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Airbag light has come on - help?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by coajt, Jul 24, 2005.

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    [Jul 24, 2005]
    A few days ago my air bag light came on and unfortunately stayed on...glaring at me with glee.

    Anybody know whether this is a common problem and if there is a quick and cheap fix...or does it mean an expensive replacement?

    Can I download VAG com from anywhere?

    my little beauty is a 1999 T-reg, A3 1.8T with 80k on the clock.

    Any ideas?
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    jojo Looking for Boost! Staff Member Moderator

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    [Jul 24, 2005]
    You will have to do the vag-com thing to see whats wrong, worse case scenario is a new airbag control module and they are not cheap! It's probably just a loose connection under the passenger seat though, which is common after a good clean/valet or the some passenger caught it with there feet from the rear.

    PS. Whilst the light is on, NONE of the airbags will work!
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    You still need to get it reset, even if you find the loose connection.
    The light will come on permanently even if you just disconnect/reconnect an airbag.
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    [Aug 1, 2005]
    Does anyone know what error code is displayed on the VAGCOM if it's just a loose connection causing the light to come on?
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    [Aug 3, 2005]
    I had the same issue on my car when I removed the passenger seat. Had to get it reset at the dealer (for free).

    Push the seats forward and have a good nose around and wiggle those cables. It's possible that someone has shoved something under there and fouled the cable.

    Either way get the code reset.

    Cheers, Ed.
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    [Aug 3, 2005]
    Itcould also be one of the seat belts - last year I had the airbag light come on and it was traced to a faulty rear elt - the circuit on the tensioner was playig up causing a break in the SRS system. Remember that the airbags AND seatbelts are all one circuit and one break causes the light to come on.

    I got a used seatbelt unit for £60 and fitted it myself, as opposed to £250 the local Audi dealer quoted! AND the light went back out on it's own accord.

    So, get a diagnostic carried out to track down the fault, then go from there.
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