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Old 12-05-2004, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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cannoit find the good ol manual right now, think it is somehwere in my room... anyways this light comes on when i first start my car... and stays on for about 5 min or so... maybe like 2-3 i ono... its dont it two times in a row now... it looks like something that has to do with my airbag which would suck... and kind of freaks me out! better not go off in my face!

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Old 12-05-2004, 11:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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heres the general location...

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Old 12-06-2004, 12:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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SRS light?
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Old 12-06-2004, 11:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yeah, not completely sure but it looks like the airbags.
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It is your airbag light, and more than likely you have a seatbelt problem!!!!
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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How old is the car?
The miniture explosive that inflates the airbag has an installable life of approx 10 years... maybe this is just a warning that the airbag is coming to the end of its life???
Either that or as spfdfanatic said - check the srs sensor under the back seat!
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Old 12-06-2004, 12:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Hey, David is that on your new car? (white bimmer)

My 92 318is (just like your old car) has its SRS light right in the same place.

mine came on when water got into an electrical box right under my windsheild wipers.

This is bad but.... if its any concilation,mine's been on for a year and a half solid and nothing has happened.

Mine flashes after you first start the car and then after a minute or two stays on solid, its been doing that since April of 03. <_<
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refresh what is srs brain fart haha

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refresh what is srs brain fart haha

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probably a fault in your seat belt tensioner...
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well,my friends 97,98 m3 has the same issue cuz one of the sensors in the seats has gone bad...or, as ive seen in the past, the airbag was deployed in a previous accident, pull carfax on it...or take it to the dealer
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well,my friends 97,98 m3 has the same issue cuz one of the sensors in the seats has gone bad...or, as ive seen in the past, the airbag was deployed in a previous accident, pull carfax on it...or take it to the dealer
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my GF has a 98 318i that has the same problem. It has to do w the seatbelt sensor, dealer won't fix it. all they do is reset it and than it'll come back when you buckle the back seat belt. She's had that problem 3 years now. It'll go off all of a sudden than come back on. no biggie, just ignore it.
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no problem, very common, something is wrong with the seat belt tensioner sensor, I did a search on it before, you can fix it, but its not worth it, you need to take out your seats, cut some zip ties, fix a few wires and redo the whole thing.

Don't worry, it wont affect the function of your air bags..
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okay cool it only comes on for the first 2 or so min my car is running and then goes away i dont care haha

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