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1998 323IS: sale the seat belt light came..diagnostic..latch

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I have a 1998 323IS BMW. I bought this car as is at the time of sale the seat belt light came on and would not go off. The car was taken to a diagnostic shop and the results were the latch was updated with a new latch. Then a test switch was performed with wiggle tests of latch wiring and no problem was found.
a service bulletin was done and found that bulletin for air bag module for false codes. They requested that it be taken to a dealer. After taking it to the dealer they found that the drivers side seat belt tensioner was defective. I bought the part from a used BMW parts dealer and now the light is still on after replacing the part. Is there a code that has to be set to get rid of the light on the dash and if there is can I reset the code myself?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Marc replied 11 years ago.
  96 and newer BMW requires a dianostic scanner(special) to reset the codes Bmw has a c;las action suit in the courts they are being sued for the lack of disspelled imformation. The scanner required only works on BMW and is not widely avalible. Shop around some specialty shops have them. If you are on Long Island PM me I can give you the name of a independent shop in Suffolk that can reset your codes.    

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