Audi Airbag light on
WARNING WARNING WARNING
Having the airbag light on may mean that the airbags WILL NOT DEPLOY in an accident.
Another AUDI STUPIDITY:
If the nonessential seat airbags have a connection problem (electrical connector under the seat), NOT ONLY WILL YOU NOT BE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH A VAG (IT WILL SAY NO RESPONSE FROM CONTROLLER), BUT NONE OF THE AIRBAGS WILL DEPLOY IN AN ACCIDENT.
THAT'S RIGHT. AUDI ENGINEERS GOT IT REALLY STUPID THIS TIME. A SINGLE BAD CONNECTION WHICH HAPPENS ALL THE TIME ON AUDIS ON THE UNDER-SEAT ELECTRICAL CONNECTION WILL DISABLE ALL CAR AIRBAGS.
If VAG says "no response from controller", it is either the under-seat connectors (easy) or the wheel clockspring connector (harder to diagnose, remove and repair). If you have an intermittent bad connection under the seat, it is a known Audi problem. Zip-lock the connector to the seat mount and the two connector pieces together. Inspect electrical mating surfaces for rust and dirt.
Disconnect car battery after you get the radio code and before starting work on airbags.
After you have repaired underseat connectors, connect with a VAG and clear any airbag codes present.
Another problem: if you have different connectors (someone replaced the seat but got the wrong type), you may have one connector with three wires and the other with two.
If the CAR has a two-wire connector, but the seat has a three-wire connector, contact me for instructions on what to do. I will not post instructions online before I am sure that you have sufficient skills in making a good electrical connection. A bad electrical connection may turn the airbag light on, or deploy airbags in case of a short.
Check underseat / seat belt connectors if you get intermittent or recurring problems.
The codes that will be displayed for the seat connector problem are:
01217 Side Airbag Igniter Driver Side (N199)
32-10 Resistance too high - intermittent
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