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Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Ash187, Oct 18, 2011.

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    [Oct 18, 2011]
    hi guys,

    i am trying to find a thread that was posted here a while ago about swapping just the switches on the prefacelift climate unit to the chrome switches from the facelift version... not the complete unit.

    i have just spent over half hour looking but i cant seem to find it... can anyone point me in the right direction for this thread?

    i want to check whats involved in it and see if its worth doing it.
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    I thought about doing this recently but decided that buying a whole unit just to junk it was a too much for me. I'm pretty sure one of the other posters on here with a white S3 stripped his AC unit to carbon wrap the front so he'll know exactly how to take it apart and put it back together. I remember seeing the pics of the unit stripped down and that's what started me thinking about doing it.
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    well i also found this so hopefully i can make some sense of it...

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    i have just upgraded the headlight switch and have the vents and gear stick on its way so the climate unit and then window
    switches are on the list to complete project chrome!
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    Did you change the whole light switch unit or just the switch itself? That's another one I've thought about doing but I only have the 3 stage switch and I think all the chrome ones are 4 stage so again I'd just be buying to rip the knob off (ooerr).
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    [Oct 18, 2011]
    no i did the whole switch but thats as i have retro-fitted the car from standard poverty halogen lights to bi-xenon headlights with auto function and drls :)

    basically from this

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    [Oct 18, 2011]
    I too wondered if its possible just the remove the centre part of the headlight switch but cant see how it comes apart.
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    [Oct 18, 2011]
    The new switches setting you back much "Itwasntme"? I'd love the new light switch (exactly the same as your new one) and the window switches.
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    [Oct 18, 2011]
    The rotating part of the light switch on the old style light switch just pulls right off so i'd imagine the new style chrome one is exactly the same and should fit as long as the diameter is the same.
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    [Oct 18, 2011]
    the light switch cost £64 from Dave @Stoke Audi.

    i have found a whole load of info on the climate switch but from what i can understand i would need to get the chrome part from a facelift climate unit... thought i would be able to buy them on their own and then fit them in :(

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    So did anyone come to the conclusion if you can actually just change the switches on the climate control unit without changing the face plate? On the pre-facelift unit you can just pull off the front of the switch - so I don't know if the new chrome facias would just click back on?

    I know that the new chrome headlight switch does fit on the pre-facelift car as long as you have the same functions, as in Auto etc.

    And lastly - check this out:

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    Notice that this single din unit (from a US car) has chrome switches? I'm not planning to upgrade to RNSE yet, so these could help spruce up the interior a bit - cos I hate the stubby black ones we have. Anyone know the part number for these and if we could get them here?

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    [Oct 26, 2011]
    no its not as easy as that.

    here is a guide sent to me by the German dude that did the retrofit for the switches, he speaks of pictures which can be seen here:

    183050-735-551 : Drehregler am Klimabedienteil gegen FL tauschen : Audi A3 8P & 8PA : #203359946

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    [Oct 26, 2011]
    Good thread and good work.
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    Yup that's a great help. Will look out for a facelift climate unit on eBay then and (possibly) attempt it myself.

    Anyone know about the radio round switches?
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    [Oct 27, 2011]
    Ash, was that a straight forward job? i also want to have the drl light switch, iv got the leds in but not the switch
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    [Oct 27, 2011]
    the light switch? easy to swap but need to rewire in the DRL switch.
    also if you had manual headlight adjusters then you need to disconnect these.

    the climate console? not done it yet mate... just put up my research but will be doing this mod very soon.
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    so ive searched and searched and cant find an answer- i have a 2008 and was looking into updating to the chrome switches. On ebay there are units for $200usd that are used. I have read that if you have a 2007 you cannot swap the unit over, however, would i be able to directly swap the unit into my 2008 S Line?
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    on a 2008 you should be able to just swap over the complete unit and it should work fine.
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    awesome- thanks for the info!
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    [Sep 20, 2014]
    ash- i tried to remove my headlight switch by pushing it in, turning and pulling but it does not seem to grip enough for me to pull. It sounds like a clip may be broken. Do you know how i can remove the headlight switch by going through the fusebox?
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    There are 3 8mm bolts holding the panel onto the underneath of the steering wheel. On you can see on the side by the fuse box, the other 2 are under the panel above the pedals (on each side) remove these and then pull the panel away from the can and the light switch can then be removed. There are 2 small notches holding in the switch to the panel so press these in and it will pop out.
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    [Sep 20, 2014]
    Anyone got any info on the radio buttons yet ?
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    [Sep 21, 2014]
    Hi Mike x. Just search for audi radio knobs on ebay and you will find concert volume knob in chrome for £18.99 oem one,s I think...I can only find the volume knob only:meeting:
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    thanks for the info- ordered a facelifted switch- also was able to update my climate control with the TT version- thanks! Need to update my shifter

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    Nice one , thanks pburv .
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