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What is the "a" switch next to the hand break switch in some photos?

brad9753 May 29, 2013

  1. brad9753

    brad9753 Member

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    Probably a really obvious question but as the title says. Thinks its only on the S Line to?
     
  2. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    It's the hold assist - holds the brakes on after you come to a complete stop until you set off again. It's just a toggle button to turn it on and off.
     
  3. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    It's not on any trim level as standard, it's a £90 option
     
  4. JudderMan

    JudderMan Well-Known Member

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    I'm going back to buying pre-1990 cars.
     
  5. mfspen

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    It's essentially just an updated version of 'hill-hold assist', except that it now works even when you are not on a slope. I have it on mine, and it's a nice touch. Would order again.
     
  6. B7000

    B7000 Member

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    Exactly, I too would specify again works well but after 54 yrs driving with mechanical hand brake--------SPOOKY
     
  7. brad9753

    brad9753 Member

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    Ohh Ok thanks, something to consider.
     
  8. SJW

    SJW Active Member

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    Totally agree with you B7000. I have only been driving for 21 years with the conventional handbrake up until now and spooky is one way of putting it.

    Silly question but on topic - if you beat the electro mech system when disengaging (or just forget) the brake will you burn/damage the mechanism?
     
  9. cemerson

    cemerson Well-Known Member Team Cosmos quattro Audi A3 S-line owners group TDi DSG

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    Doubt it - all that will happen is the wheels move while the pads have pressure on them, exactly the same as happens in normal braking (but far less extreme). At worst I imagine you'd shorten the life of the pads a miniscule amount.
     
  10. a6_chris

    a6_chris Well-Known Member

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    You'll stall and look like an idiot ;)
     
  11. SJW

    SJW Active Member

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    Perhaps a burnt rubber smell then ;-) Thanks for clarifying.
     
  12. SJW

    SJW Active Member

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    haha - too many idiots on the roads so will just blend in :)
     
  13. mxnrg

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    The 'Hill Hold Assist' automatically disengages when you touch the throttle.
     

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