1st Gen R53 Cooper S Airbag light on

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    So the Airbag light turned on a little while ago, I originally thought maybe one of the seat sensors went so I made a 4 ohm resistor to plug in to the connector to bypass the seat.

    A guy I work with lent me a B800 scan tool adding the resistor and clearing the code worked (I had to clear twice) I didn't pay much attention to what the code meant before I cleared it. I got about a weeks worth of driving and the light came back on this time I dug into the code and according to the manual the code I'm getting (table 10 fault 6) is for the right side front air bag, I don't think this is for the one in the dash as there is a code for passenger air bag in the table.

    I did some troubleshooting to see what codes generate when the seats are unplugged the driver side gives me a fault 5 which I didn't have and the passenger seat ends up putting fault 6 in twice, but when plugged back in I only see it once.

    I tried putting the resistor on that connection and was still unable to clear the codes.

    I have heard the B800 sort of works with MINI's should I get a tool that works more with MINI's and see where I get with that?
     
  2. Dave.0

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    You can try the BMW airbag tool or for a buck you can put a small piece of black electrical tape over the airbag light from the back if you just don't want to see the light anymore.
     
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    My light has been on so long I thought it came from the factory that way.:D
     
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    Is it just the main airbag light, or also the overhead passenger air bag off light? The overhead light is caused by the seat sensor problem.
     
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    Just the main airbag light, I tested the seat sensor by putting some weight on it the passenger light turned on. I think i'll just live with it for now. Eventually i'll get a bavtech scanner and really figure out what it is.
     
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    Welcome to the club of airbags! :D
     
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    I thought we had a sign already? (Middle finger) :lol:
     
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    These airbags you speak-us of.....

    We talking of occupant safety devises....

    Or.... Some bodies......:D
     
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    Hey Jeffster, what exactly are the codes you see?
     
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    I thought it was Motor On. :biggrin5:

    Well..........:devil:
     
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    Same thing....:devil:
     
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    The scanner flashed 10 the 6 according to the b800 manual it's table 10 code 6 which means right front side airbag.
     
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    Ok I'll try to be more helpful. I know on the first gen minis there was a recall or service order I can't remember witch. But it had to do with a wiring problem on the passenger side seat. You may want to check with MINI USA. I will look and see if I can find when the work was done on my car. They told me at the time that some time it took a hole new harness but they were able to fix my Mini with out doing all that.

    Not that it mattered because then the left side mat went bad and the light came back on.
     
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    I bet they have a mileage limit on that and broknsmurf is about to roll over to 146k. That and I'm sure they will say my engine mounts caused excessive vibration hence killing the harness or some other BS. I stay clear of the dealer usually.
     
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    They sent me a sticker to put in the manual that told the miles and years. When the light came back on I called the dealer, they said they knew nothing about it. So I called MINI USA they said the same thing. I told them they are the ones that mail it to me. It didn't help.

    I really like that red airbag light, it adds charm.:(
     
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    #17 Dave.0, Jun 2, 2014
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    My parents, 4 older bothers and may others have wrecked may cars without airbags and they all lived a long time with just a seat belt.

    Air bags make people forget about paying attention while driving. The more you are at risk the more attentive and aware of things going on around you.
    *If you're not on the phone. :rolleyes:
     
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    Seat belts too. Let's get rid of them as well.
     
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    And bike helmets. And safety glasses. And saw blade guards. And those #%@& double buttons on industrial equipment like presses.
     
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    And double safety switches on nukes. And health certs for carney food vendors. And safety caps on pill bottles. And double yellow lines on the Dragon. And instructions for Lawn Darts.
     

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