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Old 01-24-2005, 11:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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i have a 98 528iA sport low mileage. My steering wheels controls for the radio/cruise control don't work and the airbag light came on. the only control that works on the steering wheel is the steering wheel heater. the airbag light goes on and off like its a bad connection. does any one know how to fix this problem or has experienced this problem before?
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i have a 98 528iA sport low mileage. My steering wheels controls for the radio/cruise control don't work and the airbag light came on. the only control that works on the steering wheel is the steering wheel heater. the airbag light goes on and off like its a bad connection. does any one know how to fix this problem or has experienced this problem before?
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It is a bad connection. The device that connects everything in your wheel to the "nonrotating" car is called a clockspring. These typically last to atleast 100K. and cost aroung $250. Thats what it sounds like to me.

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i have a 98 528iA sport low mileage. My steering wheels controls for the radio/cruise control don't work and the airbag light came on. the only control that works on the steering wheel is the steering wheel heater. the airbag light goes on and off like its a bad connection. does any one know how to fix this problem or has experienced this problem before?
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I have the same problem and the dealer did not fixed it. But I have found out through other forums that there can be a number of problem most related to wire problems. My 528i Sport 1998 (touring it is called in Holland) has exactly the same problem I am afraid that the dealer will start replacing all kinds of modules without solving the problem.

Here some suggestions.

1. check your ignition switch it wears out after 100000 kilometers. You can easy check the switch by giving a knock under the switch you will see that the airbag light turns on and off :-).
Also a symptom for wear on the ignition switch is that you can turn the key around in the ignition switch without anything happing. But a lot of electrical is triggered by the ignition key.

2. under you front seats there is a connector which connects the airbag sensors under the front seats to the control unit. The connector also wear out and the easy way is to short circuit the wires. The connectors can cause problems because the move when you adjust your seat.
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i have a 98 528iA sport low mileage.* My steering wheels controls for the radio/cruise control don't work and the airbag light came on. the only control that works on the steering wheel is the steering wheel heater.* the airbag light goes on and off like its a bad connection.* does any one know how to fix this problem or has experienced this problem before?*
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I have the same problem and the dealer did not fixed it. But I have found out through other forums that there can be a number of problem most related to wire problems. My 528i Sport 1998 (touring it is called in Holland) has exactly the same problem I am afraid that the dealer will start replacing all kinds of modules without solving the problem.

Here some suggestions.

1. check your ignition switch it wears out after 100000 kilometers. You can easy check the switch by giving a knock under the switch you will see that the airbag light turns on and off :-).
Also a symptom for wear on the ignition switch is that you can turn the key around in the ignition switch without anything happing. But a lot of electrical is triggered by the ignition key.

2. under you front seats there is a connector which connects the airbag sensors under the front seats to the control unit. The connector also wear out and the easy way is to short circuit the wires. The connectors can cause problems because the move when you adjust your seat.
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