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Resetting BMW Air Bag Warning Lamps

(SRS Reset)

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     One of the most common annoyances associated with the late-model E36 BMWs is the somewhat troublesome air bag warning lamp. This warning lamp had dogged do-it-yourselfers for years. The lamp is like a little gremlin – there apparently is no specific reason why or how it is activated – any number of seemingly harmless actions can set it off. The airbag lamps on all three of my E36 BMWs have been on at one time or another. Sometimes the light will stay lit, and then go out after about 3 minutes of driving. Sometimes it will blink and then stay lit. Sometimes it will stay on continuously from when you start the car. Either way, each of these occurrences indicates that the airbag computer (also known as the SRS, or Supplemental Restraint System) has had a problem in the past.

     The SRS warning lamp is often triggered for relatively minor reasons that do not require any maintenance on the system. Any number of harmless acts can trigger the SRS lamp:

  • Driving the car through a large puddle, or being exposed to lots of rain
  • Swapping steering wheels
  • Removing the gauge cluster to replace light bulbs
  • Aggressive and/or track driving
  • Accidentally disconnecting an SRS component while hooking up electrical accessories, like an alarm or stereo
  • Pulling a fuse for the SRS system while performing electrical troubleshooting.
  • Bad seatbelt sensor in the belt receptacle (common failure)

     You can’t clear the lamp by disconnecting the battery – it will stay on. You can take the car to your local BMW dealer, but they will charge you anywhere from $80 to $300 just to diagnose the system and reset the lamp. However, there is a new tool available for the home mechanic that allows you to troubleshoot and diagnose air bag problems. The R5/SRS scan and reset tool from Peake Research (Figure 1) is very similar to the fuel injection code reader featured in our Pelican Technical Article on Reading Fuel Injection Fault Codes. The tool plugs into the same socket and allows you to diagnose the problem with your airbag, and also to reset a that annoying lamp. The instructions are very simple – just plug it in, read the codes, and then reset the lamp.

     Most of the time, the airbag error code will be relatively minor, particularly if you know what caused the error. For example, the airbag light went on after I removed the gauges from my E36, and then accidentally turned the ignition on in order to move the steering wheel out of the way so they could be reinstalled.

     Many people have told me that the airbags will not deploy when the airbag lamp is illuminated.  This is an area of much controversy, as I have also been told by more than a few people that their airbags did deploy when the light was on.  From this non-specific evidence, I would hazard to guess that the airbag system does indeed continue working when the light is on.  However, the light is obviously there to warn of a potential fault in the system, so you should check it out immediately if it does happen to light up.

     In addition, BMW factory documentation seems to indicated that the airbag system will still work if the airbag light is on, and there are only minor faults observed. I will quote from BMW factory documents:

72 01 93 (2137) - "The [airbag] Watchdog subsystem has the ability to disable the Output Stage in the event of certain faults."

72 01 85 (2042) - "If the SRS indicator light [lights up] the system is faulty; there is a risk of the system not operating in the event of an accident.

     So it would seem, depending upon the type of fault recorded by the Watchdog system, the airbags may or may not deploy - it depends on how serious the fault it.

     There are quite a few BMW Technical Bulletins available on the design and maintenance of the SRS system. Bulletin 72.01.85 details the SRS system, 71.01.93 discusses the later-model Central Activation Module, and 61.02.00 describes the procedures for installing various SRS sensor wire harness repair kits.

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Comments and Suggestions:
BillComments: Thank you for your reply .Nick
Bill, from down under...
April 9, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BillComments: replace left handle door lock after switching of battery, now i have airbag warning
light on : use scanner code 32 part number 6912755 never had any problem before…please help…bmw x5 e53 ..2002 model..
April 7, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: First, be sure everything you unplugged is plugged in correctly. Then try to clear the fault code. If it does not go way, you may have a wiring issue of faulty component in the airbag system. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
RickComments: hi , I used the tool and got error codes 01 41 11. the error codes say table 01 , control unit fault, ignition capacitor, airbag driver, and supply voltage??? could you please advice
April 2, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a faulty airbag control module or power issue. I would check powers and grounds to the airbag module. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
canoykComments: I have a 99 323i wit the SRS light on 4 spoke wheel, I have a Peake R5 tools that I did a scan with no errors, I have a Peake SRS and did a scan and came up with a 02 04 code Firing circuit, driver airbag. Do i just replace the driver airbag and issue solve i hate swapping part? Is there a way to confirm it's the airbag thus a way to test it and make sure I don't have a wiring issue or test the wiring to the bag?
April 2, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be the airbag or the clockspring. There are airbag simulators you can connect to the wheel for testing, however they are not easy to find. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
jmissile1Comments: i have a 2008 bmw 328xi . . . the passenger restraint system malfunction light has been on since i bought the car used months ago. I took it to the dealership and they said I need a new passenger airbag. . . Quite frankly I am the only person who over uses the car with no passengers... Is there any way to bypass this ?? Dealer wants 900 for new airbag.
April 1, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No. it has to be repaired to remedy the light. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DanielComments: Hi!
I purchased the Peake R5/SRS from Pelican Parts for my 1994 325i Convertible. The forums/google don't have anything on my issue. Any ideas on what this issue could be? what is signal track M1/M2?

My trouble codes are:
11 - Supply Voltage
13 - Fault Lamp
47 - Control Unit Fault, signal track M1
48 - Control Unit Fault, signal track M2
March 30, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This sounds like a faulty control unit. I would confirm powers and ground are good to the module. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MCC3Comments: Hi I have a 99 323i with codes: 02 03 01 08 01 - in that order
02- table 2
03 - Supply voltage
01 - Internal ECU error
08 - Firing circuit, side airbag, front left side
01 - Internal ECU errorwhy does this come up twice?
- end of codes
codes persist through reset, any suggestions?
March 23, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: With the internal ECU code, the only fix for that is replacing the control module. Be sure powers and grounds to it are ok. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DanComments: I have a 2000 323i, I reset my airbag light with a snap-on tool, the light came back five hours later. The code was 01, do you have any idea what part needs replacing? Thank you in advance.
March 17, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I believe that is the circuit for the driver side airbag. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Norma2838Comments: I have a 2000 bmw 328I and the horn doesnt work and the air bag light doesnt come on?? I have no idea what it could be any ideas out thre ?
February 17, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a faulty clockspring. I would check the vehicle for fault codes using a BWM scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
starshajayComments: I have a 1999 BMW 323i. All the dashboard lights won't go out and stays on while the car is on. I had it looked at by 2 mechanics and they both said the vehicle computer needs to be replaced. They also said the diagnostic port under the driver side dashboard is broken so they couldn't do the scan. The car is 15 years old with 160,000 miles. Was wondering if it's worth fixing or should I sell.
February 15, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Only you know if it is worth fixing. I would look at how well you know the vehicle, how well it has been maintained and what else it may need. Compile that data to see if it warrants repairing it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
A66andiComments: Hi bmw x5 recently fitted new battery, clock on dash needs to be reset everyday also mpg counter starts fresh everyday too, any thoughts?
February 9, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Was the battery accidentally connected reversed? A constant power fuse (to those compoenents) may have blown. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
A66andiComments: E70 x5 2008 931e "control unit incorrect encoding"fault code in instrument cluster will not erase, suspect mileage correction, looking to buy the car with this issue- any thoughts?
February 9, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check the VIN and coding info using a BMW scan tool. You should be able to pick up the discrepancies there if there are any. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Peter Comments: I removed my seats to fix the dreaded twisting seats in the E-39. After doing so my airbag light came on and my car will not crank. What can I do to fix the problem? The car ran fine before I did this cosmetic fix. I need your help!!
February 8, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You'll need to see what fault code is stored for the airbag. It might be as simple as clear the code. As far as the no start, I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Are there any fault codes? Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
StevoComments: Hi
I have BMW 316i 1996
all of a sudden with no apparent reason air bag warning light came on and stays on while horn has stopped working at the same time.
would appreciate any feedback.

many thanks.
January 30, 2014
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like the clockspring is faulty. I wold start by scanning the SRS for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ErikComments: I want to a mechanic because of an AIR BAG light on and setbelt light on, i have a 2006 BMW E90 325i. He told That The scanner read this code. OX93AD 37805 ZK5 seat airbag front right.???? I heard him telling other guy, that the problem it is in the airbag
pillar?????? he also ask me if someone ever tryed to chance the window.. I also have this light In yellow Adaptive Head Light failed whats does it mean by Adaptive Head light..also I have this code is CC-ID 259 it show me a window, could be because of my rear window wont come down??? Someone toll me to buy a passenger air bag bypass, another friend told me to disconnect the negative wire from my battery for about 2 hours. I don't want to do nothing cuz I don't know if if gonna do something else : Please let me know all the thing I ask. Thank you and merry Christmas.
December 21, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The fault could be the passenger, side airbag. The bag itself could be faulty or a connection. I would not bypass any safety equipment on your vehicle. Repair the faulty part.

