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Auxiliary Heater element fault

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by woody83, Feb 1, 2014.

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    [Feb 1, 2014]
    I have a fault come up, saying that the Heater element for the auxiliary heater is faulty or not working. (00361). Excuse my ignorance, but does anybody know where this is located, and is it an easy/expensive job to fix if I do it myself? I was going to try it this weekend, along with some other issues with he car! (2006 A3 2.0 170 TDI)
    Thanks for any help!
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    I have this fault too. The heater will not stay just on auto the econ light will always remain on. it now takes longer to heat up and does not get as warm.
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    From what I understand, this is a heater that takes the intake air to help the engine warm up faster, but this could be wrong?
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    Oh I thought it was a heater that gave you heat quicker through the vents so you did not have to wait for the engine to warm up. Since I have had the fault it takes a lot longer to get heat than it used to.
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    [Feb 1, 2014]
    its the ptc heater element inside the car in the heaters airbox , it could just be the 100 amp fuse under the bonnet that has blown it could be the heating element this comes on in colder weather to assist in heating the car faster /demisting .
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    [Feb 13, 2014]
    Indeed, it is the electric heater that sits in front of the standard heater core, provides heat until the coolant gets up to temp. They fail on VW TDIs frequently as well. If you pull the heater, there is a circuit board under a plastic cover on one end, it develops bad solder joints over time. You may be able to fix it by reflowing any bad joints. They are quite expensive to replace.
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    [Oct 21, 2014]
    Where is the heater core
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