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How to access and remove 3rd brake light?

Danny Scott Nov 9, 2009

  1. Danny Scott

    Danny Scott Member

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    Got a problem with my 3rd brake light on the A3, wanna take off the cowling which covers it and have a look but cant for the life of me work out how to do it?
     
  2. Boydie

    Boydie S3 8V DSG VCDS Map User

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    I think you might have to remove the boot trim surround the rear window. The may also be 2-4 bolts holding the spoiler onto the boot lid at either end.
     
  3. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    I can give you copies to the necessary Elsawin workshop manual pages. Is your A3 a 3-door or a Sportback because there are different pages for each model.
     
  4. Danny Scott

    Danny Scott Member

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    Yes please mate that would be a great help! Its a 3 door
     
  5. h5djr

    h5djr Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Gold Supporter quattro Audi A3

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    Here is the like to a PDF copy of the relevant pages.

    high level brakelight - 3-door

    Hope it helps.
     
  6. Danny Scott

    Danny Scott Member

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    Excellent mate just what i need.

    top man
     
  7. S3driver

    S3driver New Member

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    Thanks, this was very helpful.

    My A3 has the spoiler and instead of the metal clips there are just 2 torx screws holding the brake light in.

    I broke a clip on the back trim along the window while removing - guess it wasn't warm enough. After that I found that I could reach in a flat screwdriver to pry the metal clips out from the openings in the body panel rather than just pulling on the trim. (note that the trim along the window pulls in toward the center of the window rather than straight out away from the window)
     
  8. justmon

    justmon New Member

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    can someone help me with this this thread? the link is not working into the guide.
    cant understand how to remove 3rd brake light..
     
  9. gpecurto

    gpecurto New Member

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    Hi!
    Doy have the PDF for a 5 door Sportback ?
    Need to see whats wrong with mine ...
     
  10. Marek196c

    Marek196c Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback

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    it's the same for both, open the lid, the plastic trim (lower) is holding with 2 t25 screws so you need to unscrew them, then pull downwards (on open lid), you will need a bit of force, best technique is to stat from one corner, after pulling it out, pull out in same way upper surrounding (check if there are screws near junction with lower trim, as don't remember) then pull it downwards as well and voila' you get to 3rd light, to undo it it was holding on 2 plastic pins so flat screwdriver and take it out.
     
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  11. gpecurto

    gpecurto New Member

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    Thanks a lot!!!
     
  12. Marek196c

    Marek196c Gilera Runner / A3 Sportback

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    you welcome
     

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