The light message is due to a fault in the adaptive light system. You'll have to scan ti for fault codes to get some direction.- Nick at Pelican Parts
GeorgeComments: my bmw 528 has yello brake +trans + a dim airbag lights.
Any ideas? this happened all at one time
December 18, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a fault in the cluster or another component. I would scan the vehicle for fault codes using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMW Comments: A car deler check this car and gave me this code ox93ad 37805
December 18, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think that is a passenger seat airbag code. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMW Comments: What's a good tool to reset codes for a 2006 BMW 325i!???? For airbag and setbelt! I just want to take the light away. Turn it off!!!
December 18, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The light won't turn off unless you repair the fault that has caused it to illuminate. Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can suggest a scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BmwComments: What's a good tool reset codes for a 2006 BMW 325i!????
December 18, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check this page for scan tools for your vehicle: #item1 - Nick at Pelican Parts
BMWComments: 2006 BMW adaptive headlight, I got the light of the adaptive headlight on. What that mean?
December 18, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This means there is a fault in the system. I would check the vehicle for fault codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMW Comments: My BMW 325i won't lock or unlock the doors. With the remote or door handy inside. I was playing with the remote locking it and unlucking it, and suddenly the remote stop working and the door won't open from the inside! Even if a try to open it from the inside by the door handle... When I press the unlock button the door won't do any unluck sound and when I'm inside when I try to open it by pulling the door handle the door won't open won't open or the door lock button won't pop up I think I disprogramed the door and also the remote. Please help!
December 15, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Do the lock actuators work normally with the button inside the vehicle? If so, the remote may have failed. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
blancogComments: i have a 2001 bmw 325i and I hit a curb on driverside and the airbag blew. and now horn goes off randomly how do I fix this. also it doesn't want to start. theres power but no turnover. there was never a problem before with it starting. I can push start it but that's it
December 14, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have a faulty clockspring. I would check to see if there is a fault code for it. Also, the ignition switch or wiring for it may have been damaged. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
marwilComments: I have a 2001 X5 3.0i and cant find out what this code means.0x06 ignition circuit zk5 side air bag front right no dtc detected at time of request
December 12, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a fault code for the side airbag wiring or the bag itself. I would scan it with a BMW scan tool to get the code description and more direction. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Brown sugar!!Comments: help need it 2006 BMW 325i. seat belt light on, airbag light on, please let me know!!!
December 9, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
help needComments: 2006 BMW 325i airbag light on, seat belt light on, tire light on. 87000 miles title clean. car fax clean. what could be causing the problem?????????????
December 8, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
kennedy3ncsbComments: Can you tell me what the 2xJCX stands for on an airbag sensor on a 99 BMW 323i. Most of the replacements that I find have VAR or 1NF. They have the same part number of 65.77-8372521 and MRSZ2/12 9441. If I was to replace the airbag sensor would it need to be recoded? Can you use the VAR 1NF inplace of a 2xJCX. Thanks for your help.
November 29, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799 and they can help figure out which part or repair kit you need. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
kennedy3ncsbComments: Nick, the reader gave me code 2 for table 2 code 1 internal ecu error, code 3 supply voltage, code 9 firing circuit side airbag front right side, and code 8 firing circuit side front left side. I only had the right side code and I unplugged the left side airbag to check to see if the voltage was the same. I immediately plug the left side in again and I got the same codes adding the left side. I do not see how the plastic part broke that unshorts the shorting bar by simply unplugging the connector and replugging it. I can not figure this out. Please help!!! My original post was on 10-17 then on 10-25. Thanks for any help you could supply.
November 9, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: An internal ECU code is cut and dry. Usually the ECU is faulty. Let's focus on that. I would check the powers and grounds to the ECU, if they are good, replace it.

The fault codes for the bags, I would address those once the internal ECU fault is dealt with. They may be erroneous.- Nick at Pelican Parts
kennedy3ncsbComments: Thanks Nick, I did some testing and discover the same voltage reading on both driver's and passenger's airbag. I tried replacing the passenger airbag and wiring to correct code. Upon testing I unplugged the driver's side airbag and I have the b800 and peak tool. I read the codes and they were the same as before with the exception of a code adding the driver's side airbag. Neither tool will reset the light does my ecu need programming? These codes came from unplugging the airbag there is no faults to correct. I have heard that on some 323i these tools do not work. Have you heard of this? Can you offer any suggestions? I have a 99 323i. Thanks.
October 25, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the code will not clear, it means there is a hard fault that is currently present. What is the exact wording on the fault that is stored?
- Nick at Pelican Parts
WillieComments: I have 2001 BMW 318i. Airbag always stay on. Tried to removed fuse for the airbag nothing happened, airbag light stay on. Any idea?...cheers!
October 24, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the air bag system for a faults, then repair the fault.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
snakeyComments: The plug and play passenger seat sensor emulator is for my BMW 530. If any of you know a good UK supplier appreciate info posted here
October 19, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I opened a post in our forums. A Pelican community member may be able to answer your question.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
SnakeyComments: Don't let your dog jump into the front seat. Mine destroyed my seat sensor mat and it will cost me £600 to repair as they have to take the entire seat apart. I am trying to find a fix by buying a sensor plug and play emulator. BMW do not agree to this low cost £60 solution but I am just not going to pay such a huge amount to fix the official way.
October 19, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the Info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
kennedyncsbComments: I have a 99 323i 4 door. I changed the passenger front regulator and never unplugged the airbag. When finished airbag light came on. I read codes from a b800 srs reader and got code 2 for table 2 code 1 internal ecu error, code 3 supply voltage, code 9 firing circuit side airbag front right side. Code will not reset. Any suggestions?
October 17, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Did you let the air bag hang while you changed the regulator? I would check the wires and the connector and make sure they are ok. There is a plastic part in the connector that unshorts the shorting bar in the air bag connector, it could be broken.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
BudComments: I have a 1999 Z3 2.3 and have a problem with a noise in the rear passenger side. When I accelerate in second and third gear at a higher than normal speed it sounds as if I am running over a rumble strip. Took it to a local garage that services German made cars and he thought it was the center support barren. Charged me 350 to replace it and has not helped. I order and replace the sway bar links and rear shocks myself. The shocks were dead and needed replaced. Still have the problem but not quite as bad. Everything else seems to be tight and no signs of wear. Anyone have any suggestions?
August 1, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like a faulty wheel bearing. Have you checked it? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bimmerheadComments: I have read your comments on fixes for E36 air bag warning light, however, I am looking for info covering a 1994 bmw 525 I with an E34 engine
July 29, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If your air bag light is ON, start by checking the airbag system for fault codes. It could be something as simple as a seat belt buckle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DeanoComments: Hi Guys, I have 2009 318i touring BMW UK and the connection box under the passenger seat had come off its mount, I remounted it and now the Restraint system faulty message comes up on the iDrive, what is wrong ? And what do i need to do?
July 20, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have a bad connection or something broke under the seat. I would check the airbag system for fault codes and go from there. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
roscoeComments: correction air bag light stays illuminated for at least 60 sec states wifey my err.
July 11, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The light is supposed to come on for a bulb check. If it goes out there is no problem with the system - Nick at Pelican Parts  
roscoeComments: 1995 318ti auto; started noticing airbag warning light on-at start up -staying illuminated for 10- 15 seconds then goes off-remaining off - recently with the wifey driving the horn started sounding off for approx 5 secs she said it continued off and on only turning off when she tapped the horn only to come back on .... are these issues linked in any way you may be aware of - no previous problems before these ???
July 11, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have a bad clockspring causing the horn to go off. If the airbag light goes off there is no problem with the airbag system - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Mrmga62Comments: I have a 2002 540i. The letters on the dash board and radio are coming up unclear and broken. I need help to determine what to replace.
June 12, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The displays are likely faulty. You may be able to swap in parts from a donor vehicle. Depending on which displays are faulty.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
crowComments: I have a 2003 7 series bmw and had to replace the driver side window regulator, now the air bag light is on how can I turn it off?
June 1, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to clear the fault codes using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MichelleComments: I have a 2007 320i e90, i was sitting in my car, with the engine off, put the key in to open the sunroof and then removed the key and just sat there with a passenger also in the front. After this the airbag warning light came on, and the car does not start or lock. the boot also will not open and i cannot close the sunroof or lock my doors.
What should i do? and why is my car not starting because of this?
May 4, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You may have a fault with the CAS.

