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    Hi guys did the drill fix about 8 months back.... worked great and still working! Cheers
     
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    Trying to sort out condensation & bulb issue, Is it just one nut & a bit of brute force to remove the cluster, struggling to get it out.
     
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    One long blackish nut and then pull it out. There are also two locating tab things on the wing side.

    Your manual will give the procedure.
     
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    Yes 1 nut & "persuasion", Pre-facelift has LED brake lights fitted, but still getting condensation & keeps throwing up rear light, fog light & indicator bulb all out.
     
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    Only had LED brake light if Highline clusters have been retrofitted or you have Xenons.

    Check the bulb holder contacts and bottom of the bulbs for corrosion. I left a link on one of your other light related threads.
     
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    yes cheers Chris, I think I know what the connection failure is, Audi have used what looks like a Zinc rich material for the connector "strips" where as the zinc is supposed to resist corrosion with the moisture issues in the light cluster this causes a powdery white residue to form on the surface causing a poor connection. anyone have any thoughts on this???
     
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    Quote Originally Posted by peter goble View Post
    yes cheers Chris, I think I know what the connection failure is, Audi have used what looks like a Zinc rich material for the connector "strips" where as the zinc is supposed to resist corrosion with the moisture issues in the light cluster this causes a powdery white residue to form on the surface causing a poor connection. anyone have any thoughts on this???
    Only suggestions from me are, in this order, sands down the contacts, drill some nice holes and see what happens. If that doesn't work, get a new bulb holder rather than whole new cluster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter goble View Post
    Yes 1 nut & "persuasion".
    When I took my R/H cluster out, I'm sure it hadn't ever moved since it left the factory. There was a lot of stiction between the pegs on the cluster and the bungs which locate it. I would have tried some rubber / nylon lubricant had it not come out eventually. Drilling the holes fixed the condensation issues.
     
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    On my a6 I undo the nut on the inside, push on that with the back of the screwdriver as well as trying to ease out using an one plastic card (like credit card but one that I don't use! ). Have to move it back, so following the line of the car rather than pulling outwards. Takes a while as well as some 'wiggling'!

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintyboy12 View Post
    On my a6 I undo the nut on the inside, push on that with the back of the screwdriver as well as trying to ease out using an one plastic card (like credit card but one that I don't use! ). Have to move it back, so following the line of the car rather than pulling outwards. Takes a while as well as some 'wiggling'!

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    Snap. Instead of the credit card (life would end if I snapped it) I use a wallpaper scraper covered in insulation or duct tape.

    And lots of wiggling plus a soft landing for when the cluster inevitably comes shooting out.
     
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