airbag light delay

Ed Kellock ekellock at
Mon Nov 24 20:38:16 PST 2008

Airbag light on for more than a few seconds means it has stored a code, but
not one that will prevent the bag from firing.

Should be able to read and reset with vag-com or similar readers.
Supposedly the clock spring sensing can be recalibrated.  My 91 V8, 91 Avant
stay on all the time.  The 90 V8 takes a long time to go out like your car.


> -----Original Message-----
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> [mailto:200q20v-bounces at] On Behalf Of Kenneth Keith
> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:25 PM
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> Subject: airbag light delay
> 200q20v'ers,
> I pass my emissions re-test with flying colors this evening.  
> HC 16 (220 permitted), CO 0.15 (1.20 permitted).  Nice.  I'm 
> sure it was old fuel the first time, but I have new O2 sensor 
> now as well as plugs and no/fewer vacuum leaks.
> Anyway, new topic.  When I start my car the airbag light 
> stays on for a few minutes or longer while I drive.  It 
> eventually goes out.  Is this just an old system taking a 
> while to "charge up" or warm up, or is there something wrong 
> I can diagnose.  I have other airbag wheels I can swap in, 
> and I may just do that since I have a gray one I can put in 
> to match the interior better.  I believe it may be a V8 one, 
> if that makes a difference.
> A buddy of mine had an '89 200tq and the airbag light was 
> perpetually on.  I assumed it was the clock spring until one 
> day he plugged in a disconnected connector under the back 
> seat, which made the light go out.  I wonder if there's 
> anything like that going on with my car.
> Cheers,
> Kenneth
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