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Old 05-24-2004, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whenever I start my car the airbag light stays on for atleast 5 minutes, it's not a big deal to me but I just want to know if this is normal or not. And if it isnt, how to fix it.
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It's a common failure on the e36. The metal contact ring behind the airbag breaks. I think the dealer fixes it for free if you take it in used

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I'm used to that. Most of the time it is not related to airbag problem.

Buy Peake R5/SRS Airbag Scan/Reset Tool ($130) at www.peakeresearch.com. I'd buy it if it is tiresome when my friends who drive my car ask repeatedly.
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Old 05-24-2004, 11:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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its not free (unless its got a CPO and/or extended warranty) but it only costs around 15-30 depending on the dealer.
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Old 05-25-2004, 12:55 AM   #5 (permalink)
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the airbags will still work though right?
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The SRS airbag light can also be caused by a faulty seat belt switch...that's what I read from other forums and from my own personal experience. The dealer fixed the switch and reset the SRS airbag light for me.
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All low voltage circuit sensors are very sensitive to resistance levels. Before you replace any sensors. Try cleaning off the sensor connector with a zero residue electrical contact cleaner. BMW recommends that you coat both connectors with a product called Stabilant 22A before reconnecting. This will keep future deposits from forming on the connection. Good luck.
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Old 06-02-2004, 11:10 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have this problem too... good to know i'm not the only one!
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Try this: http://www.carsoftinternational.com/screenbmw.htm

Chip your engine with this software, read out engine/airbag faults etc......
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