[BiturboS4] RE: Ammonia smell safety feature

Matt twentyV matt_20v at yahoo.com
Wed Nov 6 07:20:27 EST 2002

I distinctly remember an ammonia-like smell when my
car was new and prior to refilling the washer fluid.
Don't know what was in the stuff, but it sure smelled
foul.  I still use winter washer fluid, good to -20F
or something, doesn't smell like that original stuff
at all.
Matt Rooke

--- dano <dano at well.com> wrote:
> 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
> ammonia.
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