Vehicle Scanner, Code & Light Reset Procedures


Retrieving and reading the fault codes along with resetting the airbag light are all accomplished differently according to each manufactuerer's design. Below is a list of these differences.
Specific instructions and the fault code charts for each vehicle are included with every subscription purchase.

Please be aware that Scan Tools and Code Readers will NOT configure a new control module. That function requires manufacturer specific equipment and a direct downloads from the car manufacturer.

Acura

--Prior to 2006, Acura Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The light will flash a two digit series (flash, flash, pause, flash, = a code 21 on the fault code chart). The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or by a scanner. Subsequent to 2006, and for vehicles with an Occupant Classification System (OCS), reading and clearing the codes requires vehicle specific scan equipment and procedures.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Audi

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: V-Checker, Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

BMW

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Peake,Launch

Buick

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Cadillac

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Chevrolet

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC


Once you know the tools and procedures required, Click Here to see how quickly and easily you can obtain the correct information on your car.


Chrysler

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Daewoo

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Note: We do not have any fault code charts for this vehicle in our database.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Launch

Dodge

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Ford

--Prior to 2005, most models utilized Flash Codes --the airbag light would flash a 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. (There are some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models that DO NOT use flash codes at all). The airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light (flash, flash, pause, flash, = a code 21 on the fault code chart). The system would clear itself once the fault was corrected. Subsequent to 2005, most models require a scan tool to read the codes, configure the controller and/or clear the light.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

GMC

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Holden

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Honda

--Prior to 2006, Honda Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The light will flash a two digit series (flash, flash, pause, flash, = a code 21 on the fault code chart). The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or by a scanner. Subsequent to 2006, and for vehicles with an Occupant Classification System (OCS), reading and clearing the codes requires vehicle specific scan equipment and procedures.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch


Once you know the tools and procedures required, Click Here to see how quickly and easily you can obtain the correct information on your car.


Hummer

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Hyundai

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scanner
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: OTC, Launch

Infiniti

--Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with the door jamb switch on earlier models, with the ignition key on later models, or a scanner on all models

Isuzu

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Jeep

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Kia

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scanner
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: OTC, Launch

Lexus

--Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read by using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or by a scanner. Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Lincoln

--Prior to 2005, most models utilized Flash Codes --the airbag light would flash a 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. (There are some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models that DO NOT use flash codes at all). The airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light (flash, flash, pause, flash, = a code 21 on the fault code chart). The system would clear itself once the fault was corrected. Subsequent to 2005, most models require a scan tool to read the codes, configure the controller and/or clear the light.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Mazda

--Airbag codes can be read by reading flash codes or with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). There are some models that DO NOT use flash codes at all. The airbag light will flash a 1 or 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. The airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light (flash, flash, pause, flash, = a code 21 on the fault code chart). Subsequent to 2005, most models require a scan tool to configure the control module.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch


Once you know the tools and procedures required, Click Here to see how quickly and easily you can obtain the correct information on your car.


Mercedes Benz

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, Launch

Mercury

--Prior to 2005, most models utilized Flash Codes --the airbag light would flash a 2 digit code repeatedly before remaining lit continuously. (There are some Ford, Lincoln and Mercury models that DO NOT use flash codes at all). The airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light (flash, flash, pause, flash, = a code 21 on the fault code chart). The system would clear itself once the fault was corrected. Subsequent to 2005, most models require a scan tool to read the codes, configure the controller and/or clear the light.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

MINI

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Peake, Launch

Mitsubishi

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scanner that has Mitsubishi specific software.

Nissan

--Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read by counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with the door jamb switch on earlier models, with the ignition key on later models, or a scanner on all models
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Pontiac

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.

Saab

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available) Pre 1996, a Saab specific scan tool is required. Post 1996, the systems use a GM program, thus many Dometsic scanners will be capable of reading these codes.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch


Once you know the tools and procedures required, Click Here to see how quickly and easily you can obtain the correct information on your car.


Saturn

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner (multiple styles available). Beginning in 2007, new SDM installations require configuration by manufacturer download.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC

Scion

--Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read by using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or scanner. Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Subaru

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Asian Airbag specific scanner. The only non-dealer scan tool we have found available for these vehicles is the Launch Scanner line.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Launch

Suzuki

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with an Airbag specific scanner however Suzuki software is unique and required.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Tech II, Launch

Toyota

--Uses Flash Codes --Airbag codes can be read by using a jumper wire and counting the flashes on the dash light. The system can be cleared with a jumper wire or scanner. Occupant Classification System (OCS) codes require vehicle specific equipment and procedures to reset.
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Volkswagen

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: V-Checker, Maxdiag, Autel, OTC, Launch

Volvo

--Airbag codes can only be read and system cleared with a European Airbag specific scanner with Volvo software
Scanners capable of reading and resetting codes: Maxdiag, Autel, Launch


Once you know the tools and procedures required, Click Here to see how quickly and easily you can obtain the correct information on your car.


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