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Unexpected handbrake release

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by oufc1976, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. oufc1976

    oufc1976 Member

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    Pull up. Foot on break pedal. Foot on clutch. Apply handbrake. In to neutral. Clutch up. Foot off break pedal...

    Handbrake releases itself.

    Manual box.

    Normal or faulty?
     
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  3. jonnythefox

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    Normal!
     
  4. oufc1976

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    Cool. But why? I've had the car rolling backwards and have had to hit the breaks
     
  5. jonnythefox

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    Heres one. Stop on a hill. foot on break pedal , foot on clutch in first gear , no handbrake. Release break pedal car won't roll back for a second or two ?? It's like there is a delay on the break

    Anyone else notice this
     
  6. oufc1976

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    Isn't that Hill Assist? (Or whichever the non standard option is called!)

    Did you spec the optional extra?
     
  7. pedro61163

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    Yes same here
     
  8. veeeight

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    ^ Post #4 describes normal behaviour of Hill Hold Function.


    Hill Hold is standard fitment on all A3 8V, manual and S-tronic.
    Hold Assist is an optional extra.



    ^Post #1 - always apply EPB with foot on foot brake, but clutch UP (not depressed).
     
  9. jonnythefox

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    Nope - no hill assist added as an option
     
  10. RossR

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    Surely the hold assist is just the foot brake. If you've applied the hand brake it should stay on until you try to pull away?
     
  11. jonnythefox

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    If it is hill hold assist should I not have a button beside the handbrake??
     
  12. oufc1976

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    Right...noted. Thanks!
     
  13. RossR

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    There are two types of assistance but they are named inconsistently. The basic one comes as standard and will hold the car on the foot brake for a few seconds after you lift your foot.
    I suspect veeeight has the answer. You must lift the clutch before applying the handbrake. Seems poor design to me though.
     
  14. veeeight

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    Possibly, it thinks you're trying to move off (by lifting the clutch from a depressed position) - so it is helpfully trying to release the handbrake for you.

    You can test this out by re-creating the scenario in Post #1 - but with the seatbelt unbuckled. See if it refuses to release the handbrake.
     
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    grantDUBshaw Active Member

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    This is a fault... I have had mine corrected now, audi released a software update for this.. I had mine done the start of the week and my car was the first car it was found it to happen on.. Audi uk only came up with a software update for this not last Friday, the Friday before. I have made a thread regarding this previously.. Take it back to be changed. Mention about the software update audi uk have just released for this problem !

    Hope this helps
     
  16. oufc1976

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    Many thanks!
     
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    Just bumped up a thread that I created regarding the problem your having if you want to have a read pal.

    Get in touch your dealership though :)
     

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