As Audis become more technologically advanced and impressive, an increasing number of electrical parts are used to power aspects of the vehicle. Over time, it’s only natural to expect some of these parts will need to be replaced. You may not actually know how important it is to replace some of those components in a timely manner.
Your digital dashboard is the hub of your car. It tells you everything you could possibly need to know about your vehicle. Nowadays, everything from the speedometer to the oil pressure is displayed on a digital screen. However, what should you do if that digital dashboard decides not to work one day? You would have no way of knowing your speed or any other important pieces of information.
Watch out for the following warning signs that your digital dashboard is failing, and take your vehicle in if you begin to notice any of the common causes.
Different Aspects of the Dashboard
Fortunately, when problems arise with your digital dashboard, it is typically not the entire system frying and disappearing. There are different aspects of this dashboard that should be identified, so you can notice right away when they are not working or missing.
Beginning with the most obvious part of a digital dashboard, your speedometer is a key component that lets you know how fast your Audi is moving. Understandably, this is an important piece of your car that should be maintained. Keeping that in mind, take notice if your listed speed doesn’t seem to match how fast you’re going, or if the gauge doesn’t move at all. The entire speedometer may not disappear with a dashboard failure, but it may give you inaccurate readings.
Take notice of your gas levels after filling up at the pump. Does your gas gauge pointer seem to move erratically or never quite move from one position? If so, you may be seeing evidence of some type of digital dashboard failure, and you should try to troubleshoot the problem before it gets worse.
This is not the cabin or outdoor climate temperature being referenced, but rather the temperature of the engine coolant. Coolant is responsible for transferring heat away from the engine. This gauge can tell you if things are getting way too hot under the hood.
Naturally, this gauge starts at the cold side and gradually moves towards warm as you drive. However, it should stabilize at one level after a while. Should you notice it acting erratically, take your vehicle into the shop.
Common Reasons for Digital Dashboard Failure
There are a number of reasons that your digital dashboard may fail, given that it is powered by electricity, but below are some of the most common culprits:
Circuit Board Issues
Your car’s computer is responsible for more than you think. It is one of the controlling components of your entire Audi. If there is a problem with the circuit board inside, this may be reflected as electrical problems on the dashboard. Typically, if this is the cause, you will have noticed other larger electrical issues as well.
An Audi model that is using the wrong starter, or a starter that has gone bad, can cause damage to some electrical components or short-circuit them. This can cause the digital dashboard to malfunction or disappear completely.
It’s no secret that water and electricity don’t mix, and a leak under the hood in the wrong places could cause a slew of electrical issues. Check to see if there is excess water under the hood of your car and you may be able to identify a leak that needs to be plugged.
Hayes European Will Help
At Hayes European, we understand the importance of keeping your Audi at its peak levels and performance that you’ve come to love. That’s why it is our goal to provide you with the highest quality of service that will make you want to return if anything else goes wrong with your vehicle.
We have been happily serving clients in the areas of Santa Cruz, Aptos, Soquel, and Capitola, CA for years, which means we have the experience needed to successfully fix your digital dashboard. Our team has decades of combined knowledge and expertise. You can trust us to solve your problems.
* Audi Dashboard imahge credit goes to: Dmitrii Guldin.