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    Brake Light Switch

    what do i need to remove in order to gain access to the switch so i can replace it, as i woke up to a very dead S3 this morning not even enough power to use central locking and have traced the fault back to the brake lights staying on and flatening the battery,
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    thanks, i was looking at that earlier, i was just wondering which trim parts i have to remove?
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    if your S3 is pre 2000 then replace the switch....if post 2000 then you will have an updated part that is repairable, you just need to twist the plastic casing back into the housing.....simples

    if you need a new switch, make sure you dont buy from Euro parts or similar.....i strongly recommend the dealers as my old A3 used to go through new aftermarket switches like nobodies business!!
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    You need to take the lower drivers side trim off under the steering wheel to access it.
    Get it from the stealers, its approx 8 part.
    Got the part number somewhere if you need it.

    P.S just ignore them/fob them off when the ask you a load of times if you want them to fit it as its a fragile part blah blah blah. It's a doodle to fit, youll have more problems taking the trim off and putting it back together!
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    or you can just repair it and save 8 and the hassle of fetching a new one - simples
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    I had to replace mine, it was on a 2001 S3
    But if you can fix it, then its allgood!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1animal1 View Post
    if your S3 is pre 2000 then replace the switch....if post 2000 then you will have an updated part that is repairable, you just need to twist the plastic casing back into the housing.....simples
    Need more info on this bud, are you saying if you replace the switch on a pre 2000 model S3, they will give you a later updated version? And in the case for 2000 onwards S3, when the switch isn't working, it's somehow popped open, and you need twist the casing back together for a quick repair?



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    jojo....yup.....and nope, i dont think they will replace with the newer version unless you request it for some reason?

    i dont know if the two different switches have the same plugs, you'd have to check......but the facelifted cars have like a plastic barrel fitment that sometimes twists past a plastic notch (making it not work), i have torn apart both types and repaired...the FL version is a different type of switching mechanism which is totally enclosed, luckily its the outer plastic that unclips on occasion

    the pre facelift switch is a sliding switch, eventually the copper slide forms a groove in the metal contact strip, i rebuilt my old one a few times and sanded it down.....eventually i bought a europarts replacement of the same type (and made by the same firm like they always tell you), this lasted about 6 months...after that i replaced with OEM, but at that point i didnt realise the newer cars had an upgraded part.
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    Ah right, the reason I asked is because I have replaced mine in the past, and the parts guy told me the part has been updated, so different colour, but does the same job. They felt the same to look and feel(as in press of the switch), simple job, so if it breaks again, I'll probably just go fro a new replacement.



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    no worries mate, if it does go again, take a pic of the connection and ill check it against mine if you like..... the two do look completely different in appearence
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