I would start by checking the vehicle for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts
havoc34danComments: Hi I really need help in this. first discover after changing out my 98 328i seats to M3 seats. Connected and transferred the seat belt buckle to the M3 seats. Less the passanger's side seat sensor. So expected the SRS light to come on. But it didn't read further and come to know it must do it a self test on turn the car on. But also realised it didn't. Took out the cluster and found bulb blown. Changed it and expected the light to come on. But nothing happen. No light nothing. Checked fuse in engine bay and found it still intact but change it on the safe side. Still nothing. Help what's wrong??
February 4, 2013
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Indeed this is an unusual problem to have. Most people have the problem where the light is on and they can't seem to get it to go off. It's clear here that there is a problem with your airbag system, possibly with the control unit. Pelican cells and airbag diagnostic tool that reads all the codes that are associated with the airbag system. The first thing I would do is plug this into the car and see if it registers any fault. However if your control unit is faulty it may not even work or show you any fault codes. Other than that I'm not sure what to recommend? - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
MattComments: Is there a tool available for a 2007 X3 3.0si? You list the 2006 part above but the part description says its only good till 2006. However, the 2007 X3 is in the same generation as the 2006. Will the same one work?
December 9, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Coverage for the tool gets spotty after 2003. It would be a gamble. If the site says no, I wouldn't take the chance. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
robComments: also I'm using a launch x431 master
October 22, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks, got it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
robComments: I have a 96 BMW 328is and the airbag light comes on intermittently. While the light is on I can read for codes and there are none present. Anyone have any ideas?
October 22, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Are you reading codes at the 16 or 20 pin? You should be reading them at the 20 pin. Otherwise you may not get airbag codes. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
PatrickComments: My car BMW 525i 2001 modelgoes into fail safe mode after driving for a few meters and gears do not change except for reverse and one forward gear. The dashboard indication for gear position also goes off. Before this problem started, I had the following alarms on the dashboard; DSC, ABS, then later Air bag and DBC.
October 8, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If the gear indicator is going off there is a fault in the transmission control system. I would start by scanning the control unit for fault codes. If you cannot communicate with he module, it may be faulty. You will have to test power, grounds and the data line. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sydComments: hi i have 328i convertible,recently the air bag light came up car is done only 106000k,i should say roof opens well but closes with a bit of force is that wat cause the light come up?what happens if i just ignore the light?i am afraid i pay to fix it but it comes back again!
September 24, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The top will not turn the airbag light on, or it shouldn't. You likely have a fault in the airbag system. I would have the fault code read and repair what is broken. This way your airbags are functioning normally. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
brianComments: I have a 320i 2009/10with airbags in the front seat headrests. I have need on occassion to remove the passenger side headrest. Who is the major beneficiary of this airbag in the event of an accident, front or rear seat occupant? Can I arrange to have the electrical wire connecting the seat and headrest lengthened? Would this adversely affect its functionality? Any other suggestions?
September 8, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: If you are referring to active headrests, they are there to prevent neck injuries. I would not modify or eliminate any safety features of your vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMW 528i 2000Comments: I have a BMW 528i year 2000. The Crevier BMW dealer in Orange county, CA told me they cannot reset or programming my MRS module light on even replace the new module. Then charged me $160 for diagonsis labor. How could that be possible and anyone has some idea what should I do?
September 7, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I am not following you. Do you have a new module and they cannot program it? This does not sound right. Unless of course the vehicle requires further diagnosis and you left part of the story out. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
dylanleannComments: i have a 2006 325i, manual trans, i had new tires installed recently and the tire sensor warning light went off, i took it back to the folks that had installed the tires and they were able to get the tire sensor to go off but then the horn stopped working i figured that out and replaced the fuses myself but my passenger airbag light won't go want too much to fix/diagnose
September 2, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You're going to have to read the codes using a BMW scan tool. You can try to clear the codes right away, as they may have been triggered during the service. If the code doesn't return, you should be OK. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
esauComments: hi i have a BMW 2001 32i and my airbag light wont light on at all i know it should turn on when you start the car but it doesnt. i cant get through the inspection because of this issue. also when i turn on my high beams the light for that doesnt come up on my dash board. please help i took to german mechanic shop and they charged me $100 just to run it and get the codes and said it will be another$400 to tell me what the actual problem is.. NOT TO FIX IT..
August 6, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would need the fault codes to offer any solid advice. It could be something as simple as the bulb is burned out or the something major like the airbag module is faulty. If you aren't happy with the shop you went to, try another. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
RobComments: Hi, I have a 2001 Z3 Coupe 3.0; experience the same problem as "Doug" his comments on 4/14/2011 my passenger occupancy mat is damaged, but inserted a simulator module to the sensor box. Tried the reset tool got same codes as "Doug" 10 & 11Also my seat belt light comes on for a few seconds when key is inserted then stays "black" regardless if the belt is fastened/inserted. Pls advise
Thanks Rob
June 28, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: My advice is to replace the occupancy mat. Not bypass it. You should not alter safety items on your vehicle. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
AthletealComments: I have a 2008/2009 E60 5 series touring. The airbag light is on, can this reset it?
June 16, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think this tool has spotty coverage after 2003. I would think the answer is no. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
YoungComments: Hi Can I order the Reset toolabove figure1?

