How to Reset an Airbag Light on a Honda Odysseyby Katebo
You can reset the airbag light on your Honda Odyssey right from your home garage, saving you time and money. A Honda Odyssey comes with an on-board diagnostics computer that keeps track of all of the vehicle's functions. When the Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) light illuminates on the instrument cluster, you need to have the vehicle towed to your mechanic to have it looked at and replaced. Generally, the SRS light only flashes on when the vehicle has been in an accident. If it turns on when there has been no accident, it means the airbag system is malfunctioning and the vehicle should not be driven. But once you have the vehicle fixed, you can reset the light.
Put on safety equipment such as work gloves and goggles.
Locate the MES connector under the steering column. You can find it next to the fuse box. Pull out the plug in the connector and set aside.
Use a knife to strip both ends of the coated wire. Touch one end of one wire into one hole on the MES connector and touch one end of the other wire to the other hole in the connector.
Cross the ends of the wires together to create a short. Although it's low voltage, you shouldn't touch the exposed wires.
Place the key into the ignition and turn it on, but don't allow the engine to turn over while still holding the wires together. Watch as the SRS light blinks on then turns off. Separate the wires right away and the SRS light will turn back on.
Repeat Step 5 and the SRS light will flash two times and then turn off.
Shut off the Honda and wait 60 seconds. Start the engine and notice as the SRS light illuminates then shuts off.
- If this doesn't work immediately, try again until it does. Sometimes it takes a few times to work. If it never works, have the vehicle checked out again to make sure the problem with the airbag has been fixed correctly.
Items you will need
- Safety goggles
- Work gloves
- 2 coated wires, 8 inches
- Ignition key
- "Honda--CR-V/Odyssey 1995-00 (Chilton's Total Car Care Repair Manual)"; Chilton; 2000
- "Honda Civic & CR-V: Honda Civic 2001 thru 2005; Honda CR-V 2002 thru 2006 (Haynes Repair Manual)"; Haynes; 2009
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