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Hi guys, at 05:45 this morning I got into my A5 2.0 Tdi Ultra SE to go to work (key worker), put my key in the slot and pressed start- all I got was a beeping noise and a red warning light with the message "STEERING DEFECTIVE- DO NOT DRIVE VEHICLE". Well, I couldn't drive it cos it wouldn't start. My car was parked in the entrance to my drive blocking in the other 3 family members cars, my drive has a slight incline so I had to wake the whole household to help me push my car our of the way and manoeuvre the other cars about, (remember that the A5 weighs almost 2 tonnes!!!) Eventually got to my wife's car and went to work to be met by a pissed off colleague who had to wait an extra hour in work on top of his 12 hour nightshift cos he can't leave until a relief comes in, so pissed off colleague AND family - JACKPOT!!! When I got home tonight after my 12 hour shift I tried the car again but same result. Long story short(ish), has anyone among you knowledgeable lot got any ideas? Thanks.
 

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dont have reader for fault codes. Checked fluid- level okay. I dont know where the aux belt is located (very basic mechanical skills)
 

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As you are a key worker, you should be able to get Audi to take a look? Do you have AA home start, so you could get them to check?
 

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Checked belt - all seems okay there, tension okay AFAIK. The car was driving fine when I parked it up the night before, no heaviness in steering or anything.
 

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Do you have breakdown cover? May be worth explaining to them you're a key worker and need vehicle. See if they can scan the car for quick diag.
Alternatively, maybe see what the nearest Audi garage is open. Have you checked the website of your nearest dealership?

My local has this message for keyworker assistance: Key Workers Consent | South of England | Harwoods
 

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Do you have breakdown cover? May be worth explaining to them you're a key worker and need vehicle. See if they can scan the car for quick diag.
Alternatively, maybe see what the nearest Audi garage is open. Have you checked the website of your nearest dealership?

My local has this message for keyworker assistance: Key Workers Consent | South of England | Harwoods
Contacted Audi dealer via web chat this morning, said someone would get back to me but no word since. Contacted an indie garage specialising in VAG cars, he's coming over later ( 60 mile round trip ) to have a look and take it back to his garage if he can't sort it here.
 

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Any news mate.....you need the car......
 

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Ps my little girl is a Medical Doctor and last November we drove up together from Roma to Monza where she rented a room, and she started work as a Junior Doc in a massive hospital in Milano. She had about 4 weeks of er learning and then wham, she is on the front line and fighting death daily, poor kid. Lets hope that this shit passes soon eh.......
 

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So, indie garage man turned up and said it might be dead battery, told him everything electrical in car working- he put booster cable on and car started and warning light went off, he said he'd take it away and put it on charge overnight and put diagnostics on it tomorrow. He thought if might be alternator, but will let me know what comes up.
Simon- your daughter is brave putting herself in the front line 👏👏
 

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So, indie garage man turned up and said it might be dead battery, told him everything electrical in car working- he put booster cable on and car started and warning light went off, he said he'd take it away and put it on charge overnight and put diagnostics on it tomorrow. He thought if might be alternator, but will let me know what comes up.
Simon- your daughter is brave putting herself in the front line 👏👏
Damn!! Even now i forget that a system fault could be the result of a dying battery!! If it is the battery, i'd get a new one ASAP. It wont recover really.

I still remember back in the old days (and thats cars with carbs and no power steering) where a dying battery would make the headlights start to go dimmer. But you new you cold always get a bit further. Now, a random system will start failing, but with no direct connection to give the assumption that battery is going!

Curse you modern cars (i hope mine didn' hear that...!)
 

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Ps my little girl is a Medical Doctor and last November we drove up together from Roma to Monza where she rented a room, and she started work as a Junior Doc in a massive hospital in Milano. She had about 4 weeks of er learning and then wham, she is on the front line and fighting death daily, poor kid. Lets hope that this shit passes soon eh.......
Bloody hell. Straight into the fire! Hope shes doing ok. That will be beyond stressful for a new MD....!
 

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Thanks guys!!!! I think that if she gets thro all of this (and the problems are surely mind as well as body, witness that lovely lady doc in New York who just took her own life) then she will be worth her weight in gold as a medic. She had literally 4 weeks of "honeymoon" and then it just hit, and since it hit I cannot even travel to visit her of course so she is deeply into the shit poor kid, 26 and newly qualified........
 

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Savs, you may be right cos just had a call from the garage, they tried to charge the battery overnight but it wouldn't hold charge, they checked the battery and it's the wrong type AND it's a Mercedes battery. Diagnostics threw up TWENTY TWO fault codes. They've ordered a new battery which should arrive late afternoon then take it from there. Hey ho!
 
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