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My god fixing the heater matrix is hard work!

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by actualeddie, Sep 25, 2012.

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    [Sep 25, 2012]
    Spent all day taking the panels off, just done the steering wheel and now trying to figure out how to take the actual top dash off???
    Looks really daunting; seeing it apart like this.., taken a few pics for progress though. Good times
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    [Sep 25, 2012]
    Haha I've had a full R32 heater matrix (pretty much identical to the A3 one) out of my mates R32 he was breaking as my fan was nearly dead!

    I was fortunate that I only had to replace the fan as opposed to take my whole dash out to replace it so I feel your pain brother! :p

    Throw some pics up then matey, lets see how far you've got so far then?
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    Not the most fun job I have ever done... did it on my A4...
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    I've done two in my lifetime so far, one was a mk2 Golf, the other was a Mk1 Rav4, both was just a lower dash out thankfully. Audi's look like hard work!
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    If I put this back together can i consider myself more than a novice?

    Anyone know how I get that centre wire unplugged in the top dash? It's the last part I have to tackle before I Can reach the matrix.
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    Fook that off, i hope mine never goes.
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    Like it when I bought the car just took me a while to get around to fixing it. Pain in the arse, and that's before I rebuild it
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    [Sep 26, 2012]
    Solved, didn't realise that was a cap on the dash
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    Eddie as discussed in our PMs you need to cut that metal bracket where there's like a dotted line across it. If I was on a laptop and not my phone I'd hi light it in paint for you.
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    Remember this Westy?
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    Yeah total arse of a design.
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    [Sep 26, 2012]
    Um ... what can possibly go wrong with the heater matrix when it's full of God's own jizz, sorry I mean G12(++) fluid?

    @<tuffty/>/Westy - You have to cut the support and bolt it back together afterwards with some ****y metal plate? (that probably cost £100 from Audi?)
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    [Sep 27, 2012]
    Im looking at this and remembering the 306 and citroen xantias i have replaced in the past... 10 hour book time on those!

    Whats the book time for the A3 out of interest?
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    Westy Double Dark Side! Diesel & 8P

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    What happens is people dont do regular fluid changes or put too much water in the system and the matrix corrodes. After time you'll have a leak then a horrible spicey/musty smell of coolant when you put your warm air blowers on. Here's some pics from when I did mine. You can see where it had been leaking:

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    Nice! You weren't tempted to bypass the matrix and just wear a coat in the car? :)

    Is there a different matrix for the aircon?

    Liam
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    Fair play to ya. That looks like a real pig of a job.
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    I think it looks more daunting then it actually is. I prefered doing this job then when I did my suspension. And you don't get as dirty :)
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    [Sep 27, 2012]
    The heater matrix and the AC rad is different and in two parts of the heater box.

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    I've stripped my dash down twice in 6 months.
    once to do the heater matrix and again to do the AC rad.
    I can now do it in 6 hours. :thumbsup:
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    Not tempted to replace the dash board with something more up to date and modern looking?

    KITT FTW!

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    ScottD3 I want your faulty electronics

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    [Sep 27, 2012]
    oooo so many buttons to press!!


    I went facelift double din when I did mine. :)
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