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Old 11-27-2015, 04:30 AM
nijialuchs nijialuchs is offline
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Airbag Reset


Urgent help needed to reset my airbag light on the dash board. My car is X5 2002 model 3.0 petrol auto. The light is on after the battery replacement and the code showing there is something wrong with my rear left airbag. However, I am pretty sure the airbag is fine as there is no warning light before the battery replacement and I do not want to pay the crasy price to the mechanic for just plugging in a few loose connections.

So if anyone could give me any advice on how to fix this issue DIY, appreciated.

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Old 11-27-2015, 03:07 PM
grumpyoldman grumpyoldman is offline
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Do you have a scanning tool? If not, invest in one - even a cheapy PA Soft and an old laptop. This way you can scan for errors/clear as required.
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Old 11-27-2015, 03:53 PM
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Unfortunately there is no easy and cheap method - every time you change battery yourself w/o connecting backup - you risking that things may need reset and you end up paying somebody one way or another. You need a tool which scans and resets the system. Assuming there is no failures - you will be set but if there is a failure (as it could happen that during the battery replacement one airbag got damaged?) - error will come back.
Mechanic is charging you for scanner resetting and insurance as he is taking responsibility for making sure that entire system works - and your or your passenger life may depend on it so don't treat it lightly.
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