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Some Idiots out there

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by MattW86, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. MattW86
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    Afternoon guys,

    just went for a drive in my motor to which i was surprised to find a circular bit of plastic or card blocking the trip window on my dash and a lovely yellow EML light lit up. I cannot believe the lengths people go to, to f$*k others over.

    Unfortunately i have owned said motor since march last yr and in that time it has been in for a full service with cambelt and pump in which no faults were displayed. (rant over)

    Now i have to go about the task of removing the circular invader and find out why the light is on. Looks like a lovely day off anywho.

    Any advice on removal on the dash cluster would be greatly appreciated

    cheers

    Matt
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    coyle From Show... to GO

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    when i got my s3, turning the ESP off didnt turn on a light.
    so i took the clocks out and there was some black tape covering it.

    It turned out to be a dead MAF :)
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    s3dave TFSI Hybrid

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    I know this wont help you, but you should always check all warning lights come on with the ignition when purchasing a new car, i think it is quite common for this to happen or bulbs removed...
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    well just had the instrument cluster out and found a black bit of cardboard, had a check just in case there were any others lurking about aswell.

    Engine management light now comes on as standard and turns off when car started. I take your point S3Dave, i did check at time of purchase and everything lit up from memory.

    (Mods can close this if they see fit, my anger and frustration have be quelled)

    Cheers

    Matt
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    Anyone got any directions on how to remove the instrument cluster? I have a amk 2002 s3 and I haven't an owners manual. Not had the car long and I had been wondering where on the dash the engine management light lives as I've not seen it displayed
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    Prawn My other car is a MINI!!!!

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    daft question, but how have you owned the car for a year now and not previously noticed a bit of card inside the cluster? I think that's brilliant :p

    I need to do the tape mod on my airbag light to get the bugger hidden. Even with the controller and all bags removed it still lights up like a christmas tree!
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    deleted due to me being a dufus!
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011
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    Probably need to decode a module on the car thats thinking its got airbags still or even seatbelt recognition.
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    the piece of card only dislodged itself yesterday to be fair, i wouldn't have noticed if it hadn't. Now getting EML light on after car started which is annoying as MOT due soon.

    Olcholic - you need to drop the steering wheel to the lowermost point from which you can remove the cover plate below the cluster ( pull it back towards where your sitting). from there you can see 2 star head screws holding the cluster in place.

    remove the 2 screws and start to slide the cluster from the bottom out of the housing, I had 3 connectors to disconnect should be the same for you. The furthermost connector is a biatch to get as very little clearance. Viola one cluster removed. Unfortunately mate i didn't take any pics of the removal only of the cluster on its own.

    ATB

    Matt

    (Mods thanks for the thread edit :thumbsup:)
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    Thanks Matt.

    Much appreciated...I'll give this a bash asap!

    Cheers.
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    From reading this, i will attempt to remove my dash clocks, see whats loose behind there. I removed the ones on my mk 4 golf, not a hard job just fidderly
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    A airbag warning light on won't actually fail an MOT, but if it doesn't show on preignition, that's a fail.
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