2000 VW Beetle with Airbag light on - I scanned and am getting Code 01317 (Instrument Cluster J285). I checked the wire connectors under both front seats and tried clearing the code and still have the airbag light on. Any suggestions where I can fix this problem other than taking it to the dealer...
Thanks - Tom
The problem is the seatbelt latch. The wiring right at the latch and the strap are broken. Seems there is not enough slack in these wires to allow much stretch. You may be able to repair it if you can splice these wires back together if not about 160 to 170 for a new one. you can have it put on a machine and if the code leads back to the latch then you know this is the problem.
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Re: VW Beetle Airbag Light
The main thing to remember when messing around with the air bags is that it doesn't take much to set them off. I ave seen them inflate just by unplugging and pluging them back in. I suggest the dealer as your safest bet.
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There could be many reasons, the most common is a bad seatbelt buckle but the way to find out why is to have the airbag computer scanned, when scanning there are codes stored, this codes tell you the reason why, and what is not operating right,you would need a shop with a scan tool to diagnose, also when the airbag system sees something not working right it shuts down the system so no false airbags are deployed,so as long as the light is on you have no airbags that work, hope this is helpful.
First you have to scan for trouble codes (DTC), then you navigate using the codes where your problem or malfunction is located. Once it is isolated and repaired will erase the stored codes. You will recode it (new device handshake with ECM), do a setting to default.
If you just want the light off without doing the steps above.
Remove instrument cluster
Open to reveal where LED is located
Use black silicone caulking over the target LED
Let dry and replace cover housing
Install is reverse of removal
This will not fix your problem only hiding annoying light detection, although it would be dishonest when you sell your car with this fix, if not seriously illegal.
There is a loose connection (or corrosion) where the instrument cluster attaches to the wiring harness mount. Remove the screws (2) from the dash cover below the steering wheel and remove the panel. Remove the defrost vent cover (just lift carefully, it only snaps into place. Remove the screws around the cluster panel cover and remove the cover. Remove the the instrument cluster (it pulls straight out toward you) and make sure the wires are not corroded. Make sure the wiring harness is firmly attached to the metal bracket that holds them in place. Carefully push the instrument cluster back into place. While firmly holding the cluster in place, install and tightnen the screws that hold the cluster. After tightening, wiggle it and make sure it's solid. Start your Jeep and make sure everything works. Shut jeep off and install the rest of the panels in the reverse order of removal. This should fix your problem. What happens is, the cluster becomes loose, speedo quits working (sometimes all other gauges quit also) and gives an airbag code.
Malfunction indicator light it is the symbol of your engine with a line of suffering and the word "CHECK" -- this could be something minor like needing a spark plug to be replaced (common problem) or to something more serious like engine electrical work needed. a flashing engine light is the more serious so you are not to worry.
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This is common on the beetle. More than likely it's diagnostic trouble code 00591 E24. It will need to be reset with vagcom or vcds software. A few known trouble areas on the beetle that trigger this light are the seat belt buckles and the wire connectors under the seat. I've seen the connectors get loose and not make contact, and in one case the wires severed from sliding the seat. You might check this before you clear and reset. Good luck...i hope this helps.