[BiturboS4] RE: Ammonia smell safety feature

dano dano at well.com
Tue Nov 5 22:00:37 EST 2002

At 1:23 PM -0800 on 11/5/02, Ian McCloghrie wrote:
>On Nov 5, 2002 "Edwards, Dave" wrote:
>>  It was so nice of your dealer to spot the fact that this smell is normal.
>>  Otherwise they could have removed this handy safety feature and risked your
>>  driving at high speed with dirty eyeballs.
>It has to do with the fluid in the washer system.  Audi ships the car
>with a windshield washer fluid that has a very high alcohol
>concentration, presumably to prevent it from freezing on the
>windshield.  Some dealers will refill with the same fluid, but most
>just refill it with either a much more dilute alcohol mix, or with the
>blue stuff from Kragen.  If you don't use the concentrated alcohol
>fluid, then you don't get the smell.

So if you use the concentrated alcohol (original with the car) then
you get a smell?
I thought the original poster said that he washer mix was strongly ammonia?

Not to be argumentative, but when I took Organic Chemistry there was
a profound difference between the smell of alcohols and the smell of

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