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Update: I pulled the driver side door panel off to return the crappy aftermarket speakers back to stock. When doing so I noticed that the door airbag wire harness had detached due to a cracked connector. I was able to repair and reattach it. A local shop cleared the light with a scan tool and it has stayed off!
The passenger seatbelt was my initial thought and the tech was familiar with that common issue. My front passenger seat sometimes triggers the light and I figured it would be the culprit in this instance. But I don’t think the 28 code is related to that. I used to live on an island and flew turbine aircraft, hence IslaTurbine. Not very original I guess. 😬
Btw, “drivers side airbag” refers to the airbag in the driver side door? Or the airbag in the driver steering wheel?
Thanks Loren. Any tips on how to test the wiring in order to determine if it or the airbag is at fault?
So I had an airbag light pop up recently. The tech who read the code wrote down “drivers airbag circuit." The light won’t clear so it’s obviously an active fault. I recently replaced the entire ignition switch and steering lock assembly. The light came on a few days after the repair so I’m not sure if it could be possibly related. The car is a 1999 996. The only thing I can seem to find via searching is that a code 28 is related to the driver's door airbag? Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.
This thread was a big help but I have a few pointers to add after changing out the lock assembly today. 1. As with others on here, I recommend removing the instrument gauge pod to give yourself more access. But you also need to make sure that you extend the steering wheel all of the way aft towards the seat. This is the only way that I could figure out that gave me enough room to access the area behind the steering wheel (due to the lower plastic shielding that is loose but not able to be completely removed). 2. I used needle nose vice grips to hold on to the open end of a 10mm wrench to loosen/tighten the nut on the 10mm bolt. I used the box end of the wrench to securely hold the 10mm nut in place. 3. The electronic wiring that connects to the ignition assembly is both purple and black. The purple doesn't separate from the black in order to remove the wire harness. The black portion is what detaches from the rear of the ignition assembly. 4. When reinstalling the left dash vent, make sure the vent dial is "Up" (open). If you try to reinstall this assembly with the dial "down" (closed), the lever arm on the left side of the assembly will be in the way of the dash structure and it won't allow it to fit in. 5. I too removed the inner (silver) light switch mechanism from the left vent assembly before attempting to reinstall the vent. You'll need a 24mm socket or similar in order to remove the large nut that retains the switch to the vent assembly. I'm not sure that removing this mechanism from the vent assembly was totally necessary so your mileage may vary. 6. Lastly, my ignition key pinhole was at the 1 o'clock position like others on here. After installing the new ignition mechanism, I was unable to get my key to turn on the ignition of the car when I reinstalled it with the pinhole at the 7 o'clock position. I don't know what the issue was, but it worked perfectly when I changed it back to the 1 o'clock position again.
IslaTurbine replied to Lyn's topic in 997-1 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 2S, Carrera 4S)Is a copper crush washer acceptable to use on the M96 with the LN Magnetic Plug? I have never used one but a local shop supplied me some new copper ones and acted like he was doing me a favor since they were copper. I’m a little hesitant to use them....
I don’t believe so. I think all that can be done is to remove the bulb behind the dash.
IslaTurbine replied to singhmrp's topic in 996 Series (Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Targa)It's always the **** cable! :-)
Update: I was able to take extra length of wire from the #2 and #5 connector wires to create my own wire for the seventh one that I was missing. I then fabricated a connector pin from a computer cable and attached it to the new wire, soldered the wire ends of those three wires together, and got the new pin to seat in the connector assembly. Put it all back together, got the car up to 80 mph and no more spoiler warning light. Fixed!
Ok thanks for taking a look. I guess I'll just have to continue scratching my head as my harness is clearly missing a wire. Plus I've noticed that the wing has all of the markings of an OEM piece (imbedded PD and Turnwald lettering, not a sticker) but it is missing the "Made In France" lettering next to it. The car has all of the other factory stickers under the lid and is a '99 but was built in October 1998. I'm wondering if it that could make a difference? Additionally, the car has "XAA" on the underhood sticker. Looks like the correct wiring harness has "appreciated" in value over the years. The cheapest I can find is close to $300. Crazy.
Loren, I've been corresponding with another factory-installed aero kit owner. He has 7 wires coming out of his connector whereas I only have 6. If you still have your aero kit 996, is there any chance you could take a look and see how many wires are coming out of your connector? Thanks again.
The upper left two pins have resistance to each other. These two pins are to the wires that I don't know where they run to. The upper right two pins have resistance to each other. These two wires run to the fan. The lower right to pins have resistance to each other. These two wires run to the light.
Thanks for the reply, Loren. Earlier I did attempt to locate a part number on the wire harness but I didn't see one. Would you happen to know its location? I also looked for a jumper and didn't see one.... Thanks again. Your insights are appreciated.
Bump to an old thread. I have a '99 996 with a factory-installed XAA code aero kit. The spoiler warning light never would come on no matter what and it turned out the dash bulb was blown. It has since been replaced and the light works as it should at low speed: it comes on a startup and disappears around 4 mph. My issue is that when I hit 75 mph, the spoiler warning light illuminates and doesn't go away until the car is shut off. Remember that this is a factory aero kit car. I checked the fan/light wire harness and it wasn't disconnected. I checked the pins for corrosion and everything looked nice and shiny. The harness has only 6 wires coming out of it: Two wires go to the deck fan, two go to the compartment light, and I can't seem to determine where the other two lead. Anyone have any thoughts? Much appreciated.