Bought wrecked beetle 2000, came with new air bags and module
Do I need to buy new sensors that are behind the front bumper ? I'm being told different stuff, if there not smashed there ok? Thats from salvge yard were I got it [Rebuildables]. Mechanic says he needs two special tools to get the driver side side off $60 and he doesnt want to install without new sensors because they will acivate the new set when battery is reconnected? He says the sensors are $150 each. Ipaid the salvage yard $350 for the two bags with module. I seen the sensors dangling when we installed the new rad and housing and they seemed to look ok
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Re: Bought wrecked beetle 2000, came with new air bags...
What sensor are you talking about there are 2 upfront on the front rails yes underneath the bumper Is the air bag light on if not you shouldnt need air bag sensors first off you could not see the air bags dangling I got to tell you something fishy here The only way to get the bumper off is to take the fenders and bumper off together because that is the only way to take it off. What my question to you is are the air bag lights on? Please rate my reponse Thank you very much And lets talk about this
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Modules are usually under the center console. Sensors are located in many different spots. Ones on the radiator core support, under the plastic piece. Ones under the front seats. Ones at the center column, just behind the front seats, and rollover sensors. I haven't found them yet.
The crash sensors are located inside the computer the accelarometer would of been replaced if the computer was replaced. Or the air bag control modual. The clock spring would need to be replaced but the front magnetic sensors should be fine, they don't normally wear out. they can be damaged but the air bag warning light would flash if it was bad. And the air bag would still not go off unless the other condtions are met to make the bag deploy. The air control modual would have been replaced if it was done by a shop that is part of the service when the bags deploy. The crash sensors are a magnet with a steel ball and when the right speed is reached and the ball is let go from the metal o ring that it sits in it will deploy the first trigger the next trigger would be the acelorometer in the air control module and the impact would have to be strong enought to knock that ball loose as well to trigger the air bag.
the air bag module is under thecenter console,there is a clock spring behind the steering wheel,thats ok dont replace it, there is a sensor under the hood should be ok,usually can reuse them just need to reset them at dealer,go to the yard get your 2 used air bags and go to the dealer and they will reset it all and you should be ok
HI, First off, it's hard to say what is causing the rattling under your car (for anyone, even a tech driving your car), so the best way to find out is to have it put on a lift and checked. Many service centers that sell shocks adn struts will take a look for you, mostly because it's a potential job for them. Any shop that would charge you to do this is not the place you should be taking it to. Second, in the STS, while there are airbag sensor problems reported occasionally, the sensors are usually the ones behind the front bumper. Is it possible that the person who told you this may be talking about the "shock" (hydrolic piston) that the front bumper is attached to? The sensors are right there, and maybe they mean that a bad piston can create a problem with the airbag sensor. That sounds accurate. As far as while you're driving, the sheer forward air pressure forced against the front bumper may be setting off the faulty sensor warning. It's speculation at this point, but it just may be the problem. You can take care of these individual things in a measured way, and avoid paying for unnecessary repairs.