INEXPENSIVE PPS REPAIR
I had my PPS fail over a month ago. I have just filed my complaint, I hope things change and they offer to fix for free........some day. But, in the mean time I took care of the problem. Two reason, one if someone was hurt, or heaven forbid killed, because of something I neglected to take care of I would feel horrible. Two, the f&$^in DIC Service Air Bag light and the passenger air bag on/off lights are annoying to say the least. So, I tried every option that has been recommended on this forum. Faulty connections, corrosion, disconnect the battery, put the fat momma in the passenger seat, even tried the hot mamma in the passenger seat....didn't work either
What DID work was I went online and researched a replacement seat (paying 750.00 at the dealership to fix the problem is not possible for all of us). Found a place that sold me a used replacement seat for $80.00. Yes, $80.00 is correct. That included free shipping. The seat came in 4 days and was in very good condition. The seat was in Oregon and I am in California. They shipped it to my door. Just took out the foam seat bottom with sensor from the replacement seat and exchanged with the foam seat bottom with BAD sensor from my seat. The replacement seat was cloth and mine is leather. Just remember when you are taking off the seat cover from the foam seat bottom that it is velcroed to the foam. So, make sure to be very careful pulling the cover away from the foam or you will pull big pieces of foam with the cover. The process took me about 3 hours. Plugged in the new (used) sensor and everything works just like it is suppose to. Did not have to take it to the dealer to be charged to recalibrate/service air bag. I put the replacement seat back together too. Will sell it on ebay. I will ask $150 for a seat that is in excellent condition with a BAD sensor. In my research I found replacement seats from $80 to $350. No guarantee that the sensor is good in a used replacement seat. For $80 I took the gamble. I would have for $250.
This is who I used:
Brett A. Wiedemann l LKQ/ Keystone Inside Sales l West
13603 Foster Road l Sante Fe Springs, CA l 90670
M 317-523-6019 l O 800-525-3667 EXT: 5243 l DL 562-364-5243 l F 562-404-1371
Brett was great, very helpful.
LKQ is one of the largest aftermarket parts/used replacement part companies in the country. They are nation wide.
I think that this is a reasonable way to remedy the problem. And it won't break the bank.