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Newbie A4 Cabrio thread, Pic Heavy

Discussion in 'The Project Room' started by VagCabby, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. VagCabby
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    Hello, im jamie this is my first audi which I replaced my celica 190 with due to the celica having engine problems which is now on the bay.
    I have a A4 2.5TDI Cabrio sport on an 04 plate, owned for a month. Its had a new clutch new brakes all round and 4 new continentail tyres fitted just before I bought it! there were afew things I wanted to sort on the car which were

    Paint work( im obsessed with car car being shiny and removing swirls) car paint was quite dull
    fix the broken glove box
    fix the boot storage box

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    So first thing was to give it a detail, heres the photos
    Sun went down so the photos dont do it justice and they were taken on my phone so quality isnt the best :(
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    I then went and orderd some led numberplate bulbs and side lights to smarted it up abit, supprised they gave no bulb out warning on the dash!

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    SMD side lights, look very blue in the photo but their not that bad, about the same as 6000k hids
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    Then was to fix my glove box
    I set to repair it as cheap as possible as didnt want to buy a new gloe box from audi for £100+! so I drillied 3 holes through the two broken sections of the hinge and then cut the heads of some nails and then slid the nails through the two parts of the hinge and glued in place! and removed the piston from the hinge. Door opened fine but the glove box light did'nt come on as the swich for that was fitted into the piston :doh: so here is how I got around that...
    I went to Maplin and bought a push to brake swich.
    Then removed the entire glove box from the car, only 4 bolt held it in which I was pleased about! when I got the box out I noticed this..
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    There was a blanking plate for another glove box light, so i though ah I have loads of Audi interior lights sitting in the garage waiting to be fitted for my lighting pack. so i popped the blanking plate out, so I was left with this.....
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    I then checked to see if my spare light would fit, which it did!
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    So I set about doing the wireing (turned from fitting a swich to addign a new light and fitting a swich :lol: )so I got a OEM plug a lead from my box of cables I have lying around :cool:
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    I then opened up the connector for the origional light and solderd the new cable and plug into that and then wrapped the cable in loom tape to keep it looking factory(although you cant see it when fitted :lol: )
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    Light all wired in
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    After that I set about sorting the swich, here is the hinge where the piston was fitted and the cable for the swich
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    And this is where I was relocating the swich to, its where their used to be a litted rubber stopper at the top of the glove box
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    I drilled this out to the size of the swich and fitted the swich
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    I then set to work on wireing it up, I moved the plug for the original swich the top of the box, I then solderd another OEM plug and cable onto the new swich and wrapped in loom tape and plugged into the origional swich plug
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    and here is the finished result
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    Although its only a standerd feature in a car im well chuffed with it, took me about an hour to do but its nice having a glove box that opens and closes properly

    Then I wanted to sort out my gearstick surround, it had loads of scratches on it from where somebody was change sliding about on it, so i went onto ebay and bought some carbon vinyl and set to work,
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    im very happy with the results!
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    The the last thing I did was fix the boot compartment, the handle to raise the boot compartment did nothing so it was just left in the down position, so I stripped all the boot lining out and found that the cables were very slack, it looked like somebody had tried to raise to box with the roof down and snapped the cable holders/stopper which resulted in the who cabled being pulled through into the gearing! so what I did was pull the cable out so it was tight and then cable tied onto the chassis, suprisingly this worked and the box raises and lowers but the hadle as it should do now! well happy as it cost me nothing and its all hidden by the boot lining.

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    ​Car looks amazing, what a great write up. Thanks for sharing with us. :)
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    Thanks Sandra, it deffo doesnt show its 130k miles which made me belive that the previous owner wasnt lieing that it had only been used on motorways!

    Anyway today had a little carbon wrap left over so I did my rear ash tray aswell, looks ok but the rear ashtray is textured so it doesnt give as smooth a finish, but looks alright :)
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    Been busy today, took a trip to the breakers again today to see what Audi's they had down their. I wanted to find an Audi with the lighting pack installed so I could get the genuine Audi door looms for the puddle lights and red door open warning light. After searching all the cars I had no joy untill I found a 2001 Audi A6 hidden away right at the back of the yard, pulled the door card off and hay presto, it had the full door lighting pack including inside soor handle ambient lighting!!!! so that behind the door handles glows Red at night when the lights are on. Unfortunatly I will have to cut a slit into the top of the inner door handle surround to fit these which I can't do untill I get my demel in 2 days. Anyway took the door cards off, fitted the lights (holes were already their so i just had to pop them in) wired them up to the door loom so its as it would have been from factory and they work as they should :cool:
    When the door catch is in the closed position the lights are off
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    When the door is opened they come on!
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    Heres some bad photos of it tonight in the dark, really bad quality from my phone at night!
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    I also changed the colour of my glove box lights to red which my brother in law suggested i did. Think it makes it look amazing! fits in well :)
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    I began with the footwell lights after doing the puddle and warning lights, I dont have a VAG-COM so i couldnt do it the proper way by wiring them into the convenience module under the passenger seat and then reprogamming it with VAG-COM to work. Instead I wired them into the interior light and made up my own loom, I have no photos of the progress of it and it was pissing with rain while I was doing it so I was rushing :lol: But anyway they work as they should, fade on when the car is unlock and then fade off when you start the car, well happy with them although id like to fit some LED bulbs into them to give a brighter light but there ok for now. heres some photos, again they dont come out too well on my phone!
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    I also set to work on the internal door handle ambient lighting, again no progress of this as it was raining but theres some photos, again need some brigher LEDs as in my partners A3 they shine abit brighter than mine, just their only supposed to be suttle and not mega bright.
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    I also did abit more cleaning, The exhaust pipes were coverd in soot and rust so I cleaned these off
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    lastly I hated the fact my door hinges were coverd in 8 years of dirt and gime, I tried to clean them when washing the car but no joy, it was so ground in that it wouldnt come off easy so I bought some engine degreasent which did the job!
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    hello VAGCABBY nice car ive got the same problem with my rise and fall box in the boot. Is it a big job to repair as in time do i need a manual to consult as regards stripping out the boot and gaining access to the box workings thanx for any advice (rob) midlands.
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    Hi there, thanks

    It's pretty simple to do, remove the handle which is held with 3 or 4 torque screws and the pull out the boot lining, I think its oly cipped in from memory, then find the slack cable and pull it tight and cable tie it benhind there the boot trim goes and it should work again, sometimes the problem is a broken clip on the actual handle so check that first.
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