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Re: Subject: Dead V8Q - an anomaly
In message <email@example.com> C1J1Miller writes:
> Phil: You didn't state which year v8. For model year '91 on, there is a
> "convenience" feature whereby you can close all windows and sunroof by holding
> the key in the lock position. That would explain your massive power drain
> while using the key. As I understand the windows/sunroof, they will attempt
> to close when powered up until xxx amount of torque (current drain?) is
> applied, then shut off.
It's a 1990 - PT (3.6) engine.
> Also seems to point to a possible break in the wiring in the door; cracked
> insulation etc. in the rubber bellows at the hinge point.
> The alarm can be troubleshot by using a VAG tool. Procedure outlined in the
> Bentley for the 100/200; should be the same alarm for v8. Has he recently
> replaced a broken key cylinder in either front door (replacing the cheap pot
> metal with an improved stamped steel design)? He may have the indexing of the
> alarm switch out of alignment with the lock cylinder. Also, the alarm pretty
> much just tracks the pin switches in the doors, trunk, and hood. If one of
> them is bad (you said trunk?) that could mess up the alarm. I believe it
> activates 30 seconds after arming...
It isn't the stock alarm. Audi's alarm doesn't meet the Thatcham 1
level required by some UK insurers. Roger had it fitted by a specialist
(q.v.) and I suspect something odd was done at that point.
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