The inflatable restraint seat position sensor is used to determine the proximity of a front driver or passenger seat position with respect to the frontal air bag. The seat position sensor interfaces with the inflatable restraint sensing and diagnostic module (SDM). The state of the seat position sensor allows the SDM to disable stage 2 of the frontal air bag for a front seat that is forward of the forward/rearward point in seat track travel. The seat position sensor is a hall effect sensor that is mounted on the outboard seat track of the driver and passenger seats. The seat track includes a metal bracket that shunts the seat position sensor magnetic circuit creating 2 states of seat position. The shunted state represents a rearward seat position. The non-shunted state represents a forward position. The seat position sensor provides 2 current ranges, one range for the shunted state and a second range for a non-shunted state. These 2 states are inputs to the SDM, state 1 (shunted) being the rearward threshold and state 2 (non-shunted) being the forward threshold. When the SDM receives input from a seat position sensor that state 1 threshold is reached (seat is rearward), the SDM will not disable stage 2 deployment, if required by the deployment sensors. When state 2 threshold is reached (seat is forward), the SDM will disable stage 2 deployment on the side the seat is forward. The SDM monitors the seat position sensor circuit and if a fault is detected, the SDM will set code B0079 and disable stage 2 frontal deployment
Inflatable Restraint Steering Wheel Module Coil
The steering wheel module coil is attached to the steering column and is located under the steering wheel. The steering wheel module coil consists of two or more current-carrying coils. The coils allow the rotation of the steering wheel while maintaining continuous electrical contact between the driver deployment loop and the steering wheel module. Two or four, if equipped with dual stage air bags, coil wires are used for the steering wheel module deployment loop. Additional coil wires are used for accessories attached to the steering wheel depending on the vehicle model. The steering wheel module coil connector is located near the base of the steering column. The connector contains a shorting bar that shorts the steering wheel module coil deployment loop circuitry to prevent unwanted deployment of the air bag when servicing the inflator module.
Steering Column and Wheel
The steering wheel and columns are designed to absorb energy when driver contact is made with the steering wheel or inflated air bag. In a frontal collision the driver may come in contact with the steering wheel directly or load the steering wheel and column through the inflated air bag. When the driver applies load to the air bag or the steering wheel the column will compress downward absorbing some of the impact, helping to reduce bodily injuries to the driver. The steering wheel and column must be inspected for damages after a collision.
The knee bolsters are designed to help restrain the lower torso of front seat occupants by absorbing the energy through the front seat occupants upper legs. In a frontal collision the front seat occupant legs may come in contact with the knee bolsters. The knee bolsters are designed to crush or deform, absorbing some of the impact, which helps to reduce bodily injuries. The driver and passenger knee bolsters are located in the lower part of the instrument panel and must be inspected for damages after a collision.
Side SIR System Description
The side supplemental inflatable restraint (SIR) system consists of the following components:
Battery Negative Cable Disconnection and Reconnection
Removal Procedure Turn on the radio and record all of the customer radio station presets. Ensure that all lamps and accessories are turned off. Turn the ignition OFF and remove the ignition key. Warning: Refer to Battery Disconnect Warning in the Preface section. Loosen the negati ...
To open the hood: 1. Pull up on the hood release handle. It is located inside the vehicle to the left of the steering column. 2. Go to the front of the vehicle and push the secondary hood release handle toward the driver side of the vehicle. 3. Lift the hood and release the hood prop fr ...
OnStar navigation requires the Directions and Connections service plan. Press to receive directions or have them sent to the vehicle navigation screen, if equipped. Destinations can also be forwarded to the vehicle from MapQuest.com. The OnStar mapping database is continuously updated. For cov ...