Mitsubishi Eclipse 1990-1998 Repair Guide

General Information


See Figures 1 and 2

The Supplemental Restraint System (SRS), found on 1995-98 vehicles, is designed to be used along with the front seat belts to reduce the risk or amount of injury by deploying one or both air bags during certain frontal collisions.

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Fig. Fig. 1: The driver's side air bag inflator module is mounted to the steering wheel

The air bag system is made up of left and right front impact sensors, air bag modules for the driver (in the steering wheel) and front passenger (right side instrument panel above the glove compartment), SRS diagnosis unit (with a safing sensor) and a SRS warning lamp in the instrument cluster.

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Fig. Fig. 2: There is also a passenger side air bag module located above the glove compartment

The SRS system is designed to deploy when the safing sensor, along with either or both of the impact sensors simultaneously activate while the ignition is ON . The sensors will activate during front or near-frontal impacts of moderate to severe force.


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To disarm the SRS system, disconnect the negative battery cable and wrap the cable end with insulating tape to avoid accidental contact with the terminal. Wait at least 60 seconds after disconnecting the cable to proceed with the necessary service.

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Fig. Fig. 3: For extra assurance, wrap the battery cable with tape to avoid contact with the terminal and possible air bag deployment


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After finishing the service procedures, remove the tape, then reconnect the negative battery cable. Turn the ignition to the ON position and check to make sure the SRS warning light illuminates for 7 seconds and then turns off. If so, the system is operating properly. If not, you should take your vehicle to a reputable repair shop for diagnosis.

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Fig. Fig. 4: After arming the system, if the SRS light stays illuminated for 7 seconds and then goes off, the air bag system is functioning properly