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Disconnected cable - but what's it for?

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by The Doctor, Dec 26, 2009.

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    Hi guys, I had my 2003 S3 up on ramps last week and discovered a disconnected cable behind the rear n/s wheel. The car is driving perfectly, and there are no warning messages on the dash display, so I've no idea what it's for. I checked behind the o/s rear wheel and there is another cable there but that one was connected. It looks like some form of thin plastic cable housing (approx. 5mm dia.), not dissimilar to a brake cable on a bike, and enters a 90 degree braided connector.

    I have a picture of the cable I'm talking about, but I'm not sure how to post it on here.
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    Picture will need to be hosted somewhere and you paste the link in..

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    Which part as cant make it out

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    Aha bistro hold on that looks like the leveling sensor to the left with the plastic arm that moves up/down with axle, has that got anything plugged into it atm?
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    Right in the centre of the picture you can see the open end of the cable / cable housing that I'm talking about. Just to the right you can see the braided 90 deg connection that on the o/s rear the cable goes in to. No idea what it's for though. I've not had a good look around due to time constraints, so I thought I'd post on here 1st. Any help greatly appreciated.
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    Ah you mean pipe not cable, that looks like a drainage pipe
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    [Dec 26, 2009]
    fuel tank breather perhaps?
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    [Dec 26, 2009]
    yep spot on. Its not electrical wiring its either an overfill pipe when its get too high up the filler neck or a breather.
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    Sorry for the confusion, yes it's more like a plastic pipe than a cable. When I wrote the last post I was juggling the kids at the same time, so not thinking clearly!!:wacko:

    By the looks of it, it could well be a breather of some sort, but why would there be one on each side of the car? I could understand there being one on the o/s because that's where the fuel filler is located, but not sure why there'd be one on the n/s. As I say, the one on the other side is connected into the braided section.
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    [Dec 28, 2009]
    diff breather??
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