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Old 04-06-2008, 01:03 PM   #1
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airbag light stays on what are the common faults how to fix

hi all i am having problems with the air bag light it was flashing on and off i disconnected the wires under the the seats and reconnected as advised buy the local garage now the light is on all the time do anyone have any helpful advice many thanks darrenh
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:38 PM   #2
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Mine's also on (passenger seat) when they clear it it stays off till someone sits there then it's on again. BMW wants to change the sensor and hopefully it's not the one inside the seat cause hell knows how you gonna take it out, undo the stitching.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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it could also be the seatbelt tensioner. my airbag light is on because the drivers seatbelt tensioner needs to be replaced.
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Old 04-06-2008, 02:34 PM   #4
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It will most probably be the passenger occupancy mat. These aren't cheap to fix, probably around 70 for the mat plus fitting, which is a bit tricky. I recently bought a plug from ebay for 45 that fools the car into thinking that someone is always sat in the seat, and thus rectifying the airbag light coming on.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:50 PM   #5
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Lots of common problems, just go fix the damn thing and don't throw parts at it like your typical forum jackass.
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Old 04-06-2008, 03:51 PM   #6
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mine is faulty passenger seatbeat connection!!

donno wtf is that.. but just go find a dealer they can clear that code for you!!
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Old 04-06-2008, 04:01 PM   #7
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I just got mine fixed this past week..it was the seatbelt tensioner..it was like 330 or so from the dealer..took about an hour and 1/2 to fix and the part was about 140 or so if I remember correctly..I'd say take it somewhere there's plenty of things to go wrong..I never wouldv'e thought a seatbelt would cause an issue with an airbag
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:59 PM   #8
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Things that cause airbag light to be on
Seatbelt tensioner
Occupancy Mat
Seat sensor
Faulty Airbag or wiring
disconnect your seat plugs without disconnect your battery first
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:26 PM   #9
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Does it matter if the air bag light is on other than it's annoying? Will the airbag not work?
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:18 PM   #10
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I'm told this disables the airbag, (according to my indy mechanic). Anyone else heard differently? Cost to repair at independent is $295.00 for Occupancy Mat replacement.
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Old 04-07-2008, 09:46 PM   #11
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Stop guessing. Without reading the fault codes, you are wasting your time. Dealer, indy shop with proper equipment, or our Peake Research R5-SRS tool. All those options will cost about the same.

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:56 AM   #12
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My mom's seat belt tensioner, driver side, is the code that keeps coming back. I just want to make sure I'm ordering the right part - is it the seat belt buckle with the pre-tensioner module that's the culprit?

thanks in advance.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:30 AM   #13
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Black electric tape over the light.


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Old 11-04-2008, 06:45 PM   #14
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Yeah.. black electric tape over the light... heheheh.. that is the cheapest way to go.. This is the best suggestion I have seen....

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Old 11-04-2008, 07:04 PM   #15
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I'm told this disables the airbag, (according to my indy mechanic). Anyone else heard differently? Cost to repair at independent is $295.00 for Occupancy Mat replacement.

BMW dealer told me that the airbag will still work, he urge me to get it fix tho (SRS LIGHT, REPLACE SEAT MAT SENSOR $ 635.00) for $295.00 ...i'll get it fixed bro
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Old 06-01-2011, 08:44 AM   #16
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I Have a 1997 BMW 328i conv. Airbag light stays on all the time. I have fault codes 16, 17, & 25, I was wondering if it could be in the wiring for both seat belt sensors & passenger oss to be bad. Thank you in advance
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Old 06-01-2011, 07:06 PM   #17
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I had a problem with the occupancy sensor...
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:43 AM   #18
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Stop guessing. Without reading the fault codes, you are wasting your time. Dealer, indy shop with proper equipment, or our Peake Research R5-SRS tool. All those options will cost about the same.

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Old 12-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #19
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Yeah.. black electric tape over the light... heheheh.. that is the cheapest way to go.. This is the best suggestion I have seen....

thanks..
The previous owner of my car went a little further and removed the instrument cluster
and covered the light with black silicon.
I finally got it all dug out but now I get to look at the airbag light til I get mine
changed out. Its on order tho.
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Old 03-13-2013, 12:07 PM   #20
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I've suddenly got an Airbag light. I was cutting away carpet under the ashtray but I've nicked a wire in there. When I rejoin the cable, will it reset itself or will it stay on because it has been triggered and will only go off once reset with a tool ?


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