2005 Toyota Corolla with manual transmission
The car was flooded couple of years ago. At that time, the computer had to be replaced. Water didn’t get in the engine. No driveability issues or performance issues so far. In fact, it has very good gas mileage and acceleration. And no error codes. However, the srs light stayed on since. Took it to the dealer. They said that their scanner was unable to communicate with the srs computer under the dash. And quoted work that would cost more than the value of the car. Hence, the light stayed on. I don’t have a way to know if the airbags will deploy or not (short of ramming the car in to a tree). To me it seems like the problem is partially or wholly on the passenger side seat sensors. And, in the worst case, a bad srs computer. When someone sits on the passenger seat, the passenger airbag light does not go off.
I watched a ton of videos on related issues, but I am hesitant to do something that might deploy the airbags (if they are still working and armed). Couldn’t find anything specific to my kind of a situation. In all videos that I could find, the srs computer was not damaged and mostly done on other make/models (not sure how wiring is different). Heard that I could blow some fuses or the computer if I mess up any connection. Anyone worked on a similar issue on a corolla?
I want to turn that light off, with or without fixing the issue, which I think may or may not be too expensive (depending on what it is). Of course I want to fix it if it is not too expensive, but at least I want the srs light to be off (and stay off) without throwing any error codes. Your thoughts and suggestions on approaching the issue - from the easiest to hardest. Things that I should watch out for. Appreciate all you suggestions and tips.