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Missing Diagnostics Port

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by lloydsta101, Dec 17, 2009.

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    [Dec 17, 2009]
    Well, as the title states... I'm having a bit of trouble finding the plug for VAGCOM etc. to plug into on my S3. I was under the impression that it was just under the ashtray/cigarette lighter compartment, under the little cap that comes off at the back of the rubber mat thingy?

    I took the little cover off, expecting to see a plug there for the diagnostics to plug into, but instead just found an empty hole into the bottom of the dash. I assumed that the plug had slipped out or something and took the dash apart, but still can't see any plug... just a few receipts and a chewing gum packet from the previous owner.

    Any ideas? :shrug:
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    Lower dash, drivers side... underneath cubby hole by bonnet pull... purple/pink socket

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    Lmao, that's why I couldn't find it then. Thanks very much! :thumbsup:

    Just out of curiosity then, what is that hole for at the bottom of the centre console that has a cap over it? Is that for some sort of extra I don't have?
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    Sounds like its just a hole to put cables through. Either a previous owner has had it done or they come with it...Don't think mine has one though!
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    mine is behind that black cap under the ashtray, so they must of changed it on the later models. cheers
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    Some A3's had the port there, a lot of parts are shared across the VAG group of cars so could be legacy or shared part from other versions or earlier models..

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    some early a3's had the port at the rear backside of the centre console under a cover also..

    pretty random on earlier models

    settled to the lower dash position as tuffty says now thankfully across most new models
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    Ah right, well at least I know I haven't got something missing now. Although I've somehow managed to break the Ashtray while taking the Centre Console apart... it won't click into place anymore! :blownose:
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