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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:05 AM
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E46 - airbag problems

Hello everybody

Is there any way to reset the airbag light on the dashboard without going to the dealer?

Can one OBD scanner (not original Bmw one) delete the error of the airbag?

Thank you in advance!

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:33 AM
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I don't think so, sorry.
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Old 02-22-2011, 11:01 AM
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I don't think so, sorry.
What about this?

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Old 02-22-2011, 01:18 PM
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:14 AM
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I have the same issue on my 2000 328. The stupid airbag light keeps illuminating on my instrument cluster. I took it to my shop that has a BMW dis tester and fault code reader. They reset it, but it just came back on a couple of days later.
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Old 02-23-2011, 06:22 AM
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Check your battery connections. There is a pigtail wire that if loose will trigger an airbag light.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:47 AM
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Do you know that you don't actually HAVE an airbag problem?
- What can cause an airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

- SEAT CABLES BREAK: seat cables that fall out causing seat twist (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) & accidental airbag light fix (1) (2)
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:29 PM
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What about this?

like the only comment to this youtube video says, this tool can't be found from their website.

however, from related videos, i found this one kinda interesting, but may seem a little fishy.


it shows a webpage that doesn't look professional, but claimed a copyright for their method.
and u need to pay before they would even say anything specific about the method.

based on my experience with this forum and some other similar ones, BMW fans are willing to share excellent, costless ways of fixing BMW problems (like the zip-tie fix for a failed windows regulator). but no one ever said they knew of a solution to the airbag light issue without using proper scan/reset tools.
so according to rational thinking, it's just hard to believe that such a solution exists.
i suspect the solution that costs you $7 to be told is probably something like disabling the light, or even removing the bulb.
(i actually did that to my old corolla, whose seatbelt light keeps flashing while the seatbelt is already buckled up. so i opened up the instrument panel and removed the bulb)

anyway, does anyone think if it's worth a try to pay www.bmwairbag.com $7?
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:23 AM
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Hi. An easy way to get rid of 'Airbag' light- http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...All-Categories
Simple to fit . Jim
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Old 02-25-2011, 01:59 AM
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no idea why i haven't heard of "Passenger Seat Occupancy Mat Bypass" way to fix the airbag light issue.
all i remember was that it requires a scan/reset tool that is capable of resetting the airbag light for BMWs

to save even more money than buying a sensor bypass unit, like jcjdavis1 mentioned above, i am following what these two guys do:

and
http://www.bmwfanatics.co.za/showthread.php?tid=10737

just bought some 100 ohm resistors and 1N4001 diodes from radio shack today and will build the unit and insert it to the circuit under the passenger seat tomorrow

100 ohm resistors: 5x for $0.99 (only two are needed)
diodes: 2x for $0.99 (only one is needed)


this simple sensor-bypassing mod basically tells the ECU that there's ALWAYS a passenger on the front passenger seat...
so that in case it determines to deploy the airbags, it will deploy the front passenger airbag, which means, having this mod done, you should never have an underage kid at the front passenger seat.

hopefully, the light will be off when i finish this mod/fix... some claimed that it still requires a reset tool to turn the light off even with this sensor-bypass fix done.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:06 PM
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no idea why i haven't heard of "Passenger Seat Occupancy Mat Bypass" way to fix the airbag light issue.
all i remember was that it requires a scan/reset tool that is capable of resetting the airbag light for BMWs

to save even more money than buying a sensor bypass unit, like jcjdavis1 mentioned above, i am following what these two guys do:

and
http://www.bmwfanatics.co.za/showthread.php?tid=10737

just bought some 100 ohm resistors and 1N4001 diodes from radio shack today and will build the unit and insert it to the circuit under the passenger seat tomorrow

100 ohm resistors: 5x for $0.99 (only two are needed)
diodes: 2x for $0.99 (only one is needed)


this simple sensor-bypassing mod basically tells the ECU that there's ALWAYS a passenger on the front passenger seat...
so that in case it determines to deploy the airbags, it will deploy the front passenger airbag, which means, having this mod done, you should never have an underage kid at the front passenger seat.

hopefully, the light will be off when i finish this mod/fix... some claimed that it still requires a reset tool to turn the light off even with this sensor-bypass fix done.

since the $2 DIY fix was completed a few days ago, i've driven over 400 miles with and without passengers.
and the problem is gone!

i didn't need a scan/reset tool to reset it, maybe because the airbag light wasn't always on before the fix.

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Old 03-19-2011, 12:56 AM
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since the $2 DIY fix was completed a few days ago, i've driven over 400 miles with and without passengers.
and the problem is gone!

i didn't need a scan/reset tool to reset it, maybe because the airbag light wasn't always on before the fix.
+1 on this fix, did it a week ago and it works perfect
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