BMW X3 2005 airbag light on reset with Foxwell NT510

BMW X3 2005 airbag light – both dash and overhead are on, so pointing to the passenger airbag. A forum check shows a few common airbag fault areas, with the seat sensor mat being a high suspect (the seatbelt lamp for the front passenger seat does not work as well, so I think that might point to the mat, which was subject to a 2008 recall, as a top candidate). A VIN check shows no outstanding recalls, so I expect the mat was fixed on recall by the original owner.

The dealer where I am wants an hour shop time ($130) just to read the code, which is v pricey if I need a 2nd read after any repair to reset the codes (I’m not interested in the kluge fix to bypass the sensor mat)

That leaves me looking for a way to check codes to try to pinpoint the fault location.

I have a BlueDriver by Lemur as well as generic ELM clones that I run with IOS and Android Apps. They are OK on new cars, but all will only read basic codes on the BMW (the same as they do with other older cars in the family fleet – 98 Jag XJ8, 99 Suburban and 06 Saab 95).

Tool to use:
Reading around for scanner options gives me a few possibles. I am a Mac user, so any of the laptop based ones are off the table, leaving me with the Foxwell NT510 as a top choice as I understand it will read many of the 2005 Model year BMW modules, including Airbag. It also pays for itself if I need codes read twice by the dealer and as I understand the Airbag module must be reset by a tool, at least one visit, most likely 2, is required.

Finally!!!
I ended up buying a Foxwell NT510 and am happy with it.

It has an impressive range of capabilities, far more than my other ELM 327 based apps, reading a large range of modules on the car and displaying many “hidden” codes – ie codes that don’t set any dash lamp errors.

2 features that came in especially handy were the airbag test and transfer case test functions.

The airbag test confirmed that the issue with the airbag was a faulty passenger seat mat sensor. The error can’t be reset without replacement (or putting in the kluge that masks the fault and makes the module think things are OK). As the issue is limited to the sensor only and the airbag is still functional, this gives some time to decide how / when to make the fix. At least we know that the car has airbags in the event of a collision – all that will happen is the passenger bag will deploy even if the seat is empty.

More importantly, the transfer case tests showed that the fluid required change (code 54C6 was set). Once I decided to change it, this leads me to also pull the actuator motor on spec to make sure the gear wheel that has caused problems for many was OK (there were no codes that indicated it was bad). I’m glad I did as I found the gear was worn to the point it was only a matter of time until it failed to operate and the car defaulted to the limp home state when running the calibration routine (which it does on every shut down). Pic of the wear is att.

For these things alone, Foxwell NT510 has paid for itself.

2 thumbs up!
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Good source of Foxwell NT510:
http://www.obd2shop.co.uk/wholesale/foxwell-nt510-multi-system-scanner.html

Foxwell NT520 Porsche 997 review: turn chime off & disabled the active rear spoiler

Have just purchased the Foxwell NT520 PRO and downloaded the Porsche specific app, and The £128 was worth it to me to do:
1. get rid of the seatbelt chime. The faster you drive the louder the chime for those out there who wear your seatbelts before you drive off.

2. I made my horn honk when I arm my car alarm

3. I can roll up and roll down my windows from my key fob

4. I changed my side corner lights to turn signals, I believe this is how your cars come.

5. I successfully disabled the active rear spoiler on my 997.2 (having previously installed the Flying Ducktail). Decided the lifted flying ducktail looked a bit extreme, although I didn’t notice any adverse handling in the lifted position.
this Foxwell NT520 saved a trip to the dealer to disable the rear spoiler lifting with PIWIS and on that basis alone paid for itself.

so highly recommended Foxwell NT520. Available here £128:
http://www.obd2shop.co.uk/wholesale/foxwell-nt520-multi-system-scanner.html

Thanks to @Baileyii and @systech1 (http://www.911uk.com) for their review.

