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Dave, Staffordshire

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi Back doors wont lock on central locking, they lock with the key but not with the central locking. when the key fob is pressed the cab doors and side door all lock but not the back doors Drives me mad any help / advice please

Submitted: 20/10/2014 20:16:46 | ID: 104920

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Darren Abey , Lancashire

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi I bought a vw crafter 2007 163 bhp lwb van about a month ago 129,000 miles and im finding its using a lot of fuel , I drive it mainly motorway at a steady 58 to 62 mph and after filling the tank depending on fuel prices its average tank cost is £94.00 , the worst has been 370 miles to a tank and that was mixed driving ie country roads and motorway , and I also find its gutless on hills , I have to drop from 6th to 3rd some times , im not carrying a lot of weight at all , ive just had a Mercedes sprinter 2003 lwb 313 cdi for 4 years and that was excellent on fuel power everything on average it would return 600 miles for £110.00 , the best the crafter has done is 450 miles to a tank .. im totally gutted and wishing I had not got one now .. I hope you could throw me some ideas please before I sell it ... very frustrating .... Regards Darren

Submitted: 19/10/2014 11:50:01 | ID: 104846

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Alan Powell, Berkshire

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi I have 2007 crafter 110 bhp My problem is when I open the front door I get a clicking noise when I start the engine every things ok for about 1 min then the rev counter drops to zero then all the lights come on for a few seconds then its. ok again. when I start driving after about a min the rev counter and speedo drop to zero this keeps happening until the van has warmed up the it is ok. It only happens when the van has been parked over night

Submitted: 14/10/2014 21:00:34 | ID: 104618

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sam, Bristol

Volkswagen Crafter

my crafter 2008 could not start with key only start with start pilotm, i replace the 5 injectors but still have same problem, no way to start. could anyone help

Submitted: 10/10/2014 11:20:18 | ID: 104383

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Iain Arthur, Aberdeenshire

Volkswagen Crafter

I have a 2007 Crafter and the side lights, front only, have stopped working. All other lights are good. Also I have no interior lights which is an older fault. Start of the front light issue a fault light appeared on the dash but all lights were working. Now the front lights (side) are not coming on. Bulbs are good, fuses all look good. Any suggestions?

Submitted: 08/10/2014 17:05:52 | ID: 104277

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glen dale, Luton

Volkswagen Crafter

My van has 125k on the clock. Just bought second hand. I am having to top up the engine oil weekly. there are no leaks. Exhaust looks normal. I have heard Crafters to use oil normally and so is expected to top up every week. Is that correct?

Submitted: 05/10/2014 12:21:48 | ID: 104086

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Self, Cheshire

Volkswagen Crafter

Despite spending hours searching I cannot find the sensor/switch that enables the interior lights and dashboard door warning for the side sliding door, the back doors, driver and passenger doors work fine. The sliding side door does not put a warning on the dashboard and does not enable the load space lighting. I really need the load area lights to come on when the side door is opened and it would be very nice to have a dash warning - the door isn't the easiest in the world to get fully closed.

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Answered my own question. The switch / sensor is in the door lock itself, I removed the ply lining and inner panel and the door harness was coiled up inside - had been cut. Removed the load step and the cable guide etc is missing - wired it all back up temporarily and it all works - the worrying thing is that in the 6 months I've had the van the side door has never locked since the harness carries the signal for that too - and I never checked it. Some people should not be allowed near tools .... Self from Cheshire

Submitted: 04/10/2014 11:00:25 | ID: 104038

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gezani Freddy Hlungwani, South Africa

Volkswagen Crafter

My vw crafter 2.5 2010 model diesel cut out when reved and glow plugs warning comes on. I have tried/replaced both diesel pumps ( tank & engine) and also enjectors but the fault still remains. I don't know what else to try. Thank you

Submitted: 03/10/2014 09:14:13 | ID: 103993

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Nikos, Greater London

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi all My crafter alarm goes off at least twice a week in the early hours of the morning, can't seam to find the reason why????

