So my mate and I were pretty bored the other day and were looking through the Audi A3 manuals that are available through the stickies (thanks Welly). We were pretty interested into how to remove an airbag unit without it going off in your face
Now in this browsing, we discovered something slightly alarming; in that the air bags have an expiry date...okay not to bad - HOWEVER the expiry according to the Audi service manual is around 14 years. I shouldn't need to remind everyone that S3s were made from 1999 and A3's before hand.....
Had a quick search and couldn't see anyone replacing the airbags on 8L A3's due to them expiring....
So is anyone else aware of this and has anyone changed or going to be changing them? I hope it doesn't throw up a light if/when they expire.
Does not sounds cheap from a thread I saw on the A4 forum discussing this issue.
Information was acquired from here -
Audi A3/S3 Workshop Manuals
Under the A3 interior section....the section on the pdf is 69-50 and has the locations on where to check when the airbags are out of date.