Guide:
Foxwell NT520 Porsche specific app download

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How to register and update Foxwell NT650 Auto OBD2 Scanner

Here shares you with how to register and update Foxwell NT650 Auto OBD2 Scanner step by step.

Video tutorial please check here:

Procedure:
Plug SD memory card into card reader and connect with the computer:
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2. Go to the Foxwell official website: choose NT650, under the page, click the Download, then download “FoxScanner Installer.zip” and install.

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3. Register Foxwell account and complete the related information at FoxScanner client software.

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4. After successful registration, log in and fill in the S/N number and password then you can register your machine successful.

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5. Update: click My updates and click the update button. Wait several minutes, the update will be done, then enjoy the new software.
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That’s all, thank you!

Further detailed information on the Foxwell NT650 scanner please check here: http://www.obd2shop.co.uk/wholesale/foxwell-nt650-multi-application-service-tool.html

Comparison among Foxwell NT650, NT644 pro and NT624

As a new model of Foxwell, NT650 provides you more professional diagnostic solutions and more special functions, this post shares you with the Comparison among Foxwell NT650, NT644 pro, and NT624.

Foxwell NT650 Foxwell NT644 pro Foxwell NT624
image Foxwell-nt650 nt644-pro Foxwell NT624
Works on almost all electronic systems ×
OBDI and OBDII compatibility
Reads and clear codes
Reads/records/graphs live sensor data ×
Freeze frame data
ECU information
Multilingual menu and codes
Code troubleshooters ×
Hotkeys for quick access to data
4.3″ FTF color screen
OBDII
SAS(Steering Angle Sensor Calibration) ×
Odometer Instrument Cluster Initialize ×
EPB Electronic Park Brake Reset ×
TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System Reset ×
Camshaft Gear Learning ×
ABS, Antilock Brake Reset × ×
CVT Transmission function ×
Injector Coding ×
DPF Reset ×
Oil light Reset ×
TPS/TBA(Throttle Body Alignment) ×
SRS Airbag Crash Data Reset × ×
BRT Battery Mangement Service ×
Carlist Asia(2003 to now ); European(2001-now ); America(1996-now ); Chinese(2009-now) all makes of American, Asian, European all makes of American, Asian, European
Language available Korea, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Thai, Hungarian, Swedish, English, Dutch, Japanese, Italian, Russian, German 16 languages including English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish and much more 16 languages including English, French, German, Polish, Russian, Spanish and much more
Language as default One device only with the English language, customer need to tell the dealer the language you need when you order it. One device only with the English language, customer need to tell the dealer the language you need when you order it. One device only with the English language, customers need to tell the dealer the language you need when you order it.
Update Free update for a lifetime on the official site Free update for a lifetime on the official site Free update for a lifetime on the official site

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Foxwell nt650 user manual: Car list, Register, Update

Foxwell NT510/520 for BMW Battery Registration & coding

If you are looking for a tool for BMW Battery Registration & coding, Foxwell NT520 Pro may a good choice.

Overview:
Foxwell NT510 / Foxwell NT520 can perform BMW and mini cooper battery registrations and coding successfully. Registering a battery is super easy. It gives you the option to say that you upgraded the Ah rating as well if you are having trouble finding on OEM spec battery.

Here list several test reports:
– Can register a battery on a BMW E90 328i
– 08-2011 BMW M3’s code a new battery – OK
– 2008 BMW 135i code injectors and new battery – OK
– BMW E60 M5 register a battery -OK
– 2008 BMW E93 register a battery -OK
– 2009 BMW 335i (American) do battery registration – OK
– BMW E90 328Oi do battery registration – OK

Procedure:
1. Connect your Foxwell NT510 BMW scanner to the OBD2 port under the dashboard.
2. Turn the ignition on, the key to position II. Do not start your car.

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3. Choose BMW. Scan for VIN. It will automatically look up the VIN number. Once VIN is found press OK.

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4. Scroll down to the Body menu 4.

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5. Scroll down to Power Supply (Battery) and press Enter.

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6. Select option 2 for Battery registration.

