I recently bought a 2008 Pontiac G6 GT that had been in an accident and had different doors put on the passenger side. Before I bought it, I had my mechanic check out the "service airbag" message that appeared on the DIC display. He said it was just a sensor in the front passenger door and probably just needed to be replaced. Well after I bought the car and took it back to him, he discovered after pulling off the door panel, that there was no sensor or wiring for the sensor. He told me that without that side sensor, the entire airbag system will not function.
It appears that the replacement door was from an older model that didn't have the side airbag sensor. From my understanding, starting in 2008 ALL models came equipped with the side impact sensor.
So my first question would be is that correct?
I initially was looking for a new door from a salvage yard, hopefully the same imperial blue metallic. Finding a good door is proving to be challenging. I don't want to stick a lot of money into it because it is a car for my teenage son. Even though it is my kid's first car and not perfect, I still want the airbag system to work properly (and the door to be matching color)
So I was thinking about a different approach. I wondered about buying a correct wiring harness and side impact airbag sensor from a salvage yard and install that into the "incorrect" door.
Is that the best approach? Would I be able to install the sensor inside a door that originally didn't come with one? How big of a pain would this project be? Can someone point me to a good diagram of the inside of the door and the wiring? Unfortunately, wiring is not my strong suit when it comes to auto repair, so hopefully the diagram is straightforward.
Any helpful responses are greatly appreciated. Thanks.