[Biturbos4] Airbag Light (been discussed before - follow)

Witte, Michael J (HPFS) michael.witte at hp.com
Tue Jan 20 15:16:09 EST 2004

Agreed, however, eventhough I have the winter package, I don't recall having a steering wheel.

As stated by Russel, I kind of feel I am taken for a ride, especially since the airbag light came on again last nite, after the part was replaced, and in conjunction with the time spent by the technician. Again, I understand that driving a high performance vehicle comes with the cost of maintenance, however, this does not mean that a client should be taken for a ride by his/her dealership.

Any input is very much appreciated, especially from technicians,


-----Original Message-----
From: Russell Romano [mailto:Russell_Romano at pmc-sierra.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 10:44 AM
To: Witte, Michael J (HPFS); Biturbos4 at audifans.com
Subject: RE: [Biturbos4] Airbag Light (been discussed before - follow)

The part might be expensive, but labor is about 15 minutes to replace the "spiral spring" so don't be taken for a ride.

Keman, perhaps you can comment on the following... which is affecting Michael and myself.

My 2000 A6 2.7T needs a new spiral spring as well.  No faults yet, but it is clicking when I turn my steering wheel.  I was quoted by my independent shop that the cost of repair would be roughly $100 if I DIDN'T have a heated steering wheel, and $275 if I DID have a heated steering wheel.

I have the winter package on my car, but to the best of my knowledge, I do NOT have a heated steering wheel, although it could be broken if I do.  When they ordered the spiral spring for my car based on VIN # they were sent the more expensive part.

Can anyone (Keman?) comment on whether or not the qualifier on which part I need is indeed the presence of a heated steering wheel?  I want to help make sure they get the right part (IE the cheapest one that will work) for my car.


-----Original Message-----
From: Witte, Michael J (HPFS) [mailto:michael.witte at hp.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2004 9:36 AM
To: Biturbos4 at audifans.com
Subject: [Biturbos4] Airbag Light (been discussed before - follow)

I know, this has been discussed before, see bottom of this email (by Russel Romano). So at my 30K service, out of warranty, its a MY2000, 30K service is $184 in labor and some other $42 orso in parts.
Dealership wanted $92 diagnostic fee, which I declined, stating I ran my VAG, and thought I knew what errors were. MAF replaced (7 yr, 70K warrantee) and "spiral spring" replaced in steering wheel, part number 1 1JO-959-654-M ring, part was $278,82, and $184 (again sigh) in labor, does this sound reasonable??
Second question, airbag light came on again last night, and yes, will visit dealership, any other recommendations/comments (Keman ?!?)
Of Russell Romano

> Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2004 7:51 PM

> To: 'Bill Neilsen'; biturbos4 at audifans.com

> Subject: RE: [Biturbos4] air bags



> 99 times out of 100 the problem is in the electrical

> contact ring inside the steering wheel. It is

> basically what allows the steering wheel to spin

> while maintaining the electrical connections to the

> airbag.


> The one in my '96 A4 went bad at 90k miles. The one

> in my 2000 A6 is starting to go bad at 28k miles.


> In most cases the airbag system won't tell you much

> in terms of codes. Try to take notice if you hear

> any scraping or clicking noises as you spin your

> steering wheel lock to lock. If so then the fix is

> relatively cheap...


> -Russ


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