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#664 of 1408 1996 A6 Quattro, Problems with Locks and Alarm system
Feb 05, 2006 (11:37 am)
This is a strange problem. I have a 1996 Audi A6 Quattro and have owned it happily for 10 years. When using the keyless entry the horn no longer sounds to indicate the doors have locked. In addition, closing the trunk causes all the door to lock and the security system to activate. (Not fun if your keys are in the ignition!) Also, on the 96 audi, a small red triangle flashes on one of the fog light buttons when the security has been activiated. Strangely, that spot has a yellow triangle which is constantly lit, as if my fog lights are constantly turned on, which they're not. Also, if I push that button it also will lock all the doors and activate the security system!
I have to wonder if this is an indication of another problem like a dying battery. I believe the trunk lock in involved because this yellow indicator light will disappear when the trunk lock is moved into "Position C" which is when the key has the lock in the 2 o'clock position. Unfortunately, the lock cannot remain in this position. Does anyone have any idea what could cause all this? I'm very confused and I want to resolve this before I have a remote starter installed.
#665 of 1408 Re: 2006 A6 3.2, prem + sat, outside mirror auto tilt [liferules]
Feb 06, 2006 (12:38 pm)
Regarding the seat position memory, if the door is open you just have to hit the button once. It is when the door is closed (running or not) that you have to hold the button down. The reason is for safety, if you are driving and accidently hit a button the seat will not move enough to be an issue.
#666 of 1408 Re: 2006 A6 3.2, prem + sat, outside mirror auto tilt [g_henrys]
Feb 08, 2006 (6:25 am)
That doesn't make a whole lot of sense on Audi's part. Why not just lock the function out when the car is in gear? That's how it works on my car, and I never have to hold the button down. Just press it once and all my personal settings (seat, mirrors, radio presets, adaptive transmission <-(I believe)) load up.
#667 of 1408 Brake Light warning
Feb 08, 2006 (8:45 pm)
I have a 1999 A6 quattro. The brake light warning came on because my left brake light was out. All other lights worked. I stopped and got a new bulb but the guy at the auto parts place gave me the single purpose bulb that replaces the turn signal and reverse bulb by accident. I put it in and the brake light seemed to work but the warning remained. It switched from the word BRAKE LIGHT to the symbol for light malfunction and back but would not go off. Even worse, it started beeping each time I took my foot off the brake!. I figured out the wrong bulb issue and got the correct bulb, put it in and all lights seem to work (the center mount brake light is on when the headlights are on but I think that is normal)but the warning and beeping continues. Any suggestions? Is there a way to reset the warnings? I love the drive, the looks and the feel off the car but I worry, because of what I have read here, that an apparently simple problem may grow to be a big one.
Feb 11, 2006 (10:44 am)
I replaced the oil w/ mobile1 5w-30 awhile back w/ a new filter, but ever since winter came around, the oil pressure light keeps beeping at me, could this be due to sludge buildup (im not sure what the owner before me did with the oil and stuff)...what should i do about this warning?
#669 of 1408 Re: Oil warning [hellbent]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 11, 2006 (12:36 pm)
what kind of filter do you put in? Audis HATE off-brand oil filters. If it wasn't a German filter, you might switch a new filter in and see what happens.
Sludge is always a possibility. You need to dig into this problem ASAP and see what's what.
#670 of 1408 Re: Oil warning [Mr_Shiftright]
Feb 12, 2006 (10:29 am)
Yea, it was an off brand filter...ill change that asap and hopefully that will fix it...thx for the reply
#671 of 1408 Re: Oil warning [hellbent]
Feb 15, 2006 (1:58 am)
Mr. Shiftright is RIGHT about the oil filters. Stick with AUDI brand only.
The oil you should be using must adhere to stringent new oil standards for VW/Audi. Older model Audis were experiencing sludge and engine damage from extended drain intervals with inferior oils. That led to a new oil standard for Audi's.
For the A6, the NEW standard is called: VW 502.00. I don't think that 5W30 weight is the proper weight oil for this car. More importantly, you need special long endurance synthetic oils. The only approved Mobil 1 oil that I know of is their European formula 0W40 grade.
You can go to Audi's website and download a PDF file which lists the approved oils. Check out the new, custom made for Audi, ELF brand ("Motul", in Europe) "Excellium LDX" 5W40. It's specially made for extended drain intervals (though I personally recommend 5K oil changes regardless). This new oil is now (or soon will be) available at some Audi dealers. That's the correct grade for the A6, btw -- 5W40.(Certain other grades can be substituted, but they must be listed on the VW 502.00 approved oils list)
Also, don't forget that the newer A6 (3.2) takes almost 9 quarts of oil. Some auto service places don't know this, or about the VW 502.00 oil requirement!
#672 of 1408 Re: Oil warning [legendman]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Feb 15, 2006 (9:26 am)
Audis are extremely sensitive to oil filters and oils. I have actually seen with my own eyes a newer Audi TOWED to a friend's indy repair shop with the engine barely able to run....they switch out the oil filter,put in a proper weight of oil, and did nothing else whatsover, and the car ran perfectly. The hydraulic lifters could not operate with the off-brand filter. Amazing but true....
#673 of 1408 Re: Just got a 99 Audi a6 quattro..please help [goga82]
Feb 15, 2006 (11:02 am)
Hi, I am familiar with the problems you are having. I have a 2000 a6 that had display console issues as well (problem 2). i bought the a6 certified with a 100k wrranyt (I've got 48k on it now) so they replaced the entire console. Cost on invoice said ~$800 for the hardware. I've also looked for replacement head units to no avail. However, I did discover that Audi dealerships will install a 2005 radio if you don't mind the cost of the customization. As far as aftermarket head units go, let me know if you find anything! Good luck!