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I'd pop the roof lighting module out and check for leaks from the roof mounted aerial, the rubber / seal doesn't seem to be the best quality and rots / perishes. When it leaks it drips straight down onto the alarm control module. The light fitting is a bit fiddly to get out, hard to describe how but it is all clips, many of which can be very 'tight'. Replacing the aerial seal is made difficult by its location - it is really a two man job - one outside and one inside, three people if you have somebody securing the steps - because to reach it outside you will need some good high steps. You could try disarming the interior sensors for a week, then the anti tow sensors for a week and see if it stops going off - at least you'll know which sensors are causing it. Self from Cheshire

Submitted: 02/10/2014 07:03:24 | ID: 103939

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William lamont, City of Glasgow

Volkswagen Crafter

Every now and again my crafter automatic goes into F mode what causes this is it electrical or is it do with the lack of oil in the transmission gear box

Submitted: 24/09/2014 08:03:12 | ID: 103553

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terry, Oxfordshire

Volkswagen Crafter

I cannot find the battery

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The battery is under the cab floor infront of the near-side (passenger) seat. If you open the near-side door and look at the top of the step there is a battery icon. Lift the mat, and you will find an access panel which covers the battery. George from Northamptonshire

The battery is under the cab floor in front of the near-side (passenger) seat. If you open the near-side door and look at the top of the step there is a battery icon. Lift the mat, and you will find an access panel which covers the battery. George from Northamptonshire

Submitted: 27/08/2014 14:46:00 | ID: 102219

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Themba, South Africa

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi, I have a Crafter. I changed the valve of the cylinder head and reinstalled the head, did the two timing of the cam belt but after that it will not start. When I use the 'QUICK START MOLYKOTE' it does start and cuts off once I stop using the molykote. It seems the injectors are not pumping fuel, what might be the cause? It was all fine before it broke the cambelt, please help?

Submitted: 19/08/2014 21:51:41 | ID: 101792

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Chris, Australia

Volkswagen Crafter

I have a 2007 Crafter truck which had a brake fade issue. If you push on the brake peddle it continually sinks to the floor. So i tried to bleed the brakes first to get a solid peddle but had no luck. So I replaced the brake master cylinder to see if that would fix it but had no luck either after bleeding the brakes with the truck running. If you turn the truck off and push on the peddle it is solid and stops. But start the truck up and it starts going to the floor again. What do you think it could be maybe the ABS?

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Hi, I had same trouble, was told it was master cyclinder. Front brake pad change revealed problem, common on Sprinter too. Just replace sliders first and check the calipers, mine was just sliders £100 both sides. Hope this helps. des from West Midlands

Submitted: 17/08/2014 02:54:42 | ID: 101618

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Steve, West Sussex

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi I have a vw crafter which I have just brought it's an 07 plate It vibrates quite a lot once you get moving from the bulk head and seats is this the norm?

Submitted: 16/08/2014 16:55:54 | ID: 101605

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colin aitkenhead, City of Aberdeen

Volkswagen Crafter

high bought my van six weeks agol there was a light on the dash the book said it was low brake pressure got it on the machine and there was no fault yesterday my anti skid light and my abs light came on got it put on the dianostic machine and still nothing coming up as wrong can any one advice please

Submitted: 15/08/2014 09:20:03 | ID: 101528

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Tom, South Africa

Volkswagen Crafter

I have fitted a stereo system to my van, is there an aux/acc 12v supply available that can supply power with the key in the ignition, but in the "off" position? Leaving the key/ignition in the "on" position and motor not running is not what I am looking for. Any advice please? Regards Tom

Submitted: 19/07/2014 15:10:21 | ID: 99986

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mohammed, Warwickshire

Volkswagen Crafter

hi guys ive got a crafter 08 plate when I start to drive I get a funny noise coming from the rear seems like a bird in the back lol it duz my head in so much and it goes away when I stop driving can any 1 help thanks

Submitted: 18/07/2014 23:07:48 | ID: 99955

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arash amini, Middlesex

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi my van have problem its crafter 2009 when i driver over 60 miles warning light will come up and take my speed ,, but when i turn off engine and turn it on will be ok ,,, i dont no what i have to do

Submitted: 15/07/2014 23:43:25 | ID: 99749

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A Swartz, East Sussex

Volkswagen Crafter

I have a VW Krafter 2008... I want to add some speakers to the Radio. There is already wiring for two extra speaker, but they are not connected. How do I connect them to the radio? Many thanks in advance.

