Audi A4 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi A4: Wiring Harnesses, Repairing

  Note

Observe general notes for repairs on the vehicle electrical system. Refer to → Chapter "Vehicle Electrical System, General Repair Information".

Airbag and Belt Tensioner Wires, Repairing

In addition to the general repairs on wiring harnesses, the following methods and instructions must be observed for repairs on airbag- and seat belt tensioner wires:

  WARNING

  • The airbag and seat belt tensioner system can fail.
  • Faulty repairs performed on airbag and seat belt tensioner system can lead to malfunction in passenger protection.
  • When performing repairs on airbag and seat belt tensioner wiring harness, use only terminals, connectors and wires designated for it. Refer to the Parts Catalog.

  Note

  • Air bag wires and the safety belt tensioner wiring harness may repaired only with the Wiring Harness Repair Set -VAS1978B- and previous versions.
  • Observe general notes for repairs on the vehicle electrical system. Refer to → Chapter "Vehicle Electrical System, General Repair Information".
  • A maximum of two repairs may be performed when repairing wires of airbag- and seat belt tensioner system. Repairs increase the electrical resistance in the wire and may trigger malfunctions in the system On Board Diagnostic (OBD).
  • When repairing wiring harness of airbag- and seat belt tensioner system, the crimp connectors must always be heat-shrunk to prevent corrosion.
  • Do not wrap the repair point again into the vehicle-specific wiring harness and mark the repair point quite visibly with yellow insulating tape.

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  • Repairs in the area of the airbag or seat belt tensioner should be performed a maximum of 30 cm from the next connector housing. Together with the identification via yellow insulating tape, this procedure makes it possible to obtain a quick overview of previously performed repairs.
  • Wires to the deploying units (airbags) have a wire-twisting with a length of lay of 20 mm +- 5 mm in series production. This length of lay is guaranteed via the norm part numbers for wire pairs in series production and must be observed strictly for the repair lengths of twisted wires.

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  • During repair work, wires to deploying units (airbags) must have the same length. When twisting together wires -1 and 2-, length of lay of A = 20 mm +- 5 must be strictly observed.
  • While doing this, no section of the wire, for example, in area of crimp connectors -arrow-, may be greater than B = 100 mm without twisting of the wires.
  • Repairs are to be documented in the Audi Service Plan under "Space for workshop entries" with a short commentary of scope of repairs, workshop stamp and signature.
  • Any warranty claims to Audi AG are void for repairs on airbag wiring set which were not performed using original replacement parts and Wiring Harness Repair Set -VAS1978-.

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Repairing CAN bus Wires

  • Unshielded, twisted two-wire lines -1 and 2- with a cross section of 0.35 mm 2 or 0.5 mm2 can be used as CAN-Bus wiring.
  • Repairs on CAN-Bus wires can be performed with repair wire with matching cross section and also with twisted wires "green/yellow" or "white/yellow" from the Parts Catalog.
  • When repairing CAN bus wires, both wires must be same length. When twisting together wires -1 and 2-, the lay length of A = 20 mm must be observed.
  • While doing this, no section of the wire, for example, in area of crimp connectors -arrow-, may be greater than B = 50 mm without twisting of the wires.
  • Wrap repair points with yellow adhesive tape to mark a performed repair.

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