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the air bag light came on like two weeks ago, and stays on, just yesterday the check engine light came on while i was at the beach..i looked these up in the manual but im still alittle stumped. can someone give me alil more info :(

 

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Take the car to the local Autozone and have it scanned for codes.
The codes are the cars computer telling you what is wrong.
 

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Take the car to the local Autozone and have it scanned for codes.
The codes are the cars computer telling you what is wrong.
A standard OBDII scanner may or may not show the proper codes. In either case you will need a VAG com to reset the seat belt codes.
 

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well im more worried about the check engine light. :/
oh and i noticed when i was putting oil in my engine was rreally hot and a trace amount of smoke was coming out when i took the cap off for the oil.. and my the round container where the coolant stuff is is like really brown and extremely hot when i twist the cap off. is that normal?


Another link regarding Airbag light:

http://newbeetle.org/forums/questio...-re-seatbelt-buckle-causing-airbag-light.html

Seems like a very common issue. Seems the Seat belt buckle is at fault in the majority of cases.
 

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Ringo might go RIP soon, my parents hate even just the thought of volkswagens ever since i got mine. my dad wishes a tree would just fall on it. ive had so many problems with it and ive only had it for 6 months.
 

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Get it scanned and it should tell you all the codes. Why were you putting oil in? Is it leaking? Sounds like you may need to find a reputable VW mechanic in your area. There's a list on Fred's TDI Page. TDIClub.com. VW TDI Enthusiast Community - most TDI mechanics work on all dubs.
 

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Oh no that doesn't sound good. Poor bug! There's some other North Carolina peeps on here so maybe they will chime in and point you toward their mechanic. Good luck!:)
 

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well im more worried about the check engine light. :/
oh and i noticed when i was putting oil in my engine was rreally hot and a trace amount of smoke was coming out when i took the cap off for the oil.. and my the round container where the coolant stuff is is like really brown and extremely hot when i twist the cap off. is that normal?
So you were totally out of oil??? Any signs of leakage? I can't imagine your engine burning that much oil???

No, your coolant shouldn't be brown. It should be orange in color. If it is brown it has been contaminated. Does it look like oil got into the coolant? If so you may have a blown headgasket. But the coolant could also just be contaminated from mixing the OEM fluid that was in there with the green stuff. That is a big no no. Only VW approved G12 coolant should be used. You may need to flush your radiator and replace the coolant with G12. 3 liters is all you need for a 50/50 mix. Now to the mystery on where your oil went. ???

Any smoke coming out of the exhaust??

Get the car scanned at Autozone. It's FREE. No charge. They will give you the codes. Write them down and let us know what they are.
 

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well saturday my oil light came on, blinked and went off, sunday before i went to the beach i put some oil in it but i dont think i put enough in.. i was in a rush and my dip stick is hard to get out so i didnt even check it. my engine light came on yesterday..and today when i came back from the beach i got help from someone and checked my oil and i was low, i needed a QT so thats what i put in. its not the coolent itself its the container thats stained, its like a really nasty brown color. but i will make way to autozone asap
 

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well saturday my oil light came on, blinked and went off, sunday before i went to the beach i put some oil in it but i dont think i put enough in.. i was in a rush and my dip stick is hard to get out so i didnt even check it. my engine light came on yesterday..and today when i came back from the beach i got help from someone and checked my oil and i was low, i needed a QT so thats what i put in. its not the coolent itself its the container thats stained, its like a really nasty brown color. but i will make way to autozone asap
The container shouldn't be stained either. That means the cap isn't holding the pressure and is probably leaking some coolant around the cap which then evaporates on the expansion tank. Normally that should be white residue not brown. You may want to look at your coolant to see what color it actually is.
The dipstick shouldn't be hard to take out. Is the plastic dipstick tube still okay? Those get hard and brittle over time and break.

The check engine light is probably on because of the airbag light. If the airbag light pops on then it throws a cel automatically.

Also the Red oil light doesn't indicate low oil. It is a oil pressure warning light. So when it comes on you have low oil pressure. Our beetle's are not equipt with an oil level sensor.

Let us know what codes you come up with when you get it scanned at Autozone.
 

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the guy said it had to do with affecting my gas millage and some hose? and he said that if i dont get it fixed my car wont pass inspection.

 

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Actually that is a very common code. It could be as simple as making sure your gas cap is on tight. Did you get gas recently and did you tighten the gas cap at least 3 clicks? It is very important with our Beetle's!

If that isn't it than it could be the EVAP purge valve being stuck open or the charcoal canister being cracked or a break in the vacuum lines.
The best way to find an EVAP leak is with a smoke machine.
Find a shop that has one and they can easily find the leak for you.

But before you go that route, check your gas cap. Look at your vacuum lines. Take a look at your Purge Valve and the lines that go into it. On a 1.8 engine it is on the passenger side fender area just in front of the coolant tank. It is a black round type looking valve. Also look at your EVAP canister which is towards the back of the engine on a 2.0. Looks kinda like a black plastic box with vacuum lines going into it. Make sure those lines aren't brittle or torn. If you still run those OEM cloth braided vacuum hoses replace them with Quality silicone hoses. They will last you much longer. Those OEM braided lines are crap.

Again, start with the gas cap and go from there.

Good Luck!
 
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