Submitted: 06/07/2014 20:43:55 | ID: 99092

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Haydn, Germany

Volkswagen Crafter

I recently purchased this vehicle and have tried to fit an Aux in cable to the radio which is supposed to be a plug n play cable, but it doesn`t work. Any tips on how to activate the Aux in please? The radio is either RNS4001 or 5001. Thanks.

Submitted: 23/06/2014 08:59:08 | ID: 98270

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Allen gasson, New Zealand

Volkswagen Crafter

Is it easy enough to do my own oil changes on my 207 VW Crafter?

Submitted: 23/06/2014 03:27:53 | ID: 98265

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martyn, Leicestershire

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi, I`m just wondering if not using ad blue for several years will it damage my engine, as the van now goes into limp mode, or is it that the turbo has just gone?

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Try dpf, get riddes from West Midlands

Submitted: 16/06/2014 12:47:07 | ID: 97795

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andrew call, Cardiff

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi guys my Crafter drives like a dream for around 200 miles then starts ratteling its brains out and loads of black smoke when hight revs the revomitor goes to just over 1000 on idle and it needs a ltr of oil I have no oil leaks no water leaks so where is it going, oil cap is black, no white sludge so why is it using a litre of oil every 200 miles. and its bang on as soon as i see 190ish miles on the clock i know whats coming also i am using the right oils for the crafter

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Well know problem and it is a cracked head between oil feed to head and diesel feed to injector .head is crap so no fix its new head or take chance with second hand one and get with injectors in ,the very hard to reseal.thanks . Chris from Ireland

Well know problem and it is a cracked head between oil feed to head and diesel feed to injector .head is crap so no fix its new head or take chance with second hand one and get with injectors in ,the very hard to reseal.thanks . Chris from Ireland

Submitted: 04/06/2014 21:59:43 | ID: 96929

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FKU, Lithuania

Volkswagen Crafter

i need fault code answer esp fault codes 5106 can signal outside temperature invalid and4804 transmitted variant value outside permissible range,where i need search malfunction???? thanks

Submitted: 04/06/2014 18:38:54 | ID: 96912

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chris marsden, France

Volkswagen Crafter

hi just picked this van up the particulate filter light was on but van drove ok at 65 to 70 mph for about 2 hours on motorway after this flashing glowplug light lit then loss of power to crawl up hills in 1 or 2 gear at 10 mph max got it home just but now also has management light on?

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Dpf, get rid of dpf des from West Midlands

Submitted: 04/06/2014 11:38:57 | ID: 96870

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peter, Vale of Glamorgan

Volkswagen Crafter

The brake warning light is on pads have been changed on front and still plenty of wear on rear pads. The brake peddle continues to travel down when depressed but not losing any fluid. Any advice welcome. 2007 model 100,000 miles Peter

Submitted: 29/05/2014 03:33:50 | ID: 96400

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B Spetter, Netherlands

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi, I have a vw Crafter and when I reach 120km/h there is a highly annoying beeping sound. It really drives me crazy. Now I know it is for safely reasons and you can turn it off by pushing ine of the buttons on the left side of the dashboard. But is it possible to change the beeping speed to 130 km/h. A lot of road have this speedlimit now. Thanks!. Best regards Bram

Submitted: 27/05/2014 15:15:29 | ID: 96255

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Chris madden, West Yorkshire

Volkswagen Crafter

I have 14 plate two week old crafter van, I parked on a steep hill aplyed the hand break got out collected my goods at least 28 seconds ,i turned round and to my horror it started to roll away, has anyone had similar problem?

