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Problem with A3 3.2

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by r8umar, Jan 10, 2013.

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    Hi all. i am new to this forum and have a problem

    basiclly i recently brought an audi a3 from a mate and he said it would not start. i have got the car started but the problem is keeping it running. i replaced the battery and i have power. but the instrument cluster + radio do not come on and when i turn the key it does not crank.

    the way i start the car and get everything running is by connecting jump leads from one car to mine but i dont use the positive terminal (Potential Distributor) as it seems dead as if it has no positive charge, so i connect it to a positive point on the fuse box and the car starts and all the interior electrics work. but as soon as i remove the positive terminal the car shuts off.

    now i feel the problem is with the positive point (Potential Distributor) because when i connect jump leads to it there is no spark and the car wont receive any power while its connect to that terminal.

    any ideas guys?
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    You're going to have to work through each system disconnecting fuses etc to see whats shorting/causing the issues, if battery has been changed, then thats your only option tbh, have you disconnected the alternator temporarily?
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    ahh the famous NHN lol thanks for the reply. i have not disconnected the alternator no, but why would you advise this?

    also its as if the positive point isnt connected to anything :/ it has no response when connecting the jump leads to it.

    i have just been connecting it to the 2 red wired found in the fuse box....there are 2 next to each other but if i touch it on one of the ot dosent start,,but if i touch that one and the one next to it with the jump lead clamp it then starts.

    please enlighten me with your knowledge mr NHN!!
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    anyone????
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    Hi,did you get it fixed if so what was it.
    I jump started a mates car with my 3.2 and shorted out the red lead which has no fuse (held on by a nut).
    Nothing works except lights unless I connect that lead to a positive,then it's ok.
    I need to find out where that lead connects.
    Thanks Terry.
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