did you disconnect the neg cable? The Pos cable removed wont clear the computer.
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Old 04-29-2011, 10:28 PM
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Had both cables off.
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:03 PM
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Also I've been reading that I could disconnect BOTH battery cables and touch them together and it will clear any codes but not hard fault codes?
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Old 04-29-2011, 11:19 PM
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I had the same problem and disconnecting the batt fixed it for me... did you disconnect the neg cable? The Pos cable removed wont clear the computer.
LOLWUT?

Disconnecting either the positive OR the negative will remove, AKA disconnect, the power supply from the vehicle. The effect to the vehicle will be the same.
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:51 AM
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LOLWUT?

Disconnecting either the positive OR the negative will remove, AKA disconnect, the power supply from the vehicle. The effect to the vehicle will be the same.
Hahaha Hey I dont understand it either but its what the dealer told me, something about it was how to drain the capacitors or something. I think it has more to do with not arcing the battery, but they said disconnecting the NEG was the only way to clear the codes....
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If disconnecting the battery doesnt clear it up my next guess would be that that short you found my have damaged the SRS module or caused a hard fault in the SRS system. I would recommend getting it looked at professionally. SRS systems can be touchy if you dont know what your doing when your poking around and you dont want to accidentally set off an air bag....
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Hahaha Hey I dont understand it either but its what the dealer told me, something about it was how to drain the capacitors or something. I think it has more to do with not arcing the battery, but they said disconnecting the NEG was the only way to clear the codes....
They are either lying to you, or as it is lately unfortunately, the new techs have no clue.

Like I said before disconnecting either positive OR negative battery cables will have the same effect on the truck. The power supply is disconnected from the vehicle.

Disconnecting the positive or negative supply for a capacitor will also allow it to drain.
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:21 PM
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Care to answer my last question
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Also I've been reading that I could disconnect BOTH battery cables and touch them together and it will clear any codes but not hard fault codes?

Ohhh, don't do that.

While it is unlikely anything would happen, I've been told that some vehicles could see this as a collision and set the air bags off.

Just disconnect one of the cables, I usually do the negative, but not always, and leave it off for about 5 minutes. It really shouldn't take more than a couple seconds to clear any soft codes, but if you want to be sure than 5 minutes is way more than long enough.
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Old 04-30-2011, 03:30 PM
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Thanks I'm starting to think that short did damage this time

What I hate is that the dealer said they checked everything and said it was fine.
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Yeah! My airbag light is on as well. I have to tear into it to yank the heater core today anyway so I will surely try to nail down a few of the other problems along with it. I have a constant door ajar light on and was told the drivers kick panel is where that problem usually arises. We will see.
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90% of the time in a Chrysler product, air bag light is caused by a worn clock spring. Replace it...
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Old 12-27-2011, 11:44 AM
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Yep! I found that out the hard way!
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Part of the steering column.
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