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Yes it happened to me but I jumped bk in when I asked them to tight in hand brake they said I'd have to pay for that ,cheeky bstds Tony from Merseyside

Yes it happened to me but I jumped bk in when I asked them to tight in hand brake they said I'd have to pay for that ,cheeky bstds Tony from Merseyside

Submitted: 20/05/2014 19:02:25 | ID: 95797

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kevin bradley, Worcestershire

Volkswagen Crafter

Hi does any one no which fuse and what size fuse controls the alarm many thanks kevin

Submitted: 10/05/2014 14:29:21 | ID: 95338

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alun, Conwy

Volkswagen Crafter

hi, ive got a squeak and scraping noise from the front off side of my van that only start after driving about 10 -20 miles. ive had two front tyres fitted, that when the noise started. ive fitted new disks and pads greased all slides and callipers are all free but the noise persists. any ideas please

Submitted: 26/04/2014 17:59:13 | ID: 94766

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steve, Berkshire

Volkswagen Crafter

Help pulled all my hair out over this! 109 crafter blew up in November 1 melted piston, had engine totally rebuilt new crank,rings,1 piston, new bosh injectors new dpf, new pipes on top of engine ,new fuel reg, + sensor, we did everything, first trip out after 5 min idle lots of white smoke for gear 1,2,3 then clear no more then for a while completed 2000 miles with the same problem every 5 min it idled so back to workshop engine out strip 5 new pistons new rings test all injectors replace one as slight pitting rebuild put back in still got exact same prob 25 bar across all 5 cylinders engine sounds like a rolls still white smoke on tick over and acceleration in first 3 gears now thinking turbo can anyone help me i have no hair left to pull !!!!!

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Sounds like turbo or blocked pcv breather valve on engine.has it burnt/used much oil in the 2000 miles ? tony from Kent

Submitted: 12/04/2014 17:26:35 | ID: 94137

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J Anderson, Leicestershire

Volkswagen Crafter

Maybe a key problem....??????? cannot even get the steering lock to disengage. all that happens when I put the key in is I get an illuminated van with a key in it as a caption. I have checked the fob battery, it wil lock and unlock central locking and the voltage is good with a multimeter. I have tried disconnecting the battery to try and reset. No luck. ny ideas please.....Thanks

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Your key or ignition barrel has lost its code and needs reprograming.the lock wont come off if the code is lost.you will find some one on internet that will come out and reprogram them for about 100-150 quid tony from Kent

Or it could just be the steering lock solenoid not disengaging ! Steve from Tyne and Wear

Or it could just be the steering lock solenoid not disengaging ! Steve from Tyne and Wear

Submitted: 10/04/2014 10:46:33 | ID: 94068

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Nick, Middlesex

Volkswagen Crafter

When I reverse my crafter I get a clonking noise from the front as if it's got problem with driveshafts but being rear wheel drive it has none Has anyone else experienced this??

Submitted: 09/04/2014 19:28:02 | ID: 94046

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Mark Taylor, Ayrshire

Volkswagen Crafter 2008

Hi, my Volkswagen Crafter`s interior light stays on when I start the engine. Any solutions? (Crafter)

Submitted: 08/04/2014 15:45:55 | ID: 93957

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James, England

Volkswagen Crafter 2007

Hi. I`m after some help please. I have a 57 plate Volkswagen Crafter 2.5 and after overrun once and accelerating again there`s a big cloud of smoke. I have cleaned the breather and valve on top of the rocker cover and bypassed it but it`s still the same. Also being an HGV fitter the only way I can explain this bit is - on overrun after a couple of seconds it sounds like an exhaust brake kicking in, when you accelerate it goes and I get a cloud of smoke? Any help would be much appreciated. Regards.

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Im a hgv fitter too and also have a friend with exact same problem.im going back to it today, im pulling turbo off to see if manifold is full of oil, if so id say the oil is coming up past the rings but im hoping the seal is gone in the turbo and sucking the oil through.that breather should open and shut under pressure and let the crank case pressure back in to inlet manifold.if thats stuck open it will suck the oil through.also the excess oil has killed the dpf which I will sort out when I find the excessive burning/loss of oil issue.i will let you know my findings.good luck tony from Kent

Let me know of your findings tony from Kent

Hi james.sorry i not got back but i havent got round to taking turbo off yet as the van is very busy working.i changed the pcv breather and it made no difference.my mate at mercedes thinks its worn rings or valve stem seals.im waiting till he is quiet so i can have the van for a few days.quite a few people have the same problem as us but no one seems to have found the problem.im not giving up and i will post my findings as soon as i know tony from Kent

