SRS Airbag Light/Sensor

Tiny
PHILLIP001
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  • 2006 CHEVROLET COBALT
  • 81,400 MILES
Good Afternoon,

Recently I have had to repair and replace my whole ignition lock housing for my 2006 Chevy Cobalt LS 5Spd Manual. I take very good care of my car and to my knowledge I put everything back the way it was on my steering column when I fixed the ignition (however, we all make mistakes). The airbag sensor is illuminated now and will not go away. It blinks a single time when the vehicle is turned on and will stay constant throughout use until the vehicle is turned off. I have checked all connections to the airbag and around the clockspring and everything appears to be in working order with no stress to the cables or any burn marks. I have checked all of the fuses under my hood at I only had to replace one, which as it turns out, fixed the problem I was having with my OBDII not responding. I have also taken my OBDII code reader and a dealerships SRS/OBDII code reader (the ones that are like $400+ and only for certified mechanics) and both say that there are no error codes and all checks pass. I also no for a fact that when sitting in the passenger seat, my sensor on the center console will still light up informing me that the airbag is now activated for the passenger, so it appears as though the only thing not working is the driver side airbag. After all of the extensive research I've done and troubleshooting, I'm very close to giving in and just paying the dealership their $99 to "troubleshoot" the issue the same ways that I did and maybe more. If you would please assist me with this issue it would be greatly appreciated. It's kind of a scary thought just thinking about someone hitting me and my face meeting the steering wheel. Please and thank you for any and all time taken to review this, have a great day.

Respectfully,

Phillip Bryant
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 12:30 PM

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Tiny
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Was SIR zone #3disabled before repair?
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 12:45 PM
Tiny
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No I do not believe so. After you mentioned that I looked it up to become slightly familiar with that term and the only measure I took first was completely unhooking the battery.
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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In BCM fuse box check air bag #1 and SDM #2 fuses
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 1:45 PM
Tiny
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I looked at those fuses you suggested and then every single one just for good measure. All fuses are intact in both boxes.
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 3:19 PM
Tiny
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Did you receive my response?
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Thursday, May 30th, 2013 AT 5:06 PM
Tiny
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Need to have scan tool with SRS capibalities to diagnose problem
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Friday, May 31st, 2013 AT 5:58 AM
Tiny
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The SRS readers were used three separate times. Thank you for the time to review my inquiry. After visiting the dealership and paying the $99 for the "diagnostic", they stated that the clock spring is most likely defective. I will find a clock spring and install it, and whether it works or not and whatever my next step is, I will post it on here.
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Friday, May 31st, 2013 AT 10:01 AM
Tiny
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I have just posted another question on the website that may have something to do with this issue as well. I've just tried to get my state inspection renewed and they stated that the computer doesn't have enough "history" because the codes have been reset or something. That may have been the majority of the issue with this airbag because, since the OBD/SRS computers aren't properly reading what's going on with my car, they are saying that everything passes without really knowing. I'll update both inquiries as I receive more information. Thank you for all time taken to review these questions.
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 12:22 PM
Tiny
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Yess keep us posted this is getting interesting. Will contact a GM Tech I know see if he ever ran across similar problem
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Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 AT 3:29 PM
Tiny
PHILLIP001
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Good Afternoon,

I have some more information on this issue and although I still have the airbag light illuminated I want to share what I have found so far and will continue to update ya'll with as much information as possible.
Over the past couple months I've been asking around for someone to possibly let me use their OBD/SRS scanners along with how I might get rid of the light. While getting my state inspection renewed I had a service tech use his scanner (which was fairly expensive fyi) and no codes were present. My vehicle was then hooked up to the states computer for the inspection and learned to find out that because I disconnected my battery for long enough I reset all of my codes which didn't allow the system to read my vehicles computer. I was then advised that I needed to drive approximately between 100 and 200 miles in order to build enough history in my vehicles ECM/PCM so that it would communicate properly with the states computer system. After driving for about a week I brought my vehicle back and sure enough my vehicle passed inspection but my airbag light was still on. A few more computers were tried and all advice given led to nothing. Today I asked another service tech once more to use his computer and it pulled up these two codes: B0012 and B0013. The computer he was using was a Solus Ultra and he stated it cost somewhere around $8000. We tried to reset the codes and they came back immediately telling us that there is a physical problem with the vehicle and it's not just an error notification. I will be troubleshooting some more and when I have a resolution I will update ya'll. Thank you for all the assistance ya'll gave me. Have a great day.

Respectfully,

Phillip Bryant
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Friday, July 19th, 2013 AT 12:36 PM
Tiny
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Codes are for steering module so problem is in steering wheel. Possible reasons short or little yellow clipos that hold charge to deploy air bag broken
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Friday, July 19th, 2013 AT 1:31 PM

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