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    Might be a faulty one that works/fails randomly.

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    Do I just have to go for a 'long drive' for my car to realise it's got a new, good battery?
    No. If they replaced it with an OEM or equivalent it shouldn't matter.
    If they replaced it with a smaller/larger battery, there's supposed to be an adaption process run by the tech.

    Honestly it sounds like water intrusion into the BCM and/or a dodgy door harness.
    Does the car have a sunroof? Has it rained a bunch?
    Check your carpet under the drivers seat and see if it's soaked.

    If that's the case, the radio could shorted. The older RNS/RCD units like to fail, but are super common to from the scrapper.
    I replaced the battery myself, it was purchased new.

    When I had a go at taking everything out there was a clamp that required a long socket wrench extension to take the battery out so I reconnected the old battery and drove down to a mate's house to borrow his. When I started the car to head off the radio came to life for ~5 seconds. Replaced battery and that capability is lost along with the window uppy and downy capability.
    Just to reiterate, you can operate the windows it's just the comfort function missing (short press to fully close / open)?

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    hold the switch down as it retracts the window, then hold for 5 seconds once it's all the way down.
    hold the switch up and continue to hold it for 5 seconds once the window is closed.

    Do that for any windows that have lost basic settings (ie: use the passenger door switch for the passenger window).
    you might be able to use the master drivers switch to program all the doors, but i drive a 2 door car and i'm not a technician so ymmv
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    I've got a 2011 Audi A3, for the past few months I've had intermitent issues with the radio (it keeps bombing out) took it for a service/MOT a few weeks ago, everything was fine but they said I needed a new battery... 'The battery is on it's way out and the car is prioritising functions, ie no start/stop, radio etc...'
    Replaced the battery with a new one. Still don't have any radio function and now I have to hold down the window lower button to lower my window... Do I just have to go for a 'long drive' for my car to realise it's got a new, good battery?
    Being a VAG group car do they have the body control modules hidden under the carpet in the footwell? If so make sure it isn't full of water or at least hasn't been in the past. and left the contacts on all of the modules corroded. This happens if the bulkhead drains get blocked with dead leaves etc. (Common on VAG cars Iirc?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by prometheus View Post
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    Do I just have to go for a 'long drive' for my car to realise it's got a new, good battery?
    No. If they replaced it with an OEM or equivalent it shouldn't matter.
    If they replaced it with a smaller/larger battery, there's supposed to be an adaption process run by the tech.

    Honestly it sounds like water intrusion into the BCM and/or a dodgy door harness.
    Does the car have a sunroof? Has it rained a bunch?
    Check your carpet under the drivers seat and see if it's soaked.

    If that's the case, the radio could shorted. The older RNS/RCD units like to fail, but are super common to from the scrapper.
    I replaced the battery myself, it was purchased new.

    When I had a go at taking everything out there was a clamp that required a long socket wrench extension to take the battery out so I reconnected the old battery and drove down to a mate's house to borrow his. When I started the car to head off the radio came to life for ~5 seconds. Replaced battery and that capability is lost along with the window uppy and downy capability.
    Just to reiterate, you can operate the windows it's just the comfort function missing (short press to fully close / open)?

    MI8m8
    hold the switch down as it retracts the window, then hold for 5 seconds once it's all the way down.
    hold the switch up and continue to hold it for 5 seconds once the window is closed.

    Do that for any windows that have lost basic settings (ie: use the passenger door switch for the passenger window).
    you might be able to use the master drivers switch to program all the doors, but i drive a 2 door car and i'm not a technician so ymmv
    Did this today. Worked a treat...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    I've got a 2011 Audi A3, for the past few months I've had intermitent issues with the radio (it keeps bombing out) took it for a service/MOT a few weeks ago, everything was fine but they said I needed a new battery... 'The battery is on it's way out and the car is prioritising functions, ie no start/stop, radio etc...'
    Replaced the battery with a new one. Still don't have any radio function and now I have to hold down the window lower button to lower my window... Do I just have to go for a 'long drive' for my car to realise it's got a new, good battery?
    Being a VAG group car do they have the body control modules hidden under the carpet in the footwell? If so make sure it isn't full of water or at least hasn't been in the past. and left the contacts on all of the modules corroded. This happens if the bulkhead drains get blocked with dead leaves etc. (Common on VAG cars Iirc?)
    No reason to believe that's the case... I've never driven through any deep standing water.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    No reason to believe that's the case... I've never driven through any deep standing water.
    Rain water can do that as well, it just need a place to get in. It's not even that unheard of. Many car models have these less successful designs in different spots.

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    No reason to believe that's the case... I've never driven through any deep standing water.

    Don't have to drive through any, it's the drain in the upper bulkhead that gets blocked. When this gets blocked the rainwater builds up and leaks into the car where wiring looms etc enter. As shown here

    Don't know about the A3 in particular but as i said previously a lot of Volks Groups cars also have their modules hidden under the carpet on the in the front. Combine this and any moisture leaks can lead to weird electrical shit happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prometheus View Post
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    Do I just have to go for a 'long drive' for my car to realise it's got a new, good battery?
    No. If they replaced it with an OEM or equivalent it shouldn't matter.
    If they replaced it with a smaller/larger battery, there's supposed to be an adaption process run by the tech.

    Honestly it sounds like water intrusion into the BCM and/or a dodgy door harness.
    Does the car have a sunroof? Has it rained a bunch?
    Check your carpet under the drivers seat and see if it's soaked.

    If that's the case, the radio could shorted. The older RNS/RCD units like to fail, but are super common to from the scrapper.
    I replaced the battery myself, it was purchased new.

