Help - A4 b7 TPMS tyre pressure monitoring retrofit issues

JoeBra

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Hi all
Following guilds and a bit of research I have retrofitted;
  • DIS
  • Cruise control
  • Highline steering control module
  • Direct TPMS
Fitting the hardware was easy enough and the coding was reasonably straight forward, however I'm not completely finish as I've a couple of problems.
  • DIS- no problem full menu functionality washer fluid level pin 1 shorted to ground.
  • Cruise control - not work, measuring blocks look to be working for clutch switch and buttons (I can see the bits changing as you press them) maybe won't work with TPMS error on DIS. Anyone confirm?
  • SCM - reprogrammed and no fault codes
  • TPMS - this is where my issues are. I know the system hasn't learnt the new sensors yet but I don't believe the TPMS malfunction symbol should be on the dash during the learn process, can anyone confirm if any warnings appear on the dash after selecting change wheel? I have tried accessing the TPMS control module to check the programming and fault codes but get the no response from controller error. I have checked the wiring and all seems ok .pin 16 goes to pin 15 of the diagnostics so should be readable. Any ideas why I can't access the module? The CAN h/l and power wires must be correct as the instruments must be communicating with it as if I disconnected it I get a fault code and the tyre pressure selection is the DIS is empty. With it connected I can select set pressure or change wheels.
Sorry about the long read but hopefully someone will be able to help.

Thanks
Joe
 

AvantAlexB7

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Hi all
Following guilds and a bit of research I have retrofitted;
  • DIS
  • Cruise control
  • Highline steering control module
  • Direct TPMS
Fitting the hardware was easy enough and the coding was reasonably straight forward, however I'm not completely finish as I've a couple of problems.
  • DIS- no problem full menu functionality washer fluid level pin 1 shorted to ground.
  • Cruise control - not work, measuring blocks look to be working for clutch switch and buttons (I can see the bits changing as you press them) maybe won't work with TPMS error on DIS. Anyone confirm?
  • SCM - reprogrammed and no fault codes
  • TPMS - this is where my issues are. I know the system hasn't learnt the new sensors yet but I don't believe the TPMS malfunction symbol should be on the dash during the learn process, can anyone confirm if any warnings appear on the dash after selecting change wheel? I have tried accessing the TPMS control module to check the programming and fault codes but get the no response from controller error. I have checked the wiring and all seems ok .pin 16 goes to pin 15 of the diagnostics so should be readable. Any ideas why I can't access the module? The CAN h/l and power wires must be correct as the instruments must be communicating with it as if I disconnected it I get a fault code and the tyre pressure selection is the DIS is empty. With it connected I can select set pressure or change wheels.
Sorry about the long read but hopefully someone will be able to help.

Thanks
Joe

Im interested to see how you get on with tpms, will you be doing a guide when completed?

I may be of some use with regards to the "no response" message.

Firstly, do you have genuine vcds by chance. Im use a copy version which has worked perfectly so far.

Secondly, im in the process of retrofitting oem BT, (im of on a tangent, but stay with me!) Im finding the BT module gives me the same error message. When i blew the head unit fuse, i plugged in vcds and couldn't access the radio controller and was given the same message yet again.

What im getting at is, it appears when a module isn't powered up it cant be accessed via vcds, or at least this is my theory from personal experience.
 

JoeBra

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Thanks for the reply @Alex Holmes yea I plan to do a quick guide once complete. I am going to do the same to a A6 c6 too and it's a different system so I will have to do a guide for it too.
The vcds I use is a freinds clone version. It's worked great on the A4 apart from the TPMS module. It also worked perfect on his A5.
I have checked the power to the module and it is fine so that's not the problem here if seems.
 

JAmBer

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@JoeBra did you ever solve this? I've got the same symptoms on my OEM install (works fine from the DIS, but no K-wire comms to this module). Fuses all fine, and vagcom to other modules on the car are fine. Do you have a pinout/wiring diagram for this system?
 

LawrenceH

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For what it's worth, my knock-off VCDS won't communicate with my radio at all, but my genuine one does. See if you can get access to a genuine cable.
 

JAmBer

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That's an interesting idea. I can access my Xenons, which I understand is also on the second K-wire, so I figured the cable was working fine. I don't have access to a genuine cable, but I do have access to another B7 RS4... maybe I'll try to access my friend's TPMS. If my cable can read his unit, then that's not the problem, right?
 

AvantAlexB7

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For what it's worth, my knock-off VCDS won't communicate with my radio at all, but my genuine one does. See if you can get access to a genuine cable.

