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Check engine light an airbag light went on. what is causing this

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  • rwebert Dec 03, 2008

    Check engine light went on. The air bag light has been on for 2 years. I have a 2003 Beetle Convertible. I will have a parts store check and get the codes. Thanks for the help. Ralph Ebert.

  • Anonymous Apr 08, 2009

    engine light on air bag light on the code is 420

  • maysueki Apr 13, 2009

    My engine light keeps coming on. Autozone reads out error code P2181. I've been to several mechanics. One guys replaced my thermostat and sent me off. A few weeks later it came back. Another guy said I had cheap spark plugs. So I had expensive ones replaced! Now it's back! My car drives fine. Temperature guages are normal. My coolant level is normal. What else can be wrong? Also today my car will not start. I am suspecting the battery is old and has nothing to do with the engine I'm going to get a new battery tonight. Please help!

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    2002 Beetle airbag light on. Dealer said faulty driver's side seat belt sensor @ $400 to fix! Notice a lot of people having this problem on other forums as well. Sounds like a rip-off!!! Already change coolant sensor, fuse box terminal, and speed odometer gears @ $2500.. (does money pit come to mind)



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Check engine light is on because you have a sensor telling the computer that something's wrong with your engine. Go to AutoZone or another parts store - most of them will code scan your car for free (a dealer will get up to an hour's labor for it). Post the codes here when you have them, and I'll help you figure out what's wrong. As for the airbag light, see if they'll scan your car for chassis and airbag faults as well. If you have side airbags in the seats, like I do in my Audi, chances are you moved the seat too far and pulled on one of the connectors. They're not designed very well, and moving the seat too far will strain them a bit, open them just a hair, and trip the fault light. I zip-tied mine tightly to hold them, and then turned the airbag light off. That (and clearing the check engine light) have to be done using a code scanner - you can't clear them by disconnecting the battery most of the time.

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