[V8] Airbag lights and airheads

dsaad at icehouse.net dsaad at icehouse.net
Tue Nov 16 10:47:11 EST 2004

Hi Ralph

In less than three minutes, you can remove the drivers side console panel. There
are only two (easily accessible) Phillips head screws. With this panel off you
should be able to access the diagnostic connectors (one black and one white as I
recall) as well as the safety disconnect connector for the airbag.
Why this did not occur to a factory trained tech will have to remain a mystery
but if I was you, I would remove the panel and go to a friendly independent shop
to see if they can either reset the light or tell you why it is stuck on.
Anybody in your area with the VAG-COM or equivalent software could do this.
It is just plain silly to make you wait 3 weeks for a job that would take a
marginally competent monkey five minutes.

In fact, for what the dealer is likely to charge you, you could buy the VAG-COM
setup. I believe the cheapest one is around $200.


Quoting Ralph Cook <rcook at integrityplastics.com>:

> My 1993 V8Q is resisting the impending sale to another lister.
> The airbag light is still on.
> After Jeremy Ward directed us to the proper connection point, I thought we
> had the airbag light issue solved.
> I was wrong. My local Audi tech could not shut the light off.
> I took the car to Autohaus in Lancaster. The dealer tech came out with his
> portable electronics.
> He looked at the car and asked "What is this, an old A8?"
> I knew then that it was going to be another dead end as he couldn't find the
> connection point.
> He went to his desk, read the manual and told me what Jeremy had already
> disclosed.
> "The connection is behind the radio, you will have to make an appointment."
> The next appointment was three weeks away.
> The pending sale may have to be put off for a while.
> Ralph Cook
> 1993 V8Q with airbag light
> 2001 A6 4.2 still healthy
> 2004 Toyota 4-runner, wifes rig
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