Airbag light in the dash

Tiny
BLEUAZURE
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  • 2008 TOYOTA RAV4
  • 2.5L
  • 4 CYL
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 110,000 MILES
Hi, I saw in You Tube the following:

''Hi Alec, Yes you are right for some models they don't need to be married, however for most models, generally speaking, these computers need to be programmed to the car.''

I have a 2008 Toyota Rav4 base model (2.5 liter) and by mistake both roof airbags deployed and both front seat retractors were activated.

My questions are:


- First, if I buy both used roof airbags and both seat belts with their retractor systems plus the SRS module from the same 2008 Rav4, will it work and will the airbag light go off? Will it need to be married to the rear seat belts and to the ECU?

-Second, if I buy both used roof airbags and both seat belts with their retractor systems without replacing the SRS module, will it work and will the airbag light go off?

-Third, will a good EBD2 be able to erase the codes from the existing SRS module in order to get the airbag light off?

Many thanks for taking the time to answer.

Gerard

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Thursday, July 1st, 2021 AT 7:11 PM

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Tiny
KASEKENNY1
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In short, the modules are normally the only thing that needs to be programmed to the vehicle and not the actual components that the modules control.

Please see below for the process on how to install the airbags. Just be careful getting used airbags. A lot of time they are deployed and rolled back up.

As for a scan tool that will clear the codes. you just need one that will read and erase ABS and SRS codes. Here are a couple links for videos that will help with this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTtAnsOlZU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jr_Iv8T_Phk

Please see below for the process from the manual. Let us know if you have other questions. Thanks
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Friday, July 2nd, 2021 AT 8:02 PM
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

To replace the curtain airbags, you will need to first remove the headliner in the vehicle. Then it is a matter of simply removing and replacing the existing one. The headliner directions are very extensive, so take a look through them before starting.

If you get a used one, as long as it is from the same year, make, and model and has the same part number, you should be fine. The module shouldn't need to be replaced.

As far as the codes, it should reset itself once everything is replaced. If it doesn't, you should be able to reset the code with the proper scan tool.

Below, I attached first the directions for the removal of the headliner. The second is the replacement of the curtain airbags, and the last is reinstalling the headliner. Based on the directions, it seems the entire inside of the vehicle needs to be removed. LOL

I know this will appear overwhelming but take your time. If you can find a shortcut that won't damage anything, do it.

Take care,

Joe

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Friday, July 2nd, 2021 AT 8:05 PM

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