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Thats one way to stop warning lights

dulux72 Jan 30, 2014

  1. dulux72

    dulux72 Member

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    Hi I'm a newbie to the A4 B6 Cabrio.
    Just purchased my first a 2003 2.4 v6 with a declared fault with the roof and a non functioning central display in the dash cluster.
    Having fixed the roof after discovering various disconnected micro switches and bodges I moved on to fixing the display.
    I used the guide here to replace the central led unit which now works a treat I discovered that the roof warning and ABS warning lights had both been filled with black silicone. Thats one way to stop the lights but why not fix the fault ?

    Have all these cars been tampered with or am I just unlucky ? The car came with a full audi service history and one owner from new but someone who hasn't a clue has been playing with this car.
     
  2. @udi A3

    @udi A3 Site Sponsor Site Sponsor VCDS Map User

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    Last guy i know who did this wasnt so lucky. he screwed his rev counter up and damaged the pcb trying to cover the engine management light on a late a3 !
     
  3. YSN

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    When buying a car you should remember that when you turn the ignition on all of the lights should come on and then go off so if one is not there you should ask questions.
     
  4. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group TDi

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    Makes you wonder what else you will find. Codges like this seem to be more common these days especially as a lot of the time you can get warning lights with no apparent problem with the car. Also cars can fail an MOT because of any warning lights that are on the dash.

    Karl.
     
  5. AlexGSi2000

    AlexGSi2000 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

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    What a bodge. Cant stand stuff like this.
    Will more than likely be a £10 sensor causing the light too.
     
  6. dulux72

    dulux72 Member

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    I scanned the car for faults before buying so was aware of the current issues. Just amazed that someone would go to all that trouble rather than fixing the problem
     
  7. MooLard

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    Most tedious matey, my previous car an E60 535d had been neglected for it's last year of ownership, which in turn meant I had a backlog of things to discover and make right. Although it shouldn't it put me off of the car, and bought me back to the VAG
     
  8. Chrismawa

    Chrismawa Active Member

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    Just checked mine today and when you turn the keys in the ignition the lights light up but no EML!
     
  9. desertstorm

    desertstorm Moderator Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User quattro Audi A4 Audi Avant Owner Group TDi

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    I would get the car scanned for faults, sounds like something is probably hiding.
     
  10. Chrismawa

    Chrismawa Active Member

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    Yeah I will do. How easy do the dials come out is there a how to?
     
  11. S4_dan

    S4_dan Fire up the Quattro! VCDS Map User

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    Very easy! lift small piece of trim above steering column, remove two torx screws and then gently pull dash up until you can reach round and undo the connectors, one on each side at rear. Lower steering wheel and pull out to full rake to give more room to remove the cluster.

    Have a look here: http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/a4-a4-...chassis/117453-dis-lcd-replacement-guide.html

    Dan
     
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  12. MILF

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    Whenever I purchase a new car, I take a cheap obd scanner with me just incase the lights are 'missing'. Last excuse I had was 'the engine light may have not been a optional extra' when it was missing LOL:blink:
     
  13. Chrismawa

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    Cheers mate. Going to scan it first with VCDS when (or IF) I get it working lol. Then I'll take out the dials and check the light.
     
  14. S4_dan

    S4_dan Fire up the Quattro! VCDS Map User

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    If you can't get it working and your visiting near Thirsk/York (A19/A168/A1) in the near future, let me know and I'll meet you and scan it for you.

    Dan
     
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