loose airbag

Brian Link brianl at starsys.com
Fri May 31 13:50:33 EDT 2002

The loose airbag seems to correspond to suspension upgrades...I ended up
stretching the springs out a little, No more rattling for 1.5 years.  It
almost looks as you could use springs from a bicycle quick release skewer.

Brian "you really don't have to pull the strut assembly out to change strut
bearings and springs.  No really it is easier to leave them in" Link

From: "Mike Sylvester" <mike.sylvester at att.net>
To: "Audi 200 20v Mailing List" <200q20v at audifans.com>,
	"Brett Dikeman" <brett at cloud9.net>
Subject: loose airbag (was: vibration)
Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 13:23:25 -0400

I'm sure that all of us with over 150K on our cars have the loose airbag
problem.  You would swear that something in the suspension was ready to

It seems to me that the springs between the airbag and steering wheel
fatigued.  I've never tried new ones so I can't confirm that theory.

On my car I shimmed the springs with washers.  This isn't as easy as it
sounds because shimming the springs reduces the travel of the airbag when
you attempt to use the horn.  If the shim is too hefty, the airbag will be
nice and tight, but the horn will not function.  Keith Bedard can attest to
that.  The other problem is that the shim must go between the spring and
another washer that has a lip.  I don't remember what I used, but I know
that I didn't have enough to do my car and Keith's.  Thus Keith's
non-functioning horn.

I'm sure Bernie must have some $.02 widget that he's managed to wiggle in

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