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MK7 Climatronic upgrade with instructions and pictures.

Cuzoe

Autocross Champion
Location
Los Angeles
Agreed. Now that I've got a 6 yo and a 14 month old, I usually have to take a day or two of vacation to even attempt a relatively significant retrofit. That being said, I get 3-5 minor retrofits in per year. Thanks @Cuzoe for addressing that future retrofit 😂 . That aux heater has me curious as an alternate to the gas heater.
It's sort of interesting, the Aux (hair dryer, haha) heater. My TDI has it, but there are folks with NAR Mk7 TDIs that don't have it. Not sure it was installed in any (US) gassers so we didn't have a cold weather package option. Maybe some Canadian Mk7s got it??? My understanding is that it was a can connected module on the PQ platform but on MQB it's ECU controlled and activation is only automatic. It's unlikely mine has ever turned on.

It's coded in 08 - Bit 4-7 (in my car) as Electric 1000W (PTC) 3-Stage via Engine Control Module (ECM)
In my random notes about what turns it on... Coolant below a certain temp, air temp maxed, fan speed above 1, RPM above 450, no energy management active, maybe a maximum outside temp.

A couple links for this retrofit, looks like the cars without this from factory "just" need some plastic cut out for the PTC heater to go in, and wiring/relays.
(Which also means I could buy HVAC unit 5Q1820353J without the heater and install my existing. The cutout will be easier to make outside the car anyway.)

https://www.drive2.ru/l/530242782103601378/
https://www.drive2.ru/l/494265662131142870/
 

Cuzoe

Autocross Champion
Location
Los Angeles
@Cuzoe respect for being able to get car stuff done and also be a parent, I don’t even have kids and my rate is like 0.5 retrofits/year 💀
He just started (mostly) sleeping through the night a few months ago which makes some night work possible. But finding the motivation to go dig into the car after he's down is difficult, given I have to be up before 6 for work. The Tesla also lives/charges in the garage so there's some coordination about how much driving the wife has done/has to do so that she doesn't have to go Supercharge. There are now 2 good size Supercharger lots near us (within 10-15 minutes) but it's an unnecessary inconvenience. Her car is LR but sometimes work has her all around LA and she might do 150+ miles multiple days in a row so we need the overnight home charging.
 

Jachas

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Location
PL
Car(s)
A3 8V
I suppose I don't know if the above parts come with all the actuator doors/motors.
- I would likely order the above new and if doesn't come with them I would order a used one eBay and switch them over
- If you ordered the doors/actuators separately (new) you would easily add another $1200 to the cost.

Doors come included with the box. Motors are not included (all of them)


Not sure it was installed in any (US) gassers so we didn't have a cold weather package option. Maybe some Canadian Mk7s got it???
PTC heater on MQB platform is mounted only in TDI's (AFAIK all EU TDI's have them standard) WITHOUT Aux. diesel heater (Webasto). TDI's with Webasto doesn't have PTC
Diesels ECU's (Bosch EDC17) are "PTC" ready (All maps for controlling the relays if PTC are there). Gasoline ECU's are not (Both, ME 17.5 from 1.2/1.4TSI and SIMOS 18 from 1.8/2.0TSI).


My understanding is that it was a can connected module on the PQ platform but on MQB it's ECU controlled and activation is only automatic.
Pre-facelift PQ (Bordnetz) had PTC's with CAN module for "sniffing" engine temp, alternator load, rmp's, etc. and had integraded relays, but theese PTC had problem with relays/electronic overheat causing failures of this type of PTC (but this one was possible to swap to gasoline cars, as ID. of data on CAN beetween diesel/gas was the same. Facelifted PQ (BCM era) recived analog PTC with external relays and was controlled by diesel ECU (and same case as on MQB platform, diesel only as gasoline ECU's doesn't have maps for PTC)

That aux heater has me curious as an alternate to the gas heater.

For TSI only as manually controlled by external switch. (Easy way)
Could be done automaticly for TSI by some external "control unit" on Aruino or something, on simillar way to PQ pre-facelift PTC (relays controlled by arduino "sniffing" required data from CAN network) (OEM-ish, hard way)
 

Cuzoe

Autocross Champion
Location
Los Angeles
I won't quote all of the above information, which is downright excellent! I'll order a used box on eBay (for the motors).

And If there's no damage I'll use the whole thing. If there's damage I'll order a new one from the vendor.

