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#1 lewilapom

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 11:10 AM

Hi there,

I have an Audi A3 2004.
The air bag light came on after the passenger seat was moved back.
I took the car to a VAG specialist who informed me the yellow connector under the passenger seat had a high resistance and they would repair the fault.
Within 30 minutes the fault came back on so went back to the garage and they carried out the same repair at no extra cost.
The light came back on after 2 days and now the garage are telling me a new wiring loom and passenger air bag are required at 400+ just for parts.

My worry is firstly the repair work.
All they did was remove the yellow connnector and used bullet connectors instead on the 3 wires. This i was informed was an Audi approved method of repair.
Secondly they seem not to be able to dicide whether it's the wiring loom or the air bag so are proposing to replace both at my expense.

I understand whilst the air bag lights are on i have no air bags. I will get this repaired but just want some advise before either getting the above work carried out or trying a different garage.

Cheers

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#2 PetrolDave

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 01:55 PM

If the light went off for 2 days that suggests to me that the air bag itself is fine, and that you have only a connection problem.

I would go to another repairer, preferably one recommended by other owners who have been happy with the work done.

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Posted 23 June 2010 - 07:01 PM

Check the connector under the seat. May sure the wires are not stretched. A bit of wd-40 normally helps, but not too much. Push the connector and wires together and I bet the light will remain off after it has been reset by VAG-COM. I had the exact same problem.
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 09:28 PM

I've not heard of that Audi approved method!
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Posted 23 June 2010 - 10:14 PM

I've not heard of that Audi approved method!


Thats why they charge a fortune to diagnose a simple connector fault!!!!
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#6 PetrolDave

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 01:19 PM

Check the connector under the seat. May sure the wires are not stretched. A bit of wd-40 normally helps, but not too much. Push the connector and wires together and I bet the light will remain off after it has been reset by VAG-COM. I had the exact same problem.


That advice is a bit late for lewilapom:

All they did was remove the yellow connnector and used bullet connectors instead on the 3 wires.

So he doesn't have the original connector any more - just some bullet connectors.

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 04:08 PM

Have you had someone VAG-COM it? Could be the seat sensor.
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#8 lewilapom

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Posted 24 June 2010 - 06:11 PM

thanks to everyone for replying. It's my first post even though i've wondered around this site for 3 years now so cheers.

Think i'll go get a VAG COM from another garage and take it from there.
Sounds right PetrolDave about it not being the air bag what with it lasting 2 days longer than the first repair. Especially when i was away for the 2 day period and drove 300 miles.

Anhy idea's on the sort of price i should pay for the VAG COM?

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Posted 25 June 2010 - 11:47 AM

Anhy idea's on the sort of price i should pay for the VAG COM?

You have 2 choices:

- a third party copy which will give you limited functionality, partly due to using an old version of the software, but which you can get easily off eBay etc.

- a genuine Ross-Tech cable which gives you free software upgrades and good tech support but does dost more. NHN over on audi-sport.net is worth talking to for the best price.




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