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    Hoping someone can help - central locking and windows no longer work!

    This all happened at once, car was perfect then windows, sunroof and remote locking stopped working. I've been googling and searching but have yet to find something displaying these exact symptoms; - Central locking no longer works, indicators don't flash, it's like I havent even pressed the...
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    Difficult to turn over even with new starter and battery, ideas?

    My A3 has always been like this and it's finally getting on my nerves. Sometimes it fires up perfectly but usually it struggles and you have to hold the key in the starter position a bit longer than usual or even give it a bit of throttle to make it turn over. I changed the starter and battery...
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    How difficult is it to replace the slam panel?

    I need to replace the slam/crash panel on my A3 following a small bump. Does anyone know if you have to remove the radiator and aircon rad or can they just be put to one side? Thanks :)
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    Going to have to sell my little A3

    :crying: My first car, only a little 1.6 but bought it as a project as it had a fair few problems and I wanted to learn about cars fixing them myself. Had it for a year now but moving back to London and cheapest insurance I can find is £2400 even with a years no claims and completely clean...
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    Had the cambelt and waterpump changed for the first time at 97,000 miles...

    Previous owner never had it done so as soon as I had the funds got both changed, this is what is left of the factory pump, about a quarter of the impeller :ohmy: It still ran fine though, no overheating issues in summer and temp always sat at 90 or below. Replaced with a metal impeller water...
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    Debadged the A3

    I decided to debadge the A3 today and give her a good clean. That paint has been on there since 1999 so even after 11 years there wasnt much difference in the paint underneath, good news for anyone planning to debadge! I used the hairdryer and fishing line method, then scraped off the...
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    Battery problems

    Before I turn the car over the battery light stays on, but as soon as I start the car it goes out. Is this normal? It also has problems starting if its been started in the last 30 mins or so, the starter cant seem to turn the engine over - I'm guessing the battery doesnt have enough power. I've...
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    Is changing the cambelt a DIY job?

    I recently bought a 1999 1.6 A3, it's on 96k miles and never had the cambelt changed. I like working on cars and I'm quite mechanically minded but have very little experience, is changing the cambelt something I could do myself on the drive? I've read through the Haynes and nothing strikes me as...
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    Car wont start after cleaning starter motor - help!

    Hi all, I've been reading this forum for a while after buying a 1999 1.6 A3, lots of good advice here! Since buying the car the starter motor would make a screeching noise every time I started from cold, so this weekend I finally decided to take it out and clean it in the hope it would get rid...
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