[s-cars] Airbag MIL - VAG says 0588 - Airbag Igniter Resistance toolarge

Mark Pollan mark.pollan at mci.com
Mon Mar 15 10:30:26 EST 2004

I don't want to jinx myself but it has been two days and I have no MIL
illumination.  Wish I could say the same for Vodka illumination.  The
disassembly/re-assembly procedure seems to work just fine.

Thanks Tom, Tim and Igor for your responses.  I gotta tell ya all though, I
did not like having my nose a few inches from that airbag.  Despite having
taken all precautions with disconnecting the power supply, I was a bit on



 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Tim Leonard [mailto:nard1 at voyager.net]
Sent:	Wednesday, March 10, 2004 5:04 PM
To:	Mark Pollan; S-Cars (E-mail)
Subject:	Re: [s-cars] Airbag MIL - VAG says 0588 - Airbag Igniter Resistance

What year? What model? Yadda yadda yadda........ You allude that the culprit
is the steering wheel airbag. I have found that by removal of the steering
wheel airbag and the disconnect  from the spiral spring that causes, and
then reassembly "fixes it". As long as you're there check the continuity of
the spiral spring by disconnecting it at the column. It is the red connector
on the right. Don't break the clip which retains it to the column trim. Use
a small screwdriver to hold the clip in while you pull it out. I did this a
couple days ago on a '94 Cabrio and found that I had continuity everywhere
meaning the two wires were touching somewhere. Decided it needed a new
spiral spring but did not have one so I reassembled everything, reset the
code, and it did not come back. I don't know...........and this is not the
first time I have had this happen on different Audi's/models.
Tim Leonard
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mark Pollan" <mark.pollan at mci.com>
To: "S-Cars (E-mail)" <s-car-list at audifans.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 12:40 PM
Subject: [s-cars] Airbag MIL - VAG says 0588 - Airbag Igniter Resistance

> All:
> I would like to have an operational airbag.  I do not like that red MIL
> glaring at me.  I cleared the code and it reappeared in two days.  The two
> things to check (exclusive of replacing components) according to Bentley
> 1) Repair open circuit in wiring, and 2) Check airbag spiral spring.  With
> resistance too high, it sounds like I might just need some contact
cleaner -
> I hope.
> Question(s):
> 1. Where is the most likely place to find an open circuit?  Are all the
> connectors right there in the dash or...?
> 2. What is meant by "check" the spiral spring?  I know how to get to it
> what should I look for when "checking".  Is the spiral spring kind of like
> contact plate that may have some corrosion?
> Thanks in advance for your help here!
> Regards,
> Mark
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