    When I had a go at taking everything out there was a clamp that required a long socket wrench extension to take the battery out so I reconnected the old battery and drove down to a mate's house to borrow his. When I started the car to head off the radio came to life for ~5 seconds. Replaced battery and that capability is lost along with the window uppy and downy capability.
    Just to reiterate, you can operate the windows it's just the comfort function missing (short press to fully close / open)?

    MI8m8
    hold the switch down as it retracts the window, then hold for 5 seconds once it's all the way down.
    hold the switch up and continue to hold it for 5 seconds once the window is closed.

    Do that for any windows that have lost basic settings (ie: use the passenger door switch for the passenger window).
    you might be able to use the master drivers switch to program all the doors, but i drive a 2 door car and i'm not a technician so ymmv
    Yeah I wanted to know if he meant the switch is dead or just working as a dumb switch now. If it's the latter => SW / Coding problem.
    Could also be the same for the radio...it's not working until some error codes are cleared or coding is adapted.
    Silly modern cars....


    *edit* Turns out it was
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    DS Door harnesses in 05-13 Golfs/Jetta are notoriously tight, and would often just start to crack right at the hinge causing all sorts of door related issues.
    No reason to assume any difference on an A3 of the same vintage :P

    I'm glad a quick calibration did the trick tho, that's always the best outcome
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    My radio came to life this morning (I had a happy sing along to some nursery rhymes) and cut out on the way back home. The longest it's worked for a few months, I'm guessing I need a good run for the alternator to charge up the 'new' battery.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    My radio came to life this morning (I had a happy sing along to some nursery rhymes) and cut out on the way back home. The longest it's worked for a few months, I'm guessing I need a good run for the alternator to charge up the 'new' battery.
    nah m8, that's not how it works.
    you've probably got a short somewhere
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    My radio came to life this morning (I had a happy sing along to some nursery rhymes) and cut out on the way back home. The longest it's worked for a few months, I'm guessing I need a good run for the alternator to charge up the 'new' battery.
    Is start stop working?


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    Just back from 3000km of vacation driving in the RX, got a picture on flat ground that shows the wheels and fitment better.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cosmin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
    My radio came to life this morning (I had a happy sing along to some nursery rhymes) and cut out on the way back home. The longest it's worked for a few months, I'm guessing I need a good run for the alternator to charge up the 'new' battery.
    Is start stop working?


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    No... Going to do a 50 mile run to my parents' this week, put the new battery on charge. If there's still issues after that I'll head back to the garage and ask them to sort it out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Baarhyn View Post
    Just back from 3000km of vacation driving in the RX, got a picture on flat ground that shows the wheels and fitment better.

    Hnnnngggggggh
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    My radio came to life this morning (I had a happy sing along to some nursery rhymes) and cut out on the way back home. The longest it's worked for a few months, I'm guessing I need a good run for the alternator to charge up the 'new' battery.
    Is start stop working?


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    No... Going to do a 50 mile run to my parents' this week, put the new battery on charge. If there's still issues after that I'll head back to the garage and ask them to sort it out.
    As someone who had battery issues with my car(s) during uni as I would never drive them... That's not it unless you don't drive to work daily and had your car sit for a month. Get it to the shop now, preferably a specialist for electronics.

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    Anecdote time: my dad had an A4 on the late 90s that would have a flat battery within a weekend. During the week he drove a lot and never noticed. Audi never caught the issue but an independent car audio shop found it very quickly. The radio was wired wrong and drew power constantly. And that was out of the factory.


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    Edit: to clarify if your battery wouldn't hold a charge, your car wouldn't start. That's the most straightforward issue in a car you can have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Totally Not Larkonnis View Post
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    My radio came to life this morning (I had a happy sing along to some nursery rhymes) and cut out on the way back home. The longest it's worked for a few months, I'm guessing I need a good run for the alternator to charge up the 'new' battery.
    Is start stop working?


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    No... Going to do a 50 mile run to my parents' this week, put the new battery on charge. If there's still issues after that I'll head back to the garage and ask them to sort it out.
    >tfw you still haven't even bothered to measure battery voltage

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    As an amusing sidenote, major US tuner APR is no longer selling Stage2 tunes & downpipes as a result of EPA crackdowns.
    As an even more amusing sidenote APR is owned by Holley, a brand used by many many emission law-breaking and fuel guzzling muscle cars across the globe.

    Sucks to suck, but fortunately there are still many major tuners in the world who dgaf about those backwards Americans.

    That said, most folks only really want a "stage 1" tune anyway. Unlock the cool stuff like no-lift shifting and the like, then if you want more power, a piggyback system like JB4 will get you the rest of the way via ol' fashioned dyno time.
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    Norway roadtrip from 1-2 weeks ago.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Shuko View Post
    Norway roadtrip from 1-2 weeks ago.



    nice pictures, nice scenery!

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    Quote Originally Posted by prometheus View Post
    As an amusing sidenote, major US tuner APR is no longer selling Stage2 tunes & downpipes as a result of EPA crackdowns.
    As an even more amusing sidenote APR is owned by Holley, a brand used by many many emission law-breaking and fuel guzzling muscle cars across the globe.

    Sucks to suck, but fortunately there are still many major tuners in the world who dgaf about those backwards Americans.

    That said, most folks only really want a "stage 1" tune anyway. Unlock the cool stuff like no-lift shifting and the like, then if you want more power, a piggyback system like JB4 will get you the rest of the way via ol' fashioned dyno time.
    I have absolutely no idea what you just said, but I concur.
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    New (to me) springs and struts.



    Pretty excited to get some proper handling happening, although I'm worried they might be a little underdamped from the spec sheet. Is there any way to tell with how the car feels?
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