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    rubber seal around ariel base going

    Hi

    my a3 quattro I have noticed after buying it that the rubber band seal around the base of the bit where the ariel screws in, half of it has come away and the rest is easy to peal off....

    Get I get this part from an audi garage and fit a new one on myself ?

    If so does anyone know the part number ?

    Thanks and regards

    Tim

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    I got mine from here

    http://vagparts.co.uk/

    £10.95 plus vat and delivery
    2007 A3 TDI 170 S Line
    Sold - 2002 S3

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    thanks mate

    so its the roof ariel repair kit....

    Do i just pull off the old seal and then assume the new one just pushes in to place and it a tight fit ?

    Regards

    Tim

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    You have to take the roof lining down at the back of the car, you then undo the nut that secures the aerial base to the roof, and take the aerial cable off. You can then lift the the aerial base off the roof and remove the old damaged seal, and fit the new one into place. I found a bit of wd40 aids getting the new seal on to the base as its quite a tight fit. You can then refit the aerial base to the car.
    2007 A3 TDI 170 S Line
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    damn, that seems like a lot of work just to fit a new seal !
    Is taking the roof lining off inside the car a tough proceedure, I dont want to make the car worse through my lack of experience.....

    Cant I just fit the seal externally by pushing it down over where the existing seal was :O(

    Thanks for your help on this

    Regards

    Tim

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    You have to take the aerial base off to fit it mate, its definately worth the effort, remember the seal is stopping water leaking into your car through the roof. Im sure if you take your time you will be fine mate.
    2007 A3 TDI 170 S Line
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    Can't you get to it from the rear light?

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    yes you can get at it through the rear light. Needs nible fingers though!

    PS: buy it from VAG Parts - your local dealer will try and sell you the whole aerial (130+) I rang them a few months ago and politely told them where they could put the WHOLE aerial!!!
    Last edited by 1ndy; 17th February 2007 at 19:27.

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    stealers charged me 100 notes

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    Mine is falling to pieces aswell. So will be replacing it soon.

    I presume its not too complicated taking down the roof lining...?

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    If any of you have the time I would really really appreciate a guide on how I attempt to take the roof lining down (dreading the thought)...

    Thanks loads

    Tim

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    i replaced the whole base with a part from the stealers at about £30 iirc. i got the one from vag parts first and didnt like it. you dont have to take the whole lining down, just a small part at the rear of the rear light. its pretty straight forward.

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    When you say the rear light, do you mean the rear brakelight at the top of the window, that area ??

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    no mate, the courtesy light above the rear seats

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    drop the headlining light down and nut holding aerial in place should be in front of you

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    Wow, thought it was only me with this problem, thanks for this post you just saved me some cash.

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    Could you just not squirt some black sealant into the gap??

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