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Coolant Warning! :(

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Jonay, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. Jonay

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    Guys,

    Started the car this morning and about 1-2mins after startup I got the Coolant warning(?) on my DIS. not lights on the dash though...

    It stayed for a further approx 3mins and dissapeared before i had a chance to stop. I pulled over at my local supermarket and popped the bonnet.

    the level seemed to be above the min line, and I topped it up a little just to make sure.

    Nothing else happened after that and my temp guage was as per norm (in the middle, think its 90*?)

    Ideas? :sadlike:
     
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    Same happened to me about a year ago. Left the car for a while and the warning stopped. It never ever came back.
    Think the coolant sensor on A3's can be a bit weak/temperamental at times.

    Have you done any electrical work on your car recently? Even as minor as changing a bulb??
    I ask because I had been playing about with the rear lights/battery just before my coolant warning came on.
    Could have just been a coincidence but who knows!
     
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    I have seen the same thing several times since owning my car and it always goes within a few mins. It normally happens to me when it's very hot or cold outside, but once the car is warm I don't see it, even after turning the engine on and off. Mentioned it at a service but they said the system was fine and that they couldn't get it to happen.
     
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    Keep an eye on the ground under the front bumper after a drive to see if there's any stains 9as well as checking coolant level) - mine started leaking and it needed a new radiator :(
     
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    Yeah I changed the front dipped lights about a week ago to brighter/whiter bulbs.. (which arent very good IMO!)

    double coincidence? or are we onto something here? :p

    is it even a warning as it only showed on the DIS but the dash light never came on? strange!
     
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    Hmmmmm... could well be on to something!

    Yeah it's a warning, I don't there is a dash light for low coolant level.

    As for the brighter/whiter bulbs... which ones did you fit??

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    Will the H1 fit the A3?

    I'm not too clued up on how they differ etc.. I got these H7 bulbs, £25 for the two.. RING XenonMax "Bright White Light with enhanced performance for greater light output" my arse!

    "up to 100% more light on the road" yeah from having no bulbs at all! :ermm:

    I'll go give them a go.. and if the coolant thing happens again I'll let you know! :o.k:
     
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    Sensor would be my 1st port of call if continues to happen.
     
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    Does the A3 have the same coolant checking system as the TT ?

    If so, take the cap off the coolant bottle, and you'll notice that there will be two probes going into the bottle. Try using a flat bladed knife to scrape off any furring that can develop on the probes, as the same thing happened to my TT 3 years ago and I've not had a single problem since.
     

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