airbag light comes on when I turn left


Asked by Jul 05, 2015 at 09:17 AM about the 1999 Jeep Cherokee

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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Sounds like a problem with the clockspring in the steering column. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks Jim. Any idea on how to repair it.

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First you'll have to disconnect the negative (-) battery cable and wait 5 minutes for the airbag system to discharge. Then you'll need to remove the driver's airbag module and the steering wheel. The clockspring should be right there under the steering wheel. Before you install the new clockspring you'll need to follow the alignment instructions that comes with it. Otherwise it will be damaged when you apply power to the circuit after the repair. While you're working on this place the driver's airbag module assembly face up, away from the vehicle. Once it's disconnected it's considered unstable. They very rarely deploy like this but it has happened. Do not perform any kind of tests on the airbag module or airbag system with a self powered resistance meter or test light. If you do the airbag WILL deploy!! Be careful and be safe while working on this! HTH. -Jim

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Thanks Jim. Can I not disconnect the airbag completely to overcome the problem. Driving a tank like this, and only on holidays, with an airbag is a bit of an overkill I think.I wouldn't mind disconnecting it completely if it will overcome the problem.

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You're welcome. Glad to help. No, actually you can't. It's against Federal Law to knowingly disconnect the airbag system. But as long as the light is on the airbags will not deploy. Even in a collision. HTH. -Jim

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