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T3 Steering wheel paddle shifters

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The steering wheel has to be swapped out for a wheel with paddle shifters. Part: 7P6419091C is for the black leather steering wheel with paddle shifters. Part: 7P6419091F is for the heated black leather steering wheel with paddle shifters. Other part numbers could apply, brown leather, etc. The airbag should be a direct fit; no special wiring harness needed.

Step 1: Turn the steering wheel to 90 degrees. Use a small screwdriver to release the airbag clip on the back of the wheel and pull out slightly on that side of the airbag.

Step 2: Turn on the car and turn the wheel 180 degrees. Turn off the car. Repeat removal of the airbag clip on this side; the airbag should come all of the way out. There are two wiring connectors between the airbag and the steering wheel; disconnect both.

Step 3: Use a socket set and spline bit to remove the bolt holding the wheel down. Mark the point on the base of the wheel where the tick mark on the original wheel is positioned. Slide the original wheel off.

Step 4: Slide the new wheel on while paying attention to where the tick mark is positioned. Replace the bolt that holds the wheel in place. Reconnect the airbag connectors and push the airbag back on. The airbag should click back in to position with a little pressure.

Step 5: Coding.

16 - Steering Wheel
07 - Coding
Long Coding Helper
Byte 2
Bit 5 (Tiptronic Installed)
Check the Box (Change from 0 to 1)

Step 6: Clear fault codes. I kept the car off while the airbag was disconnected so I didn't get an airbag fault code. I did have to clear a fault code off of the Steering Wheel Module 16 because I test drive the car before reprogramming the Module for the new wheel.


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I have a question for T-Regaun or TDInDC. I have a Lux model and therefore no heated wheel. I'd love to be able to add this as well as the paddle shifters. I can buy the wheel with heat and shifters, but I don't see the option to turn on the heat in VAGCOM. In the long coding section of steering wheel, bits 0,2 and 4 are checked as defaults in Byte 2 just like your screen shot. Can either of you look at bytes 0 or 1 to see if any bits are checked. None are checked on my vehicle. I'd like to see if that is where you can turn on the heated steering wheel. Alternatively, does anybody know where to turn on the heated steering wheel function in VAGCOM?
Can anyone confirm anything about the heated part of the steering wheel? I too have a Lux with no heated steering wheel looking to upgrade to paddle/heated wheel, and am wondering if its possible to enable it or not.
You will need a new heated steering wheel.
I understand I need a new wheel, I will either be purchasing a paddle or a paddle/heated wheel, but I didn't know if the actual heating part of the wheel can simply be enabled via vag com or if there are other modules/wiring necessary for the heated wheel to work.

If it is just simply enabling it, or some wiring, I will get the paddle/heated wheel.

If it needs other modules, etc and is really expensive, I will just get the paddle wheel.

Does anyone know about getting the heated wheel working?
Here's the photo, haven't had a sunny day yet... looks a little bit odd, but acceptable :D I can trade this look with the paddles;) Coming from a manual car, that delayed kickdown always turns me off. 3 quick tap to get into the power band is just so much better.
Wheel still looks great though. Thank you for confirming heated part is not plug and play. I will be looking into paddle only then!
For people who are still waiting, I have something to annoy you:p
That looks great, is the r line wheel with paddles thicker than the regular steering wheel as well?
So after some patience, I found a used OEM wheel with paddles. It is black, and just a normal wheel, no r-line, no heating, etc. Only paddles.

I ended up winning the bid on ebay for... $10... :eek:
But $32 for shipping due to it being from Sweden and it should be here a few weeks. I am very excited and still surprised I actually won the auction. I will post up pics of mine installed once it arrives.
Finally got mine in and just finished the install. My wheel ended up having the heating function too, didn't realize it until I got it. Nowhere for the heated harness to plug into though as someone else had said.

Install went well. I broke a little tab on the back of the airbag, one of the spring things, but I was able to push the white clip into the wheel and get the spring part to stay on airbag so it went back together perfect. Airbag did not want to come off the old wheel. Oh well, minor incident and it still works properly.

One quick check mark in the steering wheel section of vag com and they were enabled.

Now to get paddle extensions...
Yeah I think it is part of the horn contacts. I was able to get it all back together and I tested it and the horn still works by pressing from all over and the whole airbag still springs back.
Just as an FYI as well, the black plastic piece at the bottom of the wheel where the "R" logo would be as well as the steering wheel controls just pull out of the wheel. When I got my wheels with paddles, my controls and piece at bottom where all in much better shape, so I swapped them over. They just pull straight out of the wheel. The lower one is a pain, pulling twisting and pulling it will come out. There are little plugs that hold it in.
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