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Old 05-05-2013, 01:20 AM   #1
illmatic37
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Yaw sensor replacement question

So I came to the conclusion that my yellow DSC/BRAKE light is being caused by a bad yaw sensor. The code I got was 5E38. I'm under the impression that this is the one under the drivers seat. Here's the questions I still have after researching.

So I see that if I get a used sensor from the same bodystyle/engine/suspension as my car, it's plug and play. Does the year matter? I have an '01. Would a sensor from say a '05 330ci be plug and play?

2nd question, a new sensor would need to be calibrated to my car, but the nearest dealership is a 2 hour drive on the other side of the island. Can a used sensor out of a different body/engine/etc car be recoded to my car, or is it a one shot deal kind of thing where once its been calibrated that's it.

I've noticed in the threads ive read about yaw sensor interchangeability that the compatibility seems only based on bodystyle, engine and suspension. So transmission type is not a factor?

Please and thanks

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:20 PM   #2
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I do not think that transmission type matters. Also, when I replaced mine, it was with a different year sensor (my car was 01 and the sensor I got was 02 or 03 I believe). It was plug and play and did not require recoding.
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