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DIY: Audi Avant Rear Cargo light fix

Postby Mikewire on Jan Tue 21, 2014 1:47 pm

Hi guys - does your rear cargo light not light up intermittently, or not at all? Here's a possible fix for that.

I noticed my rear light would occasionally light up, then one day it didn't light up at all. I checked and changed the bulbs, but still had no luck getting it to light up. Testing with my multimeter, I found I wasn't getting 12V to he bulbs...checked fuses and they were fine, so I decided to pull the assembly out and take a detailed look.

Taking the assembly out of the car:

Remove the lens and bulbs (optional):

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Carefully use a flat screwdriver or plastic pry bar between the headliner and the assembly to pry out the back of the lamp assembly:

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Drop the back of the assembly out and the front will follow. Disconnect the connector and remove it from the vehicle:

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Set it on your workbench and inspect it:

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What you are looking for is the suspect cracked solder joint on the mainboard:

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From here, you'll need to get out your solder iron and possibly some flux and solder to repair the joint. Here's a quick video of my iron and you'll see how just a touch will repair the joint. I added a bit of paste flux, then later I did go back and tinned my solder tip to add just a bit of additional solder to the joint. so use this video as a reference, but use your best judgement and add solder if you need to:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wyRrCg9HU8[/youtube]

Reassemble in reverse and your light should work again.

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Re: DIY: Audi Avant Rear Cargo light fix

Postby MT-Getto on Jan Tue 21, 2014 9:15 pm

You need to do all write ups.
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Re: DIY: Audi Avant Rear Cargo light fix

Postby YASHA7FOLD on Jan Tue 21, 2014 10:21 pm

Cool now do a DIY on my passenger door. ;)
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Re: DIY: Audi Avant Rear Cargo light fix

Postby Mikewire on Jan Tue 21, 2014 10:45 pm

Lol thanks Trevor. Wade bring it over and we'll get it done. You work and ill document :-)

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