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Old 03-28-2020, 12:55 PM
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Ok bad seat sensor is where people get into the whole emulator or replacement fight but for now let's go with the premise of shit work from a BMW tech....

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Also just wanted to note to that I took my X5 to the dealership in Spokane, WA for a recall on my steering wheel airbag May of 2019, and when they scanned the car for errors, they told me that there was a fault in the passengers seat sensor. But I don't see that error here.
There is a recall for the passenger occupancy sensor also.
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:04 PM
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There is a recall for the passenger occupancy sensor also.
Hmmmmmm

Well, I just went and plugged my VIN into BMW's safety recalls, and it says there are no open recalls for my X5.
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Hmmmmmm

Well, I just went and plugged my VIN into BMW's safety recalls, and it says there are no open recalls for my X5.
Sorry. Just noticed you have a 2001. Too early for the recall.
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Sorry. Just noticed you have a 2001. Too early for the recall.
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On the airbag light, your thought and the comments above on what caused it are exactly right. The standard sequence is:
  1. something in the door breaks
  2. disassemble the door, get to the airbag, disconnect the battery to be safe, disconnect and remove the airbag
  3. during the rest of the repair, find some reason you need to restore power (e.g., adjusting window). Restoring power while the airbag is disconnected sets the light.

Like you, my car came like this when I bought it. PO fumbling attempt at fixing the driver's window regulator. I had no luck resetting it with a standard code reader or a lot of time with the battery disconnected.

I then bought a single purpose tool on eBay that did nothing other than reset the light. Worked!

A couple of years later, I got a Foxwell, which resets the light with no problem.

I do also have the PA Soft, but did not try, since the Foxwell does it so well.

Considering how often something in the doors fails, having a tool to easily reset the light is very useful, I have found. It is nice not to need to worry about triggering the light while solving other problems. That's how I do it - safety and convenience first, figuring I can reset the light when all is done.

There is also a chance that they failed to plug the airbag back in, or even that they damaged the connector while fumbling with it or hammering it back into place.
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On the airbag light, your thought and the comments above on what caused it are exactly right. The standard sequence is:
  1. something in the door breaks
  2. disassemble the door, get to the airbag, disconnect the battery to be safe, disconnect and remove the airbag
  3. during the rest of the repair, find some reason you need to restore power (e.g., adjusting window). Restoring power while the airbag is disconnected sets the light.

Like you, my car came like this when I bought it. PO fumbling attempt at fixing the driver's window regulator. I had no luck resetting it with a standard code reader or a lot of time with the battery disconnected.

I then bought a single purpose tool on eBay that did nothing other than reset the light. Worked!

A couple of years later, I got a Foxwell, which resets the light with no problem.

I do also have the PA Soft, but did not try, since the Foxwell does it so well.

Considering how often something in the doors fails, having a tool to easily reset the light is very useful, I have found. It is nice not to need to worry about triggering the light while solving other problems. That's how I do it - safety and convenience first, figuring I can reset the light when all is done.

There is also a chance that they failed to plug the airbag back in, or even that they damaged the connector while fumbling with it or hammering it back into place.
If anyone is interested in the SRS Reset tool since I don't have a X5 any longer I am selling mine for $15.00 shipped.
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Well, i attempted the suggestion of disconnecting the battery, and touching the cables together, but am still having the error. Tried to clear them individually, but they wouldnt clear. Faults all say Not Present, and are YELLOW, and not red. Attempting to clear them simply brings them back up stating they are in shadow memory. I may be interested in this SRS Reset tool, but it just seems like if anything would be able to clear the code, it would be something like BMW scanner that can do all the coding necessary for the car.

The mechanic who fixed my door handle really didn't seem interested in helping me clear the code, even though i believe he caused it. I very well may need to take the door panel off and inspect it to make sure he connected it back up. But if it wasnt connected, wouldn't it show up as a PRESENT fault and be RED, and not yellow?
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If anyone is interested in the SRS Reset tool since I don't have a X5 any longer I am selling mine for $15.00 shipped.

What resets does it perform? SRS = airbag?
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What resets does it perform? SRS = airbag?
If he has the same one I did, yes SRS=airbag.

You can find the tool by searching on ebay for:
bmw e53 airbag reset tool b800

For example:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/B800-Car-Ai...n/293091307168

Some come with the additional round-to-OBDII adapter that some of the earlier cars need.

It basically has two functions: read airbag codes, and reset airbag codes. Not sure what years and what BMWs it works on, but it did it for my 2001 E53.

I paid about $20 for mine on eBay, sold it locally on craigslist for $15 once I no longer needed it after getting the foxwell.
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