how can I order it? thanks
May 17, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you with your order.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
TomComments: I've been told BMW extended the warranty on the 2004 z4 passenger airgag,seatbelt light. It stays on
May 17, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would check with BMW, that very well may be. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
NixComments: Hi, I have an immaculate 1994 320i,The aribag is only on the drivers side & the light is on. I have taken it to 2 different servicers who plugged it in & there is not connection showing at all. We are now trying to replace the control module but can't find it. Not under any seats, not under centre control by handbrake, not behind glove box, not in steering column, not in boot?????HELP!
May 9, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't have your model in the US. But on the 325i, it is under the right rear seat. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CaptWSimsComments: I bought a 2002 BMW 330 ci convertible that had been wrecked. Do not know if any of the airbags deployed. Can tell the driver's sdie door was repaired. Airbag light is on, and need to get it off so it can pass inspection. The Peake tool is not communicating with the OBC. Tried the suggested tricks, none worked. Took to an indy and they cannot get their machine to communicate with any of the modules except the OBD2 which I was already doing with another scanner. Shop is reluctant to spend my $$$ troublshooting, and I can do that myself...but where to start??? Hat to just replace parts/modules at random!
May 1, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would not replace parts at random, that will get expensive fast. Pay to have the codes read by a BMW shop. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
EllisComments: Hello there...can anyone help me out with code CC-ID-97 on a 328i 07. The meaning of this code is MRS 97 MULTIPLE RESTRAINT SYSTEM FAULT. I would like to fix it my self and save some bucks. Please advise on what i need to do.
Thanks in advance!
March 9, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This could be a seat belt buckel problem or the occupancy mat. I would check if the mat if your vehicle falls under an extended warranty. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
TonyComments: how can i reset my 93 325is??!?!?!
February 14, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tool: Nick at Pelican Parts  
ChuckComments: 1999 323i with 175,000 miles. Recently have had various warning lights come on ABS, air bag, oil, then radio cuts out, finally hot air stops. When car is shut off, it will not restart. Mechanic replaced air flow sensor, but same problem came back. Do you know what I am looking at? I thought maybe the computer needs to be reprogrammed, but not sure. Any suggestions are welcome.
January 13, 2012
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I can't help without knowing what is missing from the system when you are trying to start it. When your engine doesn’t start you’ll want to check the basics. Check spark, fuel injector pulse and pressure fuel, volume and quality. Once you figure out what is missing, it will be easier to diagnose.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
TonySComments: 2003 bmw 325i 4dr sedan. i had the airbag light come on going down the road. I bought the reset tool and got table 04 and code f0 which is interal error. how do i fix this. tried to reset with the reset tool no luck. tried battery disconnect for 5 mins no luck with light. help!!!
December 29, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sounds like it may be something wrong with the airbag computer, unfortunately. Usually those types of cryptic error messages indicate that. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Nickz4Comments: I have a BMW z4 and I have a fault code of 1a that there is a short circuit with the close button of
My convertible roof, the light is flashing red as if the roof is not shut properly.
December 14, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Have you checked the button and wires? Sounds like you are on the right track. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DinoComments: I have a 1999 323i. With the car off and sitting, the airbag, oil level indicator, battery light, will all come on and the lights will flash. The car has been running rough lately. I used a scan tool and all I came up with was misfires in cylinders 2 thru six. Could this be a bad battery?
December 12, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Lights are on with the vehicle off and key removed? Sounds like back feeding voltage short. I would perform a full vehicle scan. There will be fault codes to guide you to the problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BluBMW25Comments: I have an 03" 323I with the airbag light on, dealership says the entire airbag module needs to be replaced. Is there anyway that this can be done with out utilizing the dealer, should we troubleshoot first to try and get the light off with the tool? The car has had two repairs for damage and the light didn't come on until after the second repair.
November 23, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You can install the module yourself. However, it will need to be programmed using a BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
IkippComments: I have a 1994 bmw I remove the stering wheel to replace bulbs and the srs light is blinking and stays on how can i reset
November 21, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Using this tool:">"> Nick at Pelican Parts  
LukeComments: Is this tool going to work on 2006 e60 ??
November 20, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I think it stops at 2003 models. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Rick HeadComments: Starter turns over but I have to jump start and when I do the car will not turn on. Would the starter relay do this or is it the computer they key opens all locks and alarm.
E39 2002 525ia M package. Thanks Rick Head
November 18, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CKCComments: I have a 1999 323i with close to 192,000 miles that has been running well, but both the traction control and anti-lock brake indicator lights illuminate from time to time. I do not recall the codes the car produced, but was told that the repair would be expensive and not worth it due to the age of the caras long as the lights were not illuminated all the time. Thoughts? In addition, my check engine light has been illuminated since January. All the repairs have been made for the codes the car produced, but the light remains on. My mechanic said that the fuel lines that run the length of the car may be leaking ever so slightly and causing the emissions error. Are you aware of other 1999 3-series with this problem and do you have any potential repair options?
October 12, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The leak could be fuel vapors, setting an evap fault. However without the fault codes I cannot offer much advice. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CJComments: Where can I find an airbag scanner for a 2006 525i?
September 25, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The only ones I know of are professional level. Autologic, BMW icom, etc. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
bob111189Comments: hi i had seatbelt problem when i removed my chaire frommy 1997 328i sport and you can buy a part from ebay ,you plug it into the connector cumming from the car and it bypasses the fault thats what i did worked a treat was real easy aswel just plug it in and tie strap it to the bottom of the chaire and light whent out .just for a tip always discoonect battery when you remove the chairs or before disconnecting them as that is what sets the light of aswel just thought i would mention it if it helps anyone else .please read the instructions when you buy the part if it works for you then good on you but i dont take no blame if it doesnt just thought i would try to help .
September 16, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I wouldn't suggest bypassing safety devices on your vehicle. Especially airbag and seat belt parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
miltonComments: i am puttin in a new wiring harness in my 1991 BMW 325ic and i cant figure out where the driver side airbag sensor is supposed to go what do i do?
September 15, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Did you remove or are you replacing this sensor. Also, which sensor are you referring to? - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JackComments: I have a '97 318i and the body shop had to remove my drivers side seat in order to straighten the frame from a minor right front end collision my son hit a curb, and when the seat was replaced, even though the air bag had been reconnected the airbag dashboard light wouldn't go off. My independent mechanic a certified master mechanic, told me that a "special tool" was needed to reset it and that only a BMW dealer could do it. Of course when I called the nearest dealer I immediately got a $150 quote for what amounts to less than a 5 minute job, so I didn't get the sensor reset. After driving it for about a year and a half later, our of no where the light finally wnnt out. I had my mechanic check the light and the light is still fine and everything is working. Just one of those weird BMW things I guess.
September 4, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
ronnieComments: I have a 99 m3 and am encountering the same problem. seat belt/airbag light on instrument panel stays illuminated. is there a tool similar to this that will help me diagnose the problem? same issue occurred a couple years ago, dealer said it was the seat belt sensor--guess they weren't able to make a good repair because I am getting the message again. appreciate any guidance you can give.
August 30, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tool should work with your vehicle: Nick at Pelican Parts  
SkorpioComments: Hi, my Airbag light is on my 2005 X5 3.0d. The battery wire needed replacing after an accident. All airbags have been replaced. but airbag light is still on. After putting it on the computer, it says front drivers seat belt. Do I need to have the whole seatbelt replaced, or can someone tell me the part name I need.

