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airbag light question

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Does anyone know if I could just remove the lightbulb in the air bag light socket inside the cluster? A local P-car tuner wants $100 to turn the thing off. I am afraid the dealer might

charge more. A well known expert in this forum suggested that someone in the past have

used a resistor to simulate the air, but he couldn't remember the value of the resistor.

Thanks for any input.

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Remove the light? No. It's an LED thats integral to the cluster. At who's risk? The light denotes there's a fault. The airbag system may have detected an open circuit in on of the bags. That will not deploy in an accident. It may have detected a short in the wiring. This can prevent all bags deploying. If the wiring has gone open circuit, any form of static can now deploy the bag at any time.

Would it be fair to pass the car on to another owner if the light was left disconnected?

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If you have a 2001 then you have the original style cluster with light bulbs. The resistor thing is to prevent the light from going on.

It takes a few minutes to turn it off with the PST2/PIWIS but if the control unit thinks there is a fault it will come back on sooner or later.

You should have the fault code(s) read to see what it will take to fix it and if it is under warranty or goodwill.

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What I think mellowyellow left out of his initial post is that he is using an aftermarket steering wheel with no airbag capabilities. So what he wants to do is "simulate" the air bag with a resistor so the light will not keep coming on. I'm sure he knew the safety risk before he bought the steering wheel.

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Yea guys, I am inquiring on the airbag light because I bought an aftermarket steering wheel.

I just thought maybe I can save some dough by not getting the PST2 reset. I have never taken

apart the cluster but have seen pics. I don't know if removing the bulb is even possible. And lastly, I would never even consider disabling the light and sell the car to an unsuspecting buyer.

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