Ignition s/w's are a common replacement item audi's. The construction of the
s/w is plastic and they are internally spring loaded. Eventually, the spring
overcomes the plastice and causes it to crack, thus allowing the switching
components inside the s/w to move out of correct alignment. They are rather
simple to replace too.
Anyone who can turn a screwdriver can replace one of these.
Remove instrument panel (gauges), you may not have to even unplug it, just
fold it up on the dash, also you don't have to remove steering wheel, just
adjust to furthest-out posistion. Using a flashlight, find back of ignition
s/w, unplug connector, and using a very fine sharp slotted screwdriver
scrape out red locking glue from the hidden screws on either side of the
s/w. Again, using that fine slotted screwdriver, unscrew (DO NOT COMPLETELY
REMOVE!) these screws until the s/w can be slid out. Reassembly is the
reverse of this process. While you have your instrument panel out, it may be
a great time to replace any dead bulbs.
Hope this helps,
I'm not sure if this applies, but on my U.S. A4 (1997 2.8q) there was a
recall on the ignition switch for bad connections. When I had a tune
up the dealer fixed it free even though the car was well out of
warranty. Perhaps this applies to other Audi models from that year.
I'd send you a link to the website here that lists all recalls, but
the A3 isn't sold here!
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