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  • Premier Icon jimmy
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    Just has a call from the SO who went off for the day in the car (02 Golf SE TDi), to say the coil symbol has been flashing at her for the 30 mins she has been driving. Manual says it needs checked by a VW dealer. Is it going to be bad…? Its been needing a service for about 2k miles, too.

    I want my R reg 106 1.1i back. Life was simple.

    snaps
    Member

    You need to plug it in to a laptop & run a program called VAGCOM, if you join a VW forum you can find someone in your area that’ll do it for a pint!
    Where are you? I’m in North Devon & have VAGCOM if you are close.

    colnagokid
    Member

    That is the normal “problem” sign on VW’s. Dealer or someone with VAG diagnostic stuff/leads etc. Could be anything, but one thing I know of on Skoda’s/VW is that if both rear brake light bulbs are out-or the brake light switch is knackered which is a common problem the light comes on( something to check)

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    Off and running on the VWAUDI forum. Looking for VAGCOM (sounds like Porn technology…) nearby but have a recommended garage if not.

    Thanks

    MrNutt
    Member

    I once took a second hand saab out for a test drive, I got 3 miles away from the garage and loads of lights came on, ABS, hazard, airbag, all sorts, it was like a christmas tree. So I tentatively drove back, got to the garage and said “WTF!? look at this!!” and the bloke nonchalantly said “oh don’t worry about that, we’ll just plug it into the laptop and turn them all off again”.

    I practically ran out of that garage!!

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    probably flashing because you have ignored the service light for 2000 miles, got to do something to get you attention.

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    yeah how do you turn that off anyway….?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    for all modern VW group cars it’s the laptop route,anything pre 98 i thing is as clever 5 handed 4 feet trick with indicators, pedals and ignition

    andywhit
    Member

    I’ve got VAGCOM + the necessary lead, unfortunately I don’t think you’re anywhere near Surrey/Hants ?

    carlos
    Member

    jimmy – Member
    yeah how do you turn that off anyway….?

    Try this,

    With ignition switched off press and hold the trip reset button. Switch ignition on and release the reset button. Turn the knob to reset the minutes on the clock to the right and the display should return to normal.

    Carl

    Premier Icon Flaperon
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    Check your brake lights. The switch on the pedal breaks quite easily and the car gets confused if it thinks you’re driving without using the brakes.

    JonEdwards
    Member

    Probably an iffy brake light switch. Mine does it periodically.

    Smee
    Member

    The reason the switch breaks is often down to the pedal stop being bent or missing.

    marcus7
    Member

    Yep had the same, dodgy brake light switch, local garage took about 5 mins to fix with no charge, they reckon its common?!

    Premier Icon steveh
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    I’ve got a vagcom unit in sheffield if you’re nearby.

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