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Air Bag Error - How to clear

Zak0123 Apr 8, 2016

  1. Zak0123

    Zak0123 Registered User

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    Afternoon all,

    I made the mistake of removing my glove box, unplugging the air bag and then turning on the ignition to test some circuits. Now I have the airbag error come up on my dash every time I start the car even though it's been reconnected.

    Can this be cleared without coding or will I need VCDS to get rid? And if so how?

    Cheers folks!
     
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  4. Zak0123

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    Thanks for the reply bud!

    Thought that might be the case, is it a relatively obvious/straight forward process?

    There's a gent local to me who has kindly offered to help me in the past so will shoot him a message to see if he'd mind saving me once again

    As far as I'm aware as long as you don't turn on the ignition it's fine. I did the same process in my 8P A3 and I didn't get an error. I switched the ignition off and on several times in between disconnects to test the audio, then got lazy and left it disconnected and turned the ignition on and that's when the fault flagged up! D'OH!
     
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    RAF_S7 Well-Known Member Gold Supporter

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    Had a similar problem when I swapped my steering wheel over and had to replace the airbag.

    Its a VCDS reset, 5 minute job.
     
  6. S32B

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    I wouldn't take the chance mate. In work we do an electrical test which tests all the airbag connections, radio, interior lights, dash lights etc. basically any connection that will be a sod to get to later on. When we do it there is no engine in the car, no doors, wheels, seats etc. Just the dash, carpets, glass, wiper motors, roof liner, A B C pillars and trims, side airbags, ABS unit, electrics and all pipes etc. around where the engine will sit, battery in the boot and all body harnesses.
    We get a simple lead with a crocodile clip on each end, one end we connect to the battery and the other to a metal stud or any metal on the car, even if the ignition barrel isn't in the car we can power up all the electrics. We then get a mobile PC which plugs into the car which we then run the electrical test...if it's green all is OK, if it's red we push a button to print out a piece of paper which tells us what the problem is. Airbag connections do come up! We plug them back in and test again...green this time :)

    It's pretty weird the first time you see it all power up with just a lead off the battery...I would video it and post it but I may get into trouble as they don't like us taking picture let alone video lol!!
     
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    Hi, did a test the other day and thought of this thread:

    Note not even the ignition barrel is in!!! Yet the full test completed and all passed!

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    Last edited: May 7, 2016
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  8. Zak0123

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    Guys, how exactly do I clear the fault, what 'area' in VCDS do I go to? Thanks in advance!
     
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    Never mind, sussed it :)
     

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