Jim Grant's Tech Tips
Nissan Maxima, Reset Airbag
After disconnecting the sensor on the glove box to replace
the heater fan resistor and reconnecting the sensor, once
completed, the airbag light now stays on. Is there a way
to clear this light? My car is a ’01 Nissan Maxima.
if you disconnected any airbag component to replace a heater
resistor in your Nissan Maxima, you went about it the wrong
way! Second, if you put things back together right the airbag
warning light would not be on. Your Nissan’s airbag
computer only turns the warning light on if the system has
a problem. So it is not a matter of just clearing codes,
something is broken. Air bag codes can be retrieved two
ways in your vehicle; computer scan tool or by specified
procedure of cycling the ignition switch. But once you have
that code what are you going to do with it? Air bag systems
are not something to play around with if you do not have
the training, equipment and information to work on them.
I’ve intentionally deployed an air bag for training
and let me tell you it is a very impressive event. You should
also know that an accidental deployment could be deadly.
My suggestion now is to take your vehicle to the dealer
or an independent repair facility that has the tools and
know-how to correctly diagnose and repair your air bag system.