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Air Bag Light On

s3-Ryu Nov 18, 2009

  1. s3-Ryu

    s3-Ryu Quantum Quattro

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    Hey fellas, around 6 months ago my airbag light came on. Having cleared it a few times using my friend's VAG software it became intermittent so I got it hardwired by an audi specialist.

    Last week it came back only now it's reading a different fault;

    Address 15: Airbags Labels: Redir Fail!
    Control Module Part Number: 8L0 959 655 F
    Component and/or Version: Airbag 7 Audi 0505
    Software Coding: 00104
    Work Shop Code: WSC 06313
    1 Fault Found:

    01221 - Crash Sensor Side Airbag; Driver Side (G179)
    36-10 - Open Circuit - Intermittent

    I'm concerned that the supposed audi specialist might have caused this. Does anyone have any history of this fault? Could it correlate to the previous job that was carried out (the dude is clearly denying it)? He's now saying it'll cost stupid sums of money to fix and even then can't guarantee it. Also he asked if my car had been involved in an accident, I told him no.

    Any feedback would be highly appreciated lads.

    Peace
     
  2. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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  3. s3-Ryu

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    Hmm... thanks Westle. Still doesn't really answer my question. Do you reckon it was caused by the specialist? I'm a novice when it comes to getting mechanical, haven't got the foggiest...
     
  4. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    "open circuit" tends to mean there is a break in the wiring but with most things on the S3 there will be a sensor, this could be what's faulty.

    In my opinion if the "Audi Specialist" was indeed a specialist he should have fixed the problem properly instead of botching it by fiddling the wiring!
     
  5. s3-Ryu

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    Absolutely. I'm going to trading standards. Looks like he's ripped me off. Thanks again
     
  6. Westy

    Westy Well-Known Member

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    Possible Solutions

    • Check Wiring/Connections between Airbag Control Module (J234) and Crash Sensor Side Airbag; Driver Side (G179)
    • Replace Crash Sensor Side Airbag; Driver Side (G179)
    • Replace Airbag Control Module (J234)
    you might want to check the airbag crash sensor as it was probably knackered before the Audi guy touched it. I have no idea where the sensor is though mate.
     
  7. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator Team Daytona quattro Audi S3 Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

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    Don't know if it's your problem, but a common VAG problem wth the Airbag light is the connectors under the seats. Need to undo the car battery and wait 10 minutes before you work on them ideally. Take them apart, spray some elextrical contact cleaner or WD40 and refit, then you need to reset the light with Vagcom or similar and jobs done.

    I've done both my S3 and Passat and used WD40, and I've not had any problems since.
     
  8. s3-Ryu

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I've just come back from the garage (light still on as he charged me £30 to diagnose fault again). Does anyone know where the crash sensor is located? The mechanic claims it's near the dash and will need to remove all seats and carpets to access wiring and establish the fault.

    My primary concern though is, does it sound to you guys as if the fault may have incurred as a result of him hardwiring the wires under both seats? If so, then I can hold him liable and get trading standards involved. If it is indeed connected to the ECU and nothing to do with his work (which he claims was simply removing two connector plugs under the seat and manually wiring them together) then of course, he may be telling the truth.

    I paid him a ton to get the first problem eradicated and he's quoting me two more to have this work carried out with no guarantee of eradicating the light.
     
  9. Keeno

    Keeno Spooly Spooly Boosty Boosty!

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    JoJo speaks the truth!

    The connections under the seat can come loose when moving it forward/backwards etc.
     
  10. s3-Ryu

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    Things are going from bad to worse, my passenger side reclining seat doesn't work now. I haven't touched it. Help!
     
  11. s3-Ryu

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    Can someone tell me how I can access the wiring under my seat? I don't understand how my passenger seat doesn't heat up or adjust now. Has anyone else experienced this fault?
    Many thanks to all who have put in constructive feedback
     
  12. s3-Ryu

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    Lads, can anyone explain how to troubleshoot my faulty passenger seat? One of the passenger seat switches don't work, nor do the seats heat up. Any precautionary checks I can carry out before taking it to a professional?
     
  13. Cockney Boy

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    To access the connectors under the seat, you first need to remove the four bolts (M10 CV-T spline socket is required) then you will have access. The yellow round connector is for your airbag. chances are that has come off as the pin holding them together can sometimes break.

    Your more than welcome to use my socket set and VAG-COM, as i live in Aylesbury
     
  14. s3-Ryu

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    Is the crash sensor linked to the side airbag ignitor?
     

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