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    Thread: AIRBAG FAULT warning light and VAGCOM Fault Code 00588

    1. 10-05-2009 08:44 PM #51
      I'm going to go ahead and post in the most recent thread instead of posting a new one, sorry for the highjack.
      I've got the 00588 code paired with a "00654 - Seatbelt Tensioner Igniter; Driver Side (n153) 32-10 - Resistance too High - Intermittent"
      I'm just wondering would the bypass of the connector work to fix both problems?
      The light stayed off for now but if it comes back I'd like to prepare a plan of action.

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      10-06-2009 01:15 AM #52
      Probably should have been a bit more specific. The under-seat repair is for the side airbag ignitor only. Just the one built into the side of your seat near your head.
      When you cut out that connector, bu sure you splice in a piece of wire 3 inches long between each joined section to compensate for the removed plug or you may get another Airbag light because the resistance value the Airbag module is looking for will be different.
      You won't need to add another quick release plug because this mod will not affect the removal of your seats because the entire seat harness plugs into connectors on the floor.

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      10-06-2009 03:56 PM #53
      i need an explanation concerning my jetta ...
      so last winter i had the exact same code:
      00588 - Airbag Igniter; Driver Side (N95)
      33-10 - Resistance too Low - Intermittent
      each time the weather was really bad with temperature below freezing (20F), i would find this code ...
      i read in a tech bulletin (01-00-07) saying that this code which appeared with the low temperature is related with the wiring harness behind the clock spring ...i changed the harness in front and behind the clock spring jut in case ..and no more code !!!
      BUT after changing the harnesses , the temperatures never dropped that low ...
      will i have some problem the next winter or i was right about changing the harness behind the clock spring ???
      thans fixxxer for your answer!!!

    4. 10-06-2009 04:25 PM #54
      The reset device, which is about $40, only does a reset and does not read codes. The cable with software, which is about $15, uses a scaled back version of the VAG-COM software but should be able to read most codes and do the reset. I'd send questions to the seller before you buy, but that is what they told me. I ended up not having to buy either.

    5. 10-16-2009 10:35 AM #55
      The reset device what is it?

    6. 10-16-2009 02:28 PM #56
      Check ebay for "VAG-COM" and "VW airbag" to see what type of devices are out there.

    7. 10-23-2009 10:56 PM #57
      just got the vag-com in and I did find a code seat belt switch left E24 cam up what is that?

    8. 10-27-2009 08:24 AM #58
      Any way to turn just the airbag light off to pass me inspection or can i un hook the wire code seat belt switch left E24


      Modified by Gti2008 at 5:34 AM 10-27-2009

    9. 10-27-2009 09:40 AM #59
      Check the vag-com website for a list of codes or do a web search, you'll find them. You can try to reset it, but I don't know if it will work or stay off. I'd just fix it.

    10. 10-29-2009 01:03 PM #60
      Does this fix work for the VW Jetta '01 MK IV GLS as well?
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      11-01-2009 10:04 AM #61
      FYI OP the N95 is the driver side front airbag( steering wheel). I don't recommend going and splicing the wires under the seat for that. Be careful when working on airbag systems and wires. Just because a certified vw tech says something works...... There is a technical solution for seat harnesses, yes, but that has nothing to do with a driver side front N95 bag. N195 and N95 are 2 different airbags. Please folks, don't go just cutting into your harness because someone over the internet told you so.

    12. 01-31-2010 11:42 AM #62
      I just replaced my 2000 golf seats with 2004 GLI seats. I spliced in the old connector from the old seats, and the airbag light is on. Now I read your advice.
      So I'll cut out the connectors, replace with wire pieces. How about the smaller connector going to the seat belt on the driver's side? Cut out that connector too?
      After hooking up the battery again, will the light go off, or do I need to re-set "codes" with "vagcom"? I don't have any special tools to check codes.
      Thanks for your reply!

    13. 02-07-2010 09:15 AM #63
      will this work on a 2003 audi tt 225hp?

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      02-21-2010 03:46 PM #64
      i dont have vagcom but my light did go on today while driving, assuming that this is the problem, how do i clear the code? just disconect battery?
      p.s. those ebay things are garbage i bought one and it didnt work

    15. 02-21-2010 09:38 PM #65
      This fix worked on my 2005 Audi TT. Used the Vag-Com to clear the code and all is good. Thanks!

    16. 02-23-2010 08:32 PM #66
      i have an audi s4 is the fix the same code says passenger seat air bag

    17. 06-01-2010 08:17 AM #67
      I have change the passenger seat in my 2006 RS4 for a standard A4 seat(bony assed wife) no I don't want to change her either(no comments please). Now my airbag light is on will this fix work for me. This car is in Ireland so does a European spec car make a differance to this fix. Please any info would be greately appericated.

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      06-05-2010 11:36 PM #68
      Here is a pic of mine

    19. 06-24-2010 08:48 PM #69
      i was switching out the gauge cluster fuse on my 2001 gti. when i put the fuse back, my air bag light came on and the "airbag fault" message came on. what do i do?

    20. 06-25-2010 05:57 PM #70
      For anyone in doubt.
      The instructions provided by Fixxxer (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post54799334)
      resolved
      01217 - Side Airbag Igniter; Driver Side (N199)
      32-10 - Resistance too High - Intermittent

      The instructions provided by Penclnck (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...0#post55699883)
      resolved
      00588 - Airbag Igniter; Driver Side (N95)
      32-10 - Resistance too High - Intermittent

      The steps were performed on a 2000 Jetta VR6 GLX.
      Thanks!

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      07-01-2010 04:19 PM #71
      do you think that would work for me, where i swapped seats in my 09 passat for 08 sport passat seats? airbag light came on, and when i plugged in the original seats again, the light immediately went off.
      thanks for the help!
      really need to get this mod done.

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      07-01-2010 04:29 PM #72
      silly question. didnt see page 2 of the thread which explained more. thanks.

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      07-09-2010 10:20 AM #73
      So i have a 02 cabrio with a 01217 code. Now what you are saying is that i should delete the connector under the seat per Fixxer correct?
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    24. 09-05-2010 11:28 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Fixxxer View Post
      I came to the conclusion because i'm a tech at a VW/Audi dealership and have done this repair a crap load of times. There is a VW Tech Bulletin on it. It's not a recall because it don't happen to all vehicles, but if we do see it come into the shop, that's the suggested repair. Works every time!
      I have a 2004 beetle, drivers seat side air bag deployed, I removed seat & old bag, repaired seat, sent module away to be reset to remove crash data, can I use this procedure for the wiring fix & is there any photos of repair
      Much appreciated

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      10-25-2010 02:41 PM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandVice View Post
      For anyone in doubt.
      The instructions provided by Fixxxer (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...1#post54799334)
      resolved
      01217 - Side Airbag Igniter; Driver Side (N199)
      32-10 - Resistance too High - Intermittent

      The instructions provided by Penclnck (http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...0#post55699883)
      resolved
      00588 - Airbag Igniter; Driver Side (N95)
      32-10 - Resistance too High - Intermittent

      The steps were performed on a 2000 Jetta VR6 GLX.
      Thanks!


      PLEASE make note of which specific airbag your dub is complaining about. N199 is the SIDE airbag and N95 is the steering wheel airbag.

      I had the N95 variety and also could hear scratching noise from the steering column when turning the wheel. The noise was from a failed clock spring, available from amazon or O'Reilly's (Dorman brand) for $40. I got mine from amazon and did the swap and I'm now clear of any airbag warning lights on my 2000 Jetta GLS.

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