2002 Beetle

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Asked by Jan 03, 2008 at 03:25 PM about the 2002 Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Having a problem with a few things.. Back tail lights works until i hit the brake and then the left one goes out until I release the brake, any ideas?
Also, airbag light is on.  I took it to a foreign car place and he said it was really a seatbelt issue but didn't have the codes to take it off.  Any ideas?  I hate to take it to the dealer for this as the charge will be over the top I am sure:-)  thank you.

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See other post for the brake light thing. The airbag/seatbelt issue is most likely the belt tensioner assemblies, these are wired into the airbag system and when they go bad, you can't clear the codes, you can only pull the seat and replace belt tensioner assembly. On Dodges it was a couple of hundred dollars, parts and labor. Clearing the codes won't work if you don't fix the root problem -- the codes will just reappear as soon as the airbag system self-tests the next time you start the car.

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