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Old 02-26-2005, 04:45 PM   #1
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How I fixed my Airbag Light that just came on

After vacuuming under my seat, my Airbag light came on today. After reading everyone's posts about how BMW will charge $$$$ to replace the seatmat or just to reset it... I did a DIY..

Opened the cluster and put black electrical tape behind the "Airbag" icon.

yeah... I know... ghetto... just a temporary fix until I feel like taking it to BMW. only took me 5 minutes
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Old 02-26-2005, 04:48 PM   #2
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Old 02-26-2005, 04:51 PM   #3
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Old 02-26-2005, 04:55 PM   #4
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You obviously didn't have the airbag light problem yet. do a search for "airbag light" you'd know what I'm talking about.
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Old 02-26-2005, 04:59 PM   #5
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Why not just pull the instrument cluster fuse #10 to get rid of the light. That's what i did and everything else on the cluster still works.
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:17 PM   #6
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Why not just pull the instrument cluster fuse #10 to get rid of the light. That's what i did and everything else on the cluster still works.
I have read a ton of AirBag threads and have never seen this mentioned, it works? and only the airbag warning light is affected?
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:31 PM   #7
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You obviously didn't have the airbag light problem yet. do a search for "airbag light" you'd know what I'm talking about.
i do know what your talking about. but i think its really stupid.
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:43 PM   #8
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i do know what your talking about. but i think its really stupid.
Dude, that's pretty rude.

You shouldn't have to pay 50-75.00 and an hour sitting at the dealer for vacuming your car and his method of eliminating the light is effective.
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Old 02-26-2005, 06:54 PM   #9
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whooohoooo after 3 months no more light THANKS !!!!
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While your saving 75.00 your entire SRS system in now non-fuctioning.
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I agree, and hopefully he realizes that.

Hopefully people will not use this knowledge to cover up a problem when they are selling the car.

Kick tires, check fuses and look for electrical tape behind the instrument cluster
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Old 02-26-2005, 11:28 PM   #12
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While your saving 75.00 your entire SRS system in now non-fuctioning.
I was going to ask the same thing. I am not sure if this is correct info, but have heard mentioned(but could be wrong info)that if the SRS safety light is on, that the system shuts down the airbags for preventing them from going off incorrectly. So if the airbag light is on, does anyone know for sure if it shuts off the Airbag system? If not, then tape or fuse would be a nice cover-up of that annoying light until a dealer visit.
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Old 02-26-2005, 11:47 PM   #13
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That is true, your airbags will not deploy in the event of an accident if your light is on. A lot of times the airbag light will go on because of faulty seat belt buckle sensors. IMHO, i think having the airbags disabled is dangerous.
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That is true, your airbags will not deploy in the event of an accident if your light is on. A lot of times the airbag light will go on because of faulty seat belt buckle sensors. IMHO, i think having the airbags disabled is dangerous.
The computer should be smart enough to distinguish between a situation where the airbags would deploy erroneously and something as simple as a bad seat belt sensor.

But I guess not according to the posts I have read.
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This method of removing the airbag light is just a temporary fix, not permanent. I realize that the airbag light needs a reset due to the install of my new m steering wheel which replaced my tri-spoke wheel.
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After vacuuming under my seat, my Airbag light came on today. After reading everyone's posts about how BMW will charge $$$$ to replace the seatmat or just to reset it... I did a DIY..

Opened the cluster and put black electrical tape behind the "Airbag" icon.

yeah... I know... ghetto... just a temporary fix until I feel like taking it to BMW. only took me 5 minutes
That's not a fix. That is just being G H E T T O!
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