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intrior lighting not working.. dash not working.. please help

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by patrick swayze, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. patrick swayze
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    [Sep 16, 2007]
    so i have an audi a3 imported to america.

    i have never driven the car at night until yesterday so bare with me.

    first issue is all the dash dials do not work, but they also do not illuminate, the center mfa performs but not accurately.

    also non of the dash lighting is functioning, the door lighting works, and the radio and climate control backlighting is on but all the buttons dont illuminate.

    it seems like it would be a fuse issue but ive checked them all and non appear to be faulty.

    hopefully someone has some advice that can lead me to the answer.

    thanks in advance :applaus:
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    [Sep 16, 2007]
    Hi, there is a dial (rheostat) next to light switch on the drivers side dash, if this has been adjusted down then you wont have any illumination.
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    i attempted adjusting it but all it does is dim the the center mfa in the cluster slightly, aside from that it doesnt affect the non lit dash or gauge cluster.
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    ok so im going to just keep replying to my own thread.

    i pulled any fuse associated with the interior and they all test good with a multimeter. i just cant figure why all the interior lighting aside from the door panels and two leds in the headlight switch arent working if it isnt a fuse issue.

    has anyone seen anything like this?
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    I've never seen anything like it, but it sounds like a wiring issue, or if you're lucky just a bad earth connection?

    I would check all the earth points on the car first off, I think there are 11 on the A3, and 4 of those are in or near the dashboard.

    If you drop me a PM with an email address, I'll send you a pdf file of all the earth point locations to get you started.
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    anyone experienced any of these issues before?
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    [Sep 18, 2007]
    I've been on this forum for the last 4-5 years mate, don't recall a problem of a similar nature - sorry.
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