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Old 10-18-2004, 05:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i was at the carwash today when i pulled out and ran through what seemed to be a puddle. as i hit the gas my tires began to spin and the ASC kicked in and all was good. i realized that there was probibly a mixture of oil and water since cars sit there and wait to be dried..

i was on my way to class as i left the carwash and i noticed that the airbag light on the dashboard was on. IT WAS NOT ON when i entered the carwash...

does anyone have an explation or a solution? isnt there a way to figure out what the problem is with an OBDii car?

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Old 10-18-2004, 05:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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youll wanna get the code read, you could have done something on your little spinout.
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what will the code reader tell me?
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get the code read maybe from the dealer, they should give you all infomation as to whether its the airbag switch, computer, or the airbag itself. depending on the year of your car, it might need maintainence....
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Do you have to buy one of those reset tools to read the code? I have the problem where my abs light stays on for 2 minutes when I start the car up.
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sabbath130 - like Furious said, get the code read. peake research sells the tools, but if you are only going to use it once, it's probably better for you to get it read for you. although i think it unlikely that the burnout caused the srs light, of course i'm probably wrong. but anyway there are TOO MANY individual components in an srs system to just throw parts at it to try and solve the problem. one thing to note is that car washes have been known to damage the dme units in e36.

Brian325i - abs is a different story from srs. completely different controller units. srs CAN be reset. abs on the other hand, even if you do manage to "reset" it somehow, the light will come right back if the actual fault itself isn't addressed. some dealers will read abs codes for free. others may charge up to $100 (as will an independent shop).

srs code readers are cheap (less than $200).
abs code readers are not ($2000 & up). so it is worth your while to get the codes read. but also note that there are a few components of ABS (contrary to what the dealer will tell you) that CAN be serviced as a DIY. if you are so inclined, get the codes read and post a followup.
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My one and only SRS airbag light event was a front passenger seat belt tensioner.
My SRS code read and reset tool paid for itself that one time. All I did was clean the electrical connector on the tensioner. That was over a year ago and no return of the light. Both the engine code read and SRS tools are worth the investment. You can at least have an idea of what the problems are and attempt a fix yourself. The engine tool also resets oil/inspection lights so you do your own oil change and sevice and reset it yourself.

If you plan on keeping your BMW. I suggest getting at least the engince code reader.
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sabbath130 - like Furious said, get the code read. peake research sells the tools, but if you are only going to use it once, it's probably better for you to get it read for you. although i think it unlikely that the burnout caused the srs light, of course i'm probably wrong. but anyway there are TOO MANY individual components in an srs system to just throw parts at it to try and solve the problem. one thing to note is that car washes have been known to damage the dme units in e36.


what part of the DME unit is dammage as the result of going through the carwash? what specifically damages the DME in the carwash... the spinning brushes... powerwashing... undercarrige wash...? is the dammage repairable via DIY?
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here is a site which explains a lil somethin bout airbags. As you said, you went into a puddle? well, this tells us that sometimes, it happens when you go into a puddle. It seems that your best bet is to go to a euro car expert to reset the code, unless you got $$$ to visit our friendly neighborhood BMW dealers. go ahead and check this out....GOOD LUCK!

http://www.pelicanparts.com/bmw/techarticl...ir_Bag_Lamp.htm
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Both the engine code read and SRS tools are worth the investment.

Where can I get them from in the UK & how much are they?
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what part of the DME unit is dammage as the result of going through the carwash? what specifically damages the DME in the carwash... the spinning brushes... powerwashing... undercarrige wash...? is the dammage repairable via DIY?
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