I want to reset the Airbag Light on my car

I want to reset the light on dashboard – airbag on Honda Civic 2011. What I should do?

My car has 70000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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The airbag light coming on means two things: one, the airbags are not going to deploy in the event of an accident, and two, there is a fault stored in the controller. The airbag controller performs a self check each time you turn on the key and start the car. If it sees a fault in the system, it stores a code, shuts down the system to prevent accidental deployment, and turns on the light to let you know there is a problem. You need a scanner that can communicate with the airbag system to read and clear the codes. A Generic OBD scanner like the ones they use at the auto parts stores probably won’t do the trick. When you know the code(s) you can make the repairs and clear the codes. Then the airbag light will go out. If you don’t do the repairs, you can clear the codes but the light will be back if not right away, later on. To conveniently get this done you can contact Your Mechanic and have a technician come to your home or office to read your airbag codes and tell you what needs to be done

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Turn the ignition on and off.

The ignition switch should first be turned on. Next, watch for the airbag light to illuminate; it typically does so after seven seconds and stays on until it automatically turns off. After that, turn off the ignition switch right away and wait three seconds.

Look on the dashboard of your vehicle for a passenger airbag or airbag button. With your vehicle on and running, try pressing this button or flipping the switch. If the airbag light shuts off, you likely just bumped the airbag button accidentally.
Ignoring the airbag light (or removing the bulb that illuminates it) isn`t recommended. Car manufacturers stress that drivers should bring their vehicles to a dealer as soon as possible if the light comes on.
Where are the airbag sensors on a car? The front of the car typically has an impact sensor installed because this is where collisions are most likely to happen. A comparable safety sensor is placed inside the vehicle`s passenger area, and the sensor is situated inside the engine.
The bottom line is that, when your airbag light comes on, it`s vital that you don`t drive any further and have your car checked by a mechanic as soon as possible. Until the problem is diagnosed and fixed, your airbags will not deploy.
When the passenger airbag off indicator comes on. The indicator comes on to alert you that the passenger`s airbag has been turned off. This occurs if the seat is empty or when the weight sensors determine that a small child or infant is on the passenger seat.
If your Honda Civic`s airbag light turns on, it means that some component of your vehicle`s airbag system—be it the sensors, deployment device, or the airbag itself—is not working properly, which means the airbags may not deploy if you are involved in an accident or collision.
The airbag light indicates that something is wrong with the seatbelts or airbags. This means that it`s probably not safe to drive with the airbag light on. If it stays illuminated in your vehicle, we recommend having it towed to the dealership rather than driving it yourself.
If your Honda Civic`s airbag light turns on, it means that some component of your vehicle`s airbag system—be it the sensors, deployment device, or the airbag itself—is not working properly, which means the airbags may not deploy if you are involved in an accident or collision.

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My car stalls at times, yesterday the car shut off at a red light. I turned car off then back on now engine light is on.
ANSWER : This may be a result of a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve reads the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle. Since this valve is controlled by the vehicle’s computer, it will adjust idle speed based upon other measurements such as engine temperature, intake air temperature and electrical system load or voltage. When you accelerate, the engine RPM increases, and as you let off the gas, the RPM slowly returns to the normal idling speed with the help of the idle air control valve making the transition from a higher RPM back down to idle speed. When the engine RPM drops below the normal range of about ~800 RPM, this often times will cause the engine to stall indicating a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and replace your idle air control valve.

Battery and oil light come on when trying to start car, take keys out try again car starts no problem and lights go away
ANSWER : Of course, don’t switch gears without being fully stopped, unless your Owner’s Manual or the manufacturer has alternative advice. However, the gear shift issue has no relation to the no-start problem you are describing. Inasmuch as you only have 6,000 miles on the car, the "constant on and off" that you believe has occurred is meaningless in comparison to the expected total vehicle service life. That is, assume what you perceive as "constant on and off", during merely 6,000 miles, might be equivalent to using the car "normally" for three years. A new car should be trouble free for at least 5 years, unless there is a defect, so your "constant on and off" is not a causal factor for any fault on the vehicle. What you might have is a defect in the ignition switch, or perhaps the immobilizer system, but if the problem is not in the switch itself, clearly there is an electrical problem.

