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Reverse Lights not working Audi A3 1.8 T

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by andybubbles, Nov 27, 2005.

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    Hi guys,

    My reverse lights are not working /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    I changed the bulbs....and nothing. I changed the fuse on the drivers side....and nothing.

    Any ideas whats gone wrong or any suggestions? Its a pain without them and prety dangerous too, especially with tinted windows at the back.

    Thanks
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    Just fixed the reverse lights on me girlie's car yesterday.

    On of the wires to the reverse light switch on the gearbox had broken.

    It will either be that or perhaps a faulty switch itself. If its the switch they are cheap and easy to swap.
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    Thanks /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif

    I guess it was an audi a3 too?

    How exactly did you fix the wire? Is it pretty simple?

    Also when you say switch do you mean the fuse? because i changed that and it stil didnt work /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif
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    nope HTC means the actual switch on the side of the gearbox.
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    i too have a dodgy reversing light on my 1.8T a3.

    there is a sensor in gearbox, and i beleive to replace it you have to drain off the oil and is very time consuming...

    it's not tested in the MOT so i not worrying about it yet..
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    Cheers, Im taking it to the garage this week!

    il let you all know what the problem is incase it happens to anyone else /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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    If its an 02j gearbox then you don't have to drain anything. Its a 10 min job.
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    mine car is a 99 A3
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    Mines a 98 /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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    Which means they are probably both pre facelift cars.

    If you look down at the shift mech ontop of the box you should see a plastic blob. This is the reverse light switch.

    click me

    This is what later cars have. Its the bolt thing with the black connector on it next to the base of the shift weight.

    Click me as well
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    nice one, you certainly know your stuff!
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    have a look here as well. The pic is of my TDi, but I think the 1.8T is similar, and there's a list of parts to make a neat repair.
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    Cheers!
    Mechaninc has ordered the part so should be fixed soon /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif
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