/ Air bag warning lights
Since the car has 2 airbags, I turned off the passenger bag and the warning still came up. Can I deduce from this that the fault is with the driver's bag?
If so and it is the drivers bag, can I just replace it, fairly easy to do myself, or could the fault be with some other part of the system and is the only way to find out to pay somebody some money who might then expect more money to fix it?
You won't be able to tell what the fault light relates to without an OBD tool to read the code from the car's ECU. The fault light remains active even when the passenger airbag is disabled due to this being a legal and safety requirement to warn the driver if there is a fault with any part of the airbag system.
Not really of much help but I had the same warning the other day with my 207. But it decided it was ok and now the abs doesnt want to work the next day. I'm convinced there's gremlins in there.
Well french cars are known for their interesting electronics.
> French electrics...
The MOT rules have changed this year, so you will probably find it'll fail next time.
Our car just failed its mot because the airbag light was on. The local garage didn't have the scanning equipment to sort it so we had to take it to a main dealer. The dealer said it was a historical fault and just reset the light. Hopefully it doesn't trip again as paying £50 every year to reset a light could get annoying.
As Paul said new MOT rules, any dashboard warning light is now a fail.
To the OP, Generic OBD/EOBD readers will only give you emmissions related data, you need a Scanner with software related to your car. As someone els said, check the under-seat wiring first.
regarding the MOT, an MOT tester is not allowed to remove anything from the car, so if you stick a piece of black insulation tape over the airbag warning light, they then can't see the light, and in theory, can't fail it... gotta be worth a try!
Mine is just a lose wire under the seat, but the clear the alert you need the software.
You don't necessarily need software related to your car, as long as you can read the fault code you can usually find the code list with some help from Google. Most OBD tools are able to clear the fault (remember when doing this to cycle the ignition after clearing the fault, then read it again to check its gone.).
> Our car just failed its mot because the airbag light was on. The local garage didn't have the scanning equipment to sort it so we had to take it to a main dealer. The dealer said it was a historical fault and just reset the light. Hopefully it doesn't trip again as paying £50 every year to reset a light could get annoying.
My husband bought a diagnostic thingie for £20 and reset it himself.
> My husband bought a diagnostic thingie for £20 and reset it himself.
That would definitely be a good option except our car is rather obscure (a Ssangyong) and the diagnostic gizmo is £1000+ if you can find it at all.
We had a 03 (the new model at the time) new nissan micra that did this. It hadnt renault electrics, dont know of they were common with peugeot too. It was the control unit and meant that the airbag wouldnt operate in a crash. The only way to fix was a new control unit costing £600 and the ecu prevented it being renewed by anyone except a nissan dealer. Could be bad news Im afraid.
Thanks again for the suggestions.
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