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Drivers side Airbag squib circuit failure


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#1 karlStolz

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Posted May 19, 2010 at 05:22 pm

1999 Jeep Cherokee, auto, 4x4, 156,000 miles

Have had airbag light staying on for about 1 month. I pulled the airbag code with my scanner and get the following with no code listed: "Driver squib circuit open"

Is this typically caused by a clockspring failure? My cruise control and horn still work.

thanks, karl

#2 poorboy_616

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Posted May 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Yes, usually the clockspring causes this.

Check with local dealer as there is an active recall.

#3 karlStolz

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Posted May 20, 2010 at 07:30 am

Yes, usually the clockspring causes this.

Check with local dealer as there is an active recall.

Thanks, I'll check it out. I was aware of the clockspring recall on the minvans up through about 98 but never heard of one for the Jeeps.

#4 poorboy_616

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Posted May 20, 2010 at 03:15 pm

I thought I read somewhere that Jeeps were affected too (which is why I mentioned it). Call the dealer and see what they say....

#5 valiant67

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Posted May 20, 2010 at 03:38 pm

Squib isn't the clockspring. It's the explosive device, so I would not automatically assume it is the clockspring. The only airbag related recall for a 1999 Cherokee is for the airbag control model relocation due to possible corrosion.

#6 ImperialCrown

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Posted May 20, 2010 at 04:19 pm

Recall #860 moved the airbag control module from under the drivers seat to up on the trans hump under the center console. Out of the way of a possible water puddle. I've seen this happen. Make sure that this recall has been performed.
The 'squib' is the airbag detonator. The clockspring is the likely 'open' in my experience. Test continuity through the clockspring with an ohmmeter.
Use published safety precautions if you decide to service the airbag system yourself. Disconnect the battery for a few minutes before starting work and avoid any static electric discharges.


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