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S3 saloon inner rear light problem / not working fix

danboy66 Oct 15, 2020

  1. danboy66

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    So my inner led rear light started playing up
    Dim indicators no reverse light and then I opened my boot the light would go out

    So after reading up on hear I found a topic that the wiring on the hinge could be faulty

    So I stripped it down and found 1 broken wire and 2 damaged so I repaired all 3

    Now ereything is fixed happy days about an hours work in total

    Hope this helps someone in the future [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

    Sent from my VOG-L29 using Tapatalk
     
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  3. DJAlix

    DJAlix VAG Car Coding™ Limited Site Sponsor Gold Supporter VCDS Map User VAG Can Professional ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)

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    Common issue with Saloons within the VAG range and I see a lot of them here at VAG Car Coding. Only thing I would have suggested would have been to use heat shrink butt connectors but nice job :)
     
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    DJAlix

    Do you favour the solder or crimp versions of the heat shrink butt connectors?
     
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    DJAlix VAG Car Coding™ Limited Site Sponsor Gold Supporter VCDS Map User VAG Can Professional ODIS (Offboard Diagnostic System)

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    I use the genuine VW group connectors in order to maintain a vehicles warranty etc, which are crimp only I believe.
     
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    Thanks DJAlix. The solder variety looked quite slick but I did wonder about how well the solder would penetrate into the mutlicore wire. Maybe best to stick with the crimps.
     
  7. DJAlix

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    Solder and vibrations don’t live well together also.
     
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  8. AlS3BE

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    Probably more a question for @DJAlix. Is there any preventative measures to stop this happening?
    I had something similar in my a6 and the dealer replaced a loom under warranty. Planning to keep my s3 a bit longer so would be interesting to see if there’s anything to help the longevity of these cables.
     
  9. DJAlix

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    Yup, stop opening your boot / trunk :)
     
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  10. danboy66

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    It was a case of use what I had at home in the garage lucky I had some fibre tape or it would of got the black electrical tape treatment

    It was your reply I found on an old post that gave me the location of the break

    Thanks Alix

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    :)
     
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