[s-cars] 95 S6 Airbag troubles

Mark E. Pollan mark.pollan at mci.com
Fri Apr 23 15:32:36 EDT 2004

Hello Hartmann:

I posted to the list as my airbag mil remained on.  The list wisdom directed
me to the clock spring as well - but also directed me to first take
everything apart and then re-assemble - following all Bentley precautions.
I did such and my MIL goes off as it should in about 2 - 3 seconds after

Cheapest fix ever, but kinda scary having your nose 2 inches away from the
bag even with all precautions taken.  Give it a whirl.  Hopefully your
results will be the same as mine.

Check archives for subject AIRBAG MIL.  Thread should be in March 2004
archive.  My fault code was "0588 - Airbag Igniter Resistance too large".



-----Original Message-----
From: s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com
[mailto:s-car-list-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of Hartmann Schoebel
Sent: Friday, April 23, 2004 3:07 PM
To: s-car-list at audifans.com
Subject: [s-cars] 95 S6 Airbag troubles

Hi everyone,

I'm looking for a little advice regarding the airbag system in my 95 S6.  
About two of months ago, the airbag warning indicator came on.  Just over 
one month ago, my mechanic informed me that the code and subsequent tests 
showed that the driver's airbag was bad and needed to be replaced.  This 
seems to be a VERY rare problem.  So, okay, fix it; don't want to be driving

enthusiastically without an airbag.  All in all, a pretty pricey repair ... 
about $1,000, most of which was the replacement airbag itself.

Over last weekend, the airbag warning indicator comes on again!  A little 
perturbed and frustrated, I talk to the mechanic, ... again.  He needs to 
check the diagnostic code.  Okay.  Fine.

The new code suggests that an "intermittent clock spring problem."  
Suggested fix is to replace the clock spring.

Before jumping into this second costly repair, does anyone have any thoughts

that may confirm or present competing scenarios?  Could there be a wiring 
fault in the steering wheel that needs to be diagnosed? Should I get a 
second opinion?

Thanks in advance,


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