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Ď02 Honda Accord SRS Light

Q: I have a Ď02 Honda Accord. I took it to an upholstery shop to redo the drivers seat. After the seat was reinstalled, the SRS light came on. I tried to disconnect the battery cable and fuse, it didnít work. I took it to the shop, and he found multiple codes, he tried to reset it, by a jumper wire connecting it to a yellow terminal, above the brake pedal, but he could not turn it off. So, what could be the problem? Either he could not find the right terminal for MES, or there is a damaged sensor. Could you tell me, where this terminal exactly is and how could it be reset? I am an engineer; I may be able to do it myself.

A: What were those codes? Any chance those multiple codes may have been related to the driverís side seat? The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) is Hondaís wordage for the air bag system. The SRS computer needs to know if the seat belt is fastened and needs to know about the seat belt tensioner. Why does the SRS computer need to know this stuff? In the event you bump into something faster than you should the SRS computer steps in and tightens the seat belt. Honda states it like this ďThe seat belt tensioner is linked with the SRS airbags to further increase the effectiveness of the seat belt. In a front- end collision, the tensioner instantly retracts the belt firmly to secure the occupants in their seatsĒ. Imagine itís kinda like having your Mom riding with you. My bet? When the driverís side seat was worked on, something wasnít plugged in right, wiring or a component was damaged. What you need to know is what the codes were. It is likely they will be related to the driverís seat. Until the diagnosis and the necessary repairs are performed the SRS warning light will remain on and your air bag system will not operate correctly. Your Mom would not be happy about that.

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