Thanks in advance.
August 22, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The seat belts have pyrotechnic tensioners tied in with the multiple restraint system. In case of an accident, the belt tensioner goes off and tightens the belt. That sounds like what happened in your car. I would remove the belt tensioner and compare its length to a new one. It will probably be 2 inches shorter, indicating that it went off and needs to be replaced. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ReeComments: My The interior light of my BMW 318i 1998turns on each time i open the doors. How do i disable this???
August 12, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Move the interior light switch to off. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
shanlieComments: I have a 2002 325ci convertible and airbag light is on ? what do i have to do ?
August 10, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Scan the airbag module using a BMW scan tool. Once you have the fault codes you can diagnose it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
MikeComments: I have a 2001 BMW X5 with 93,000 on it. It is in immaculate condition. Yesterday I was backing out my driveway and all the sudden the airbag light went on as well as the abs light and the self leveling indicator came on. The radio stopped flashers came on and the rear window airbags deployed dont know what happened any help
August 9, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Scan the airbag module using a BMW scan tool. Once you have the fault codes you can diagnose it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Robuk00Comments: I have e60 56 and had m5 kit and Mirrors
I now have warning light on I drive and dash driver air bag faulty , do air bag warning light pop up if you unplug airbags ,
Does any one have advise
July 27, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Scan the airbag module using a BMW scan tool. Once you have the fault codes you can diagnose it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
LuciaComments: I need help/advice PLEASE! I was driving my 2003 X5 about 70mph & then suddenly, the car jerked & started slowing down and what seems to be like the car was struggling when stepping on the accelerator. The traction light, abs, & brake light stayed on. The car is drivable but struggles upon take off and doesn't seem to want to go past 50-55. Also, the dash keeps saying 'check lowerbeam lights'. There's also a burning rubber smell, but no smoke?? What are the possible issuses? Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated.
July 14, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a charging system problem. I would start by checking the DME for fault codes. If a system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. if there are no fault codes perform a charging and starting system test.- Nick at Pelican Parts  
JAComments: I own a 01 X5 E53 and my abs brake dsc light came on if I change the abs sensors will it correct the problem and will the lights go off on the dash?
June 19, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You will have to find out what fault code is stored. Replacing a part on a guess is a bad idea. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
CKComments: I have a '93 325i BMW and my SRS light only turns on when my dashboard is on... what does this mean?
June 10, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't understand. You mean when the key is ON? That means there is a fault code stored. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
JomerComments: Srs code 2 1 3. Internal ecu error and voltage supply. Whats the possibility that its just a bad battery? I tried the reset but nothing happens.
May 31, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: An internal fault is just that. You will likely need a new airbag module. Check powers and ground to the module before replacing it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
RonaComments: My friend has a 2006 X5, inline 6 with 80,000 miles. The problem: The air bag on when the seatbelt indicator does not go away. The radio volume control on steering does not work. Heated seat does not work. After few try to click on the seatbelt at the driver side, the seatbelt indicator goes off then the airbag disappear and everything work as normal.
Now the new seatbelt switch replaced and the airbag constantly on and the seat belt sign does not disappear not matter how many time he try to click on the new seat belt switch.

Any help is appreciated.

May 10, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Scan the airbag module using a BMW scan tool. Once you have the fault codes you can diagnose it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
nickComments: I have a 760 Li. I stopped at a red lite and without warning my car died. The monitor states there is an issue with the airbag. Please help.
May 1, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Scan the airbag module using a BMW scan tool. Once you have the fault codes you can diagnose it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DougComments: Hi. I have the Peake r5/srs tool. I just bought a 1994 530it and the airbag light is on. I use the peake tool and it flashes E and 10. when I clear the code the tool flashes E and 11. In either case once it does that the tool is hung, wont respond to any buttons until removed and reinserted. where upon it gives E and 10 flashing again. What can the problem be??
April 14, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure, I haven't encountered that error - it may indicate a problem with your SRS computer. I would email Peake Research and ask them, if that is not contained in the manual that comes with the tool. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
Welcome123Comments: Anyone know where I can find the airbag contol module on my 2000 BMW Z3 the SRS light? I just purchased the car and the SRS light won't go off. The BMW folks are blaming the module.
April 10, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not exactly sure on your Z3 - I think it might be located under the dash, sort of near / under the glove box area. I would get the SRS tool and see what the problem is yourself - I don't tend to trust the dealer on issues like these. This is now an 11-year old car too - they don't tend to see too many of them in the dealership these days! - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
jedimasterComments: Hi, I recently changed front seats on my E38, caused an error code to appear - 'Airbag Internal control unit fault.'

I changed the airbag ECU, but now the airbags in front is all okay, but the error code appears for all the airbags in the rear.

Using diagnostic tool, I can clear the airbag light on the dash. But everytime I switch off ignition, and switch it back on, the fault appears again.

Are there any tools to fix this problem?
March 31, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's clear that the airbag computer is expecting to see something that is not there. I'm not sure if the seats you put in are cooperating with the computer - the seat belt receptacles in particular need to be properly matched. I would try putting the old seats back in and resetting the lamp to see if the message comes back. If it does not, then there's something off with the wiring of the new seats. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
SajidComments: The R5 SRS toll delivered today. I tried to check the code as per Instruction Manual and got these codes correct me if I am reading it wrong:
04-Table 04
50-Supply voltage
FO-Internal Error What does this mean
03- Is this a table # or I should read it fault#3 in Table#4
61-Seat belt buckle switch, passenger
70-Seat occupancy sensor

Can you please advise that how much it should cost me to get the above faults fixed.
March 30, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The airbag computer can be annoying to diagnose. The first time you read the codes, you will find just about every code triggered since the car was new. I would write them down (as you did here), and then clear them all out. Then turn the car on and off, and see what codes reappear. Those will be the ones that you need to worry about. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
CatComments: HELP! I've taken on a project for a friend selling his 2000 Z3 with the 2.5L. Air Bag light has been on for 2 yrs and randomly a day after he picked the car up from the BMW Dealer after routine maint; no previous accidents to this car either. I had my German mechanic look at it, they apparently can not pinpoint the exact location; Seat Belt, sensors under the seats or Air Bag Sensor Control Unit. I've removed the base of the steering column, the Air Bag Sensor Control Unit is rubbing on the steering wheel, appears to have a screw missing, I replaced it and of course it doesn't make a difference...I am truly not sure where to start 1st? What do you recommend?
March 12, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You need to get the airbag tool, and it will tell you what is wrong with the system. Otherwise, you're just randomly guessing. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
g partida Comments: I replaced the brakes on may 528i. 2000. And the dach light won't go off how do i reset it.
February 28, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The brake pad sensors control this lamp. If the sensors triggered the lamp to begin with, then you must replace them (they are one-time use only). If they are brand new sensors, then the connector is probably not well seated in the plug. I would unplug and then replug in all of the sensors to make sure the connection is good. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
SajidComments: I have BMW 325ci 2003 model. Last week, went to a local workshop and got the radiator and water pump changed and since then the airbag light is on. I think the mechanic has messed with the airbag sensor front bumper during installing the new radiator and water pump. I went back to mechanic and he said he don’t know where is airbag sensor. Can you please guide me, how can I resolve this issue without spending money as I already spent a lot on radiator and water pump. Sajid +12023446414
February 21, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This article shows you how to read the codes so that you can figure out what error the airbag system is giving you. Start there, and then find out what the issue is. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
babyboyComments: i have a 97 528i while driving at low speed feels like it stalling and trying to go into a lower gear when i stop it just revs out
February 20, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't have enough information here to assist you - I can't even tell if you have an automatic transmission problem or a problem with your engine. I will post this message in the forums, if you wish to discuss it, please add more information to the thread that will be sent to you shortly. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
DJComments: I have a 1993 BMW 325i and I love it to death, but I was curious what the srs light meant and after reading the forums I was wondering if there was a procedure to turn the light off, when I bought the car it came with a reset tool, and was wondering if you guys could help on how to use it. I lifted up the hood and found where it sits on but I don't know how to use it. Plz help
February 17, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This article here gives complete instructions on what you need to do. Please read the article, and then if you have additional questions, post them here. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
darioComments: i have a bmw e46 323i 1999 and was on an accident, just the driver airbag deployed because was no passenger on the car. Now a bought new driver airbag and another used module. Need to buy seatbelt tensioners or another sensors to get the light go away? or just reset the system?
January 26, 2011
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Take a look at the codes that the system is outputting using the tool described in this article. If there are any sensors that need to be replaced, the tool will tell you. The seat belt pyro release indeed probably needs to be replaced on the driver's side. Maybe some other sensors - the tool will tell you which ones. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
FZ1DBAComments: I have a 2000 Z3 with the SRS light that will not reset. I have the Peak tool and the code I get is 'Low Voltage'. The battery is a couple of years old and seems fine. I did charge it overnight to be sure but no luck. Any ideas?
December 24, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hmm, "low voltage" certainly isn't very descriptive. I would suggest putting the battery charger on the battery and running the codes with it attached. Also try perhaps cleaning the terminals of the battery and measure the actual voltage (although it should be fine if you have the charger attached). You also might want to try reseating the connectors that attach to the SRS computer / controller. - Wayne at Pelican Parts  
JaneComments: I own a 05 545 bimmer, found out in last couple of days there is the light came on the dash, the pic shape like a battery with half emty and the bottom half is yellow, not sure the meanning of the symbol? I hope u can tell me what it is. Thanks
December 19, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think what you're describing is the windshield washer fluid tank lamp that comes on when you need to add more fluid to the tank. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
gmykytynComments: I have a 2006 325i. I ran out of gas. I had my hazzards on while waiting for gas. While waiting, all the warning display lights started flickering and then power went dead. I got gas and a jump and the car seemed to work fine except the seatbelt, brake light and airbag warning light were on. Sunday the battery died again but I was able to jump it. How do I correcdt this? Any suggestions would be appreciated.
December 15, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The airbag system will sometimes trigger a warning lamp if the battery has died. I would replace the battery right away, and then reset the codes. That should hopefully fix the problem. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
cadaoComments: Thank for your response. You mean sensor mat which costs around $124, right.
December 13, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yup, that sounds about right. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
cadao15@yahoo.comComments: Thank you for your response, the seat sensor is under the seat passenger side, not inside the seat. I did change sensor unit, but error code still 1A table 03.
December 12, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There is a thin sensor that looks like a 2-foot square piece of plastic with a lot of black dots on it. That is the seat occupancy sensor, and that is what often fails. I would characterize that as being inside the seat (under the cushion) - you have to take the whole seat apart to get to it. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
cadaoComments: I'm experiencing the "airnag warning light" constantly on. I bought airbag reset tool and found error code in table 03, code 1A "seat occupied recognition 1". I change control unit for SRS System passenger seat sensor, and use reset tool to clear error code, but airbag light still on?? Help please.

