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    1.6 petrol - bad starting, huge flatspot, no error codes

    Does your car have a single "coil pack" with HT leads between the pack and the plugs or the more modern individual coil packs on top of each plug? I thought it was probably the latter? You would expect one to last more than 3-years but I do not know the background i.e. was a 2nd hand one or...
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    1.6 petrol - bad starting, huge flatspot, no error codes

    My guess would be an ignition coil (s). They typical "play up" when hot (heat soak) and cause starting problems. Commonly they do not present themselves on a code reader apart from a generic misfire code. Sensors would normally throw some sort of code and wouldn't usually limit a problem to...
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    Thermostat faulty?

    Mine runs a bit cold in the winter as well and I have a new thermostat on the "to do" list for 2021. I've had a brief survey of the job and it looks like on the CBBB engine (which I reckon is a great engine) I'll need to move the fuel filter bracketry (leaving the fuel filter pipes connected)...
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    2010 a3 sportback overheating issue

    I don't know your garage and they may be fantastic. Unfortunately, many high street garages are lazy, they don't want to spend too long diagnosing a problem and many are looking for costly (to you), relatively easy (for them) work. Water getting into coolant often shoes itself as a creamy...
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    2010 a3 sportback overheating issue

    My guess would be the water pump. The fact that your radiator is staying cold suggests to me that it isn't receiving hot coolant to be cooled. It is known that with age, the water pump impeller can stop spinning or freewheel and so not keep pace with increased engine revs; and so not circulate...
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    Air Filter Servicing Requirements.

    4-years or around 60,000 miles fairly typically these days since "longlife" servicing became prevalent.
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    Halogen Bulbs Please Recommend For Improved Brightness.

    Both tweaks made things a bit better - but not really "night & day" difference :smile new:. My lights also seemed to be aimed low, I suspect that MOT tests only pick up on beams aimed too high. I think mine were Osram Nightbreakers Laser next generation - or similar. They seem to change the...
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    Halogen Bulbs Please Recommend For Improved Brightness.

    Same problem. The light generated from the halogen units in this generation group of cars does seem poor. In the end, I switched to the latest version of Osram Nightbreakers (H7) which are road legal and readily available at a reasonable price from places like Euro Car parts. I also felt that...
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    Can't solve fuel in oil smell hellllp

    If the injectors are normal and OK, I would definitely suspect the "map". On standard/factory ECU software "map" an overly rich combustion mixture would cause and error code with the pre-cat O2 sensor as it struggled (and failed) to control the mixture and probably also the post-cat O2 sensor...
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    Can't solve fuel in oil smell hellllp

    I would guess at "over-fueling" which would point to either a mapping or injector issue. If it is this, more fuel injected into the engine than it can cope with, can result in "piston wash" which by removing lubricating engine oil, can result in premature piston/cylinder wear. Often evidenced...
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    Can't solve fuel in oil smell hellllp

    I would guess at "over-fueling" which would point to either a mapping or injector issue. If it is this, more fuel injected into the engine than it can cope with, can result in "piston wash" which by removing lubricating engine oil, can result in premature piston/cylinder wear. Often evidenced...
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    Central Locking.

    I'd try the key fob batteries first. Second I would guess that the driver's door "lock module" may be faulty - these modules are a well known fault across the whole VAG range - I've replaced 2 of mine. Interrogating the car's ECU with something like Carista will at least point to a faulty...
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    Looking for part (DRL PS19W female connector)

    I assume you are talking about the plug (inside the Hella headlight unit) which connects to the DRL bulb PS19W. This plug also has two protrusions which lock the bulb into its position in the headlight unit. The problem is that there are part numbers within part numbers. Delphi make the...
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    audi a3 2009 2.0 TDI CBB fuel pump not priming, long crank when cold

    I finally got around to replacing 2 of my door modules this year (including the driver's door) as they had been faulty for ages. However, the fault did not cause poor starting at all. I would start with some simple basics like a fuel filter change - they often get overlooked. Audi say every...
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    2.0 tdi won’t start

    Those battery readings aren't right! Anything below 12V is 75%+ discharged and would struggle to start a car. Your glow plug faults stored in the ECU may well support a battery problem in that they are not getting enough power to operate properly. Driving with an almost dead battery will...
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