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S3 air bag light, resistors or remove it all?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by N4 HKG, Apr 22, 2013.

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    [Apr 22, 2013]
    Hi all, I've stripped out my year 2000 s3 and I'm going to be using it for a weekend toy / track day car, since removing the seatbelts and seats that were all wired in the air bag light has came on, I've done some searching and seen that you can wire in resistors to fool the system, but i can't find what type I need and where to get them from?
    I've also read some people removed all the air bag/pretensioner wiring and blacked out the warning light, is it easy enough to get behind the cluster on an s3? Also will it still pass the MOT even if the light doesn't come on when the ignition is turned on?

    Which of these would be the best option in your opinion, any help would be great, thanks Gary.
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    [Apr 22, 2013]
    Measure the resistance on your old seats airbag plugs

    then Maplin, eBay Resitors matching the resistance you get from the seat airbag plug

    not at all hard
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    that's cool tufty
    Not seen those for the airbags.
    Was pleased when I recoded my ABS after upgrading to 312mm front brakes.
    Handy stuff :)
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    Thanks guys!


    <tuffty/> will give that a go looks simple enough :)
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    [Apr 23, 2013]
    Right guys, i plugged in the Vag com and it let me in to turn off the passenger air bag but all the other channels just say error and it can't read them, could anyone shed some light on why that is? Cheers Gary
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    [Aug 24, 2013]
    Hi,
    need to replace the front passenger airbag -how do I remove it ?
    I've found the torx screws behind the plastic cover and the two in the glovebox.
    What else needs to be removed?
    I understand I need to remove the battery before disconnecting the airbag unit itself.
    Thanks
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    [Aug 24, 2013]
    I've found the A3 interior manual - so I'll use that.
    Any hints/tips ? (apart from read the manual)
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