My car is BMW 325i 2001.
December 11, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You said you changed the control unit, do you mean you changed the actual seat sensor inside the seat? Changing this out *should* fix the problem - perhaps the connector is loose or corroded from being under the seat? - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
dimonComments: I have diagnosed and found a code to why my srs light is on. It shows code 20, now that i have the code, where do i look to see what it means
November 17, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The SRS tool has a booklet that comes with it that describes all of the codes. You should refer to the code in the book to find out which error that corresponds to (different code readers sometimes have different codes). - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
Ryan P.Comments: I have a '93 E36 with an SRS light. I read on the SRS reset tool description that it does not work for pre-1994 models. The previous owner said that the light came on due removing the front seats. What is the method of resetting the light if the tool only works for 1994 and later vehicles?
October 26, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There are some more expensive and rarer factory tools that can reset the lamp. I would take the car to the dealership and ask them to do it, or find a good independent mechanic who has the proper tools. Hopefully, it's as easy as simply resetting the lamp, and there's nothing actually wrong with the system. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
jackComments: any body help me with this one bmw mini R56 Copper S had damage on front it had set off drivers bag and seatbelt and i think passengers seat belt but not the bag,i have replaced the bag and seat belt tensioners i plugged in computer to clean faults but will not clear fault code 93C4 self test transmission error comes up also the seat blet light stays on even if they are both clipped in any ideas ,does any one know where i can also get a vanos service kit for one of these please
October 21, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not sure on this one, I think you'll have to have someone with the BMW factory tool plug it in and take a closer look. It may be that the air bag computer needs replacing. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
jonasComments: will work on BME 545i 2004 E60, airbag reset, instead of taking to the stealership better buy this tool
October 15, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, your vehicle requires an advanced BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
NathanComments: Hi, I'm active duty military and I have a 1997 BMW 328i that I purchased in the states. I recently was sent for duty in Germany and had to have it inspected to get it registered to drive here. I failed my inspection because my airbag indicator never illuminated. Is it suppose to come on initially when the ignition switch is turned on? If so, could it be anything serious other than a bulb?
September 30, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, it's supposed to come on, and it is indeed probably just a bulb. Check out this article here:

- Wayne at Pelican Parts
zemmoComments: i have bmw e36 mobel 1994 the lamp of the ABS is may light on then when i trun off the car and press for three or four time on the brake and trun on the car agian the lamp is light off
September 18, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: There's probably low brake pressure in the system. I would try flushing / bleeding the system, and then if that doesn't work, then it might be time to replace the master cylinder. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
RushedComments: My side airbag deployed on my e46 m3 after losing control and hitting a curb. I have replaced the side airbag, and tried resetting the airbag light at a garage, however it would not disapear? any ideas?
September 6, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The airbag system will give you trouble codes, corresponding to what faults it finds. There's probably another component that needs to be replaced (belt buckle firing mechanism perhaps?). The codes will tell you - the shopt that reset them for you should have written them down. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
joasComments: what about a bad BST i dont wana change the cable... the pelican will be able to turn off the light? will come back again?
September 1, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The airbag tool will turn off trouble codes in the SRS system, but they might just come right back on again if the problem still exists. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
BrianComments: Took my 1994 325i to the dealership to diagnose the airbag lamp, and they told me the control unit needs to be replaced. Noticed you sell one for around $500.00 much cheaper than the $1450 the dealership charges. Is there a place to get these things encoded and programmed? Do they need the car top do it? Any idea how much that would cost?
August 15, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Typically, the dealer or a good independent shop needs to program the unit. The convertible top is not attached to the car? I have no idea as to whether that would affect the programming of the unit. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
GinoComments: Hi there, i am writing from South Africa. I bumped my E46 agaist a pole. Damage to my two left doors and left control arm caused the two front aibags to pop out. For some reason the car wont start. Is it because the airbags deployed and what would costs am i looking at.
August 6, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I don't think that it's related to the airbags, but it might be caused by the airbag deployment system. While I'm not completely sure with the BMW E46, modern cars have all sorts of safety mechanisms that shut of fuel and other systems if it senses that the car has been in an accident. You'll probably have to take it to someone who has access to the BMW factory tool or equivalent so that they can check out the SRS (airbag) system and the car in general. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
JoeComments: My 2001 330CI ABS and Brake lights are 'on' the dashboard. My mechanic did a recent brake job, so I know I don't have a brake problem. Can the Peake tool re-set it to 'off'?
August 5, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: With the sensor replaced properly, the lamp should not be on. Was the lamp on when your mechanic returned the car to you? Should not have been that way. I would take it back to him and show him the lamp - sounds a bit shoddy to me. I don't think the Peake tool will reset this lamp. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
bigjon9000Comments: my 2001 325I has a airbag warning light constantly. I had it in the shop last year because of an accident and they replaced the passenger seatbelt latch assy I know this because they put in the wrong 1 and the rease is backwards now. could this cause the problem?
August 3, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Probably not the problem, but if they can't put in a seat belt properly, they obviously can't turn off your airbag lamp or diagnose the problem either. Check in our tech articles section - we have an article on troubleshooting airbag lamp codes. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
PavComments: BMW 525 TDS SE Auto 1998 UK SPEC
I solved my ABS & Traction control light problem on the dash by initially changing the 'Ignition switch' with no success, then finally the 'front left nearside in the UK ! speed sensor ... this solved my problem !!!
However, I do still have the dreaded 'Radio illuminated , but no sound' problem ! I was told this would rectify after the switch was changed, but nothing, then again I was told the speed sensor might affect the radio too, as it has the 'Speed volume' option, again this did not solve the problem ! Any Ideas ?

Also .... the gear change problem as I explained earlier in the 'thread' is still causing me upset !


