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DIS fault. Something is very very wrong!

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Ads, Nov 9, 2009.

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    Hi guys, sorry this is bit of a long one but I'd really appreciate your help.

    Got a bit of problem with my DIS display :3sadwalk:
    As most of you have probably already felt, this morning is maybe the coldest it's been since the end of summer. Anyway, I went out this morning, started my car, drove off and noticed a new icon displayed in my DIS. (I have arrowed it in yellow in the below photo).

    After seeing this 'snow flake' icon I thought back to walking from my house to the car and didn't recall seeing any snow at all. Thought to myself that maybe I just didn't notice it (as I was pretty tired this morning). So just to be sure I had a look out of my side window at the pavement but still couldn't see any snow.

    After racking my brains for a bit I thought maybe there could've been some snow overnight and an unmelted flake or two was stuck in the grip of one of my tyres (or near to where ever my car's snow sensors are).
    After parking up I got out and had a look, but no unmelted snow flakes.

    Turned the car off and back on again and the snow icon in my DIS was still there. The only other thing I could think of was to turn off my ESP and do some wheel spins to try and warm things up a bit.
    Had to wait a few minutes as there was a police car approaching. They passed by but as I wasn't sure whether they would return I rushed the wheel spin.
    Didn't give it enough gas so the car stalled.
    Turned ignition off and on (again I thought this might get rid of the icon), started car.... snow flake STILL there.

    Sat there for a minute thinking about my next move and from the corner of my eye saw something fall outside. Turned quickly expecting to see snow on the ground..... it was just a small leaf with bird poo on it giving it a white'ish look. :(

    Convinced that my DIS was faulty I pulled out my mobile phone to call Audi to book it in (turning off the car first, just in case the police did come back). Just as I started to dial I had one last brainwave. Black ice! :idea:
    Got out of car again, felt the ground, and although it was cold it certainly wasn't ice. And to be fair, it wasn't really black either. More of a grey I would say.

    Got back in car and guess what.... The snow flake icon was gone!!! :rock:
    Happy, I went to drive off and continue my journey to work. However, the car wouldn't move. Checked a couple of things and eventually noticed I hadn't switched the car back on. Started it and snow flake icon was back again! :sadlike:

    After staring at the DIS trying to think what else could be causing this problem I noticed that my car's date was incorrect. It was dispalying 24th December 2009. As this date is quite close to christmas I thought maybe the car was just assuming it was snowing and therefore displaying this snow icon.
    Corrected the date but the icon didn't disappear.

    Reckon all bases have been covered now so there just has to be a fault somewhere.
    So before I get on to Audi I was just wondering if anybody else has experienced this problem with their DIS, and if so, could they advise on a fix.
    I've searched the forum but no one else seems to have written anything about a similar problem.

    Thanks guys.

    PS: I know there is another warning being displayed. It's because i've got a brake light out. I'll change that later, once I get this snow flake problem sorted.

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    That little notice just tells you that the temp is below 5 degrees and that you should drive accordingly. It's in your manual :) It also has nothing to do with any other problems you may have. HTH
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    Your snow detector is faulty :happy:
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    Damn!!! Thought as much!

    And now I think about it, I reckon my DIS's rain sensor is faulty too.
    I've definitely driven in the rain before (I know because I remember having to switch my wipers on), but I've never seen the rain icon in DIS.

    Are the two sensors linked?
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    It's to tell you that you are a snowflake short of a blizzard.LOL
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    Yeah they're next to each other. You should be getting a warning like this:

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    I think your halogen fluid needs topping up.
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    So the sensor is working then?
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    I've never seen this before on my DIS.
    Seen it on my blackberry though.
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    Didn't know they made blackberrys with rain sensors. Although thinking about it now, I do have a Storm so it would make sense.
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    That's why I love my xenons....maintenance free bulbs FTW!
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    Snow joke mate, but I didn't realise that 1 Apr twinned with another day? :p You must be really tyredtoday.
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    So what are you saying... this is all just an elaborate April fools type joke that my car is playing on me??
    Surely not. Germans don't even have a sense of humour, do they?!
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    All joking aside, when you get the snowflake appear are you meant to get an audiable warning aswell?

    Just wondered as my mk4 Golf use to when the snowflake appeared..
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    There is no audible warning with the appearance of the snowflake.

    If anyone is a whizz on vagcom can they let me know if there is any way to code Jingle Bells as the audible warning.
    If not then the theme tune from Ski Sunday will do I suppose.
    Cheers.
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    Lmao awesome thread, kudos to you aythreee!!!!

    Here in Greece we get the A3`s without the "Snowflake Warning" since its always hot enough!

    Any ideas how to retrofit?
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    [Nov 9, 2009]
    its a snow flake? I though it was a sunshine icon meaning your going to have a good day!
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    :think: I think you might be on to something there mate!!
    Even though it was cold this morning, the sun was shining. And my day is, so far, going quite well.

    Although I think I've noticed another problem now.....
    scrolling back up this page to look at my photo again I've noticed that even though I posted the pic over two hours ago the time displayed on the clock hasn't changed at all. :keule:
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    [Nov 9, 2009]
    Looks about right to me!
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    :thumbsup: :)

    Well if there's one positive bit of info that has come out of this thread it's that there are absolutely no faults with your photo editing software! :o.k:
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    It means the flux capacitor is on the way out, and you might as well replace the waffle sprockets while you're at it
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    I would be checking the Dukdoo module before I get stuck into a job as big as that. Those worn sprockets are a nightmare to swap out, although I find that a liberal application of Scotsmist spray helps no end.
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    You sure?
    Is there any way I can test this without having to drive at 88mph?
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    Yeah i believe you can see if the flob dispatulators are working properly
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    if you haven't changed your settings to UK user, then it means that its snowing in your cars home country!
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    & I thought it could never get worse, lol
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    Any help with this one mate??
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    I was told by "The master tech" at my local dealer that that symbol meant that a dog had pised up my wheel, can you confirm?

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    Three dogs by the looks of it.
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    When Are Audi going to make a useful DIS. I think it would be good if it could be used to play space invaders, the flappy paddles could control direction and PTT button could fire.......

    ........ I'll get my coat..
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    aythreee: Dont worry mate, ive got his problem too, although i think the snow in my area must have been lighter as I've only got 6 flake arms.... Hmmm

    Also, ive never heard of Mute snow either... must be faulty!

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    [Nov 12, 2009]
    Just in case any of you were losing sleep over it..... you'll be pleased to know that the snowflake fault has cleared itself.
    It's a bit warmer today so I guess that must've melted the rouge flake that I think was causing the problem.
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