I do about 25000 miles a year in an 95 Audi A6. In the UK here we get a few
cold days where everything freezes i.e. the washer bottle making driving
hazardous due to salt film on the windscreen. Now unless I pour 100%
strength additive into it, it freezes up and never seems to defrost on my
journey. Pouring 100% additive in is very expensive. Anybody got any tips
for stopping the water bottle from freezing ? It could of course also be
the water jets so any tips there would be useful. What do you people do in
the colder areas of say Canada ?
Ok, not Canada, but Austria does get cold too at times :-))
Sorry, but adding additive is the thing I do. Mostly 50/50. Instead of
additive you can also use spirit. It smells a bit different but you
can get it in large quantities for a lower price. Basically it's the
alcohol which keeps the water from freezing.
And yes, mine too would not defrost just by itself while driving. The
additive has to be in there from the start. Btw. the nozzles are
heated on my 99 A6, so there I never have a problem.
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Very expensive? Really?
In the northern States you can buy a gallon jug of pre-mixed washer fluid
that'll stay liquid down to at least -20°F for around one US dollar (probably
two Loonies for our monetarily-challenged neighbors to our north ;-)
It should be noted that four liter bottles of drinking water would cost at
least twice as much as the gallon of washer fluid...
'00 s4 6spd
Something's wrong with this picture. Apparently, the additive you're using
is pure detergent and *no* antifreeze (Something I don't think I've ever
seen in the US; *all* commercial additives and mixtures I know of are
antifreeze compounds.). Under those circumstances, *of course* it will
freeze up! You need an additive or mixture that has a freezing point below
your lowest temperatures.
Well, 'tripper is right. I flicked the rear washer on the Jeep last night
at 0F and it 'spewed' just fine. I thought about trying it this morning
at -11F, but I know from last night that the wiper blade is still frozen
stiff at the wrong curvature. >:^[
However, if you *had* some stuff in your system that froze up, you need to
*purge the lines* when you get the good stuff into the reservoir.
Otherwise, it *still* won't work. In the extreme case, I've pulled the
lines so I could take them into the house and get them warmed up and emptied
FWIW, I'm using the RainX fluid that costs about *twice* as much (unless you
find Walmart closing it out at $.75/gal. like I did when I bought a 15
gallon, ~10-year supply!). I also use RainX on the glass, so three things
work in my favor. First, I don't need to use the wipers nearly as much
because most liquid, including salt mixtures, just rolls off (snow and ice
chips off much easier, too); second, the fluid remains liquid; and third, it
replenishes the RainX coating as I use it.
(Been there; done that)
So at least you won't wake up halfway through the fourth quarter with
So far today, -11 has been the *high*. We fell three degrees short of
yesterday's predicted high of 6. We're hoping to get there today.
BTW, the Jag is *fantastic* in snow!
(Sworn off Superbowls since the Raiders' embarrassment)
I was going to ask how the Jag is in those extreme temps...
I've been toying with the idea of retiring my old Audi, and perhaps getting
a 2000 or 2001 A8.
What do you think? I've heard bad stories about Tiptronic failures in A8s.
On Fri, 30 Jan 2004 15:46:55 -0600, "Stephen Clark"
Most of the failures so far have been in the older A8s, (97s and 98s).
The current line of thinking is to ignore Audi's recommendation that
the fluid in the tranny is a lifetime fluid and have it and the tranny
filters replaced at 50,000 miles.
Checking the tranny filter magnet for metal shavings is a good
indication of wear on the ZF tranny.
Anyways, there are good stories of fluid changes which solve alot of
these issues and more than likely the whole notion of lifetime fluid
is in fact the culprit. Keep the fluid clean and the tranny will
last a very long time.
You should have come up to the Texas Audi State meet last year in
Salado. Older Audis needed representation. We had three 83 quattros
and then nothing until 1997 A4s... Thats bizarre.
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Fourteen below twice last week and no problems. Finally hit freezing on
Frankly, I really like the Jaguars. The X-Type is a little small, but I
also like the S-Type (sharing a bodyshell and drivetrains with Lincoln's LS
and styling with the old 3.4/3.8 'saloons'). Judging by eBay selling
prices, the S offers a bit more than a comparable E39 BMW 5 series. If for
no other reason than styling, I prefer both the BMW and the Jag over Audis
these days. It's the 'character thing' that Audi doesn't seem to have. I
find them perfectly competent (especially in snow - not that you have a big
problem with that) but somewhat dull. If I'm looking at a big autobox
sedan, it wouldn't be an A8. If I were restricted to Audi, I'd probably be
looking at an A6 or an S of some kind and with a manual gearbox. Of course,
both the BMW and the Jag are/were actually available (if hard to find) with
manual gearboxes, too. ;^)
Thanks for the reply. I follow the Audiworld A8 form, and noticed the trans
fluid change issues there.
Personally, I believe in changing transmission fluid every 30K, and engine
oil every 3K. Brake fluid and coolant are changed every two years. This may
be overkill, but that's how I got to 275K on the 89 100 with no overhauls.
But the prospect of having to pay $6-7K for a Tiptronic overhaul really puts
me off. I notice that you have a very nice A8 indeed, that is about what I
am looking for. I plan to look only at the 2000 model year or newer.
PS - I would be happy to display the old car along with other Audi owners.
When/where is the next meet?
I have avoided Audi clubs locally because they appear to be populated mostly
with modded A4s.
Up here in the Big Bad North (Canada) we go to our local Canadian Tire store
an pick up a 4L jug of pre-mixed windscreen wash that's good down to -45C.
Haven't tried it at that temp but have down to -25C, only last week.
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