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the old airbag light bugaboo


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My airbag light is on and it's my fault because I'm getting old and forgetfull. I just had my '99 C2 in for some suspension work (JRZ shocks, springs, TRG bars) and to allow the mechanics easier access to the rear seat area I removed my passenger side GT3 seat. Because the connection from the passenger side seat belt to the airbag module was temporarily disconnected when I started the car, the airbag light came on. Now I once knew that this was a problem which is why I made sure the ignition was never turned on while I was installing the seats in the first place, but it slipped my mind this time around. I didn't remember until I reinstalled the seat, restored the connection and the light stayed on.

So, is there a DIY proceedure for resetting the light or do I have to make a trip to the dealer who is 45 miles away?

BTW, I haven't visited Loren's forum, (or any Porsche forums) for quite a while. It's nice to see so many of the original members still around. Anyway thanks for the help.

Mike in CA

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Mike good to hear from you again!

Sorry, but you will need a PST2 or PIWIS tester or Bosch 500, 650 etc. type tester to reset the airbag light. It would be nice if some of the lower end scan tools would do this - but they don't. Perhaps they have legal concerns?

Don't be such a stranger eh...

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Thanks Eric, but in my case it wasn't hardware failure but simply pilot error.....I removed the passenger seat (and seat belt receptacle) then turned on the ignition. Airbag light came on and won't go out even though everything is connected up again. I thought there might be a work around just to reset the light but I guess a trip to the dealer is the only way.

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