Hi. I'm trying to keep my beloved '01 Audi TT convertible going with its low mileage, great power and style, etc. I'm seeing on this forum that I'm experiencing some typical age-related problems- but I"m not seeing alot or any replies on this forum.
My two current issues:
1. Convertible sensor: When the top is fully closed - the car indicator for it on the dash goes on, limits the windows from rolling all the way up & doesn't think it is until it sits awhile ignition off. Then, when I turn it on again, problem gone- indicator light off, and windows finish rolling up. Hmmm? I heard some sensor needs to be replaced. Is that it? Or is it connection or something else? I ask because it does work again each time after sitting cold -- it's like it resets itself...
2. Biggee: A/C not working after thin black foam (liner?) coming out of vents. Ever heard of this lining problem before & that it could be reventing some flap between heat & cool from moving to enable cooling? $300 to try out this theory. Also read online about a possible Reset procedure for the car's "climate control system." Do we have that and how to do that? Had battery issues lately (resolved now) so....maybe? Another a/c shop at a gas station says I need a new compressor -- that repair starts at $1,000 here. Here is what they agree on & observe:
1. heat, defrost, fans all work fine and normally.
2. Not leaking refrigerant (checked twice) verified with gauges, etc. System flushed, etc. No improvement.
3. No audible clicking sounds or stopping
4. Air May be getting cold just for a second or two when first turn it on - then not (hard to tell since I live in SF where the outside air is almost always cool).
i'm agonizing over this because money is an issue as I am not working. Unfortunately my two elderly parents, one in very poor health, both live in 100+F degree weather 3-4 hours roundtrip. I only want to fix the A/C to visit them but the money and disagreement in the diagnosis are holding me back. I don't want to end up spending $1300+!! Help!!