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The 2nd mechanic has had it twice so far, first time soldered, no go. 2nd time ordered a new overhead module (which I knew wouldn't work), also no go. So both mechanics, plus me, tried the solder deal.

Tomorrow it has to go back again when the owner, the electrical specialist, is there, so he can start tracing wires I guess.

"He's the one who said "Don't worry I'll find it"

I hope they sent that $239 module back.
 

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I did the airbag light fix yesterday, just the soldering by the map lights. It fixed the airbag light, but the stereo, the clock, and the illumination on the climate control stopped working. Any thoughts?
 

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@Joe G XT

Did you disconnect the battery before working on the map light assembly? If not, then might be a blown fuse. Can't be more detailed because there's no info on what car you have.
Yeah, that might be helpful, it's a 2006 Outback XT Limited with the sunroof. I did forget to disconnect the battery, but the audio fuses under the dash and under the hood are good.
 

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Check fuse #8, 20 Amps in the engine area fuse box. It's identified on page 12-9 of your Owners Manual as "Backup light". This fuse is common to all three functions you listed, as well as others, such as the interior ceiling light and map lights.
 

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The 2nd mechanic has had it twice so far, first time soldered, no go. 2nd time ordered a new overhead module (which I knew wouldn't work, as I tried that with one I got on ebay then returned), also no go. So both mechanics, plus me, tried the solder deal.

Tomorrow it has to go back again when the owner, the electrical specialist, is there, so he can start tracing wires I guess.

"He's the one who said "Don't worry I'll find it"

I hope they sent that $239 module back.
Well I got it back today, unfixed, after 3 trips there full day each time.

The guy, who I trust as a very good mechanic, could not find it. It throws error 26, but there is no airbag light other than the one below the tach. He said all his info said there should be a light (later models moved up above with the seat belt light) that should be above the radio, and there is no light.

There is the panel with the clock and MPG stuff - but no airbag indicator light. They replaced the overhead module with the map lights, even tho I told them I had tried that, and the part was $237. If this would have been a dealer I would have refused to pay for that, as I told them in the first place I had tried that. I made sure the part they ordered had only 1 LED, for passenger seat belt, and it did.

He charged me for less than an hour in spite of them spending lots more time on that. He is the owner, and a nice guy or I would have not paid anything - but I paid him $307 - for - no fix.

I just went out and looked and he's right, there is no indicator light where it should be.

Disappointed, and still wondering if that dash light on means no airbag protection, and he said he thought they should still work, but couldn't promise that.

Frustrated, big time. It's fairly obvious that this car does not have wiring for the airbag up in the map light module thingy. In 2006, they were all up there, but again this one only has 1 led.

He said the last resort was go to the dealer. And I'm sure that will be closer to $1000 - they're not famous for spending a bunch of time on a 16 year old car.

ADDED: I just read in another thread about SOA stepping up and helping with older cars. They should at least know where the **** errant code 26 light is.

Maybe I should try that.
 

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It throws error 26, but there is no airbag light other than the one below the tach. He said all his info said there should be a light (later models moved up above with the seat belt light) that should be above the radio, and there is no light.
The passenger airbag on/off light in the multi-information display (MID) is discussed on page 3-24 & 25 in the Owners Manual.

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At least now there's a fault code. The FSM has a diagnostic for it (attached). Looks as if the problem could be in the airbag control module, the MID, or the wiring between them.

Was the passenger airbag recall done on the car? This often involves significant disassembly of the dashboard area and there's been cases of connectors and controls not properly reattached.
 

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Wow, thank you!!! This was kinda what I was hoping for - someone to point me in the right direction, especially with documentation!

When he gets home from school I'll check again for it - that place in the display has the + & - signs for setting the clock.....

I'm thinking the 05 Legacy may be a bit of an orphan since it pre-dated the 4th generations in Outbacks etc.

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I think (scary) what could be the problem. I cracked that center console thing, and bought a new one for my son, likely with a new clock display thing in it. Bought it on ebay, where is says 2005-2009 Legacy Outback. So the "updated clock module may not have that display in it.

I think we kinda know that they moved it up top in the next year. I'm going to check out the clock in a few minutes...if so I'll likely have to go to Toyota and see if they can order the right part, for exactly that model.
 
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And a HUGE thank you to @plain OM or I would have never thought of this.

The mechanic said it's supposed to be there by the clock, but he could not find a light there.

Stupid guy put the wrong item in possible - yeah that would be me
 

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By Jove, we could be on to something. I see no space for the airbag indicators
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And one more thank you to @plain OM
LOVE this forum!
I just bought this on ebay and it clearly shows the airbag indicators!
Most of them said 2005-2009 so I searched for 2005 only and found it

Funny 2 mechanics couldn't suss it out - tho I had forgotten we changed the clock out. And I'd bet that's when the airbag light started coming on - tho I hadn't been in the car to notice

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Guess what - yup yer right. I'm a klutz dimwit.

That "replacement clock module" was indeed for the wrong car ("2005-2009 Outback/Legacy" - but they should have been 2006 Legacy, cuz that one does NOT fit a 2005 Legacy). It was completely my fault. The 2nd mechanic said "There's supposed to be a light there, but I can't find it."

I got the part yesterday, installed it a couple hours ago, and immediately the airbag light went off!!!!!

I can't thank @plain OM enough - that was the whole thing that hipped me to this.

Gawd I love this forum!!!
 
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I found this thread while browsing the forum. I bought a used 2009 Outback and was just looking for common problems to watch for. I had the airbag light on, and didn’t even know there were lights up in the console. I reflowed the solder connections according to the posts in this thread and the warning light problem is solved! Thank you all…. Now, if only there was a DIY fix for the TPMS light…. $150 per wheel at a local garage to replace the sensors!
 
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