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I've recently purchased this 2002 Boxster S and have been going thru it trying to tidy up all of the various loose ends left for me by the previous owner. All my google-imaging has left me empty handed on what little gadget is under this black tape. I KNOW I'm getting a vacuum leak from it...... Thanks All!
Thanks Loren! Do you know what the resistance across the two pins on the seat belt tensioner is supposed to be? I measured the original one to be about 0.1 ohm. I didn't bother taking a reading on the new one, although I can take things back apart and check. I've read about the pyrotechnics in the tensioner, and since the car was in an accident (without blowing airbags) I thought I'd just go ahead and replace the unit. Unfortunately I'd suspect that nearly all Boxsters being parted out today have been in accidents, and in nearly 100% of accidents there is a driver......making my selection of good used tensioners slim!
I recently purchased a 2002 Boxster S tiptronic with 96k on the clock. The car is 'Salvage' from a previous accident - the damage is fairly cosmetic and has not been repaired yet. The air bag light is on. Scanning it with AutoEnginuity with the Porsche specific software yields "0016 Seat Belt Tensioner, Driver". I've searched for diagnostics on the seat belt tensioners without success, so I purchased a used unit of the same part number (561102901) off eBay. I installed the new unit, cleared all trouble codes with AutoEnginuity, saw the Airbag light toggle off......and then back on. I cleared again.....it toggled off.....and then back on. Any reference I've found to the 0016 code comes up with crank position sensor issues, nothing to do with the Airbag system. If it's of any value, the car is also reporting the 0023 code in the Air Conditioning category and the Tiptronic category. Thoughts on my next step? Thanks all!