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#5524 of 5565 Re: 7 Year Report [newhartford]
Jun 04, 2010 (6:47 pm)
My 2004 GT still has the original exhaust, but I replaced the rear brakes at about 45k and just replaced the battery. The car was starting OK, but at the last oil change the dealer said the battery tested weak, and with my son taking it to college in August, in MN, and parking it outside all the time and not driving it much, I figured $85 for a new battery was a good idea--six winters on the old one wasn't too bad. Had a hard time finding a replacement though--AutoZone had them in stock however.
Re rust--no signs of rust on my '04 despite living in the Rust Belt, lots of road salt used here. The secret I think is frequent washing in the winter, plus touching up any nicks as soon as possible, and waxing of course. I am lucky that a local gas station has an all-cloth automatic wash that is only $5 for a basic wash with fillup. That is a godsend in the winter.
Jul 06, 2010 (3:46 pm)
Hey folks, I have an interesting dilemma. My airbag light came on recently, and after being checked out by my trusted mechanic, it has been determined that the passenger side seat-mounted airbag needs to be replaced. Why the airbag? Why not a connection or something else? Why would a never-deployed airbag go "bad" and need replacing? Dealer says the seatback needs replacing, and my mechanic said he'd look for a seatback in a salvage yard and use the airbag. Any thoughts on this? Has anyone else here had the light come on?
Friday will mark 9 years with this sweet car, at nearly 105,000 miles (2001 GLS, 5 speed). Rust is making its way around the inner edges of the wheel wells and bubbling up a bit on the surface, and also at the rearmost edge of the rocker panel on the driver's side. Will have to decide on some bodywork soon, but otherwise this car has been soooooo very good. I'm quite pleased, and hope to have the same good service from the 2012 model I hope to buy.
#5526 of 5565 Re: Airbag [jimbeaumi]
Jul 06, 2010 (7:34 pm)
A friend had to replace an airbag in a Mitsubishi under the same conditions. He was told that the bag isn't the issue, but that the computer monitors the igniter resistance and if it falls outside of a pre-determined range, the light comes on and the bag (with the igniter) must be replaced. The thought behind this is that the igniter may not fire the bag explosive. A wreck would be a terrible time to determine you had a dud!
Durndest thing I had ever heard of!
BTW, I assume the wiring under the seat was checked to make sure the harness hadn't been damaged or unplugged?
#5527 of 5565 Re: Airbag [jlflemmons]
Jul 07, 2010 (4:31 pm)
Thanks, jlflemmons ... I am not sure that the under-seat wiring was checked, but I can look for myself with a mirror and flashlight. I do know that nothing has been shoved under the seat to dislodge the wiring, but maybe it happened long ago and is just now loose enough to make a difference.
Any ideas about how they know which airbag, or is it part of the OBD system?
I can always put my passengers in the back seat. Or the trunk.
#5528 of 5565 Re: Airbag [jimbeaumi]
Jul 07, 2010 (6:45 pm)
Had a back seat passenger lately? One who may have put their feet under the seat and dislodged the harness? A stretch, I know, but stranger things ...
The airbag is a different system and cannot be read by a conventional OBDII scanner. A special scan tool is used for the airbag system, or at least it was on my buddies car.
Aug 07, 2010 (7:16 am)
After last week's wash and vacuum, I noticed that the airbag light had gone out again. The seats get moved back and forth so that I can vacuum as much of the carpeting as possible, so I tried an experiment when I got home. With the engine running, I moved the passenger seat back and forth slowly, and sure enough, the light goes on and off accordingly. Now I need to get under there and find out which wire is the problem and WHAT the issue is -- corrosion, loose connection, etc.
#5530 of 5565 Re: Airbag Update [jimbeaumi]
Aug 07, 2010 (8:42 am)
Those seats are held in by four easy to access bolts. Slide the seat back, and you can easily reach the fronts, slide it forward, and the back bolts are in plain sight. Just be careful you don't stress the harness when you tilt the seat. I seem to recall that tilting them backwards into the rear gives the easiest harness access.
#5531 of 5565 Light Problem 2001 Elantra
Oct 19, 2010 (7:43 am)
I appear to have a problem with my turn signal switch and dashboard lights. When using the turn signals my dashboard lights will go out, and I have to tap the turn signal arm to get them back on. I am considering replacing the turn signal switch but wonder if it could be a wiring problem not directly related to the switch. Also my tach functions intermittently but I do not know if this is related. Any ideas?
#5532 of 5565 O2 Sensor
Oct 19, 2010 (8:16 pm)
Can someone please help with my 02 sensor frustration? I feel really dumb. Check engine light was coming on forever on my 2005 Elantra... so I checked the code and got P2626. Looked it up and it says it should be the oxygen sensor. Thinking I'm smart, I went and bought the upstream sensor from Autozone. When I opened the hood, I immediately saw what I thought to be the oxygen sensor that needed to be replaced right next to the oil dipstick. But, when I removed the connector, I found that it was much larger than the connector on the sensor I bought from the store. So (sure that what I was looking at on the engine was the oxygen sensor) I went back to the store and returned the oxygen sensor that I had just bought for the other one that is meant for this car. Brought that one home, and it didn't fit either... So, what am I messing up? Below is a (low quality, sorry) picture of what I have been thinking is the sensor that needs to be replaced. Is that where I'm wrong? Where the heck is this thing then? Thanks for your help... try not to make fun of me too much... well, ok... guess I deserve it.
#5533 of 5565 Re: O2 Sensor [srs7]
Oct 21, 2010 (5:31 am)
Well, that is the O2 sensor. But when checking other auto parts sites, there are several different sensors shown. You might want to try O'Reilly's or Advance. Not trying to start a flame-war here, but Autozone is at the bottom of my list for parts, especially sensors. I even had an Autozone employee tell me to go to the dealer for a crankshaft position sensor because, in his words, "ours sensors are not very good". He probably could have gotten fired for that, but I later had a tricky problem that was root-caused to be a defective cam sensor that was out of spec, right out of the box.
Some things you just have to go to the manufacturer to be sure you are getting the right part.