Car Tuning and Styling Car Forums
Go Back   TorqueCars car forums > Make and Model forums > Makes and Models Owners Clubs - for car specific questions > Audi forums > A3/S3
Forgot password? reset | Read our Help
A3/S3 Forums for A3/S3 Owners to discuss tuning, styling, troubleshooting problems and performance tips.

Viewing: audi a3 car wont start

ReplyPost New Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 13-03-2012, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default audi a3 car wont start

bought car crashed fixed whole front collected car from garage one day my car was driving, have audi a3 2004 with 103k milleage, few days later it wouldn't start up first time and the engine oil light flashed red occasionally even though there was oil in car, now car wont start and battery now gone flat any ideas why wont start, tried to jump start it no response wont turn over and start any views
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-03-2012, 09:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
Administrator
TC Founder
Car: A3 2.0 TDI
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Deal, Kent UK
Posts: 34,284
Thanks: 77
Thanked 84 Times in 78 Posts
waynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

Siezed engine? Stuck starter motor?

Does the starter motor relay click when you turn the key? I do hope you've not got the dreaded oil sludge problem.
_______________________________________________

When it comes to pricing - the oil companies have us all over a barrell!
waynne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-03-2012, 11:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

dreaded oil sludge problem?
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14-03-2012, 11:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

the starter motor does click but does not turn over , it was taking its time to start before wudnt start first time before

IT MAKES THE SAME SOUND LIKE THE BATTERY IS LOW OR FLAT AND YOU TRY TO START THE CAR

Last edited by h2d121; 15-03-2012 at 12:18 AM.
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-03-2012, 12:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
Administrator
TC Founder
Car: A3 2.0 TDI
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Deal, Kent UK
Posts: 34,284
Thanks: 77
Thanked 84 Times in 78 Posts
waynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

If the wrong grade of oil is used it just cakes up into a sludge as it passes through the engine and eventually the oil just can't circulate causing the engine to run dry and seize up.

Can you bump start the car? It could perhaps just be a stuck starter motor. Is the starter motor fuse ok?
waynne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-03-2012, 08:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

the fuse was check but it was not that apparently the car drive it morning panel beater went to start even evening and was not firing up


if wrong grade of oil and seizes up anything can do it avoid needed new engine
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 15-03-2012, 08:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

it drove fin day before
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 16-03-2012, 08:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

apparently it is starting now there was a fuse wrong collecting car tomorrow will keep you posted what they say was wrong
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-03-2012, 10:32 AM   #9 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

i have now collected the car and the mechanic sent in an auto electrician who said it was the crank shaft sensor and he simply reste it and now the car drives fine, but the oil light still flashes on occassion only when the car is first started then it goes away what does that mean, faulty sensor or actual problem, the car has oil so i dont get it,
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-03-2012, 05:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
Loyal Member
Power tuner
Car: Golf VR6
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Somewhere in England
Posts: 101
Thanks: 0
Thanked 2 Times in 1 Post
VRoy6 has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

Make sure that the oil level is correct and the oil spec as guided by Audi is the right viscosity. SAE number is usually in the owner manual under oil spec in the index.
_______________________________________________
There's no such thing as too much bhp ......
Oi oi !!
VRoy6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 21-03-2012, 08:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

so i shud really spring for an oil change just to make sure

i dont have an owner manual im afriad old owner lost it
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-05-2012, 03:55 AM   #12 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

I was able to sort it i simply serived the car and problem sorted and changed one of the sensors thanks guys
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 31-05-2012, 09:36 AM   #13 (permalink)
Administrator
TC Founder
Car: A3 2.0 TDI
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Deal, Kent UK
Posts: 34,284
Thanks: 77
Thanked 84 Times in 78 Posts
waynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

Which sensor was it? This should help anyone else with a similar problem.
waynne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-06-2012, 11:26 AM   #14 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

it was the cam shaft sensor and once replaced the car was good to go
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 30-06-2012, 07:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
Very Senior Member
Torque Junkie
Car: no car. YET !!
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Caerphilly, Wales
Posts: 2,030
Thanks: 0
Thanked 5 Times in 5 Posts
geraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond reputegeraint13 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

