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Old 11-08-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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On my 06 GP I just bought the Passenger side air bag won't turn on. There is a light in the speedo showing it is off and a light on the dash saying it is off.
there are about 3 pages in the owners manual that talk about it. the seat has to be in the upright position...the person has to weigh enough, etc. but nothing I seem to do works.
So I took it to the Chevy dealer and they said it needs a new Passenger presence system module kit to the tune of $670 dollars and a couple of hundred to install. Needless to say I passed.
So my Question is does any one know anything about these?
could it be just the sensor under the seat?
Should I take it to the old Pontiac dealer (now they just sell Honda'*)and see what they say?
Would it be the type or parts a person would want to get off a used / wrecked car?
Should I trust the Chevy dealer and just listen to them (I doubt I will pay to $1000 to fix this problem, probable just let the light stay on]?
Some how I got the feeling they just said yep It don't work we will just replace every thing until it does.
thanks for any input. Brian
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thats what all dealers do the more they replace the more money they get. as far as the car, i would think its not something that goes frequently ive never heard of or had one go so i would think getting one in a yard would be alright. if its above your confidence level there are always decent local shops that would know what they are doing and charge 1/3 to 1/2 what the dealer charges. just go in and see if they sound like they know whats up, sound like they have decent scanners and keep up the shop.
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Good luck finding an 06 in the junkyard.

I wonder if that $670 part only consists of a little spring and 2 wires that make contact. Kinda like the passenger side airbag on pickup trucks where you take your key and turn the switch.
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you might have to go to a online yard or may be they interchange, with a bunch of others. you dont know till you talk to one of those guys
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Speaking of which Justin, you just reminded me to do something.....
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pretty eerie just to leave it wide open that could mean anything
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I looked on the internet after I made that post and found a company called my air bags.com and they claim to be able to rebuild those modules. I sent them an email so I will see what they think. In fact I noticed their ad showed up at the end of these posts.
I just keep thinking it'* the sensor in the seat.
I wonder If I should take it to a body shop and see what they say. I'm sure they deal with air bags more than your average mechanic. Just thinking out loud here.
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mike 1995,
I am wondering the same thing...about it being something simple. say a bad connector at the seat sensor.
Also there is a rolled o6 GP at Spalding yard in Spokane Washington, about 200 miles from me. I saw it on eBay. ended up buying the owners manual out of it. It was funny how they advertized it. Instead of showing a pic of the manual they showed a pic of a rolled GP and said the manual came out of this car. I guess they are hoping you buy more parts off it.
Anyhow I am sure there was an airbag deployment on that car!
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the seat sensor should still be good though. let us know what you find
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