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Old 09-15-2010, 07:22 PM   #1
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Default Airbag DTC B2290 -- any cheap fix?

I have a 2005 XLT with 79,000 miles. The airbag lamp is now on and throws a 16 flashing code. The dealer says it is a B2290 error code and relates to the Occupant Classification Sensor (the passenger seat sensor). They have offered to replace this for $2,218!

Does anyone have any experience on fixing the sensor (wiring or other issue)? Perhaps replacing with a used seat cushion from a donor vehicle?

Seems like the easy answer is to replace the most expensive part, but for $2,200 bucks I can live without the air bag. Appreciate any thoughts or suggestions.

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Wow, thats a horrible price. For that kinda money I would just look up the wiring and fix it so the sensor thinks someone is sitting their all the time. The only problem might be that your seatbelt alarm will turn on if the seatbelt isnt buckled in. But having to keep the Passenger seat belt buckled is well worth $2200! I'm thinkin it'll kinda be like the sensor on a riding lawnmower seat. Just cut the wires from the sensors and cross them together so that the truck thinks someone is always there.
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They have offered to replace this for $2,218!
What would they be doing for that price?

If they are sure it's the sensor, I'd just buy a new seat off of ebay or car-parts.com for a couple hundred bucks. You could probably sell yours to recoup some cash after.

There is a long pinpoint test in the service manual if you want to investigate further.
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The dealer claims it's the entire OCS sensor pad that needs to be replaced. I don't know how much of this quote was for parts v.s labor.

If you've ever looked at the diagnostic procedure on this, it's 7 pages long to figure out what the problem is and there are several systems tied into this. I'll ignore the light rather than start cutting random wires, but was hoping someone might have tried the seat swap from another rig and could at least let me know if it worked and what year seats are interchangeable.
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I'd be willing to bet you'd be safe from 04-08 with a seat swap. I haven't come across anything that's made me think there was a mid generation change on this. I don't know if I'd try an expedition seat though.

Maybe get the dealer to look up the part number for you and see what years it fits. For some reason my manual subscription isn't giving part numbers or labor rates for the actual seat sensor, but the remove and replace procedure doesn't look that difficult.
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