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  1. The Doctor

    OMG, did I just do that...?

    After 7 years of ownership, 55k great miles driven, 2 problem-free trips to Le Mans, 5 AITP events (one of which was exceptionally wet!), 3 ADI events, 3 GTI International events, 3 GTI International 1/4 mile runs, 2 ADI track sessions at Castle Combe (no sideways moments or barrier visits!), 1...
  2. The Doctor

    Boot release pad replacement - parts & photos

    I know there are various threads on this already, but I had to search through several to find the right part numbers, and some refer to replacement of the boot release switch mechanism itself rather than the boot release pads & connections. So, if your boot release pads are no longer working...
  3. The Doctor

    Removing number plate light connectors - how?

    Hi guys, I've been meaning to repair the boot release pads / switches on my S3 for ages, and have finally found the time to do it. I've removed the inner plastic boot trim, the boot lock and released the bolts that hold the external plastic trim piece which holds the pads and number plate...
  4. The Doctor

    HELP - car not starting!

    Here's the story; Driving to work on Friday, red dash battery warning light came on intermittently (battery is only 2 yrs old and a decent one). Suspect alternator etc is at fault. Wife borrowed car at weekend (against my advice), drove it half a mile and turned the engine off. Guess what...
  5. The Doctor

    Washer jet removal

    Simple one hopefully - do the washer jets just clip into the scuttle panel? Is it just a case of gently prising them up with a flat blade screwdriver? One is partially blocked and it's annoying me!!
  6. The Doctor

    Adjustable tie bars - but which?

    Of the various available options on the market, which do we think are the strongest adjustable rear tie-bars for the S3 8L? I have heard and read experiences of breakages affecting the Forge, KW and S3Dave examples. Other options include Compbrake, Cookbot and Megan Racing (Australia). Any...
  7. The Doctor

    Boot unlocks after rain...!

    Anyone had this problem? Basically if it's been raining heavily then when I close the boot the lock continues to try to un-lock itself again repeatedly. So I end up having to drive along with the boot showing "open" on the dash display. Just started doing it in the last month or so for no...
  8. The Doctor

    Considering a Q7 - buying tips & advice?

    Hi guys, I am considering purchasing a Q7 as a family car. We have 3 young kids and often need a lot of room to transport all manner of stuff around with us (bikes, camping gear, etc). We currently have a 7-seat MPV (Citroen Grand Picasso) and use the 3rd row seats fairly regularly for taking...
  9. The Doctor

    East Mids ADI Convoy anyone?

    Hi guys, I'll be heading down the M1/A42 towards ADI. If you're heading the same way and fancy meeting up at the Donington services (M1 J23a http://motorwayservicesonline.co.uk/Donington_Park) then let me know. I'll be aiming to join the others at the M5 Strensham services at 7.30am for...
  10. The Doctor

    Decent Bodyshop In East Midlands Area?

    No, I haven't pranged the car, but I have decided that these need sorting before they get any worse, especially as we head towards the winter months. A few nagging spots of corrosion in front of the rear wheel arches, and some worrying bubbles starting to appear on the outer edge of the front...
  11. The Doctor

    Brembo Seal Kit & Re-furb

    Hi guys, I've bought a set of Seat LCR 4-pot Brembos (calipers, discs, pads, lines, carriers) for my S3 and although they have recently been refurbished I want to get them powder coated in a different colour. So I'm intending to replace the piston dust boots & wiper seals when I get this done...
  12. The Doctor

    M1 Leicester Forest Services anyone...?

    This one's only a short hop for me :icon_thumright:, but seeing as I'll be going past the M1 Leicester Forest services (J21) I wondered if anyone fancies a conv-ette to Billing on Sunday morning. Any takers? If so, stick your name here and we can sort out the details.
  13. The Doctor

    Eurotunnel ground clearance (Le Mans prep)?

    Hi guys, I'm returning to Le Mans again this year and will be taking the S3 which is now fitted with 25mm H&R lowering springs and the LCR front splitter. Has anyone taken an S3 with the same set-up onto the Eurotunnel? If I need to get up to the top deck will the splitter and associated dangly...
  14. The Doctor

    B8 Shock Shaft

    Some time ago I purchased a set of lightly-used B8 shocks together with H&R lowering springs for the S3 at a decent price. The dampers are in overall great condition and have clearly not seen much use judging by their external condition. However, I've now noticed that one of the front damper...
  15. The Doctor

    One of my favourite recipes...

    Take 1 sunny day, an S3 8L in the best colour combination, and a generous helping of time. Prepare the rest of the ingredients and set aside. Take 1 pressure washer and dilute some Megs Hyperwash approx 1:5 with cold water. Apply foam liberally to the S3. Leave to rest for 10mins. Pressure...
  16. The Doctor

    Front outer CV joint boot replacement - how to?

    Well, one job leads to another... Replaced my discs & pads on Saturday, only to discover that my front nearside CV joint boot has split where it is held onto the driveshaft. At least that explains the grease I noticed on the inner surface of my front wheel when I washed the car. So, does...
  17. The Doctor

    Discs & pads time again...

    It's time to replace the discs & pads again on my S3 and so I'm after your advice & recommendations please. I'm not intrested in "my mate says..." or "I've heard that..." type of feedback, only your own actual experiences please. A few things I have ruled out: 1. I am not looking to upgrade...
  18. The Doctor

    Rear arm outer bush/joint replacement

    Right then, seeing as spring is almost here & I've nearly finished fitting the new kitchen (at last), I am gearing up to fit my new suspension set-up. I shall be replacing the rear trailing arm bushes & inner arm bushes (upper & lower) with either Powerflex or SuperPro equivalents, aswell as a...
  19. The Doctor

    Audi Driver's Discussion Thread

    ****** Hell rhubarb, that's a bit early! When is it?
  20. The Doctor

    mayo but no coolant loss

    Hi guys, I recently noticed a small amount of mayo build-up inside the oil filler cap. I haven't noticed any coolant loss so I wasn't too worried, but when I checked the oil level at the weekend I also noticed some on the end of the dipstick, which is more concerning. Could this be a symptom of...
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