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I have a 2006 Jetta TDI. I drive about a couple thousand mile round trip from my house to the nearest VW dealer. I would like to be able to diagnose my car closer to home. What tools/books should I get?

I currently have an airbag warning light on my dash, but I'm not sure if it was from a seat belt getting chewed by a sled dog and then sewn back together by my harness repair girl. Some sort of diagnostic tool might help me figure out whether the air bag is getting ready to explode in my face, or whether it was just remembering the seatbelt trauma.

I have also gotten the engine wet a couple of times, resulting in dire warning light strategies and a reluctant engine. It would be good to figure out what exactly is getting wet and where it is so I can cover it with wax or something.
 

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Bentley service manual - although the writeups on this site have more detail, there are a few procedures and things like wiring diagrams which are not here.

2. VCDS, either the micro-can or hex-can. Your car uses can-bus comm so you cannot use their kII cables. FYI, your jetta prob has outstanding recall on airbag wire harness, if the light is on the dealer may replace some harness. I haven't had it done so I don't know what it exactly involves.
 

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I've heard of the VAG-com/VCDS. Is there another?

I'll check into the VCDS for the 2006. And I'll give a dealer a call about the recall. Thanks!
 

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just bite the bullet and get the vcds. you will be much happier with it than anything else. i have been using their products for ten years and have been very pleased wiyh how easy it is to learn and use.
 
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