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  1. danb986

    Facelift Tyres and PCP

    Does anyone know what the tyre guidelines are when trading the car back in after the PCP has ended? When I was looking to trade in my privately owned A3 8P the Audi dealer had a checklist of things that affected the value. One of them was obviously the tread depth, but I'm sure there was...
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    Facelift MMI not keeping sound settings

    Hi everyone. It's pretty much as the title says really. I set the sound settings, like bass, treble, surround strength and speed dependant volume, but when I switch the car off it loses all these settings and everything goes back to 'medium'. It's the MMI+ with B&O if that matters. Am I doing...
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    Facelift All weather lights as Cornering lights

    I've got the standard LED headlights (non-matrix) and was wondering if the all-weather lights can be activated to act as cornering lights. I had the fogs as cornering lights in my 8P, which was very handy for my tight driveway, so I was hoping similar can be activated using VCDS. After a bit...
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    Facelift MMI Splash screen not showing

    It's been a long while since I've been on here as I was getting tired of my old 8P Black Edition, but yesterday I picked up my new Facelift so I'll probably be back on in force now. My first question is as the title says really. When we turned the ignition on the first couple of times the MMI...
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    Lamin-x Damaging Plastic Lenses

    I quite fancy having some Lamin-x subtle tint on my headlights, so in my normal fashion I've been carrying out far too much research. I understand that there will be a marginal reduction in light output, but as I've got xenons I figured I can afford to lose 6% without noticing much difference...
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    Nattys Blue Paste leaving smears

    At the weekend I had my brother (who does this for a living) go over the A3 with 3 stages of compound and his rotary. The results were astounding and better than how if would've left the factory. I decided not to use my Poorboys Black Hole glaze as there weren't any swirls/holograms and went...
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    Synchronised Mirrors

    I activated the synchronised mirror option in VCDS and my left mirror would move perfectly with my right mirror, which is great for reversing off my almost vertical driveway. But for some reason it's decided to stopped doing it now and they operate separately again. I went back into VCDS and...
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    Nattys Blue with DA?

    After a lot of reading on various detailing forums (and on here of course) I've just placed an order for some Poor Boys Black Hole and some Natty's Blue Paste wax to treat my Panther Black. My brother works as a sprayer/refinisher for Aston's so he's going to borrow a rotary polisher from his...
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    Which position do you leave your switch in? And does it matter?

    I'm talking about the electric mirror switch on the drivers door. In the left or right position it's for adjusting the left and right mirror, but in the middle it's for the heated mirrors. If I leave it in the middle position will the heated mirrors be on all the time and burn out the element...
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    2.0TDi Common Rail engine losing water - Any common places?

    After swapping A3's from a 2007 2.0TDi to the 2010 2.0TDi common rail I thought I'd be trouble free for a while. On my '07 I had a problem where it was losing water which thankfully turned out to be the rad. I had this changed at Audi and all was sorted. I managed to see it was coming from...
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    LED DRL changes via VCDS

    Before I start, I want to say that I've done a lot of searching and Googling on this and I haven't found a definitive answer to exactly what I want to do. Here's what I ideally want: 1. The LED DRL's to stay at full brightness when I turn my sidelights on (they normally get duller) 2. The...
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    Replacing Reductant (Adblue) according to Service Book

    On the page of the manual with the 'Replacing Toothed Belt' section, is a section for Replacing Reductant (Adblue). It says: Vehicle: All Audi Models Engine Versions: TDI Interval: 4 years (Reductant does not have to be changed if it was topped up within the specified interval) I know a...
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    CR140 Timing Belt interval

    I'm just looking to buy a 2010 Black Edition CR140, but I'd like to know when the Timing Belt is supposed to be changed. I imagine the interval is in the Service book, but as I haven't bought it yet I can't have a look and I don't want to buy one that's overdue. I can't find it through the...
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    It's back again. Grrrr

    About 6 months ago I had a problem where my car would put out a cloud of light grey/blue smoke every time I pulled away from idling. At the time I cleaned the egr, all the intercooler pipes, checked the turbo and took out some oil as Audi had filled it to just over the max mark. About a week...
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    Under What Conditions Would A Faulty Turbo Blow Blue/White Smoke?

    I'm having an ongoing issue where my car has started leaving clouds of bluey whitey smoke when I pull away. I've cleaned out the oily boost pipes and resealed them all. I've also drained out about 0.5 litres of engine oil as Audi had filled it about 5mm above maximum at the service. Although...
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    Does this sound like a leak or a failing turbo?

    After getting to the bottom of my losing water problem (turned out the rad was visibly leaking, luckily) I've now got a new problem; I've started getting quite a bit of white/grey smoke that smells like diesel fumes. This happens randomly. - Sometimes it smokes a lot on start up, sometimes...
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    Water Loss - Shouldn't be a porous head though

    I know what you're thinking; 2.0 TDI with a BKD engine, it could be the dreaded porous head. But mine is a 2007 with a code C cylinder head. As far as I understand (and from what the Audi parts guy said when I was buying coolant) the porous head issue only affected early 2.0 TDI engines with an...
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    Why haven't I got a dong when it's cold?

    From the instrument cluster I mean :whistle2:. I was under the impression that when the snowflake symbol appeared (at 5 degrees I think) there should be an audible 'dong' to warn of potentially icy roads, like I had in my old Golf. After a bit of searching people suggested that it only happens...
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    Why am I getting an Error Code?

    I fitted my cruise control kit today and then did the coding as shown here: http://www.audi-sport.net/vb/new-a3-s3-sportback-8p-chassis/131338-cruise-control-please-can-someone-check-coding-ive-found-correct.html To be honest, the VCDS pop up screens tells you what to enter anyway. Everything...
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    LED Fog Light Bulb Resistors Fitting Guide

    My project this weekend was to fit my cruise control bits and fit the LED bulbs and resistors to my front fog lights. There is already a good guide for the cruise control (thanks to Sijones and Avus Sportback) so I thought I'd do one for the LED Resistors. I bought some 68 LED H7 bulbs from...
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