July 8, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Radio on but no sound may be an amplifier problem. Check the fuses to the amp, and I think in that car, the external amp may have it's own internal fuses too. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
frankzenComments: This is insanity...a +$100 tool to turn off a light ????? And it only works on +1994 ???? A world out of control!
July 7, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's a good deal if you factor in the savings from not paying to have it done. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BessComments: Ten days after leaving the shop, the airbag light on my '97 Z3 is again illuminated. I am at my wit's end. My car only has 80K miles and has been meticulously maintained. The entire SRS system has been replaced. My husband and I both drive this vehicle, so the seat is readjusted a few times a week. I travelled 80 miles in a driving rain storm last week. I am in the Chicago area. Thoughts?
June 28, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would suggest getting one of the air bag code readers that we sell and trying to figure out what exactly the problem is. Sounds like the shop you're taking it to doesn't have one of those readers? - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
SRS Code 41Comments: I have a 1994 325ci with airbag warning light on. I used the Peake tool to check and am getting a code 41 Control UnitFault, Autarky Capacitor . First, what is a Autarky Capacitor? Second, where is it located? Finally, where do I buy one?
June 18, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I'm not completely sure, but I think that capacitor is internal to the unit and is like a battery that keeps the unit powered up for a while even after power has been removed (as might be in the case of an accident). I'm guessing that the Autarky Capacitor is internal to the controller unit, and that this fault indicates a faulty controller? - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
BeeComments: My 1997 Z3 has had the entire SRS system replaced - piece by piece. In 2005 the seat belt receptacle was replaced. Last summer the garage replaced the seat belt tensioner. It was then that I discovered this forum and the persistence of the SRS problem. Three weeks ago, my air bag light flashed again and the garage recommended replacing the module because everything else had been replaced. I pushed back on this, but they insisted. Thirteen days after leaving the garage paying almost $800 the light flashed again. They insisted the wiring was shorting out and they replaced the harness - to the tune of another $600. Again, I pushed back on this for a variety of reasons. My garage told me that BMW doesn't even sell the harness and they made one. My ?: Was I a fool to allow these repairs? How much would it have cost to replace the entire SRS system in a single repair?
June 16, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: That's a tough call - it sounds like the shop that was doing the work was merely replacing parts instead of actually diagnosing the problem. That is the difference between a good shop and a poor one - their ability to actually diagnose instead of just replace parts. It is indeed a dying art. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
John from BuffaloComments: Read more of the comments here, so I get the BMW $$ stick. Guess I'll have to talk to my "own" mechanic and work out some other work, and just have him look at it - sure he has a diagnose kit. Meh ... BMW dealership is such a rip-off either way.
May 31, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
John from BuffaloComments: I have a BMW Z3, 1998 with this exact problem. So, since I now KNOW the problem I just have to instruct the mechanic to just "do it" vs. "diagnose it". So, it's like a $90 service fee - vs. buying the $135 device, then monkey-wrenching it myself, possibly doing more harm. Not saying I'm stupid, but even if it costs me $135 for them to do it ... works for me, and I'm not stuck with a tool I'll never use again.

My 2c.
May 31, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: That works, until the light comes on again, because your mechanic didn't properly solve the problem? - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
PavComments: ALSO ..... lol sorry to be a pain:-
I experienced a problem a while back with the Auto gearbox - under full throttle the car struggled to change from 3rd to 4th gear ... hanging onto the gear until REDLINE or I had to feather the throttle to get it to change up !
If I am steady on the throttle it goes through the box no problem !

May 26, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would see if someone can pull codes from the Transmission. The electrical gremlins you have with your cluster may be causing problems with your transmission getting confused - I would bet that they may be related. The speed sensor might indeed be confusing the transmission. Your Euro Diesel car is not sold here in the states so I don't have any direct experience with them, unfortunately. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
PavComments: Hello there - I have a 1997 UK SPEC 525 TDS SE AUTO - Over the last 2 years or so I have had a few electrical gremlins.
Airbag light on, Radio Illuminated but not functioning, sun visor light when turned on , the interior light coming on , and also coinsiding with the car horn not working at times. I got told it would be the ignition switch which I changed last week but I still have the fault.... will I need to reset the codes ?
Also the ABS light and traction control light and Brake pad warning light are constantly on , again someone mentioned the rear left speed sensor on the wheel .... any ideas ?


May 26, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be a faulty ignition switch. I have seen them cause all sort of similar problems. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
BMWDRVRComments: My 2006 BMW 325i Sport E90 was in an accident and I purchased it salvaged. Everything has been fixed except for the airbag and seatbelt light. I tried many things and ultimately surrendered and took my car to the BMW dealer to diagnose the problem. This is what happened:

He ran the car through the "initial" diagnostic check for a cost of $150, and went on to say that it would require $500 to run more tests and identify EXACTLY what the problem is. This was excluding whatever costs I might incur in order to have the repairs made, and at this point I declined further testing and took what info I had.

2 codes were identified from the initial testing. They are in the order of Code - Description:

93C8 - MRS: Airbag front sensor, left

93B6 - MRS: Seat belt tensioner, rear right

Now I think I can understand what these codes mean, but I'm not sure. After the accident I had a company clear/reset the airbag computer module the brain, and I replaced the airbag for the steering wheel. The company said the module tested properly for functionality, but I'm not sure whether the error is pointing to the airbag computer module, or the driver airbag itself. Do you happen to be able to understand what the code says to help me identify the problem??

For the seat belt tensioner, it seems self-explanatory, but I don't want to forgo $150 for a new tensioner only to find that the problem is something else.

Any help you can provide, or any location you can refer me to for help is greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!
May 24, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Hi there. There are multiple sensors in the airbag system that trigger the system to fire. I believe that many of these are one-time-use-only, like the front trigger sensors located in the front trunk. Sounds like your front sensor was never replaced after the accident, or the wire harness was damaged / clipped. The seat belt tensioner is typically used to figure out if someone is sitting in the seat with a seat belt on. Typically, the airbag system will still function normally with this fault. I would replace the front sensor (probably located in the engine compartment), and the seat belt receptacle. You can also trick the system to test by jumpering the wires in the seat belt and rechecking the codes. We sell an SRS code reader for less than the $150 you paid the dealer. Hope this helps. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
ShanmanComments: I have a 2003 BMW 316ti E46, My car is currently with a mechanic trying to find out why my airbag light has come on in the last few months, it goes on and off when ever it likes, I've never had an accident how ever I had a something chucked at my car a few months ago smashing my windscreen it was then replaced, do you think this has caused the problem or could it be something else, my car is also getting a sender unit problem fixed as the fuel guage is the car a lemon I think it's time to sell it
May 12, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would be guessing that the airbag lamp is probably a seat belt receptacle sensor, or the passenger seat sensor. These have a tendency to give intermittent errors like this. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
Andy OComments: Hi,I have a 2006 330cd with the airbag light on.The fault code reads,13 airbag drivers stage 2.Any ideas what that means???
May 12, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It could be a fault with the actual driver airbag or the wiring. I would reset the fault and see if it comes back again. If not, then don't worry about it. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
jo_23Comments: Hi Wayne, thanks for your reply. I was told by my BMW Mechanic/Dealer that the Airbags wouldn't go off if the warning light is on!
May 5, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Very common misnomer. It really depends upon what the fault it. It makes common sense that a bad passenger seat belt switch would not turn off the driver's side airbag. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
jo_23Comments: Goto you can fix the problem...
April 28, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I've seen that site before. It's a bandaid for the problem, and there's some incorrect information on the site too. When your airbag light is on, it does not mean that the entire system is disabled, it just means that there is a fault. I believe that when the sensor fails, the airbag automatically defaults to "passenger in seat." I have had people tell me first hand that they have had the airbag lamp on the dash, and then have gotten into an accident, and the airbags have deployed normally. So, don't necessarily believe the scare tactics.

