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#1 Old Mar 21st, 2007, 11:38 AM
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Air bag light is flashing.

I woke up early today and walked outside, and I turned on my car, and to my dismay my air bag light turned on. I checked the fuse for the bags but its fine. Any suggestions as to what may be the problem?

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#2 Old Mar 21st, 2007, 01:01 PM
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Is it a slow and steady flashing, or rapidly flashing?..........Rapid flashing means trouble, slow flashing means it's in diagnostic mode.......

#3 Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 02:39 PM
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yeah its a slow blinking one. I have been driving it like that and nothing has gone wrong, so brother told me to unplug the battery overnight, and it didn't go away.

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#4 Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 07:52 PM
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Unplugging the batteriy overnight (actually for 24 hours) will reset the ECM, but not the air bag light......

To take it out of diagnostic mode: (1) get in the car, leaving the door open; (2) turn on the ignition without starting it; and (3) hit the door switch at least 5 times within 5-10 seconds after turning on the ignition.......The door switch is located in the lower corner, next to the car seat......

That should reset the air bag system, taking it out of diagnostic mode.........

#5 Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:22 PM
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k!!!! Ima Go do that right away!!!BRB!

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#6 Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 09:28 PM
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WOW! that did the trick! Thanks a million! How did you know that?

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#7 Old Mar 22nd, 2007, 10:07 PM
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WOW! that did the trick! Thanks a million! How did you know that?
LOL.....Well, when I bought my 96 Altima, the air bag light was flashing, slow and steady, and I drove it like that for a couple of years............Then recently, when I was trying to figure out why the car wouldn't start after replacing a busted rotor, I came across a thread which outlined the above procedure, but to press the switch rapidly 7 times............Later, after I found where I could download a factory service manual for Nissans, the manual said to press the door switch 5 times........

And the rest is history........
#8 Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 02:32 AM
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If the issue reoccurs and that method doesn't work, you may need a new air bag control unit. Nissan had a lot of problems with them in the mid-90's with a TSB that addressed the issue.
#9 Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 03:02 PM
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Well my car is running flawless-ish, I need to purchase a new O2 sensor, and today my distributor got wet, so my car didn't start. But thats history now. My car is good, great grand. Thanks.

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#10 Old Mar 23rd, 2007, 05:03 PM
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If the issue reoccurs and that method doesn't work, you may need a new air bag control unit. Nissan had a lot of problems with them in the mid-90's with a TSB that addressed the issue.
Very true.............However, the air bag light wouldn't be flashing slow and steady, if that were the case..........Bottom line is a slow and steady flashing means it's in diagnostic mode, and anything else means trouble............

I think there might be some issue where the Supplemental Restraint System (ie., air bags) goes into diagnostic mode at times..............When I asked the previous owner about the flashing light, he said the air bag system was already updated, but the light started blinking on it's own some time after that...........


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