Volks AutosEM Tuning
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Danno57's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Taunton, Somerset
    Posts
    44

    The Dreaded Airbag Warning Light & Vagcom - Please hellllp!

    So my MOT is due next week and I have just read the 2013 pass requirements, one of which is that if there are any warning lights displayed on the dash after the ignition-on bulb test, its an instant fail! Instantly started crapping myself.

    Well my airbag warning light has been displayed since purchase so after some research online, I learnt that if the airbag warning light is on it actually disables ALL the airbags incase of mis-detonation (if I knew that I probably wouldn't of driven it!)

    So today I scanned with vcds and the result was '00589 - Airbag Igniter; Passenger Side (N131): Resistance too High'

    After looking on some forums people say that (N131) is the passenger dashboard airbag and to check the yellow connector, so that's what I did today (as well as checking the cables under the seat which is a known problem). But after going into measuring blocks I found some other problems - see pics.

    I disconnected the battery and removed the glovebox, then unclipped the airbag cable to check for corrosion - it looked fine but I gave it a spray with wd40 anyway. After that I checked the cables under the seat and done the same (it looks fine)

    Now I've read that some people have fitted a 4.5ohm resistor but I think that's a bit silly seeing as it means you won't have an airbag anymore and that you're just fooling the system into thinking there's an airbag there!

    Do you think it could be a faulty airbag and that I should just replace it and see if it cures the problem? Or do you think it could be the controller (because its saying there is high resistance in other places)

    Thanks for any help, much appreciated.

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1366498563.715704.jpg

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1366498505.400678.jpg

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1366498523.501878.jpg

    ImageUploadedByTapatalk1366498541.636213.jpg
    Last edited by Danno57; 21st April 2013 at 06:59.

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    voorhees's Avatar
    Moderator

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Leafy Warwickshire
    Posts
    14,896
    God forbid Danno but if you were have a crash without airbags also your insurance would be void.
    I would try bypassing the connector if your sure that's the problem and you know electrics.
    Mine goes on now and again but goes off.

  4. #3
    Danno57's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Taunton, Somerset
    Posts
    44
    Quote Originally Posted by voorhees View Post
    God forbid Danno but if you were have a crash without airbags also your insurance would be void.
    I would try bypassing the connector if your sure that's the problem and you know electrics.
    Mine goes on now and again but goes off.
    Thanks mate, I just spoke to my brother in law and he knows a guy who does the MOT testing/repairs at an Audi dealer, he said confidently that it wouldn't be the airbag itself but definitely the yellow connector under the seat as he's had this problem loads of times. I did check this connector and it seemed okay (removed and re-seated it a couple of times) The guy said he'd hardwire both seats for £40.

    Are the seats pretty easy to remove so I could just do it myself? As long as the battery is removed first and I wait for around 15 mins for the stored power to drain.
    Last edited by Danno57; 21st April 2013 at 15:31.

  5. #4
    bez101's Avatar
    Yorkshire & Humber Rep.

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    8,474
    its very common for the seat bag wireing to be at fault
    iv done loads
    and 40 quid to do both is very good.
    just make sure he uses the correct wires

  6. #5
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    N. Wales, LL22
    Posts
    1,224
    Quote Originally Posted by Danno57 View Post
    (if I knew that I probably wouldn't of driven it!)
    do you not remember a time before airbags?
    VCDS in North Wales
    2007 A6 3.0TDi S-Line Le Mans Avant , adaptive xenon lights, sunroof, privacy glass, towbar, led rears & randomly rear seat airbags
    1999 Honda S2000 , mcb low milage jap import, fully bushed, mugen exhaust <<< for sale! <<<
    2001 Passat TDi 130 Sport < sold!! http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v343/Ste_Nova/Passat/PB140007s.jpg

  7. #6
    Danno57's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Taunton, Somerset
    Posts
    44
    Haha The only reason I said that was because someone said online they could (rarely) be set off at any moment if its faulty. Going to get this guy to do it I think, then if its still showing up after a vagcom reset he might know where to go from there.

  8. #7
    JohnnyM100's Avatar
    2nd Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Hampshire/Surrey border
    Posts
    461
    Mine did this occasionally, and I tracked it to when the passenger front seat was a long way back. Cabling etc all looked fine. Moving the seat forward a couple of notches and the fault hasn't come back.

    Hardwire is a better solution though.

    As the error is "resistance too high - intermittent" then no risk in clearing the fault code in VCDS. The more dangerous fault code is "short to ground" and I wouldn't want to clear that one without a good fix as believe clearing that code can deploy the airbag.

    John.
    Enjoying my 8V

  9. #8
    Danno57's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Taunton, Somerset
    Posts
    44
    Hi John thanks for the information. I hardwired both seats yesterday to no avail unfortunately, I cleared the code with VCDS then went back into the controller to do a new scan and the fault code came up again. Seeing as the error code is for the dashboard airbag I hardwired that as well and the code still flags up in a new scan!

    I think I will try replacing the airbag next? Seen a tested one on eBay for £25. This is a real bummer now because I know it's not going to pass the MOT (its ran out now too) and I need the car.

  10. #9
    Danno57's Avatar
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Taunton, Somerset
    Posts
    44
    Today I finally fixed it!

    Hardwiring didn't fix the problem with the dashboard airbag, it turned out to be the actual airbag itself! Found a tested one on eBay for £12 from a breakers, fitted it today and cleared the code with vagcom and the light never came back on!! Literally jumped up and down like a monkey on 10 cans of red bull..

    So happy it's all fixed and its nice to know all my airbags will work in-case of a crash.

    For everyone else, if you have the following fault code:

    00589 - Airbag Igniter; Passenger Side (N131): Resistance too High'

    Try hardwiring first, (N131 means dashboard airbag) so many people suggested hardwiring the wires under the seat for this code (because its common) and I wondered why because the side airbags have nothing to do with this fault code, if it was those wires it would display the side airbag fault code instead. If hardwiring doesn't solve the problem then replace the airbag with a tested one from a breaker like I have.

    Job done!
    Last edited by Danno57; 1st May 2013 at 21:55.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Airbag warning light
    By imported_rustys3 in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 31st August 2007, 18:05
  2. A4 airbag warning light
    By PembsA4TDi in forum VCDS (formerly VAG-COM) forum
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 17th December 2006, 09:46
  3. Airbag Warning Light
    By reynot01 in forum A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 19th February 2005, 14:20
  4. Airbag Warning Light
    By imported_ZeroK66 in forum A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 1st November 2004, 23:01
  5. airbag warning light stays on
    By manikm in forum A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 7th May 2004, 23:32

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO