Buy Now | Log In | ALLDATA Corporate Site | AutoZone.com
Back To Home Page
Log In To Your Subscription
Go To ALLDATA Back Home
Buy A Subscription! Back Home About ALLDATA Information View Sample Vehicles Read Testimonials View Factory Service Bulletins and Recall Titles Contact Us
Dowload Our Navigation Chart
February 2015: New vehicles added including 2014 GM.
• View New Vehicles
October 2014: Release of 2013 along with initial 2014 Vehicles
• View Vehicles
View All News and Updates:
• Go To News
Tech Tips
  Read All Tech Tips

ALLDATA Tech Articles Are Updated Weekly
• View All Tech Articles

  Dodge Durango: Brake Pulsation Problems In Paul's Durango
• Read Dodge Article
 
Fixing A Smelly Audi Audi Tech Tip: A4 begins to Smell caused by a Faulty Hose Composition
• Read Audi Article
Why Do You Need To Change Your Timing Belt? Why Replace Your Timing Belt
• Read Belt Article
Jim Grant Tech Tips Jim Grant Tech Tips
A collection of helpful articles based on reader submissions
Home >> Featured Tech Articles >> Go Back
   
  Jim Grant's Tech TipsJim Grant's Tech Tips
Below is a collection of Jim Grant's Tech Tips sorted by Vehicle Make. These Tech Tips were answers to questions submitted to Jim by ALLDATAdiy.com users over the course of many years.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email us.
 
 

Miscellaneous
Acura
Audi
Buick
Cadillac
Chevy
Chrysler

Dodge/Plymouth
Ford
GMC
Geo
Hyundai
Honda
Isuzu

Jeep
Lexus
Lincoln - Mercury
Mazda
Mercedes
Mitsubishi
Nissan
Oldsmobile
Pontiac
Saturn
Subaru
Toyota
Volkswagen
 
   
  Jim Grant's Tech Tips

'97 Chevy Venture, Air Bag Light

Q: I had the steering rack changed on my ‘97 Chevy Venture. I'm in the Navy, and now me and my Venture are in Spain. What happened is, when they changed the steering rack they didn't do it right and somehow triggered the airbag light. The airbag didn't go off, but the light came on. What I want to know is how do I reset the system so that the light will go off?

A: What you first need to know is why the air bag warning light is on. I suspect that the code reported will be for a component called a SIR coil. The SIR coil is often times called a clock spring. This component, which is located in the steering column, has several wraps of wire that look much like the spring in a clock. This assembly allows for one end to be connected to the wiring harness for the air bag system and the other end to be connected to the air bag in the steering wheel. The wraps of wire allow for the steering wheel to be turned to the left or right for obvious reasons. What often happens is when a steering rack is replaced the steering wheel is rotated one way or the other without the steering rack connected. The clock spring of wire can only go so many turns one way or the other before it breaks. When the wire is broken, on comes the air bag warning light. Whenever a steering rack is being replaced in an air bag equipped vehicle the steering wheel must be locked to prevent incorrect winding of the wire for the air bag.

 
     
Have any Questions About ALLDATAdiy.com? Please Email Us
Buy Now | Log In | About | Sample Vehicles | Testimonials | Join Affiliate Program