Audi has always been known as the brand that pushes the limits of what’s possible, from the mechanical performance of the vehicle itself to the new and innovative technologies incorporated into the driver’s seat. The brand has built itself on testing those limits, creating and implementing their own technologies to push the boundaries of what the public has accepted as normal, standard, or even includable in a modern vehicle.
One of these newer technologies making its debut in recent years is the digital dashboard that is making its way into newer Audi models. Let’s take a look at its functions and signs of failure, so you can make repairs as soon as you suspect an issue.
The Audi Digital Dashboard
Digital dashboards replace the traditional analog display in favor of a higher-tech, far more functional option. In addition to the usual speed, fuel, and temperature gauges, the digital dashboard allows drivers to customize their display to include or preclude music, phone calls, and maps, among a wide variety of other options.
Due to the young age of the technology, as well as the number of electrical and mechanical pieces involved in bringing the digital display to light, occasional issues are to be expected as the design and function improve toward perfection. When such issues occur, it’s especially critical that Audi owners, those on the front lines of this new technology, know what symptoms to look for in their failing dashboard.
Signs of Digital Dashboard Failure
These are one of the more common mechanical issues to occur with the digital dashboard. While they can be replaced at home by those with proper mechanical know-how, doing so carries the risk of interfering with and potentially damaging other components of your electrical system. If you have a blown fuse, you’ll notice signs such as:
- flashing or otherwise glitchy displays
- dim or dull screens
- partial or complete failure of the display
These are not a huge problem in and of themselves, but having a blown bulb behind your digital dashboard can be dangerous if it means you can’t see important information such as your speed or warning lights. Having your bulb replaced quickly is important for your safety as well as the functioning of your Audi.
These problems in your digital dashboard are possible, although not common. These will manifest as missing pieces or lines crossing your display. When this occurs, the only recourse is to visit a certified Audi specialist and have the display reset and possibly replaced entirely.
It is responsible for controlling the icons the dashboard is able to display. Failure of the instrument cluster is a serious problem that should be addressed immediately, as it makes driving your vehicle dangerous not only for you, but other drivers on the road. Not knowing if you’re cruising along at 50 mph or whipping along at 80 mph not only puts you in danger of crashing but also at risk of an annoying ticket.
Preventing Dashboard Display Issues
Due to the complex nature of the displays themselves, there is no foolproof way to guarantee your display will never fail. However, one thing you can do to make sure your display is at peak performance is to routinely update the display as Audi sends out digital patches and system upgrades.
When you visit your mechanic, request that they do a complete systems check and software update to ensure your Audi is running at its best. While this may not prevent electrical or other issues, it will ensure you’ve done everything you can.
Turning Wrenches of Louisville, KY
Turning Wrenches of Louisville, Kentucky, hires only the best and most qualified ASE-certified mechanics to work on what may be the most important technological and mechanical innovation in your life: your vehicle.
We offer complete and comprehensive services to repair electrical malfunctions and mechanical breakdowns. We utilize only the most up-to-date tools and equipment for every make and model to serve you best.
If you suspect your Audi’s digital dashboard is experiencing the symptoms of failure or mechanical breakdown, bring it in to Turning Wrenches of Louisville today. In addition to getting the best service from our expert mechanics, your Audi will be backed by a 3-year/36,000 mile warranty to ensure your display is working perfectly while you ride safe and easy.