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Pesky Airbag light!!

I have an 05 NISMO Frontier king cab. I bought it after it was wrecked and fixed and am having troubles getting the airbag light to go off. I installed the new module and can't get the airbag light to stop flashing. I can get it to the diagnostic mode but then I'm stumped.
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Take it to your local dealership. They should be able to clear the code for free.

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Take it to your local dealership. They should be able to clear the code for free.
There is no need to take it to the stealership. Most will charge you to reset it. I recentally added the PAC Nissan AAI-NIS2 aux audio input and my airbag light was flashing after the install. I didn't read all the instructions completely before installing. The instructions clearly state to disconnect the battery. I didn't see any need for it until after I was finished. I started my vehicle and I had the airbag light indicator blinking. I did a quick google and found the solution without having to go to the dealer. I did a search on this forum and couldn't find a solution. Sorry if this is on this forum somewhere but I couldn't find it. Here is the reset method and it worked for my 2005 Frontier.


RESET METHOD:

If you have the airbag light blinking here is how to reset it:

1. Turn the key from off to on.

2. Watch the airbag light closely. It will stay on for a few secs. and then as soon as it blinks off (the start of the flashing), turn the key off instantly.

3. Count to 5 (1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi . . . .)

4. Repeat steps 1-3 two more times until you have done the cycle three times.

5. Now turn the key on and watch the light. It will start blinking in a different, slower manner. This is diagnostic mode. You can watch this for a little while, no hurry.

6. Now turn the key off again, Count to 5 like in step 3 again, and turn back on. If the procedure worked, the airbag light will not be flashing.

If it does not work the first time, just repeat the steps again.

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There is no need to take it to the stealership. Most will charge you to reset it. I recentally added the PAC Nissan AAI-NIS2 aux audio input and my airbag light was flashing after the install. I didn't read all the instructions completely before installing. The instructions clearly state to disconnect the batter. I didn't see any need for it until after I was finished. I started my vehicle and I had the airbag light indicator blinking. I did a quick google and found the solution without having to go to the dealer. I did a search on this forum and couldn't find a solution. Sorry if this is on this forum somewhere but I couldn't find it. Here is the reset method and it worked for my 2005 Frontier.


RESET METHOD:

If you have the airbag light blinking here is how to reset it:

1. Turn the key from off to on.

2. Watch the airbag light closely. It will stay on for a few secs. and then as soon as it blinks off (the start of the flashing), turn the key off instantly.

3. Count to 5 (1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi . . . .)

4. Repeat steps 1-3 two more times until you have done the cycle three times.

5. Now turn the key on and watch the light. It will start blinking in a different, slower manner. This is diagnostic mode. You can watch this for a little while, no hurry.

6. Now turn the key off again, Count to 5 like in step 3 again, and turn back on. If the procedure worked, the airbag light will not be flashing.

If it does not work the first time, just repeat the steps again.
After my in-dash DVD was installed, I had the same problem and took it right back to the installers. They did the above mentioned steps (took him a few times) and it eventually turned off the light. Good luck man. If you can't figure it out, most car stereo places could tackle it for you free of charge.
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After my in-dash DVD was installed, I had the same problem and took it right back to the installers. They did the above mentioned steps (took him a few times) and it eventually turned off the light. Good luck man. If you can't figure it out, most car stereo places could tackle it for you free of charge.
My response above is misleading then. I was posting to say this is what I used to reset the blinking airbag light. It worked the first time around.
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Thanks for this thread guys, my airbag light came on after I changed my oil. I my have hit the front airbag sensor while struggling with the stupid oil filter. Long story short, I followed the above mentioned procedure and it worked. It saved me a trip to the dealer.
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Gotta love the search button!

I had this issue for over a year now. I googled with no luck a long time ago, and refused to take it to a dealer. It happened right after I had a stereo installed (by a shop too).

Thanks for the step by step, it worked perfectly the first try!
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Glad to be of help. I only go to the dealer when all else fails and i can't find a solution using Google. That Google guy sure is smart isn't he?
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Do not work any more

I had this problem too after changing my radio. I tryed this procedure (above) and it worked well tought I add to do it at least one more time after having fixed it. Now, I am having this stupid light on again along with the passender airbag light on. Can not shut it down with this above technique....Any suggestion ?

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Again, I foudn this using Google. I would think after you have reset it once and it comes back then you have another issue besides an accidental incident causing the light to start blinking. The info below will tell you have to check what code is causing the issue. I haven't tried this since mine hasn't come back on but its worth a shot.

Checking Airbag Codes!

If your airbag light flashes after 7 secs, then you need to run the airbag diagnostic codes, if your airbag light does not shut off after 7 secs then the airbag ECM needs to be replaced. To run the codes you must enter the first diagnostic mode, from there you can read the number of light flashed to see what the problem is. The second diagnostic mode is meant to show what codes have been cleared, and is not useful for diagnosing problem.

There are 3 modes for the airbag ECM diagnostic unit:
User (Normal)
Present (Diagnostic Mode 1)
Initial (Diagnostic Mode 2)


User (Normal):
This is the mode your car is in when it is not in diagnostic mode, it needs to be left in this mode for proper use of the SRS system, be sure to return the ECM to this mode after completing diagnostics.
Present (Diagnostic Mode 1):
This mode will display the codes causing the error in the SRS system, the number of short flashes of the airbag light corresponds to the error code.
Initial (Diagnostic Mode 2):
This mode is only useful to see what codes have been cleared, it will also show what code is causing the problem.

Most people, if ever, will only need to enter mode 1, follow the instructions below, simply ignoring the mode 2 instructions.

To enter Diagnostic Mode 1 you will need to activate the drivers side door switch(located in the door jamb near the latch striker) at least 5 times within 7 seconds after the ignition is turn to on.

To enter Diagnostic Mode 2 you will need to turn the key off then back to on, then activate the drivers side door switch once AFTER the ignition has been turned on for 7 secs.

To exit Diagnostic Mode 2 you will need to turn the key off then back to on, then activate the drivers side door switch once AFTER the ignition has been turned on for 7 secs.

To exit Diagnostic Mode 1 you will need to turn the key off then back to on, then activate the drivers side door switch(located in the door jamb near the latch striker) at least 5 times within 7 seconds after the ignition is turn to on.

Now for a visualadaptation from the FSM)

Before switching between the modes shown above remember to turn the key off then on, otherwise the system cannot accept the door switch inputs.

After switching to mode 1 the "Airbag" light will flash once long, indicating the code series is about to start, the following number of short flashes is the number of the code causing the error in the SRS system. If the airbag light flashes on for 2 secs and off for 3 secs then that indicates no problem, or an intermittent problem.

1- Safing Sensor circuit is out of order.
2- Driver's air bag module circuit is out of order.
3- Tunnel sensor circuit is out of order.
4- Right crash zone sensor circuit is out of order.
5- Left crash zone sensor circuit is out of order.
6- Center crash zone sensor circuit is out of order.
7- Diagnosis unit is out of order.
8- Front Passenger air bag module circuit is out of order.
9- More than 2 parts of the SRS system are out of order.
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