How to Reset the Airbag Computer on a 96 Dodge Caravanby Katebo
You can reset the airbag or SRS (Supplemental Restraint System) computer on your 1996 Dodge Caravan right from your home garage, saving yourself time and money. The On-Board Diagnostics computer stores trouble codes from sensors positioned throughout the vehicle. The Caravan alerts you to an airbag malfunction by illuminating the SRS light on the instrument panel. If you see this light, stop the vehicle and have it towed to your mechanic.
Once the airbag has been examined and replaced, you can reset the computer using a diagnostic reset tool. This is a small hand-held device sold at all auto parts retailers.
Locate the fuse panel cover under the steering column. Open the cover by turning the knob and pulling down.
Find the open port in the fuse panel that is the same size and shape as the diagnostic reset tool connector end. Plug this tool into the port.
Put the key into the ignition and turn it to the "II" position but don't start the engine. Wait for the light to stop blinking on the reset tool. Once it has stopped flashing, the airbag computer will be reset.
- "Dodge Caravan, Plymouth Voyager & Chrysler Town & Country: 1996 thru 2002 (Haynes Repair Manual)"; Haynes; 2002
Things You'll Need
- Diagnostic reset tool
- Ignition key
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