2005 Outback Ltd 5MT
I have done the resoldering procedure as above and no, I did not need to reset the light.
I think the answer is in the quote: the power adapter. Seems the problem arises when it's plugged in, and disappears when it's removed.only to have the alarms go off again two hours down the road when I plugged in my power adapter for my cell phone. Stopped along the road, turned the car off, took the adapter out, started the car and the alarm noise and airbag sensor alert were gone.
Did same fix on my 07 2.5, worked like a dreamI have a 2006 Outback 2.5i Ltd, and the airbag light has come on since it has been cold out. On warmer days, the light will randomly display. So, I had the dealer run a diag on it, since my car was in there for a transmission issue. When I picked up my car, the dealer told me the light wasn't throwing any type of code, and they found the issue to be a burned out LED bulb, located in the map light overhead console. This is the passenger ON/OFF light, and sure enough, if I tapped on it, the light would flicker. I asked how much it would cost to fix, he said it would be around $340 (- the $65 i paid for the diag), and the whole overhead console would need to be replaced. SO for a burned out bulb, it would cost me $270...are you kidding me??!! I now understand why so many refer to the dealer as the STEALER. Unbelievable. I was told that since the airbag light was on, the airbags would not deploy.
So, I jumped online, and found the overhead console (OEM) sold for around $115. I looked at mine, and figured out how to remove it .... remove the lens, and 2 screws secure it. So, now I am looking at the cost of the part, installing myself, and saving the ridiculous $160 installation fee (I guess it is $80/screw).
I figured since I had mine out, I might as well look at it. I removed the PCB that contained the 4 LEDs. With closer inspection, I could see one of the components on the board was loose...as in there wasn't enough solder to secure it. So, I whipped out the old soldering iron, and bolstered it a little. I may have added a little too much, but it was the best I could do w/ the tools I have @ home (better lab tools @ work). Anyway, tested it....works perfectly. In the pic below, I have called out the component that was loose.
I'd like to know what you all think about it. If it's a legit fix, hopefully I help someone else.
My understanding is that this is a common problem on Gen 3 (2005-2009), and not necessarily Gen 4. Relatively easy to fix vs paying hundreds at your "friendly" dealership to replace the whole unit. I agree with Plain OM that it could be as trivial as faulty adapter, if possible try using different one and see what happens.I think the answer is in the quote: the power adapter. Seems the problem arises when it's plugged in, and disappears when it's removed.
It's an electronic device, and might be interfering with seat belt and airbag control system. It's not unusual. There's been cases of various symptoms caused by devices plugged into the accessory power outlets. Could be a faulty adapter; many, especially low cost ones, are just not well designed.