200 Ignition Switch Replacement

Phil Rose pjrose at frontiernet.net
Tue Apr 12 22:16:32 EDT 2005

At 9:45 AM -0400 4/12/05, Abe Berman wrote:
>The light has remained on since the repair.  Yes, I did disconnect the
>battery but no, I did not pull the steering wheel or disconnect the
>airbag.  Why did this trigger the code?

I have no idea why it happens--but that's been a common complaint 
since having the recall modification done. The PO of my car 
complained about that symptom very soon after the recall was done. 
His dealer reset the airbag module, but couldn't explain why the 
light had come on. By the time I bought the car, the light was on 
again--although it would always go out after 2-3 minutes. 
Others--like you--have the "always on" symptom. A friend did the 
reset for me (with his VAG-COM tool) a few months ago, and it's been 
OK ever since. However I've not had the battery disconnected since 
then. Someone will correct me if it's known to be not related to loss 
of battery power, but that's my understanding. You can have this done 
at the dealer or a good shop--I imagine they'd charge no more than 20 
minutes labor (but who knows what ridiculous charge they might feel 
is justified).


>On Apr 12, 2005 9:23 AM, Phil and Judy Rose <pjrose at frontiernet.net> wrote:
>>  At 8:49 AM -0400 4/12/05, Abe Berman wrote:
>>  >With regard to the airbag light, I know how to reset it, I was more
>>  >mystified as to what triggered it, as I did not disconnect it during
>>  >the procedure.  I will pull the codes and see if they tell any of the
>>  >story.
>>  I'll bet you disconnected the battery ( didn't you)? That can cause
>>  the airbag light to start coming on. Does it turn off after the car
>>  runs for a few minutes? That's the most common situation when the
>>  battery is disconnected (for airbags that have had the airbag recall
>>  work done). In other cases I've heard the light remains on
>>  indefinitely until reset.
>>  Phil
>>  --
>>  *********************************
>>  *  Phil & Judy Rose           Rochester, NY  *
>>  *        mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net       *
>>  *********************************


Phil Rose
Rochester, NY
mailto:pjrose at frontiernet.net

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