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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 11-20-2012, 11:44 AM
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Arrow Just got a '99 323i. Airbag question. 5 airbags are deployed...

I am going to replace all the airbags. I was told that the airbag crash sensors either need to be replaced or recoded. How can I get them recoded? Is there anything else I need to know to fix the airbags? I was considering just leaving the airbags out except the drivers, but i kinda want the car to be correct. Thanks, Joe
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:39 PM
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Your original airbags should still be fine as long as they've never deployed before. Don't replace them. If they've already been replaced and just need to be coded that can be done by some one who has a air bag tool.
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If you had airbag deployment, the crash sensors do not need to be replaced, just install the new airbags and clear the SRS light. If this is the third time airbag deployment occured, then the SRS module needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Make sure to change the battery safety terminal, don't cheat by soldering a resistor in it.
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If you had airbag deployment, the crash sensors do not need to be replaced, just install the new airbags and clear the SRS light. If this is the third time airbag deployment occured, then the SRS module needs to be rebuilt or replaced. Make sure to change the battery safety terminal, don't cheat by soldering a resistor in it.
soldering resistors with safety features probbaly not the best of ideas if you use common sense.
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Old 11-21-2012, 06:24 PM
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soldering resistors with safety features probbaly not the best of ideas if you use common sense.
I have seen it happen. Many people are too lazy to replace the cable, so they will solder in a resistor. Common sense isn't so common, at work today I saw a 2010 528i that had a collapsed frame rail from a 15 mph collision. The aluminum frame rail was damaged previously, and it was heated and beat back into position.
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can you reset the airbag light with the peake tool? or does it have to be done another way with a special tool?

I have a 99 323i and both front airbags deployed but the side airbags did not.... silly because it was a rear quarter panel collision. I've changed the window regulators in every door, so i know the front doors DO have the airbags in and intact.. any reason they didn't deploy?
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can you reset the airbag light with the peake tool? or does it have to be done another way with a special tool?
I went to the bestlinks thread and typed /airbag to find this for you in a split second:
- What is the cheapest usable BMW airbag srs reset/scan tool on the net (1) & a cn90 DIY for replacing the driver seat belt buckle pretensioner and the passenger seat emulator (1) & what can cause a BMW SRS airbag light (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) & what scan tools reset the fault (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) & what happens when we disconnect the airbag before the battery or we connect the battery before disconnecting the airbag in seat and window regulator repairs (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) & where to obtain an airbag occupancy sensor bypass unit (1) (2).
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