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In the next screen, you can perform the following.
1. Register new battery. Battery replacement is the same as the original.
2. Change battery type between AGM and a lead-acid battery.
NOTE:
• Do not unplug the scanner during the battery registration process
• Do not turn off the ignition during the battery programming.
• You don’t need to run option 2 and 3 if your replacement battery has the same specs as the old battery. Just new battery registration is all you need to complete.
PS: For BMW battery registration, Foxwell NT520 is the same as Foxwell NT510.

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The Difference between NT520 Pro and NT510 in hardware and vehicle coverage

 

Foxwell NT510/nt520 scanner with BMW Software Reviews

Actually, Foxwell nt510/nt520 scanner is one of the most cost-effective scanners in the market, and the following reviews of customers can prove it.

Foxwell NT520 BMW Software display:

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NT520 BMW Car models list:

BMW MODELS COVERED 1987-Present
1 Series – E81, E82, E87, E88, 1M, F20, F21
2 Series – F22, F23, F45, F46, F87
3 Series – E30, E36, E46, E90, E91, E92, E93, F30, F31, F35, F34, F80
4 Series – F32, F33, F36, F83, F83
5 Series – E28, E34, E39, E60, E61, M5, GT(F07), F10, F11, F18
6 Series – E24, E63, E64, M6, F12, F13, F06
7 Series – E23, E32, E38, E65, E66, F01, F02, F03, F04, G11, G12
8 Series – E31
I Series – I01, I12
X1 – E84, F48, F49
X3 – E83, F25
X4 – F26
X5 – E53, E70, X5M, F15, F85
X6 – E71, E72, X6M, F16, F86
Z1 – E30
Z3 – E36, Z3M
Z4 – E85, E86, E89, M
Z8 – E52

MINI For Most Models 2002-Present
Body Styles Covered
R50: “Mk I” Mini One & Cooper (2001–2006)
R52: “Mk I” Mini Convertible (2004–2008)
R53: “Mk I” Mini Cooper S (2001–2006)
R55: “Mk II” Mini Clubman (2007–present)
R56: “Mk II” Mini Hatch/Hardtop range (2006–2013)
R57: “Mk II” Mini Convertible (2009–present)
R58: Coupé (2012–present)
R59: Roadster (2012–present)
R60: Countryman (2010–present)
R61: Paceman (2013-2016)
F54: Clubman (2016-present)
F55: Hatchback (2014-present)
F56: Hatchback (2014-Present)
F57: Convertible (2014-Present)

Rolls-Royce MODELS COVERED
RR1, RR2, RR3, RR4, RR5

Foxwell NT510/NT520 BMW Reviews:

Review 1:

I ended up buying a Foxwell NT510 and am happy with it.

It has an impressive range of capabilities, far more than my other ELM 327 based apps, reading a large range of modules on the car and displaying many “hidden” codes – ie codes that don’t set any dash lamp errors.

2 features that came in especially handy were the airbag test and transfer case test functions.

The airbag test confirmed that the issue with the airbag was a faulty passenger seat mat sensor. The error can’t be reset without replacement (or putting in the kluge that masks the fault and makes the module think things are OK). As the issue is limited to the sensor only and the airbag is still functional, this gives some time to decide how / when to make the fix. At least we know that the car has airbags in the event of a collision – all that will happen is the passenger bag will deploy even if the seat is empty.

More importantly, the transfer case tests showed that the fluid required change (code 54C6 was set). Once I decided to change it, this leads me to also pull the actuator motor on spec to make sure the gear wheel that has caused problems for many was OK (there were no codes that indicated it was bad). I’m glad I did as I found the gear was worn to the point it was only a matter of time until it failed to operate and the car defaulted to the limp home state when running the calibration routine (which it does on every shut down).

For these things alone, the tool has paid for itself.

2 thumbs up!

Review 2:

I like my NT510. Last weekend, I changed the fuel filter, the auto transmission filter/pan, and differential oil.

