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Old 01-20-2018, 11:18 AM
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Thanks guys! Just signed up as I am searching for an answer to why my Instrument Cluster went into RipVanWinkle mode. I took the battery out for 2 days to recondition it but ended up buying a new battery. Once installed, nothing worked.. No IC lights. Key still works on the door.... Picked up a Vag-Com cable from Australia but no connection to IC module. No connect to Immobilizer module..
Gonna try audinutt's unplug option. Big thanks to 2001 S8 for posting the .pdf on disassembly.
I'll let you know if it works!
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Old 01-21-2018, 09:38 AM
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I had to completely unplug and replug mine when it acted up, just mashing on the connections did not help. People should be sure to have the right sized allen driver in the car in case this happens and maybe a wire cutters to cut the ziptie.
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:08 AM
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Wow! I wish I had found this post prior to buying the Vag-Com cable. Went through the routine and PRESTO! LIGHTS! HAPPY DANCE! The car has been sitting since mid-December but it ran like usual. Took it out for a quick spin. Glad I didn't button up the cluster all the way because about 1/2 mile from home I noticed that the speedo wasn't working, ABS light was on and Brake was blinking. Gonna redo the connectors today and hope it gets resolved. What a neat trick. Who'd a thunk it!
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:58 AM
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jfrahm, I don't think the procedure is to make sure connections are good. It is to completely remove the old "handshake" between cluster and computer and re-establish a new one. That is why you must completely disconnect.
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