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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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2006 Audi a3 engine management light and stays on, I've noticed

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2006 Audi a3 engine management light and stays on, I've noticed loss of power and no heating

On any car if you get a check engine light or other fault light this typically means one or more of the sensors has failed or has a faulty connection.

The ECU senses this and may put the car into 'limp home' mode which typically limits the revs and the amount of power available. Usually the car is safe to drive for a short distance as the mode is intended is intended to get you home without incurring any engine damage

The quickest route to repair is to have the car plugged into a diagnostic machine which will read off the fault code stored in the ECU (providing the light is still on at this point) and indicate which sensor has failed or whether the fault is more serious.

You can do a very rough and ready check yourself by unplugging sensors one at a time and seeing if any of them change the driving condition which would indicate the most recently unplugged sensor is the faulty one. This method is not foolproof though and reading a fault code off is the better method.


can I offer more help with this ?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

How come now the car won't even start and everything is locked down. I have to use the key to lock the car, the remote won't lock it now.


Hello Francis


I'd 1st suggest checking the battery voltage is OK 1st

if you hook up a jump battery and it all springs to life then try charging the battery overnight and consider replacing it if that doesn't help
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