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Old 10-07-18, 08:41 AM   #1
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Default Just bought a 2nd hand car, 1st full day and a airbag fault has appeared.

Hi All, this is so frustrating and it's why I am terrified of buying used vehicles. Yesterday I bought a 2002 Partner Combi (which I didn't know was classed and taxed as a van as my 2014 Partner Teepee isn't), this was the start of my frustration. The tax was more and the insurance had to be van insurance so also cost more so already the money is adding up (I'd already put a deposit down). Anyway I drove it home along a dual carriageway and it ran good. The previous owner has had the back seats folded up for a long time as he needed the boot space to put a mobility sccoter. The airbag warning didn't come one at all on the whole journey, about 45 mins. Anyway, last night I put the seats back in their normal position and when I went to drive to work this morning the airbag light came on. I'm wondering if it is a wiring issue. I don't have Peugeot Planet and I wouldn't know how to use it or what to do with the fault code even if I did. Has anyone else come across this issue. This 2002 'van' has had a near perfect MOT history which is one of the reasons I bought it. Only failed twice, once on a lightbulb and once on something else very insignificant.

Is it worth getting it fixed now or shall I just wait for it's MOT in Feb 2019 knowing it will be a fail anyway. Does anyone know how to fix it. Sorry for the long post, it's my 1st and like I said, I am scared of used cars because I don't have the money to keep throwing at fixing it and my fear came true because within 1 day I have a MOT failure fault rear it's ugly head. Thanks for hearing me out.
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last night I put the seats back in their normal position and when I went to drive to work this morning the airbag light came on. I'm wondering if it is a wiring issue.

Is it worth getting it fixed now or shall I just wait for it's MOT in Feb 2019 knowing it will be a fail anyway.
Since you were probably moving the seats (that by the sound of it might not have moved in a long time) I'd say first stop is to check the plugs under the front seats...

Fix it now - should the worst happen and you're in a collision (no matter how careful you are, there are other drivers, aka idiots) out there, not having functional airbags could be a really really really bad thing

Check out the introduction messages from the board - the Diagnostics map might show someone within reasonable distance willing to assist with a code reading.
IIRC the codes should at least point you to if it's a driver, passenger or side airbag that is involved, reducing what to look closer at.
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Since you were probably moving the seats (that by the sound of it might not have moved in a long time) I'd say first stop is to check the plugs under the front seats...

Fix it now - should the worst happen and you're in a collision (no matter how careful you are, there are other drivers, aka idiots) out there, not having functional airbags could be a really really really bad thing

Check out the introduction messages from the board - the Diagnostics map might show someone within reasonable distance willing to assist with a code reading.
IIRC the codes should at least point you to if it's a driver, passenger or side airbag that is involved, reducing what to look closer at.
Thanks. He put the seats back down in their folded position and the light went off again so we will definitely check under the seats.

The nearest Peugeot Planet person to me appears to be in Plymouth which is an 1 1/2 hrs drive from me so a bit far. I will check with a few local mechanics and put the word out locally to see if anyone uses one. I did look up to buy the software and lead myself but couldn't find anyone clearly selling Peugeot Planet so if anyone knows where to buy it, please put up a link or let me know in PM.
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