If your vehicle is under warranty, by law the dealer MUST repair the issue you are describing within a prescribed time frame and number of "attempts", otherwise the dealer will run afoul of Federal and state Lemon Laws that give you very specific rights, and recourse (contact an Attorney; we are Mechanics, NOT attorneys). Consequently, if the vehicle is still under warranty, to save yourself money do be sure to seek a resolution from the dealer. If the vehicle is not under warranty, obviously a certified Mechanic from YourMechanic could identify the electrical fault and resolve this for you. If you want to go that route, please simply request a no start diagnostic -electrical system and the responding certified mechanic will get this taken care of for you. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

Abs light, emergency brake light, steering wheel assist light, engine light, EPC light, traction control light
ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle does utilize a lot of the same sensors for these systems. Are there any other codes that are coming up when this code appears? If so you will want to take these into consideration when processing the repair and making a diagnosis. The module may be bad, and replacing it should fix the problem. The lights should turn off once the main computer recognizes the new module and the sensors sync up. If you believe the sensors need to be cleaned you may do so. Do as minimal as possible to make sure you are not damaging the sensor or disrupting the wiring inside. A bad connection would make the lights stay on. With so many lights that are effected by the module being illuminated, the module is likely bad or does not have a connection. Check the connection first and then resort to replacing the unit. For more help with these electrical tests, contact our service department.

I want to know how to tell of a fuel pump has gone bad, my car shit down on me while stopped at a light. My car has no CEL light?
ANSWER : Hi there. The best way to diagnose if you have a fuel pump problem is to listen carefully when you turn the key past the accessory setting. If you turn the key forward, but not all the way, you should hear a buzzing sound towards the rear of your car. This is the fuel pump priming the fuel lines. However, if your having difficulty starting your Mazda, it could be other fuel system components or ignition parts that are the root source of your issue. Due to this fact, it’s best to have a professional mobile mechanic complete a car is hard to start inspection at your location; so they can pinpoint the source of your hard starting issue and recommend repairs that will resolve the problem.

Car won’t start. The check engine light, battery light, and oil change light are coming on. I tried jumping the car and nothing happened. Why won’t my car start?
ANSWER : Hi and thanks for contacting Your Mechanic. If sometimes your vehicle will start with the new alternator and sometimes it won’t, then there is a loose connection in your charging system. Check all of the wires to the alternator and to the battery. Make sure that the battery cables are clean and tight. Make sure that the wires to the starter are clean and tight. A loose ground to the ignition system will cause the vehicle to not crank over. Check all of the ground wires from the battery to the starter. Make sure that they are clean and tight. If you need further assistance troubleshooting your no start situation, then seek out a technician, such as one from Your Mechanic, that can assist you.

Check engine light is on and the car does not want to drive
ANSWER : Hi there:

On most modern cars, there are a series of sensors that are designed to monitor mechanical systems; such as the transmission on your Saturn. In most cases, when a problem occurs, a trouble code is stored in the on board computer that will indicate what is causing the troubles. The best way to find out what’s going on is to not take your car to a shop; let the mechanic come to you. Contact one of our professional mobile mechanics to complete a check engine light inspection first. This will allow them diagnose what’s wrong with your car so they can recommend and complete the right repairs.

Low coolant light comes on when AC, defrost or heater is on, but only if the car is in gear and stopped, what’s wrong with my car?
ANSWER : First, you want to make sure your cooling system is full. Check the radiator not the coolant jug. And check it when it is cold. If it needs coolant, add some. Of course, I don’t feel this problem is an actual low coolant condition. I would expect to find an electrical failure in the instrument cluster or from a component or wiring harness that is connected to the instrument cluster.

As a technician, I have access to reports from technicians across the country. I could not find any reports of this problem, so diagnosing this will require an experienced tech as this is not a common problem. In addition, this happens at intermittent times making it difficult to recreate. The most challenging part of this diagnosis will be recreating the symptom. I suspect it has something to do with the brake switch circuitry because it only seems to happen when you have your foot on the brake. I would begin my diagnosis there with a wiring diagram and test light in hand. The brake switch, instrument cluster, and environmental controls all interact with each other. Something is crossed either because of a failed module or damaged wiring in a harness.

Aside from making sure the coolant is full, this will not likely leave you on the side of the road. If you take it in to be diagnosed, be prepared for them to spend more time than usual to figure it out. Since it isn’t a key problem, you may need to live with it until it completely fails making it much easier to diagnose. Either way, I do recommend having a certified mechanic diagnose the warning light to make sure there isn’t anything serious going on.

Good luck.

2012 equinox reduced power light engine light and traction light came on. Lost a lot of power got home and all light except engine
ANSWER : Your car has what is called a "safe mode" that will be engaged by the computer when it detects that something critical has gone wrong related to any of the major components in your engine chassis or power train. This may be related to a number of things, most of which should have been registered in the computer when the check engine light came on. I recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to inspect your check engine light and diagnose any codes registered by your vehicle’s computer.