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07-03-2017 20:33
rayc Airbag ECU's are available on ebay such as this new one. There are cheaper used ones.
07-03-2017 20:28
Penquin Sorry, no idea, so I cannot reassure you, I do not know how often it is an airbag failure c/w an electronic component problem or program error.

Maybe someone with knowledge can help, I only posted that link so that we can all see how expensive diagnostic equipment is, and of course, diagnosing does NOT usually repair the problem.......

My thoughts on airbags is that they are explosive (literally) and require VERY careful handling, I would not feel competent to do ANY work involving such things but WOULD rely on paid experts - OK, I know we are all told to ignore experts but I find that blinkered approach impossible to accept in specialist roles such as airbags, brakes and steering where a simple failure at an inappropriate time could be fatal...... Having seen the power behind an airbag deployment it is not something to have happen at the wrong time......

07-03-2017 20:27
Originally Posted by MEES View Post
Dave I have looked at the diagnostic tool 99
This seems to diagnose and reset a faulty warning light .
What if the airbag is faulty?
As s soon as the ignition is switched off and on again the lamp will come on and stay on again. Incidentally the air bag ECU is on the floor under the dash side of the battery floor cover. It is not unknown for the wires to be chaffed as they are run on top of the soundproofing.
07-03-2017 20:26
Sprinta Allow me to post a picture of my water pump in my 2011 2.3 . I replaced it as a matter of course when I did the timingbelt change as I view it as false economy to leave it "because it isn't faulty" when it has been driven for as long as the timing belt pulleys etc.

It was only on flipping it over that the start of a leak became obvious

And the next problem is I can't post a picture from the iPad, any suggestion? Still can't log in on laptop as it doesn't accept my password, and can't send a lost password as the system doesn't recognise my email address.
07-03-2017 20:25
peribro I'm not sure what you'll achieve by resetting the warning light if the problem has already been diagnosed as a faulty airbag? Presumably the warning light will come on again next time the airbag does a self-test.

The passenger airbag on our Picanto failed and I was quoted over 600 to have it replaced - and that was after paying 80 for the diagnostics. However I persuaded the technician to first reset the warning light just in case it was faulty - but it wasn't and came back on again within 20 minutes.

However rather than buying a new airbag for over 500 I bought one on ebay for 50 from a similar age Picanto that was being broken up for spares and had the dealer fit it.
07-03-2017 19:53
MEES Dave I have looked at the diagnostic tool 99
This seems to diagnose and reset a faulty warning light .
What if the airbag is faulty?
07-03-2017 19:25
Penquin I don' think that you have any options as the MoT requires normal operation of specific warning lights and the SRS airbag one is one of those;

SRS warning light is one that will cause MoT failure.

On that page, if you click on the SRS Airbag on the left hand side of the page, in the list, it takes you to a SRS Airbag warning light reset section where Fiat is one of the vehicles, that page shows how expensive the tools are for such an investigation..... from 99 to 255..... so the price quoted - assuming that it includes a guarantee that it will sort the problem, or else you will not be charged......

I would hate to think that you are simply on a chain of "we don't know what, so suggest X and if that doesn't work go on to Y and the rest of the alphabet....." type approach...... such things HAVE been found with peculiar uncommon problems.....

07-03-2017 19:04
MEES The problem has naw been diagnosed by Fiat dealer as a faulty airbag ecu and we now ha a quote of 460 including diagnosis repair and VAT
What do you think ?
02-03-2017 20:04
MEES Well looks like it's going to the fiat garage for a diagnostic test probable new cluster in excess of 200 estimate. Ouch! ( plus service mot drive belt and fuel pump ) ouch ouch !
01-03-2017 16:08
Originally Posted by MEES View Post
Ours is a 2013 but is out of warranty now.
Was yours still in warranty ?
It was about 7 months old.

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