Airbag Code Problem

Tom Mullane tmullane at
Tue Dec 10 12:31:19 EST 2002


The bag should be hard wired, so looseness where it is attached
(theoretically) should not be a factor (looseness is likely the result of
worn springs at the mounts).  The ignitor is internal to the bag.  The red
plug on the back of the bag is just part of the clock spring assembly; make
sure it is tight and that the metal retaining strap is in place.

If you need an ignitor/airbag, you should be able to find a used one fairly
inexpensively.  The bag is same in most Audi's produced in the late eighties
and early nineties.

I have a spare bag that I would sell if you can't find one locally and are
in a pinch.

Good luck.

Tom Mullane
91 200qQ
91 Coupe Q
99 A6Q

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The definition of loose in this case is "rattles and has some limited
movement -maybe a mm or two".I would not be surprised to find one torx out,
the other allowing some slop.

Yes, its had the recall.

I've never had the instrument panel out or the wheel off, and the car is
sitting at the Audi dealer right now so I can't check the power connector. I
do know where it is, i.e. I've been mucking in there when I fixed the seat
heaters and installed the Nakamichi CD player, so maybe it is suspect.

Still I come back to the question: if it did not have power would it not
throw a different code?

If you've been in there Peter, do you think the looseness of the airbag
could have caused a disconnection?

I've seen posts about the "clockspring" behind the airbag as perhaps the
most common failure- is that the ignitor? There is nothing called "ignitor"
in the ETKA -or clock spring for that matter, adding to my confusion. all I
see is "cancelling ring with slip ring", "current accumulator", and "airbag
control module".  Knowing nothing, I guess the first might be the clock
spring, the second an ignitor, but its not located near the airbag.

Any more insights?


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