The passenger seat sensor is really designed for one purpose - to prevent the airbag going off when it's not needed. From what I gather, this is primarily a cost savings feature, as in the early days, there were thousands of airbags being deployed that didn't need to be. I think the auto industry pushed back on this, and then finally implemented this after pressure from the insurance industry, who was paying for all of the used passenger airbags. - Wayne at Pelican Parts
M6BrokeMEComments: Will the SRS light reset itself turn off after I repair the problem?
April 22, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, you will have to clear the fault code. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
tcmComments: 2001 x5 with this code,11 battery, positive terminal isolationairbag light will not reset any ideas? Thanks
April 7, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: COuld be a faulty battery safety terminal (BST). - Nick at Pelican Parts  
mray44Comments: I have a 2000 bmw z3 roadster 2.3. My problem, beside the airbag light staying on is now when I try and unlock my doors, if I don't put my hand on the handle and open it relocks after about 1 sec. Anyone have this issue?
March 27, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: The actuator could be binding, thinking you are pressing the lock down. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
T.DOTComments: i have a 2000 328i Auto/steptronic/when i drive
and the gear changes i'am getting a rough shift
its not smooth its like putting it in ntoDwhile stepping on the gas
February 22, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: First check the transmission fluid level to be sure it is correct. Then check the transmission ECM for fault codes. If the system is not working properly, a fault code will be set. This will be your best bet when diagnosing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
sebbyComments: ive got bmw 1 series 2009. airbags have been replaced, seat belts and tensioners? but cant reset airbag light.ive been told replace battery terminal fuse. cud you please shine light thanks
February 10, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe the battery safety terminal? That might be what they are referring to. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Xtreme1Comments: Hello, I have a 2005 X5 I replaced window regulator and air bag light is now on will this tool work on my year X5?
January 24, 2010
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, your vehicle requires an advanced BMW scan tool. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
ahm_073Comments: i have the airbag light on in my 2002 745i. I don't how it come on. can u plz let me know what i should do with it
December 28, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Check the air bag system for a faults, then repair the fault. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Slave2Comments: What can we do if we have a older 1992 325is? Those Peake code re-setters don't list any for the older cars like mine.
What should we do?
December 23, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your vehicle is listed here:

I would confirm it matches your specs, then locate that tool from Peak. - Nick at Pelican Parts
DazComments: Hi can I use this tool on my 1993 BMW 740iL? The light is on aswell.
December 18, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, the Peake website says this works with most 1994 and later BMWs. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
HarryComments: Hi, is there any SRS diagnostic/reset tool that works on a 1997 BMW 318i SE E36? Cheers
November 26, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: This tool should work: Nick at Pelican Parts  
ghalkComments: hi..i have a 2001 325xi someone recently broke into my car from the driver side guessing when they put the new window it came on...what do you think it is?
November 18, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Could be side airbag? I would check the fault codes before replacing parts. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
redenComments: Hi, my airbag light is on, on my 328i 2000,it happened when I replaced the regulator on the driver side door, I think it happened when I turn on the ignition to bring up the window
October 27, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yup, you need to go to a shop to have that reset, or you can reset it yourself with the Peake Research SRS tool. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
SajahComments: Hi, i have a 2002 320i with the passenger side airbag light on. I'm not sure when it came on but back in June i took the car in for an emission test. Could this have caused the light to stay on and how can i get it cleared.
Many thanks.
October 22, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not likely - you probably have a problem with the system. Although the inspection guy might have bumped or damaged a sensor under the hood (they are typically located on each side of the inside fender and often get bumped by inexperienced mechanics). You need to have the code read out to figure out what the problem is, like in this article: - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
B.Comments: Is there an SRS diagnostic/reset tool that works on a 2005 BMW X3, 3.0i? E83
October 7, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, the Peake Research tool (which we sell in the catalog) should work for your car. The model number is R5/FCX-3. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
Mike BComments: How do I clear error code CC ID 132 from my 2007 328i BMW? This code is for a LF turn signal bulb, which I have replaced, but the error indication will not go away.
October 5, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Odd, I think that should clear itself. Are all elements on and working in the bulb? Sometimes there are two, and it's difficult to tell if they are out? Try comparing to the right side carefully. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
StoneComments: I've got a 2003 BMW 325xi, had a coilover kit installed at a local performance shop. When I got the car back the airbag light was on. The shop said I could bring it in and they would look the system over and reset the light, but in the interested of getting a new toy . . . will a ELM327 w/ bluetooth reset the airbag code? **Understand that ther emay be some underlying mechanical problem that won't be fixed**
September 8, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: No, I don;t think the Elm will do it. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
trafficmanComments: I have a 2003 x5 3.0, the driver door handle needed to be replaced now the driver air bag code keeps coming on after being reset by a repair shop several times the same day. The only reason I can think of why the light came on in the first place is that the ignition was turned on to put the window up after the ddoor airbag was unplugged. Any help appreciated. Thanks
August 27, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes, turning on the ignition would do that. However, if the light keeps coming on, then they might have not plugged everything in correctly, or damaged a wire replacing the door handle. You can read the specific code using the code reader featured in this article: That should give you some more clues.- Wayne at Pelican Parts 
NeeceComments: the make and model of my vehicle is a 2001 BMW 525i E39. There is a Open National Recall on the "airbag control unit". I am the 2nd owner of this vehicle. Apparently, the first owner did not acknowledge the recall letter. I'm so thankful of my success in digging into this issue further due to the ongoing problem of after having the lamp recoded and constant repeat every 6 wks.
August 25, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
NeeceComments: after having headaches for months about my airbag lamp on. I decided to conduct a search and I located a Open National recall on the "airbag control unit". I was so relieved that finally this issue w/b off my plate. The airbag control unit was replaced via a BMW Svc Ctr. For months, I paid to have it recoded, if I would have done this sooner, I would have saved myself $$$ and the popping of Aleve
August 21, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: That's good info, can you share exactly what year and specific model of your car this was? - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
alexComments: i need two airbags for my bmw 530xi 2006, one for passenger sida, and steering airbag.
August 19, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can help you find the right parts.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
NeeceComments: Thank u for the immediate response. Each time it was reset by a "code reader". The code reading, "front crash impact" but there was/has not been any impact nor no airbag deployment. I will not have it disconnected, do not plan on selling the vehicle. Wish it was something simple, reading does not say anymore. If it is the "seatbelt sensor", would the code reader state that? The front bumper is loose from damaged caused by the previous owner I'm the 2nd owner Do you sell this "seatbeat sensor"? Is this the same as "seatbelt receptable"? This is a nuisance not pinpointing the issue to get it repaired.
August 2, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: It's not the seat belt sensor, it's probably one of the crash sensors at the front of the car. Check to make sure the plugs are well seated in the sensors and that they have not been damaged by someone working on the car? - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
NeeceComments: Another part to my comment, can this "airbag warning light" be disconnected? If so, will it cause a chain reaction to anything else within the E39 series? Like, will it cause the airbag to deploy without warning because it's disconnected or over a period time staying on, with the airbag deploy while driving?
August 2, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: You should have the airbag warning lamp diagnosed by someone with a code reader, or buy the code reader shown here (I believe there are separate versions that work with various E39 models). In most cases, it may be something simple like your seatbeat sensor. However, you should get it fixed. Disconnecting the light is really not a good way to go, and if you sell the car in that condition, it may make you liable for injuries received by the buyer. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 
NeeceComments: I am experiencing the "airbag warning light". I think mines could be the seat belt or having a loose front bumper how do I determine which one is causing it? It is definitely a nuisance. The code states "front crash impact". I have had the vehicle for two years, this just recently started 2 months ago and keeps happening every 5 wks after resetting. It is a financially hardship keep paying to have it reset. Does this work on E39 2001?
August 2, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: I think it works up until 2003, so you should be OK. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
DrockComments: Can this be used on and e30
May 4, 2009
 Followup from the Pelican Staff: Sorry, 1994 and later cars according to Peake Research. - Wayne at Pelican Parts 

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