Thats a useful piece of info Lawrence. Im having some issues retrofitting oem Bluetooth, i think because my clone vcds won't access the required channel. Maybe i should try a genuine vcds
 

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Evening Alex, not tpms related as such but picking up on the K-line parts of this thread.
When you retro fitted your rnse did you connect the k-line wire to the quadlock plug or was it already fitted.
When I changed to rnse mk2 I had problem accessing the radio module, it wasn't until I found the k-line cable all by itself not connected that did things become clearer.
I had to reconnect it into the quadlock plug with the cd changer, as soon as it was all reconnected the problem disappeared.

just a thought.

rob
 

AvantAlexB7

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Evening Alex, not tpms related as such but picking up on the K-line parts of this thread.
When you retro fitted your rnse did you connect the k-line wire to the quadlock plug or was it already fitted.
When I changed to rnse mk2 I had problem accessing the radio module, it wasn't until I found the k-line cable all by itself not connected that did things become clearer.
I had to reconnect it into the quadlock plug with the cd changer, as soon as it was all reconnected the problem disappeared.

just a thought.

rob

I never connected anything, i just bought an adapter patch lead plugged it all in and coded it all. Worked a treat first time. That could still be the issue though. I could do with some more info though regarding the k-line location/relocation if poss?
 

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this is it, just unconnected.
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It was behind the head unit, when I fitted the rnse.
I relised it was the same plug as the cd changer but just a single wire, I checked the wiring diagram for the quadlock etc and it is the K-line , wasn't until I removed it from that plug and fitted it to the spare connection on the cd changer loom , then into the quadlock plug that vcds gave my access to the radio etc.
very odd , but then its audi so anything is possible.
anyway , moved away from oem hu now but maybe worth a thought.
 

AvantAlexB7

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It was behind the head unit, when I fitted the rnse.
I relised it was the same plug as the cd changer but just a single wire, I checked the wiring diagram for the quadlock etc and it is the K-line , wasn't until I removed it from that plug and fitted it to the spare connection on the cd changer loom , then into the quadlock plug that vcds gave my access to the radio etc.
very odd , but then its audi so anything is possible.
anyway , moved away from oem hu now but maybe worth a thought.

Right i see. Like i say i don't recall that particular plug/wire set up behind my set up. I have the iso to quad adapter and a new adapter ( looks like a patch lead with the required wiring for the BT module wired in) maybe the kline wire needs moving
 

phil_w

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I’ve always had to add my own k-line cable into the adapter looms when doing the b7 Bluetooth retrofit - never bought a quad lock adapter that had it in there


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AvantAlexB7

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I’ve always had to add my own k-line cable into the adapter looms when doing the b7 Bluetooth retrofit - never bought a quad lock adapter that had it in there


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Thanks for the input Phil, thats interesting to know. I might have to pick your brains for a little more info.

Alex
 

JAmBer

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So some feedback: results on my friend's RS4 is the same as mine... TPMS works fine via CAN (ie DIS can communicate with it), but no access with knock-off VCDS via k-wire. I stuck an oscilloscope on the K-line, and I can see that there is activity on both cars, so it looks like the knock-off VCDS cable is trying... might be a signal integrity problem.
 

JoeBra

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Is the TPMS retrofitted or factory fit? Is he having a TPMS fault or are you just checking it to see it if works.
My retro fit in now working fine I rewired the receiver and it cleared the fault, it has even warned when the pressure dropped a bit in 1 wheel. All the wires were correct but must have been a bad connection.
If he has a fault it can only be the receiver behind rear bumper or the sensors in the wheels. They can be checked by a tyre shop with a bartec or ateq tool. If its a new sensor it can be learnt to the system without vagcom too.
 

AvantAlexB7

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Is the TPMS retrofitted or factory fit? Is he having a TPMS fault or are you just checking it to see it if works.
My retro fit in now working fine I rewired the receiver and it cleared the fault, it has even warned when the pressure dropped a bit in 1 wheel. All the wires were correct but must have been a bad connection.
If he has a fault it can only be the receiver behind rear bumper or the sensors in the wheels. They can be checked by a tyre shop with a bartec or ateq tool. If its a new sensor it can be learnt to the system without vagcom too.

So have you successfully done the tpms retrofit to the b7 platform?
 

JoeBra

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Hardware required
Control module
Receiver
4 wheel sensors
Wires I made my own loom.

Receiver mounts in rear bumper I just used cable ties. 3 wires to control module (power ground and signal)
Control module in boot panelling 2 wires for power and ground, 2 wires can and 1 k line
Car needs DIS and vagxom to activate TPMS.
I can get pin pins and part numbers later if you are planing to do it.
 
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AvantAlexB7

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Hardware required
Control module
Receiver
4 wheel sensors
Wires I made my own loom.

Receiver mounts in rear bumper I just used cable ties. 3 wires to control module (power ground and signal)
Control module in boot panelling 2 wires for power and ground, 2 wires can and 1 k line
Car needs DIS and vagxom to activate TPMS.
I can get pin pins and part numbers later if you are planing to do it.

Nice work, yes number and pins if possible would be great!

Cheers Alex
 
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