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I have an 2004 audi a8 and it just stopped working one day.

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i have an 2004 audi a8 and it just stopped working one day. it wouldn't start but all the electrical would come on. i was able to reprogram both my keys with the door and it still wouldn't start. i then tried to put my valet key in and everything completely shut down to the point that i wasn't able to reprogram the keys and turn anything on like the windows and radio but somehow the dashboard lights would co
JA: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs?
Customer: im sorry hit enter by mistake. so i had the car towed to my mechanic who works on foreign cars and he couldn't reprogram the keys. nothing came on as if nothing could talk to each other as far as the modules. he barely was able to scan anything. so he told me to send it to the dealer. they told me the other day that they had to do something special to be able to see a little bit with their scanner and what they saw was that i needed to replace the steering column and the access start module. that was 2800 for the parts and 1000 for labor. didn't want to spend that kind of money on that car but would if i could get it fixed for cheaper. so i did some investigating and decided to get a used sterring column and talked to the dealer today and he said that i would also need the matching access start module under the seat for that to possibly work and that still doesn't guarantee anything. he thinks that i would be putting good money after bad at this point with the car. what are your thoughts about possible repair solutions and whether or not it's worth it to repair with this major issue?
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: no i'm having the car towed back to my mechanic and he is willing to put in the steering column and the access module. but this would get me to about 1500 of money into it but just checking to see if replacing the 2 parts with used parts will be a good starting point to see if the key wiill start talking to the car and get it started.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: yes if those parts are installed should my mechanic who i haven't talked to yet today be able to reprogram the new keys without having to send the car back to the dealership for them to reprogram. my other problem is the air in the suspension leaked out and the car is sitting too low to the ground for AAA to feel comfortable moving it. so i hear that the car needs to be started before the air can refill the suspension so i'm in a catch 22 as far as moving the car to various shops. just having a little difficulty finding someone who will tow it without possibly damaging something.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Audi
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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I would like to get my question answered. I am available before 430 today n after 9 pm. Actually after 9pm would be better. Thanks.
Expert:  Chris (aka - Moose) replied 11 months ago.

When they were able to scan it, did they get any codes?

Have you found these used parts?

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
they did get some codes that indicated that the access start module and the steering column needed to be replaced. i did order a used steering column and was told by the audi mechanic at the dealer on saturday that in order for that steering column to work that i would need to get the access start module that is under the seat from the same car as the column. does that make sense? and if so do you think that it would work with the key that they are sending me with the steering column or would i have to go and get it programmed at the dealer?
Expert:  Chris (aka - Moose) replied 11 months ago.

You will need that control module under the seat to perform the swap your planning to do. All of these parts matching from one vehicle installed into yours should mean it will start without further programming needed. If any diagrams or system description links from my repair guides would help, let me know.

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Customer: replied 11 months ago.
have you done one of these type of repairs before by using used parts?
Expert:  Chris (aka - Moose) replied 11 months ago.

No I have not, as a dealer employee we are not allowed to use used parts in about 95% of cases.

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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
hey chris, sorry just getting back to you, a lot of things going on here. Question, I told you what the problem was with my car and just wanted to know what you thought the problem is with the key being stuck in the car. Do I need to get a used steering column and access start module to solve this problem and if so is it also necessary to get the key and ignition from the same used car?
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Donald . i hate to break the bad news but used steering column and control module will not work. these parts have only a one time programming attempt. once information about the vehicle is burned in it is permanent and cannot be changed.

a new column and an access start module is needed. then the programming can only be done at the dealer due to factory scan tool must link with Germany's server to program all keys and components.

you may also want to trace the water leak under the carpet driver side where the access module is located . moisture has taken it out.

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