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HELP! AIRBAG LIGHT ON (PASSAT 2001)

RE: 2001 Passat

My airbag light stays on. Does anyone have any idea if this can be fixed by the owner? I haven't checked with the dealer yet, but I don't imagine they cover this under warranty?

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Welcome to VWF!

To answer your question, the airbag system is diagnosed with a scan tool. If you have a laptop or another suitable computer, you can get the VAG-Com software and cable from www.ross-tech.com which will effectively turn your computer into a VW scan tool. Either that, or find someone local to you who has a VAG-Com already and see if they would be willing to help you out and scan the airbag control module for you. Its Address Word 15. If you can do that, post up the codes and someone can tell you exactly what is wrong.

Also, for future reference, you can post all your Passat related questions here: http://www.vwforum.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7

Good luck with finding your problem!
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Welcome to VWF!

To answer your question, the airbag system is diagnosed with a scan tool. If you have a laptop or another suitable computer, you can get the VAG-Com software and cable from www.ross-tech.com which will effectively turn your computer into a VW scan tool. Either that, or find someone local to you who has a VAG-Com already and see if they would be willing to help you out and scan the airbag control module for you. Its Address Word 15. If you can do that, post up the codes and someone can tell you exactly what is wrong.

Also, for future reference, you can post all your Passat related questions here: http://www.vwforum.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7

Good luck with finding your problem!
$600 for the software and the cable?!? I always thought it was like $200. Wow.

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my airbag light came on months ago. the dealership cleared the codes, and said if it came back on, there is a problem. It came back on a few weeks ago, and my local vw mechanic checked into it, and found that one of my airbags in my passenger seat is bad. Soooo...I have 2 choices. I can either buy the new air bag for around $385, or I can get replacement seats with bigger boulsters. good luck and welcome.
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Yeah, they raised the price on that sucker sky high. I thought it was around $200 as well...and Brian...try replacing the wiring harness for the seat airbag first...usually that is the actual problem and not the airbag itself. I think I also have a spare seat airbag lying around, let me know if you need it.
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Resistance high!

I had someone help me check out the code, which came up resistance too high in a module behind the driver side airbag. Any idea how much this part could be?
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Is it the Driver's Airbag or the Driver SIDE airbag (the one in the seat)?
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driver side

I was told it was the driver side steering wheel airbag
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Offer to fix?

I was made an offer to fix the problem for $150. What could possibly have to be replaced that would be within this price range. Also, I was asked to leave the car overnight, does this service possibly require this much time? I was told the steering column covers, etc. would have to be removed.

What do you think, good deal? scam?

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What they are most likely going to do is replace your steering wheel airbag spiral spring and wiring harness. I have seen them go bad, and they will cause the code you are getting. The airbag, steering wheel and steering column trim will have to be removed. I would definately replace both parts (spiral spring and harness) to eliminate all possibilities, and its cheaper in the long run to do both at once.
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is it easy, any special tools needed

Is this something where I can get the parts myself, and easily replace. Would there be any special tools needed. Or am I better off bringing the car in to service?

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