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service airbag light

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i repaired a 2006 sts that did not have the airbags deployed. however, it displays a service airbag indicator and the passenger airbag indicator on the ceiling says that the passenger airbag never turns on, even with a passenger. I read about the seat belt pretensers and the driver's side belt does not retract very well when unbuckled, is this the same thing as the pretensioner?

my main question is, will taking it to a dealer and having it scanned help me locate the problem or am i better off just taking the seat wiring harness apart and cleaning the connections myself?
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I had an airbag light problem and the rear center seat belt tensioner was the issue. She took a lot of effort and mis-diagnosis by me to fix. Pulling codes did not elucidate anything for me, READING POSTS DID!! Check any loose belts and get the tensioner to behave.
Relax, there aren't any explosives in your seat belts...pendulums and spring loaded wheels, but not bombs. These critical safety systems are merely bolted to the car. If they do not retract all the way it could light the airbag light. I monkeyed around and was able to push back the release mechanism wiith a small punch, feed the belt in by hand, fully extend it and repeat. The spring loaded wheel finally retracted after repeating this several times. The passenger airbag off light can be related to the weight sensor in that seat. You won't blow yourself up either way.
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