Submitted: 07/04/2014 11:01:11 | ID: 93872

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John Roper, England

Volkswagen Crafter 2008

Hi, I was suffering with dpf problems on my Volkswagen Crafter but had it removed and remapped. The van drives brilliantly with no smoke until it goes into overrun, then it seems to suck oil into the inlet manifold. Then when I put my foot down I get a cloud of grey/blue smoke and the smell of burning oil. Mine is a 57-plate VW Crafter 109 with 120,000 miles. I have also changed the oil/air separator with no joy. Can anybody help me out please?

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Ive replied to james above, same problem as we are having .hope it helps tony from Kent

Sorry, no solutions. Just wondered if anyone found a cure? I bought a 109bhp 2007 vw crafter lwb 2 weeks ago. It is burning oil like crazy and smokes. Its has dpf removed and been remapped, had breather valve replaced and is due to have turbo done tomorrow... but today went in to limp mode and glow plug light came on. Fed up now... any clue? Mick from Derbyshire

Just wondered if anyone found a cure? Bought a 109bhp 2007 vw crafter lwb 2 weeks ago. It burns oil and smokes. Had dpf removed, been remapped, breather valve replaced and due to have turbo done tomorrow... but today went in to limp mode and glow plug light came on. Fed up now... any clue? Mick from Derbyshire

An update... new turbo fitted, egr valve cleaned and engine flush in progress. And its still smoking /burning oil! Pulling my hair out. Mick from Derbyshire

I have a 57 reg SWB Crafter, It puffs out White smoke on pull away , goes through 2 litres of Oil every 500miles and has a burning smell, Any ideas please Mathew from Surrey

I have a 57 reg SWB Crafter. It puffs out White smoke on pull away , goes through 2 litres of Oil every 500miles and has a burning smell, Any ideas please Mathew from Surrey

Hi mate, ive spent about £1200 but I got the van at a good price so I can live with it. I had same problems, was driving me mad. As well as the stuff above, i have since heard to check the turbo pipe and check for splits. To be honest since i had the turbo done (which was a long shot) it hasnt been anywhere near as bad. Ive changed my driving style slightly as my smoking and oil smell was on overrun. If i coast a bit on approach to junction it doesnt smoke?! Overall van finally running ok so i will give it a year or 2 then part ex it. Mick from Derbyshire

Submitted: 04/04/2014 09:51:22 | ID: 93861

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Martin Hlongwane, South Africa

Volkswagen Crafter 2008

My 2008 Volkswagen Crafter has lost power and I can barely reach 40km/hr. It starts and revs well and has no unusual noises from the engine but the problem comes when I need power to drive uphill. Does anyone know what I can do? (50 2.5 TDI 80kw)

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Check if your intercooler is clear inside and outside, then check if the turbo is working. Lemiel Mondo from Botswana

Submitted: 01/04/2014 15:26:16 | ID: 93800

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Mark Salmon, Lancashire

Volkswagen Crafter 2008

Hi, I have a 2008 Volkswagen Crafter Crewcab pickup which is suffering a power drain and the battery goes flat over the weekend. There are no internal lights left on and the alarm is set. I have had the electrical system tested and we can`t find any power drain. I have installed a new battery which makes no difference. Can anyone please help? (crewcab)

Submitted: 28/03/2014 16:25:41 | ID: 93608

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Wani Xola, South Africa

Volkswagen Crafter 2008

I have a 2008 Crafter, when the van is moving it shakes, what might be the problem?

Submitted: 26/03/2014 16:00:43 | ID: 93991

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Brian Grimes, England

Volkswagen Crafter 2007

Hi. I had the passenger seat base out of my Volkswagen Crafter the other day to clean up a spillage. I disconnected the yellow plug to the seat belt, I believe something to do with the srs and now when driving the srs light is permanently on on the dash. Is there any way of resetting this without taking it to a dealer? Any help would be appreciated thanks. (163 lwb)

Submitted: 17/03/2014 11:14:20 | ID: 62907

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