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    Well this airbag light has been on for the last 3 months. Bought carsoft today and got a fault saying "error indication light" with the number 81 at the side of it. Cleared the code but the light is still on.

    Question is, does carsoft turn the lights off or does it just read and erase?

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    On my E36 it clears the errors which puts out the light. If you erase the airbag memory, disconnect carsoft, turn the ignition on and off a few times and then re-read the codes does the error come back?

    If it does could you post up the full error?

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    If you have MRS4 then it's "81. Sensor for side airbag left"
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian S View Post
    turn the ignition on and off a few times and then re-read the codes does the error come back?
    Scanned it again today Ian, same code.



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    If you have MRS4 then it's "81. Sensor for side airbag left"
    Where is this sensor located Ronnie?

    Also Ronnie, The code "81" is this a bmw or carsoft specific code? Would be nice to know what all the codes mean

    EDIT>> What is "satellite (mrsa) front left" ? Thought it was the "sidebag sensor", seems it isn't.
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    Code 81 is a BMW specific code.

    Have you got anymore info from your Carsoft with regards the code? then I can double check as I'm confused slightly as to why Carsoft didn't come up with a better explanation.

    And the sensors are apparently located under the passenger and drivers seat on a cross member from what I've read from the BMW WDS.

    Have you cleared the codes and re-read them? I'm not sure from your answer above exactly what you did.
     
     

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    Ronnie, I cleared the code "81 error indication light" which did clear but the airbag light was still lit up, took the car for a drive then re-scanned and the same code appeared.

    To be honest when I first hooked the Carsoft up it was in German. There was a code related to the airbags, with me not knowing what I was doing, I just cleared it. Anyway managed to get the Carsoft running properly now (in English) and all it keeps saying is the indication thing. I did read somewhere that you are not supposed to clear the fault untill you rectify the problem.

    Please don't tell me the original code has been lost forever. then again, I did change a few things related to the airbag system so I'm sure there were codes that needed clearing anyway.

    By the way Ronnie, the airbag module was sent away to be reset. Obviously after fitting this back to the car and seeing the airbag light on, I straight away suspected it hadn't been done correctly. Would this show up on a Carsoft scan?.
     
     

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    There's no problem in clearing the fault code as long as you write down a copy of the code for future reference, if then the code comes back up the same then you can dig deeper into the problem.

    As for the code being lost forever, no, the SRS module will store any codes that come back up.

    I think in this instance your best bet will be to get the codes read at a BMW Indy specialists, then you can check/cross reference the code with your Carsoft, helping you to establish if Carsoft is giving you spurious info since the language change.
     
     

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    Right ok Ronnie, was thinking the same myself.

    Many thanks for your input.

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