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Binnacle lighting - on or off?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by sleep envy, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. sleep envy
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    Went through an underpass earlier today and noted how the backlit dials turned off about 5 secs of being in the dark (with the lights off)

    anyone know how to leave them on permanently?
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  2. MarcQuinlivan
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    You can do a bit of trickery with VAG-COM.

    you can have nothing lit, needles only, backlit only, all lit.
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    I got my dealer to set mine as 'always on' before I collected my car.
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    Mine just has the needles lit. A total nonsense straight out of the factory....
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    If you go into "17 - Instruments" and then select "07 - Coding" the last digit controls the instrument lighting.

    Mine has just needles lit (which I think is a 7). You can change the values from 0 to 9. I think 0-4 is for US and 5-9 EU.

    The options are (I think) :
    0/5 No Lighting
    1/6 Back Lighting
    2/7 Needles
    3/8 Both
    4/9 ?
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    what's VAG-COM??
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    A cable and some software that lets you do stuff to your car via the port under the steering wheel. see www.ross-tech.com for more info.
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    I thought there was something wrong with my instrument cluster! Although my does it when going under thick coverage of trees!
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    apparently it dims to remind you to put your lights on when it gets dark
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    :thumbsup:
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