I still want to retrofit Webasto (for exactly no reason, if we're being honest)
 

bobloblawGTI

Autocross Champion
Location
DC
Car(s)
19 GTI SE 6MT
Sigh.. and here I was ready to write it off for good. Guess I’m writing all these part numbers down for posterity ;)
 

Jachas

Ready to race!
Location
PL
Car(s)
A3 8V
I still want to retrofit Webasto (for exactly no reason, if we're being honest)

Audi A3 8V had OEM retrofit kit for Webasto:

1.8TSI FWD : 8V0054965 superseded by 8V0054965C
1.8TSI AWD(And 2.0TSI AWD probably, because why not) : 8V0054965A superseded by 8V0054965D superseded by 8V0054965F (And no longer available)

Kit comes with everything needed (wiring, antena for remote, remote, webasto itself, piping, clamps, fuel pump and hoses, etc.)
I think difference between FWD and AWD kit would be for fuel piping and pump location (differences in fuel tanks), but apart from that, should be the same)
And Audi remote is different from VW ones, but if remote doesn't work, Webasto itself should work

If this kit was available in US? I dunno, but in EU it is




And one idea more to PTC on 1.8/2.0 TSI. As community of open source tuning on SIMOS is quite good. Theoretically it is possible to find free pins on ECU, code them as signal outputs for relays (they need to be shorted to ground) and add maps for PTC control to it and do it OEM way (or even better, AFAIR OEM starts from -5* C /23*F , it could be changed to more useful +5-7*C/41-45*F.

@Cuzoe linked some russian doing PTC swap to 1.2TSI. He used rear window heating relay for controlling the PTC (Turning on rear window would turn on PTC too). I fund other which used blower motor + to turn on PTC. It was connected to main + cable of blower motor. As is controlled by PWM, if would only turn on on maximum speed (6th). For hot season he was disconnecting PTC connector (more hassle in my opinion, and option with rear window relay is by far better)
Another posibility in golfs (but I'm not sure if every golf) is to use Windshield heating in MIB's clima menu(so coding needed and climatronic only I think). T46B/26 pin in BCM is used for controlling J47(windscreen heating relay). Disandvantage of this is you need to remember to turning it on manually (auto off is simmilar to rear window, so after few minutes will auto turn off)
 
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Cuzoe

Autocross Champion
Location
Los Angeles
If this kit was available in US? I dunno, but in EU it is
Unfortunately the answer to this question is almost always no. Retrofit is a word that dealers in the US do not seem to know. Was there a retrofit kit for the TDI?

@Cuzoe linked some russian doing PTC swap to 1.2TSI. He used rear window heating relay for controlling the PTC (Turning on rear window would turn on PTC too). I fund other which used blower motor + to turn on PTC. It was connected to main + cable of blower motor. As is controlled by PWM, if would only turn on on maximum speed (6th). For hot season he was disconnecting PTC connector (more hassle in my opinion, and option with rear window relay is by far better)
Another posibility in golfs (but I'm not sure if every golf) is to use Windshield heating in MIB's clima menu(so coding needed and climatronic only I think). T46B/26 pin in BCM is used for controlling J47(windscreen heating relay). Disandvantage of this is you need to remember to turning it on manually (auto off is simmilar to rear window, so after few minutes will auto turn off)
In your face gassers!!! I have everything on hand to retrofit heated windshield. Except time, really short on time.

Sort of related but also not relevant unless you have retrofitted "Mk8" heated steering wheel (with button on the wheel). When I had the climatronic panel installed the steering wheel heat button showed at the bottom of the climate screen. I could use the steering wheel button or the on screen button to turn steering wheel heat on/off. On screen button turns orange when on, and I get the icon in the top right of the screen showing the level. In the settings menu of the climate screen to change steering wheel heat level (low/med/high).

Now, with my manual HVAC panel reinstalled there is a (admittedly minor) bug I guess. The on screen steering wheel icon is now on the vehicle menu since the climate screen is no longer available...
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When I hit the steering wheel button it goes orange and I get the top corner icon, as expected...
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But selecting the on screen button doesn't turn the heated steering wheel on/off like it should... at first. In the Vehicle Settings I have the Heating page whose only option is to change the steering wheel heat level (low/med/high). I noted it now always defaults to low, where with Climatronic it retained whatever level was previously set. Anyway, once I select a level in the heating menu I can go back to the Vehicle screen and the on-screen steering wheel heat button now works as it should for on/off (along with the button on the wheel)... until an ignition cycle.
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I don't care to go into the Vehicle screen to turn steering wheel heat on/off anyway so that on-screen button not working is a non issue. I do wish it retained my set level though instead of reverting to low. I'll keep messing around with it... but thought I would share with all the (zero, probably) people that might care.
 

Jachas

Ready to race!
Location
PL
Car(s)
A3 8V
Was there a retrofit kit for the TDI?
It was.For both 1.6 and 2.0 TDI. For FWD was 8V0054960 superseded by 8V0054960B (no longer available since 1st April 2022)
For AWD was 8V0054960A superseded by 8V0054960C (same, no longer available since 1st April 2022)
 

Cuzoe

Autocross Champion
Location
Los Angeles
It was.For both 1.6 and 2.0 TDI. For FWD was 8V0054960 superseded by 8V0054960B (no longer available since 1st April 2022)
For AWD was 8V0054960A superseded by 8V0054960C (same, no longer available since 1st April 2022)
Gotcha, thanks... e-acca shows 8V0054960B as discontinued but available (old stock I would guess) for about $1,500 which seems like a good deal to get everything brand new... thinking about it, deeply.
 
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