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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 6th, 2014, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone here got this solved?

Mine keeps coming on with the same fault every so often yet I've had the part checked - passenger side pretensioner. The light sometimes comes on after a bumpy road but other times completely at random.

Some have said re-routing the wiring under the seats has worked - if so, what exactly was done because this things a real pain in the hole now.

The pains of this car are fast outweighing any pleasure lately.
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If it is the blue (pre-tensioner) or yellow (seat airbag) connectors under the seats causing a momentary dis-connection it triggers the SRS airbag warning light. Some (but not all !) have cured this by removing the troublesome connectors and soldering the various wires directly together and insulating with heatshrink sleeving. However if you should ever have to remove the seat or belt pre-tensioner then the wires would have to be cut or unsoldered.

Later Mk2 Minis have larger beefier seat wiring connectors......
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From what I can tell this is just one of the quirks with the early minis.

Mine comes on from time to time, so I ended up spending 100 on a Sealy diagnostic tool so I can reset the light.

When it comes on, I unplug the yellow and blue connectors, give them a squirt of contact cleaner - connect and disconnect them a couple of times to make sure the connectors are clean and then reset the light.

Typically this is fine for a few months or until someone climbs in the back and disturbs the connection!

Don't let it spoil the fun as they are still great cars - I would suggest save up for a cheap diagnostic tool so you can reset it yourself. At 10-20 a reset it will pay for itself quite quickly
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