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    Lazy aircon?

    I have noticed for some time that the aircon seems to take some time to begin operating. On a hot day, and after the car has been standing for a day or so, it seems to take about a mile or so of driving until cold air becomes available. When the cold air arrives (suddenly), it seems to be...
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    Please put your car in your signature

    Hi guys. It is a really good idea to indicate your current car in your signature. This way, we can see what car you have and give help which is more targeted. 3--door and 5-door Audi A3's have different part numbers and in some cases different components. Also different engines. It...
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    Change of wheel/tire size when upgrading

    Am looking to upgrade our 2006 A3 sportback to a more recent model. Currently I have as standard 225/45 ZR 17 fitted, and for winter I have a set of winter wheels with 205/55 HR 16. This combination works great, and the car performs well in snow and ice. Looking at several 2014 A3's...
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    Question on replacing diesel filter

    I have just received the replacement fuel filter for the car in the signature. Hope the Purflux C505 is the right one. However, in the box with the filter are three items. The large rubber gasket for the filter case top, then a small rubber (Olympic) 5-ring, that I know goes onto the top of...
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    Lowering windows with key fob

    After a battery change earlier this year, I just tested my windows to see if they still raised and lowered using the key fob. No luck, they don't operate like this any more. Tried several 'resetting' activities such as holding drivers door switch open when windows are fully open/closed...
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    Changing the battery

    Have just ordered a new Varta battery. I can see one bolt holding down the existing battery. However there is a thin plastic surround, and I cannot see how to remove this. It seems to be in two pieces, so to remove it, is it a case of just yanking it out, or is there something I have to...
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    Climate control, strange behaviour

    When I start the car, the climate control does not seem to work immediately. However, after a few minutes, it suddenly wakes up and produces lots of cold air. I had it re-gassed last week, and when the mechanic had finished he tried to measure the temperature of the air, but again it did...
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    Climate control strange behaviour

    When I start the car, the climate control does not seem to work. However, after a few minutes, it suddenly wakes up and produces lots of cold air. I had it re-gassed today, and when the mechanic had finished he tried to measure the temperature of the air, but again it did not produce any...
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    Damaged the speaker grill

    Looks like a have damaged the left-side speaker grill. Probably touched it with a shoe when exiting the car. Mine is a LHD Sportback, so it is the passenger door speaker grill in the UK. Please don't tell me I have to take off the whole door panel to change it for a new one. Anyone...
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    Put the car in the signature?

    One of the frustrations I face on the forum is not knowing details of the car when reading the posts. It would really be a good idea to add the details of the car (engine, year, model etc) in the poster's signature. Then when we read the post, we can quickly relate to the issue at hand...
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    Winter tire pressures?

    I have just changed from 225/45 - 17 (summer tires) to 205/55 - 16 (winter tires). Does anyone know how I can find the recommended tire pressures for these new winter boots? Also, for driving in very snowy conditions with chains, does one have to raise or lower the pressure, or just...
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    RNS-E DVD for western Europe

    Looking to update my 2012 RNS-E DVD to the latest. Need 8Po 914 884 BK (I think). Any members have an idea where I can buy one for a reasonable price? PM me if you have an idea. Thanks.
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    Wheel rim width -advice please

    I currently have 225/45-17 summer tyres fitted. Am planning to purchase 205/55-16 winter tyres, fitted to steel rims. However, the steel wheel supplier is offering a choice of 6.0 or 6.5 rim width. Which one of these would be the best choice? I believe most normal winter tyres will...
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    Winter tyres for A3 Sportback

    Thinking on the lines of buying 4 steel rims and have them fitted with winter tyres. Currently running 225x45x17 Pirelli Rosso's. Have seen steel rims on sale on E-bay from Germany, but they are all 16", and some even come with tyres fitted. Need advice on a suitable tyre type and size for...
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    RNS-E removal with keys

    I have purchased four removal keys so that I can take out my RNS-E unit for servicing. Tried the first key (behind the motorised screen) and found that it will go in, seems to be pushing against a spring, but it does not 'click' nor lock in place. I expected it to lock onto the fixing...
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    Bird dropping damage to paint

    While I was away, our group of neighbourhood owls decided to have a meeting in a tree above by beloved A3. Result, it looks like the droppings have etched away at the clear-coat, and left their marks. I am looking for a kit to correct this problem. By a kit I mean everything needed to do...
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    RNS-E running temperature?

    Have noticed that my RNS-E unit which provides radio, cd and navigation seems to run very hot. Perhaps it is just the screen backlight, or perhaps there is an internal cooling fan which is not working. Does anyone else find the unit is quite hot after a half hour or so of driving? Any...
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    RNS-E cleaning DVD laser lens

    I have suffered just two times when my RNS-E has suddenly decided not to read the DVD. Seems to happen when the unit is really hot, although I cannot confirm that. I have seen advertised some DVD cleaning disks that have a microfibre brush which is said to brush off dust from the laser lens...
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    Reset service indicator 2006 8P

    Just got through servicing my 2006 A3, and tried to reset the service indicator. Turned on the ignition, pulled out the button under the speedo, and it said "service due in 22 days". According to the owner's manual, if you do this it will reset the service interval to --- and then after...
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    Cambelt and water pump change (parts)

    I am considering to purchase a cambelt + water pump kit for my local garage to fit. That is rather than go to Audi for this service. Can any member enlighten me on what is the correct part to buy, or which is the best kit to buy. I see lots of different belts and kits on the market from...
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