Nissan Xterra Air Bag SRS light and Autel AL619

A couple of days after replacing my suspensions I notice my airbag light (SRS) started to blink.  At first I thought I’ll just do a simple reset procedure to turn it off.  I tried the procedure but after a few trips later the SRS light started blinking again. I knew this would be a nightmare to deal with since the car has multiple airbag devices that will trigger the lights. So I came up with a bright idea, why not take it to O’Reilly and see if they can read SRS codes. So when I went down there I found out that their OBD2 reader Bosch OBD 1200 can actually read SRS codes but for some reason it was giving errors and was not able to pull any codes. When I researched more into the Bosch OBD 1200 I found out it was actually rebrand of Actron CP9680 where it does list Nissan as compatible for SRS code reading but for some reason it was not pulling any SRS codes.

I didn’t want to take the car to the dealership because as you know they’re pricey. I do have an OBD2 code reader at home so I researched all different ways to pull SRS codes using an OBD2 reader. I discovered OBD2 can only read engine error codes and I would need a specialized SRS reader for SRS codes. So I googled SRS code reader on Amazon to see what options came up and it was an Autel AL619.

Autel AL619

It was cheaper than taking it to the dealership and I get a code reader out of this whole ordeal. So when the Autel AL619 came I plugged it into my car right away. Navigating through the menu was easier than the Bosch. I didn’t need to set the model, year, and make of the car. I could just simply choose the SRS option and it prompted the maker of the car. It read the code and gave me two codes. It was B1049 and B1054. A light researched indicated that these codes meant I needed a new spiral cable (clock spring.)  Bought a replacement clock spring, installed it and then used the Autel AL619 to erase the SRS codes. After driving the car for a few months and no new SRS codes it’s safe to say that the clock spring was the culprit that’s now fixed.

Here are a few extra notes from my experience:

  • Most models of cars have procedures where you can pull SRS codes without a need for a code reader. For the Nissan, the air bag light will blink in a certain sequence to let you know the error.
  • Sadly, when I did the procedure for my Nissan Xterra it gave me 0 blinks. Which meant:
    • Self-Diagnoses result (previously stored in the memory) might not have been erased after repair
    • Intermittent malfunction has been detected in the past.
    • These were really broad explanation and the only repair order mentioned was to use Nissan Consult II. Which you know cost thousands of dollars if you want to buy your own.
  • The procedure is only good for pulling one code. If you have two SRS codes stored like my situation then it might just give you 0 blinks which can only be read by a SRS code reader.
  • The clock spring was most likely damaged when I was replacing the suspension. I probably turned the steering wheel past the allowed limit and damaged the clock spring.
    • Surprisingly, even though my clock spring was damaged my horns and steering wheel controls were working fine.
  • I did not need to update the Autel AL619 before using it. It’s recommended that you do just in case. It also doubles as an OBD2, SRS and ABS code reader.

Xiaomi Mi Hybrid Earphone Experience

My personal experience with cheap headphones were mediocre.  They weren’t anything amazing and sounds were just only okay at best. So I decided to buy an expensive Panasonic Zirconia Headphone for around $100 when it was on sale from $200. The headphones were good with clean and crisp sound. Sadly the right earbud died so I needed a replacement headphone. I did my research and everyone was recommending the Xiaomi Mi Hyrbid Earphones.

Xiaomi Mi Hybrid Earphone

I was skeptical at first. I lost my trust in cheap headphones but I decided to give it another shot since it was recommended by lots of people when I did my research. So after a few days the headphones came in and I was surprised.

  • The construction of the headphone wire was sturdy. Lots of coworkers complimented the wires when I told them to test out the Xiaomi Mi headphones.
  • The earphones fit into my ear fine and  were comfortable. I didn’t need to change the stock tips.
  • The media button worked for my Android Oneplus One phone.
  • The mic on the earphone was able to pick up my voice and friends complimented on how clear I sounded.
  • My first impression of the sound wowed me. The sound was clear and crisp. At first it was a little more bassy than my previous headphone. After running the headphones for 20 hours the bass has subsided.

 

I highly recommend these headphones. At first I was expecting to be let down by a low price headphone but to my surprise I didn’t know a headphone under $25 can be made with such quality and wow factor. Try them but be careful where you buy them. There are lots of fake Xiaomi headphones out there due to their popularity and demand. The ones I bought were through this Amazon page.

Acer B286HK 28″ 4k Monitor 60hz

After using a dual 27″ Asus 1080p monitor for 4 years it felt like I needed to upgrade to something bigger and better. So why not an Acer B286HK? It’s 28″ with a 4k resolution, and the price is a bargain for what it offers.

Acer 28″ 4K Monitor

Acer 28 4k Dual Setup

My dual setup.

This monitor did have some nice aspects to it but not everything did please me. I’ll list the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • 4k resolution on a 28″ monitor! Really crisp text and images. It’s really fascinating. I remember when I would zoom in by putting my face close to the monitor and expect a blurry text but surprisingly it was really clear!
  • Price was decent. I bought the monitor for around $280.00 each.
  • VESA mounting. 100mm x 100 mm to be exact. I know some 28″ 4k monitors of this variation does not come with VESA mounts. For example: Samsung U28E590D.
  • Solid stand with a magnetic paper clip feature but I ended up using a dual mount for my dual setup.
  • Plenty of connection cables. (Power chord, sound, DisplayPort, DVI, HDMI..etc)

Cons:

  • TN type panel. The viewing angle was actually pretty decent for a TN panel but if you do a lot of editing where color reproduction is important then I suggest sticking with an IPS panel.
  • 60hz is what this monitor max refresh rate is and in order to achieve this refresh rate you need a DisplayPort cable and make sure your video card has a DisplayPort.
  • If you want a dual setup make sure your video card has two DisplayPort to achieve 60hz on each monitor. If not then one monitor will be at 60hz and the other monitor will be at 30hz if you’re using any other connectors beside the DisplayPort. I used a HDMI cable and only achieved 30hz on my second monitor. It’s noticeable when you move your mouse from one monitor to the next. It seems like the mouse slows down when moving to the 30hz monitor.
  • Majority of the 28″ 4k panels comes from one manufacturer called InnoLux. This I found surprising so essentially all the 28″ 4k monitors are the same panel just in different casings.
  • I ordered this from acerrecertified.com so there was some quality issues from them since it was recertified and not new.
    • Ordered 2 monitors. They only shipped one but eventually shipped the second one when I called back about the mistake. Customer service was really responsive so kudos to them.
    • One of the monitors had a scratched bezel and horrible back bleeding. The second monitor had 2 dead pixels on the middle right and would randomly shut down but back bleeding was not as bad.  So just be wary when buying as recertified since you are practically playing the monitor lottery game.

Overall, the monitors will be suitable for you  if all you do is browse websites and a casual gamer. If you’re a hardcore gamer or a professional graphic artist I suggest looking into other monitors.  Eventually I returned the monitors and opted for a BenQ XL2730Z 27″ 144hz 2k  monitor.