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When driving on snow, the ABS kicks in and the car won't stop. When driving on lose snow, I rather have the ABS turned off. I used to have this option on previous Audis. On this 2005 A6, according to the manual, disabling the ESP and ASR should disable the ABS also. I have tried that many times unsuccessfully. The ABS is always on. Has anyone been successful at disabling the ABS on these cars ?


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I had the exact same thing happenned to me on my 2005 Audi A6 recently. It was a Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) with an extended warranty that expired 3 weeks before I had this problem. The dealer had to replace the steering column and charged me $1,700 to do it. The steering column itself was $1,250 and the rest was labor and taxes. On top of this, add the towing charges. No small change. There is no way around this one, believe me, I tried. I have the repair manual for the 2005 A6 and in the manual, Audi spells it out very clearly that the steering column has no serviceable parts. I got the old part from the dealer, and the screws for the steering lock module are the one-way type (you can't unscrewed them, at least not without using a brute force approach). The one other solution is to try to get a steering column from a junk yard, but I wasn't sure if this was going to be more pain than gain. I don't have the software to re-program the keys.


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