airbag warning light and no horn

tom_h

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For the last month, I have had an error message for an airbag, and my horn has stopped working.
I took the car to the VW garage to see about this and their diagnosis was that the driver's airbag needed replacing (€600 - 700). At that stage I hadn't noticed that the horn was not working.

I haven't had this work done, but having looked into it there does appear to be a potential link between the airbag warning light and the horn which is the clockspring on the steering wheel?

Do you think its possible the the VW diagnosis was wrong and I should look at replacing the clock spring first?
 

Tdijarhead

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Do you have any other steering wheel controls that are or are not working? Have you had any work done on the steering wheel?

The clockspring is usually the culprit in a case like this.
 

tom_h

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Hello Tdijarhead,
No work done and no

other issues (apart from when I occasionally use cruise control I sometimes feel that it doesn't behave in the same way, but that could easily just be me....)
 

Tdijarhead

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Air bags just don’t go bad, because your horn doesn’t work and you have an air bag warning light I’d say it’s your clock spring. However you would need to remove the air bag to replace the clockspring.
 

tom_h

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B6 clock spring replacement

I think I'll give it a go, there's a YouTube video of someone doing this....
Do you know if there is a reliable way to get part reference so I can source a replacement, or will I need to take it apart?
 

Tdijarhead

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They really aren't that bad to take apart, I have to do my daughters Jetta this weekend to change out the cruise control/high beam stalk because she has no low beam headlights. Your best bet for part #'s might just be to call the dealer since I see you have a European model.
 

tom_h

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Today I got the flashing warning symbol (a coil) on the dashboard - apparently this indicates a malfunction has occurred in the diesel engine....not very specific, but I noticed also a lack of power.


Any ideas if this is something I will be able to look at, or whether it could be related to my horn / airback indicator light issues...?
 

Tdijarhead

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Is yours an MK4? I'm really not familiar with European designation.
 

tom_h

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@ Tdijarhead: mines à B6 SW 1.6 TDi 16V FAP BlueMotion 105 cv.
The light is not longer coming on.


@oilhammer: Could it have been a problem of water getting into trailer lights socket whose cover has recently broken off ?
 

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@ Tdijarhead: mines à B6 SW 1.6 TDi 16V FAP BlueMotion 105 cv.
The light is not longer coming on.


@oilhammer: Could it have been a problem of water getting into trailer lights socket whose cover has recently broken off ?

I have no idea, I would have to utilize the OBD your car already has. If you will not do that, then we can only guess.....
 
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