So I was made redundant from my works (f***ing w***kers)
But on the upside and after a whole week of xbox/me time! I've decided to tackle some DIY projects on my car
(as well as look for a new job of-course...)
I completed a Double Din conversion over a year back which went great. It was my intention to upgrade to an RNSE but after trawling the net for a bargain I finally gave up and opted for a DD Audi Concert (still, it looks great none the less).
Not long after I connected the radio up, I noticed that the reception kept cutting off after about 10 seconds of driving. It would be absolutely fine when the car is stationary, but once it's moving, it would cut out after a few seconds. The strange thing is, if I then turn the radio off and then back on again, it would pick up a station fine, but then lose reception once again after around 10 seconds?...
I did a bit of digging and and got the impression that it's something to do with compatibility with the antennas in the boot?...
Managing to get the boot trim off (such a b**ch!!) I've taken pictures of the bits I'm sorting out, and so for your consideration and advice I list them below:-
This is my Audi Concert Radio (2007+ model I believe):
This is the lower antenna (located top left if looking up at the open boot hatch):
Searching the web following the radio/antenna compatibility issue, and the possible reason being the antenna model, you can see mine is (from factory) 8P4.035.225
Would I need the 8P3 version? sorry for my naivety - but I know of the model references 8P1 8P2 8P3 for the A3 but does that mean all the parts in the car should reflect that? I don't know the difference in the 8P? part numbers.
i.e. 8P4.0350.225 and 8P3.035.225
This is the upper antenna (located bottom left if looking at open boot hatch):
This is something I noticed while looking at the connections - as you can see, the upper antenna is on the left, and there is a pair of soldered, but cut? connections on the right side... anyone know what they are for / are they meant to be like that? is this a possible reason why my radio's reception cuts out?
Finally, this is my rear wiper unit:
My car is an A3 2004-2007 2.0TDi SE Sportback. Does anybody know if there's a repair kit on the market other than getting parts from Audi directly. I have seen on Ebay a repair kit, but only for the 1997-2003 A3.
I hope this post and the advice will help others in the same predicament as me. Thanks guys