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    Looking To disable ESP

    I want to remove the esp completely from my 2000 S3, I'm pretty sure I know the codes but not sure what ABS unit I have, the mk20 or MK60 anyone know able to help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 Sly View Post
    I want to remove the esp completely from my 2000 S3, I'm pretty sure I know the codes but not sure what ABS unit I have, the mk20 or MK60 anyone know able to help.
    Surely just pushing the button to turn it off would be the easiest solution

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    How do you intend to do this? I looked into it a while back and couldn't find any solution.

    I wanted to revert the way the ESP button worked so that it was off when the engine was turned on and you had to physically hit the button to turn ESP on. (which will be never )
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    Early s3's had esp enabled and no switch, so i assume the OP wants to try changing the softcode so it doesn't know it has ESP

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    I'm pretty sure even when you switch off it's not off 100%. Plus I like to play around with things

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    Yep that's pretty much it, I'm off outside now to have a play. If I succeed Westy I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 Sly View Post
    I'm pretty sure even when you switch off it's not off 100%. Plus I like to play around with things
    When its switched off it is actually off... its not that intelligent tbh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byzan Photography View Post
    Early s3's had esp enabled and no switch, so i assume the OP wants to try changing the softcode so it doesn't know it has ESP
    Does this mean that all early s3's had esp, the only difference being some had a switch to turn it on/off?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slowcoach3 View Post
    Does this mean that all early s3's had esp, the only difference being some had a switch to turn it on/off?
    I'm sure Mark's (Byzan) comment isn't right! I thought original S3s didn't have ESP (hence no button) and it was added to the later models as an extra safety device for your average driver.

    There's no way mine would even be drivable if I couldn't turn it off. If I forget to turn mine off I soon know about it!
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    I have an esp fault somewhere which after swapping several things I still can't fix, when it's enabled the car just bogs down/dies as soon as I pull off.

    Anyway I have managed to disable it in VAGCOM. I took the software code number 18448 and subtracted 2048 this gave me 16400, 16400 is the new code. (for mine anyway)

    This disables ESP but leaves ABS working. Not had chance to test drive yet as car is on axle stands ready for diff swap out

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 Sly View Post
    I have an esp fault somewhere which after swapping several things I still can't fix, when it enabled the car just bogs down/dies as soon as I pull off.

    Anyway I have managed to disable it in VAGCOM. I took the software code number 18448 and subtracted 2048 this gave me 16400.

    This disables ESP but leaves ABS working. Not had chance to test drive yet as car is on axle stands reading for diff swap out
    Interesting stuff.

    What module was this in VCDS?
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    I can't take credit for it westy, I was up till midnight and again all this morning looking for the answers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 Sly View Post
    I can't take credit for it westy, I was up till midnight and again all this morning looking for the answers.

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    Permanently and completely disable ESP/ASR on MkIV R32 for track use?
    Cheers. You should have kept that quiet
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    I've just seen the dates on that thread. This is all new info to me, great stuff.
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    Does it show you a list of options in VCDS when you hover the mouse over the code? It normally tells you the numbers for enabling/disabling things. Cant wait to try this out now.
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    To be honest I never noticed, I only bought the software the other week and not really had time to play with it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 Sly View Post
    To be honest I never noticed, I only bought the software the other week and not really had time to play with it yet.
    Ok. I've got full VCDS so I'll have a look at this later if I get time and take some screen shots.
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    SLY was that your S3 I saw round yeovil on monday with the dog cage in the back
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    Cheers, I only have the light versn. I'm doing the dog bone bush now so the clean stuff will have to wait. I do like the computer controlled brake bleed option though Coming from a 93 Impreza RA th Audi does seem rather over complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grazam View Post
    SLY was that your S3 I saw round yeovil on monday with the dog cage in the back
    Na mate, I'm in North Yorks near Skipton, though I do have a dog cage in the back for the pug and staff. The wife wanted a pug, I wanted a new plasma, you can guess who won

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    huh im pretty certain I saw a minge blue S3 with personalised number plate S3 Sly might have been mistaken tho it was a pre facelift, sorry for confusion shame about plasma would have been nice
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    Westy did you have any joy disabling ESP ?

    Anyone got a pic of the there dash without the ESP button, I'm looking to remove the button now I have got rid of the ESP but not sure what should be there on the early S3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S3 Sly View Post
    Westy did you have any joy disabling ESP ?

    Anyone got a pic of the there dash without the ESP button, I'm looking to remove the button now I have got rid of the ESP but not sure what should be there on the early S3.
    No mate not had time yet. I'm off on a stag do this weekend too so wont get a chance till next week.
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