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Service Panel

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Hi

I have recently purchased a 2003 A2. Everything seems fine except I cannot open the service panel. I have pulled the lever on the right hand side of the driver's side and it does move out, but the panel stays put. The manual gives no further clues - am I missing something?

Do I pull the top or the bottom of the panel ; is there another catch to release on the panel itself? It must work as it has been in the garage since purchase for water coolant top up and they didn't seem to have any problem. I didn't get the opportunity to ask the mechanic how he did it though!

Can anyone help?

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The panel is hinged on the bottom edge and to open our's we simply pull the lever inside and then pull the service panel open from the top edge, no other catches.

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thanks very much - I simply was not pulling the panel hard enough - was worried I would snap it.

All sorted now.

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... but it shouldn't need pulling! After operating the release handle, the panel should pop open a cm or so. If it doesn't do this, there must be some misalignment.

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There is definately something wrong. I managed to open and close it successfully at lunchtime, and then tried again when I got home. I had to pull it harder still and now it won't lock shut!! It has stayed shut all the way to work luckily, but I can't leave it like that. I'm off to an Audi garage on Saturday anyway as we are test driving an A4 estate. I'll mention it to them then to see if they can fix it (cheaply!)

Thanks for your advise.

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Give the impression you are extremely interested in the A4 Avant you are test driving and ask if they can look at the A2 whilst you are on the test drive! That way you may get it done for nowt!?!

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Will do, it will be a company car, so I don't know if they'll be as keen to help but it's worth pushing for it anyway!

The panel opened easily enough for the salesman before we bought it, but I did hit a speed bump a week afterwards which knocked the skirting loose - I guess it must have done more damage than I thought.

Thanks for your help.

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A sale is a sale, irrespective of where the cash is coming from. Give the impression that you are also looking elsewhere?

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There is no catch - Audi will have to replace it. It's been in today and it turns out there is loads wrong with it - would have cost me close to £1500 to get it all done!! I didn't get any of it done as I'm gonna take it back to the garage I bought if from. Not sure how far that will get me though. One of the things seem to be common with A2's on this forum - it is leaking from the water pump and so needs a new one - 500 quid!! I reported this to the garage I got it from before the warranty ran out and they said there was no leak. As far as I am concerned this they are definatley responsible for!

Ever wish you'd never bothered buying a car in the first place. Only bought it cos it's an audi & that was a good make. I'll go with my heart in the future, not my head!

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