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Old 05-31-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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airbag code 05, passenger side firing circuit?

anybody know what i should be checking when i have an airbag light on my 318 2000year e46. light came on only after an interior valet where the seats were shampoo cleaned. bought a bmw airbag code reader and it says chart 1, code 05, passenger side firing circuit. thanks.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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does it say anything else besides that? Such as the belt tensioner, seat occupancy sensor or the side door airbag?
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:02 AM   #3
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no chap, there were no other fault codes except code 05 about 30 times.
i have now made a major break through and taken the car to an independant auto electrican garage who has 2 airbag code readers costing thousands of pounds/dollars.
he read 3 completely different fault codes to my code reader and he reset the light with no problems at all. showed code 02 drivers belt tensioner, code 03 passenger belt tensioner and code 1a seat occupancy sensor, completely different to my b800 code scanner. he said they probably got abit wet during the valet and now may be fine.
im not saying my code reader is useless but it might pay people to pay a little (in my case charge was 10/$15) to get a better idea before spending hours and hours plus lots of unecessary parts on the car.
these cheap code readers are maybe ok for the odd reset but mine wouldnt reset my light and could have cost me hundreds in way of time and parts.
im inclined to think now that if you have an airbag fault and your code reader doesnt give an obvious code or reset it straight away then seek proffesional help.
ive bought a code reader, had both the seats out the car, spent hours checking cables, fitted an occupancy seat bypass unit and was about to buy new seatbelt tensioner, and nearly all for nothing.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:07 AM   #4
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code reader i have is the same as the peake type. printout on the left of the picture has come from the engineer at the garage i went to. clearly shows his 3 fault he found and i was just getting a code 05 on chart 01, plus i couldnt reset the light with this unit.

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:05 PM   #5
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My airbag light came on the other day after reprogramming seat memory and adjusting the tilt steering. Today I received the b800 scanner and the only code it gives me is 01.

It does not even indicate which section to refer to... Just 01.

Oh, and it will not reset the light, either. Back to amazon it goes.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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the scanner you have might have a use somewhere but mine could have cost me hundreds of pounds and hours of wasted time. maybe try an indepenant garage for another diagnostic check to help narrow it down first.
after you have a clearer fault code then you can diagnose and change the parts yourself. your current code reader might then reset the fault light.

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Old 09-08-2013, 01:44 PM   #7
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I have the exact same problem on my 2000 323i. Came on after I removed the seats to do a shampoo. I guess I need a mechanic with the right scanner to fix this.
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