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Reset airbag light, clear airbag codes

Reset airbag light, clear airbag codes

Acura

Acura vehicles made prior to 2006
Airbag codes can be read using a jumper wire. Count the flashes on the airbag dash light. Each code is two digits and is counted by quick flashes and pauses. So a flash, flash, pause, flash equates to a code 21 on the fault code chart. Clear the codes with a jumper wire or by a specific brand scanner.

Acura vehicles made after 2006 and vehicles equipped with an Occupant Classification System (OCS), require a vehicle specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Audi
Audi airbag codes can only be read and cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner such as V-Checker, Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

BMW

BMW airbag codes can only be read cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner such as Peake Research Corp and Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Peake,Launch

Buick
Buick airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Cadillac
Cadillac airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Chevrolet
Chevrolet airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an airbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Chrysler
Chrysler airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC. Chrysler vehicles with Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.

Daewoo
Daewoo airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an airbag specific scan tool such as the Launch

Dodge
Dodge airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC. Chrysler vehicles with Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset

Ford

Ford vehicles made prior to 2005 use Flash Codes–the airbag light would flash a 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. However, some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models that DO NOT use flash codes at all). Each code is two digits and is counted by quick flashes and pauses. So a flash, flash, pause, flash equates to a code 21 on the fault code chart. The system will clear itself once the fault is corrected.

Ford vehicles made after 2005 require a scan tool to read the codes, configure the controller and/or clear the light. Use a scan tool like Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

GMC
GMC airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Honda

Honda vehicles made prior to 2006
Airbag codes can be read using a jumper wire. Count the flashes on the airbag dash light. Each code is two digits and is counted by quick flashes and pauses. So a flash, flash, pause, flash equates to a code 21 on the fault code chart. Clear the codes with a jumper wire or by a specific brand scanner.

Honda vehicles made after 2006 and vehicles equipped with an Occupant Classification System (OCS), require a vehicle specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Hummer
Hummer airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Hyundai
Hyundai airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scan tool such as OTC, Launch

Infiniti
Infiniti vehicles use flash Codes. Airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with the door jamb switch on earlier models, with the ignition key on later models, or a scanner on all models

Isuzu
Isuzu airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch. Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.

Jeep
Jeep airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC. Chrysler vehicles with Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.

Kia
Kia airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scan tool such as OTC, Launch

Lexus
Lexus uses flash codes. Airbag codes can be read by using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or by a scanner. Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset. Scan tools capable of reading and resetting codes are Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Lincoln
Lincoln vehicles made prior to 2005 use Flash Codes–the airbag light would flash a 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. However, some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models that DO NOT use flash codes at all). Each code is two digits and is counted by quick flashes and pauses. So a flash, flash, pause, flash equates to a code 21 on the fault code chart. The system will clear itself once the fault is corrected.

Lincoln vehicles made after 2005 require a scan tool to read the codes, configure the controller and/or clear the light. Use a scan tool like Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Mazda
Mazda airbag codes can be read by reading flash codes or with an Airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch. There Mazda models that DO NOT use flash codes at all. Count the flashes on the airbag dash light. Each code is two digits and is counted by quick flashes and pauses. So a flash, flash, pause, flash equates to a code 21 on the fault code chart.

Mercedes Benz
Mercedes Benz airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, Launch

Mercury
Mercury vehicles made prior to 2005 use Flash Codes–the airbag light would flash a 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. However, some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models that DO NOT use flash codes at all). Each code is two digits and is counted by quick flashes and pauses. So a flash, flash, pause, flash equates to a code 21 on the fault code chart. The system will clear itself once the fault is corrected.

Mercury vehicles made after 2005 require a scan tool to read the codes, configure the controller and/or clear the light. Use a scan tool like Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

MINI
Mini airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scan tool such as Peake Research Corp, Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Peake, Launch

Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scanner

Nissan
Nissan uses flash codes –Airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with the door jamb switch on earlier models, with the ignition key on later models, or a scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Pontiac
Pontiac airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Saab
Saab vehicles made prior to 1996 require a Saab specific scan tool.
Saab vehicles made after 1996 airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Saturn
Saturn airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an sirbag specific scan tools such as Maxdiag, Autel,

Scion
Scion uses flash codes –Airbag codes can be read by using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or scanner. Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset. Scan tools are Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Subaru
Subaru airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scanner. The only non-dealer scan tool that works is the Launch

Suzuki
Suzuki airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scan tool such as OTC, Launch

Toyota
Toyota uses flash codes. Airbag codes can be read by using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or scanner. Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset. Scan tools that can be used are Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Volkswagen
Volkswagen airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scan tool such as V-Checker, Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Volvo
Volvo airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scan tool such as Maxdiag, Autel, Launch

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