One of them went on my mondeo. It was a pain.
geraint13 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 10:56 AM   #16 (permalink)
Junior Member
Grease Monkey
Car: audi a3 1.8t
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: orpington
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
bill will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

Hi my audi a3 2000 modle won't start all that happens is the dash lights come on and 2 relays click the starter does not click or kick in
bill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 02:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
Member
Wrench Pro
Car: BMW 1 SERIES M
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: london
Posts: 43
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
h2d121 will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

garage didnt have a clue has RAC came n checked it n they diagnosed it
h2d121 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 13-10-2012, 03:53 PM   #18 (permalink)
Administrator
TC Founder
Car: A3 2.0 TDI
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Deal, Kent UK
Posts: 34,284
Thanks: 77
Thanked 84 Times in 78 Posts
waynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond reputewaynne has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

Quote:
Originally Posted by bill View Post
Hi my audi a3 2000 modle won't start all that happens is the dash lights come on and 2 relays click the starter does not click or kick in
Could be an issue with the immobiliser. Have you tried changing the battery in the remote? Is it unlocking ok on the remote? There is also a battery for the alarm, it beeps when it starts running low, did you hear a beep after starting the car for the last few months?
waynne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-10-2013, 11:05 PM   #19 (permalink)
Junior Member
Car: Audi A3 2.0l TDI
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: South Africa, JHB
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Thetash will become famous soon enough
Default Re: audi a3 car wont start

Hey guys, I know this thread is old but still hoping someone is reading this and can still try and help me. I have an Audi A3 2.0l TDI, DSG 2005 model. It has 226000 km on the clock, recently had the gearbox overhauled as the valve body needed to be replaced, (about a year ago).
No other issues with the car at all other than that. Was driving along last week when suddenly car stuttered and turned off in the middle of the road. Refused to start again, clicking sound heard when try to start but nothing else. Sent the starter in, mechanic Said its fine. No warning lights, no oil pressure issue, (drained all the oil out to check) car wheels turn meaning that the clutch has disengaged, either because it's electronic or because the gearbox is fine. I have removed the rocker cover to check, everything. Seems fine, cannot turn the crank shaft with a torque wrench though, does not move... So I'm wondering if I'm having the same issue with the faulty cam shaft sensor and of so, how do I get to it, where is it and how do I test it. Please help me.
Thetash is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply Post New Thread
Like this thread? Bookmark it & spread the word:
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
audi a3 1.6 engine gone bang vectra2011 Audi forums 6 29-11-2011 11:22 AM
Shamful AUDI franchise story adrian11 Audi forums 13 12-11-2010 03:04 PM
The 24 Hours Of LeMons South 2008 Uber Gallery [24 Hours Of Lemons] :Jalopnik waynne Headlines 1 29-08-2009 04:09 AM
Audi A3 TDI Clubsport Quattro, Revealed [Audi A3 TDI] :Jalopnik waynne A3/S3 0 17-05-2008 08:26 AM
2009 Audi Q5 Revealed, Officially [2009 Audi Q5] :Jalopnik waynne Audi forums 0 20-04-2008 07:20 AM


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 06:34 PM.


vBulletin Optimisation provided by vB Optimise (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
2014 All content of this site and car forums including text, images and page code may not be reproduced in whole or in part without our prior written agreement. We have a policy of actively enforcing our copyright. We do not permit automated access or crawling of this site without permission. Use of this site: Please treat the information on this site as purely speculative. We accept no responsibility for damage caused due to following a recommendation made on this site. It is your responsibility to check and verify any article with a qualified mechanic before undertaking work or following instructions. Something suitable for one model of car may be completely unsuitable for another so we can only give generic theory. Please drive sensibly we do not endorse speeding or racing on the public highway or driving recklessly or in a manner than could endanger life or property. Save racing for the track and keep the roads safe.






1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147