With the NT510, I was able to activate the lift fuel pump to purge the air and reset the transmission adaptation. Everything went smoothly. I also have Carly BMW but I will say the NT510 is way superior to Carly.

Review 3:

The ONLY low-cost tool I’ve ever seen that support multiple OEMs is the Foxwell NT510/520, which is £150, and allows multiple OEM-specific software packages to be purchased and loaded into the device for ~$60 each. The BMW-software for the NT510 is EXCELLENT, and provides access to not only the engine computer, but virtually ALL computers on the car – Engine, transmission, brakes, ABS, Traction Control, Air Bags, Audio, Navigation, Climate Control, Locks, Alarm, etc. etc.

In my book, the ONLY scanner to buy at the present time is the Foxwell. The initial £150 purchase includes ONE OEM-specific software package, so if you ONLY need a BMW scanner, £150 is your total price. It is an EXCELLENT scanner, and mine has already paid for itself many times over in the ~9 months I’ve owned it.

Review 4:

I can vouch for the Foxwell NT520 with BMW software, used it on both the E90 as well as a mini. Does everything it says it will.

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Foxwell NT520 pro user manual: System Setup instruction

This section illustrates how to program the NT520 scanner to meet your specific needs.
When Setup application is selected, a menu with available service options displays. Menu options typically include:
● Language
● Unit
● Beep Set
● Key Test
● LCD Test
● About
● Shortcuts

1. Select Language
Selecting Language opens a screen that allows you to choose system language. The scan tool is set to display English menus by default.
To configure system language:
1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight Language from Setup menu and press the ENTER key.

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2) Press the LEFT/RIGHT arrow key to select a language and press the ENTER key to confirm. Press the Back key to exit and return.

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2. Change Units
Selecting Unit opens a dialog box that allows you to choose between US customary or metric units of measure.
To change the unit setup:
1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight Units from Setup menu and press the ENTER key.

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2) Press the LEFT/RIGHT arrow key to select an item and press the ENTER key to save and return.

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3. Configure Beeper
Selecting Beep Set opens a dialog box that allows you to turn on/off the beeper.
To turn on/off the beeper:

1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight Beep Set from Setup menu and press the ENTER key.

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2) Press the LEFT/RIGHT arrow key to select an item and press the ENTER key to save and return.

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4. Test Keypad
Selecting Key Test option opens a screen that allows you to check the functionality of the keypad.
To test the keypad:
1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight Key Test from the Setup menu and press the ENTER key.

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2) Press any key to start a test. The virtue key corresponding with the key you pressed will be highlighted on the screen if it works correctly.

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3) To quit the test, click the F2 function key twice.

5. LCD Keypad
Selecting LCD Test option opens a screen that allows you to check the functionality of the display.
To test the display:
1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight LCD Test from Setup menu and press the ENTER key to start a test. Check if there are any missing spots in the LCD screen.

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2) To quit the test, press the Back key.

6. Tool Information
Selecting About option opens a screen that shows information about your scan tools, such as serial number and register password which may be required for product registration.
To view information of your scan tool:
1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight About from Setup menu and press the ENTER key.

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2) A screen with detailed information about the scanner displays.

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3) Press the Back key to exit and return to the Setup menu.

7. Configure Shortcut Keys
Selecting the Shortcuts option lets you change the functionality of the shortcut buttons.
To assign a function to a shortcut button:
1) Scroll with the arrow keys to highlight Shortcuts from Setup menu and press the ENTER key.
A screen with available shortcut keys displays.

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2) Press the UP/DOWN arrow key to select a shortcut key and press the ENTER key. A screen with a list of loaded applications displays.

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3) Scroll with the UP/DOWN arrow keys to highlight an application and press the ENTER key to assign the application to the shortcut key. Press any key to exit.

Foxwell nt520 user manual full version download:

http://www.obd2shop.co.uk/upload/pro/foxwell-nt520-pro-muti-system-scanner-user-manual.pdf