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Audi A3 Dash problems - cluster dead! URGENT

tdisportuk Mar 3, 2010

  1. tdisportuk

    tdisportuk Member

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    Hi all,

    Recently one morning when i started my car, everything fired up then within a second the cluster was 'dead'

    whilst driving the back lights jus flick on and off then eventually does nothing. All the warning lights work normally such as handbrake light, etc etc

    the DIS, and all guages are completly powerless so cant see how much diesel is left, speedo etc etc!

    Any ideas? audi are talking £550+

    It has been scanned with vagcom and the only error its showing is 0003 - control module malfunction.

    Have had the scuttle lifted as was told the ecu is mounted under it, it seems fine no water damage etc etc.

    Everything else in the car works.

    Car in question is a 56reg 2.0tdi a3 sport.

    Many thanks:faint:
     
  2. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    Have you tried unplugging cluster & pluging it back in again? Its not hard job, maybe there's a dodgy connection on the multiplug.
     
  3. tdisportuk

    tdisportuk Member

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    thanks for the reply, Yes i have, pulled out the connector and plugged it back in. When i fired it up it came on for split second then off again :(
     
  4. Khufu

    Khufu Well-Known Member

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    Could be a bad connection inside the cluster. Time for magnifying glass & solder iron....
     
  5. tdisportuk

    tdisportuk Member

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    hmm ****! are they easy to open?
     
  6. scottie123

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  7. tdisportuk

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    bump!
     
  8. hollows wife

    hollows wife Well-Known Member

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    clocks are easy to open 4 torx screws the just plastic clips holding them together and where the blue plug is slide a flat blade screw driver down the side to open the clips

    5 minute job
     
  9. vw754

    vw754 vorsprung Durch Technik

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    I had a very similar problem and it was moisture that attacked the central convenience module located right hand side behind side panel in the boot...take it off clean and wd40 the connectors,the washer pipe for the rear windscreen runs above the unit and can leak causing these problems......also check for any water in the boot.
     
  10. tdisportuk

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    Many thanks for the help guys, will check up on the boot one today and report back with findings.

    this is the biggest headache so far!
     
  11. tdisportuk

    tdisportuk Member

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    btw is there a wiring diagram for the clutser available?
     
  12. kreativeJ

    kreativeJ New Member

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    did you ever manage to find the solution to your problem? I've got the same issue.

    Thanks
     
  13. dk1234

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    Any updates on this? I got an EPC warning light and my dash not working when I started my car a few days ago. It was quite random. I had my ECU replaced by Audi just over 150 miles ago. I'm wondering if that could have played apart in getting this problem.
     
  14. traindweller

    traindweller Active Member Team Floret Silver Audi A3

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    Do you have automatic lights? I had problems with my a3 dash (only flickering) and it turned out to be the Rheostat built into the auto light switch. Mine is 54 plate and the switch was about £75 new from Audi but fixed it with no further problems.
    Not sure how you can test it or whether you can bypass test but to get the switch out you turn to the top, push in and turn or release until it pops out.

    Not at the car at the moment but if this does not work for you let me know and I will go and check how to do it again.
     
  15. dk1234

    dk1234 Member

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    Nah, no automatic headlights, just normal ones I think.
     
  16. traindweller

    traindweller Active Member Team Floret Silver Audi A3

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    Not sure then, but on mine the rheostat also concerned the brightness of the dash lights so in my case dash lights flickering on and off as it was failing.
    Do you have the dash adjustment by the light switch and have you tried fiddling with this in the off chance it gives some sort of indication of fault or change.
     

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