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Warning lights on in my 97 Z3.

I purchased a 97 Z3 today, it also had an Airbag light that stays on during operation. While at the emissions testing center, they plugged in a 12 cord to my lighter outlet. While running the car for them while the back tires were turning on rollers the ABS & Stabilty control light also came on. The tires started to sway on the rollers and it seems that may have contributed to the lights coming on, help.


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  • Anonymous Jul 16, 2008

    I was driving my 1997 BMW Z3 when the ABS warning light and another warning light (triangle w/ exclamation point) suddenly went permanently on when the car is in operation.

  • rmp701 Aug 31, 2008

    hi, airgag warning light seems to stay on pemenantly. No rubbish under either seat. Is it possible to reset the warning light manually, or will it require a BMW specialst? If so, what can I expect to pay?


  • gpogany373 Apr 14, 2009

    My airbag light stays on all the time also. How can th is be sloved? How does it affect performance and safety if left unresolved?


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I have a replacement roof for my 1997 BMW Z3, could anyone give me advice how easy or hard its and could one man do it on his own?

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Rubbish etc under seats can interfere with wiring to airbag sensors and cause light to come on -check this and find a contact with the necessary bmw "computer" to find if there actually is a fault or if it can simply be reset-good luck-pdr4401.

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