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  1. samuelh_888

    S3 Boost Gauge Readings

    Hello All, on my S3 I have a P3 boost gauge which is plumbed into the inlet manifold. On idle boost gauges should typically read -20inHg (vacuum). My gauge always reads -23inHg however recently it’s risen to -17inHg. When I switch from analogue to OBD port reading it’s 20.2 which is fine...
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    Turbosmart Kompact DV valve

    Does anyone have experience and feedback on the Turbosmart Kompact Recirculating DV valve (TS-0223-1263). I’m currently running the stock Rev G and previously had the DV+ which leaked but I’ve recently started hearing good things about the Turbosmart.
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    CTS Throttle Pipe and Turbo Outlet Pipe

    Hello, I'm thinking about fitting the CTS Throttle Pipe and TOP but I was wondering if this would impact my current Stg2+ map? As the car and I are now abroad a 'map tweek' is no longer an option, so I don't want to fit these if the increase in flow will impact the map. As the factory...
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    Upgrade S3 8L pfl cluster > facelift cluster

    Hello All, My brother has a 2000 S3, pre facelift APY and the dash cluster is dropping pixels. It’s back in anew Zealand and it’s very expensive here to have the LCD screen repaired/replaced so I’m looking at getting a facelift cluster and sending it back. From reading other posts I...
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    RNSE maps New Zealand/Australia

    Hello, I'll be returning to New Zealand in a couple of months and my S3 will be coming with me. Does any one know where I may be able to get an RNSE DVD for New Zealand/Australia (they are on the same DVD)? I'm not too worried if it's a hack to get satnav working. I've contacted Audi NZ who...
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    S3 - new battery - Varta Silver E44

    Hello All, I need to replace the battery on my MY61 S3, without Start/Stop. Reading through the forum the Varta E44 Silver Dynamic (77AH - 780 CCA) is highly recommended. It's a 096 battery which the S3 requires. The car is taking longer to crank over but I also have a VCDS 00907 -...
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    Dash Cam

    Hello All, I’m hoping this discussion is ok here;there is a general In-Car Camera section off the site home page, but it’s not that active. Does anyone have a dash cam and what are your thoughts and feedback on them? My wife (in the family car) was hit by on Friday afternoon (by a vehicle...
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    Group Buy - H&R Anti Roll-Bar Kit

    Hello All, Damian @DPM has kindly offered to provide a Group Buy discount on the H&R ARB Kit for the 8P. https://www.dpmperformance.co.uk/ca...arss3-8p-s3-8p-sportback-20t-fsi-quattro-1106 This kit is normally retails for £341.25 but if we can get 5 members to sign-on, the H&R ARB kit will...
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    ESP/ASR - Fault Code 02781

    Evening All, today I switching my ESP off - a warning "Stabilisation programme off" came up on the DIS and the yellow light lit up. I received the ECL light too. Reading my manual, briefly pressing the button switches off the ESP & ASR - I don't need to hold for 3 seconds but when I did it...
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    S3 - Play in the Oil Pump Balance Shaft

    Hello All, Has any one heard of, or come across any issues with the oil pump balance shaft? My MY61 (55k) has been in with Audi for the last 4 weeks and after initially diagnosing cam-chain and tensioner failure which they replaced, the rattle/buzzing sound persisted. After further diagnosis...
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    S3 Calipers - ATE or Teves & Lucas?

    Hello All, apologies for another question about brakes - I've search but still not confident I have worked it out. For my S3 MY61 Sportback the codes inside my owners manual match to OEMEPC, giving: Front - 1ZK - Teves Rear - 1KW - TWR-Girling When looking at pads on the likes of ECP...
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    Braided Brake Lines

    Hello, I'm looking at getting a set of braided brake lines and I was wondering if anyone has a view/experience on Hel braided lines: http://auto.helperformance.com/audi-s3-quattro-2-0-t-fsi-2006 Alternatively, is there any recommendations? I have Vagbrem J-Hook disks and Mintex 1144 pads yet...
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    BCS Powervalve for S3 8L

    I knows it's a very expensive option but have any if you looked at, or are considering a full TBE BCS Powervalve ? The reason I ask, I've ordered one for my 8P Sportback but I'd also liked to get one for my brothers 8L - unfortunately he (and his car) live in New Zealand. BCS don't actually do...
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    S3 fault code EVAP P0441

    Hi All, I scanned the car today (MY61, 55k milez) and the error code P0441 EVAP emission control came up. There is no engine check light on. From the various forums there is mention of the N80 valve, charcoal canister and several other items but no definitive solution/resolution. It has a...
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    S3 front disc size - 340 or 345mm?

    Hi All, I've pirchased a set of Vagbremtechnic J Hooked rotors (front and rear) for my S3. The fronts are 345mm but I've not noticed that most sites offer 340mm and 345mm for the S3 - have I purchased the wrong size or will they fit fine? The rear are 310mm Pads wise - I'm not sure what to...
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    S3 KWE - my build thread (it will be slow progress...)

    Hello All, I've been here for several months now, posted a couple of times and asked many questions but with plenty more to come. It's been said before and will be again but there is a wealth of knowledge and support here; it's been a great resource to me. Any rate, I thought I'd create this...
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    S3 grille and boot badge

    Hello All, I'm posting on behalf of my brother back in New Zealand; he owns a 2001 S3 which has the original Audi Sport style S3 badge on the front and rear but he's looking to upgrade to the newer 8L facelift S3 badge. Do you know; - if I could source these badges from anywhere? - if anyone...
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    S3 Insurance Recommendations/Advice

    Hello All, Apologies for posting an insurance post when there it dedicated boards but I'm looking for your recommendations or advice. I currently have an A3 which, as a second car, has an insurance premium of £556 and does less than 4k miles per year I thought this was rather ££; the family...
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    Cold Start issue - '09 1.8TFSI

    Hi All. Sorry for another cold start post but I'm hoping someone can help. When I start my car, from cold it revs to about 1100 then settles fine. Recently it's been a little bit lumpy but generally ok. I have noticed that if I give a blip on the accelerator there is a choking type noise...
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    Cold Air Intake - Secondary Air Pump Question

    Hello All, I've just installed a Ram-Air CAI on my A3 1.8TFSI and when I removed the factory air box I noticed a pipe off the bottom of the unit. I'd previously read this was a water drain pipe but more reading today suggests it's a pipe that feeds filtered air to the secondary air pump...
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