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Old 01-27-2016, 03:38 PM   #1
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IMPORTANT for those who've done the Takata airbag recall - check your airbag fuse

Last year I had the Takata airbag recall service performed on the passenger side of my '03 ZHP. As I was driving into work yesterday, both the airbag & seatbelt lights came on and stayed on. Last night, right before I was about to pull the trigger on the Peake tool, I went into my garage to poke around a bit more before clicking "Buy." I noticed that the airbag fuse... was missing. I put in a 5-amp fuse and now all is well.

Before all the detectives chime in, I'm extremely confident that this was an oversight during this service. It was likely done as an additional safety measure to prevent an accidental discharge and simply overlooked in the end. Nevertheless, it's a bit terrifying and I'd highly recommend whoever's had this done to take a minute and go check that the fuse is still there.

As to why the light wasn't triggered until now - I can't say for certain. However, this past weekend I did end up draining the battery working on my GPS. First time it's been entirely discharged since the airbag service was performed, and yesterday morning was the first time I took the car out after I depleted the battery. So it could be something related to a self-check after the discharge.
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Old 01-27-2016, 04:03 PM   #2
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Thanks! Just got the passenger side air bag recall done yesterday!
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:14 PM   #3
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Save your money and do not buy a Peake Reader, totally over priced for what is does not do for you.

For ABS and Airbag support and other features, consider some of these options:

BMW Scanner 1.4.0.
Launch CRP123/129
Schwaben BMW/Mini Scan Tool from ECSTuning
Carly for BMW (make sure it supports what you need for the E46 chassis)
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Old 01-27-2016, 07:46 PM   #4
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Yeah don't buy a Peake. It's not worthless as it found a soft-failed thermostat (I coulda put 2 and 2 together when I noticed the gauge at 11 o'clock) and reset the oil service reminder (can't you do that with the OBC?) but it simply is not worth the money what with all the other options jfoj cited.
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Old 01-28-2016, 11:37 AM   #5
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Save your money and do not buy a Peake Reader, totally over priced for what is does not do for you.

For ABS and Airbag support and other features, consider some of these options:

BMW Scanner 1.4.0.
Launch CRP123/129
Schwaben BMW/Mini Scan Tool from ECSTuning
Carly for BMW (make sure it supports what you need for the E46 chassis)
Thanks for that - I've already started to research those in case I need it in the future. Was eager this time around, which is why I was just gonna "settle" on the Peake even though I did think it was obscenely overpriced. Figured I could just resell it later.

Do the tools you mention generally reset the lights as well?

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Yeah don't buy a Peake. It's not worthless as it found a soft-failed thermostat (I coulda put 2 and 2 together when I noticed the gauge at 11 o'clock) and reset the oil service reminder (can't you do that with the OBC?) but it simply is not worth the money what with all the other options jfoj cited.
This is the one I was looking at, it's specifically for airbag light:

http://www.autohausaz.com/search/pro...FdgGgQodNA8HNA



****ing hate buying car-specific tools. In this case, it's even worse because it's model year-specific AND function-specific.
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Old 01-28-2016, 12:13 PM   #6
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Peake is garbage. The scanners jfoj listed can do what peake does and more.
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Peake is stupid for charging what they do for two different tools to do diagnostics and SRS. Why not combine into one tool? Just dumb.
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Peake is stupid for charging what they do for two different tools to do diagnostics and SRS. Why not combine into one tool? Just dumb.
If I had to guess, probably way behind the times.

Glad I didn't pull the trigger. No wonder lightly used ones are selling on ebay for $50.

Thanks for the info.
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Old 01-28-2016, 03:38 PM   #9
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I bought the Peake Scan/Reset tools for my 2000 328ci many years ago before the newer smart phone/computer based versions were available. I have both the SRS air bag and the general engine Scan/Reset tools and I have found them to be reliable and easy to use. I keep them in my glovebox and whenever a code comes up I can very quickly plug the tool in and scan and reset very quickly and turn off the warning indicator on the dash.
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