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Old 01-18-2013   #1
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check lights - dash light

To make a long story short. I got in my 06 V8 Touareg, turned the vehicle on, and was greeted with a check lights dash light. I hopped out of the car, checked all lights including the tail and brake lights. All the lights were functioning, so I'm basically stumped.

Anyone had this issue before?

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I did! Then I restarted the car, and the warning has never been seen again
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Dou you have rear fog lights?
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I tried the restart procedure and it worked haha

Im not sure if I have the backup fog lights. Recently purchased it.
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It may be a bulb getting ready to blow. The system is quite sensitive.
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Here's what I've noticed on my 05 when I get the check light warning. After seeing the message a few times and checking to see all my lights were fine I would tap on the headlight housing and the parking light would go on and off. After removing the headlight and inspecting the internals I noticed lots of wires where the insulation was cracked or missing causing the wires to ground out briefly when making contact with metal inside the housing and tripping the check lights message. I've fixed some of the wires now and haven't seen the message in a few weeks.
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...greeted with a check lights dash light...Anyone had this issue before?
Now that you have had the "bulb out" experience, you should start reading up on removing the headlight carrier units and the brake-light housings.

A month after purchasing the Treg, I replaced both "daylight running lamps." Now I need to replace a parking lamp. Tried yesterday when it warmed up to 42F, but I had forgotten how to depress the safety catch to get the carrier out. I used a 5mm socket on the "close-open" pin. I was very nervous the first time I messed with it, but had lubricated the delicate nylon gears before I re-assembled it last time.

Good photos of the headlamp carrier removal at:

http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthread.php?1251418


Going down to minus 15F tomorrow, so I may put it off.

An earlier "dash warning light" experience took place when I stepped on the brake. I bought a pair of brake lamps because the driver-side (outer) brake lamp was not working, but it started to work again the next day, so still have that on hold.

A few weeks later, dash warning light came on again, but this time it was the passenger side amber parking lamp.

It works intermittently, but is now an irritation. There was a recent thread on which bulbs go in which sockets. I ordered replacement lamps for everything except the high and low beams. It cost about $60 (for a full set of only miniature bulbs) from Autozone for the long-life Sylvanias.

Touareg Bulb Sizes


I went to the hardware shop yesterday to buy a long-handled screwdriver. Still need to locate the headlamp carrier safety catch. I found it once before, so I know it is lurking in there somewhere..somewhere in the bowels of the fender well, smirking, snickering, molecularly-imprinted with the evil intentions of the devious, warped engineers who had been instructed to make a simple task into a lucrative dealer visit.
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Thank you all for your responses!!

As of today it hasnt come back on. However, I did get a "check gas cap" warning out of the blue. I didn't fill up or anything.. it did go out after I re-tightened the cap.

Lets hope this isnt a list of things to come
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I've had a couple of "check lights" warnings on my '06.... with everything working normally. The only thing I've noticed is that it tends to happen when it's been bitter cold outside for a couple of days.

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