Hello I'm Paul and I will help you with an Answer to your Question
this code is most often caused by a problem with the connector under the driver seat
make sure there is nothing under the driver seat and clean the connector clear the code and see if it comes back
if the code returns it indicates a problem with the driver side , side airbag
Will the connector be easy to spot?
most often is a connector issue under driver seat.
should be rather easy to locate I do not have a diagram
if you look under the driver seat you should locate it
disconnect the negative battery before unplugging it
Will it look like a cable or cord somewhat?
stand by one second and I will see if I can get an exact location on it
under the driver seat you will find a 2 wire connector with a BROWN and a YELLOW/W BLACK STRIPE...
this is the driver side , side air bag
if connector checks out your looking at an issue with the side airbag
So I should disconnect it, clean it with a tissue (?), reconnect it, then clear the code and drive it, hoping that the light doesn't come back on . . . right?
I would clean it with electrical parts cleaner (not electrical motor cleaner) . if there is stuff under the seat like loose items then this is your problem... also add whats called contact enhancer to the terminals if possible... if you have anything under the seat interfearing with the wires this is the most common cause.
is it clean under the seat?
There is nothing that I am aware of under the seat. So I will concentrate on cleaning the terminals and hope that will take care of the problem.
ok make sure there is no tension on the wires anything pulling on the wires can also set the code
if wires and connector seem ok its a problem with the driver side side airbag you can verify by installing a 2 ohm resistor in place of the airbag and if code goes away the bag is bad
I will get to it first thing in the morning when there is light out. Thank you for giving me hope that I may get away without too costly a repair.
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