Sky InsuranceChris Nott
Results 1 to 10 of 10
Like Tree2Likes
  • 2 Post By Kohaku

Thread: Steaming?

  1. #1
    MBK
    MBK's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Neath
    Posts
    1,147

    Steaming?

    Seasons greetings all, twice I've noticed some steam escaping from the front of my RS3 for about a minute after stopping the engine. First time was after a long run on an extremely wet day and the second after a short run in heavy traffic on a cold morning. The car is running perfectly and there are no other signs of a problem. I have seen similar things reported by TTRS owners so I'm not too concerned, it's just a bit odd to see it happen.

    Has anyone else noticed anything similar and is there a fix at the dealers I should be aware of?

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Location
    Global
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    jerseypaul's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Jersey - Channel Isles
    Posts
    242
    Haven't noticed any from the front of the car.
    Plenty from the brakes though.

    2012 RS3 Daytona grey - VW T5 Transporter 4motion 130 - VW UP!

  4. #3
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Posts
    194
    Yeah. think twice,as you say when it was wet.

    Probably a free mod,like the squealling brakes.Only start to get worried if you see flames.
    A_C4mby and robbiemac like this.

  5. #4
    monkeyboy_marcus's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Online
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    Sevenoaks, Kent
    Posts
    264
    Quote Originally Posted by jerseypaul View Post
    Haven't noticed any from the front of the car.
    Plenty from the brakes though.

    He mentioned steam, not squeal!

  6. #5
    robbiemac's Avatar
    'S' Button engaged....

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    733
    Free mod........ Classic Kohaku, classic.
    Mine's been steaming for ages, kinda like it....... Fire breathing dragon and all that.
    Looks serious on a frosty morning.......
    With great power comes great responsibility.......

  7. #6
    CarrG's Avatar
    1st Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Posts
    260
    Yes I've noticed that on cold damp days.

    Not as bad as my modded Cupra was tho.
    Ibis RS3 - Buckets - Bose - Black Ed - Privacy - New Brakes
    VW California GP 180 DSG "Candy"

  8. #7
    45bvtc's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Staffordshire
    Posts
    1,109
    Quote Originally Posted by MBK View Post
    Seasons greetings all, twice I've noticed some steam escaping from the front of my RS3 for about a minute after stopping the engine. First time was after a long run on an extremely wet day and the second after a short run in heavy traffic on a cold morning. The car is running perfectly and there are no other signs of a problem. I have seen similar things reported by TTRS owners so I'm not too concerned, it's just a bit odd to see it happen.

    Has anyone else noticed anything similar and is there a fix at the dealers I should be aware of?
    Sounds to me like condensate loss from the air-conditioning system, but first make sure you're not loosing engine-coolant from the water make-up bottle/container. If you are loosing engine-coolant then I'd get the car into Audi and have the engine-cooling system pressure tested.

    However, if you are not loosing engine-coolant then, and I know it may be difficult, but try and collect some of the steam (I'll not suggest a method as someone's bound to say something, but I'd use the palm of my hand, oh dear...) and taste-test it! If it's condensate then it'll have no taste at all - but that depends on what you've had on your hand, of course.

    Usually, if it is condensate, all you would see is a small pool of clear water/condensate under the front of the car and lying on the garage floor; I've seen it from all of my Audi cars: current RS3 and 2.0TT, and previous 3.2TT, 1.6A2, and 1.8S3.

    But again, if there is an unusual taste then I'd get the car into Audi and have the engine-cooling system pressure tested.

    Enjoy the taste-test...


  9. #8
    MBK
    MBK's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Neath
    Posts
    1,147
    Thanks all, it's reassuring to know it's nothing then.

    I'm glad to say there is no loss engine coolant and I think I'll give the taste test a miss!

  10. #9
    Reverse Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    2
    Hi there,

    Mine does this too - it's simply water evaporating off the extremely hot radiators (look into and behind your grill) when surface water on the road or raining heavily, post engine shut down. This happens on most high performance cars with front mounted radiators (and some none performance). I like it, some don't...like a bull snorting before it charges!

  11. #10
    robbiemac's Avatar
    'S' Button engaged....

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    733


    smoking......... ;-)
    With great power comes great responsibility.......

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Steam
    By fenian672000 in forum A4/A4 cabriolet/S4 forum(B6 chassis)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 1st December 2006, 17:00
  2. When it rains the windows steam up
    By Anito in forum Audi S4/A4/A4 Cab (B7 Chassis)
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 16th June 2006, 10:52
  3. windows steaming up
    By andyollie in forum A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 11th January 2005, 15:11
  4. All Steamed up
    By cybrey in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 5th December 2004, 19:53
  5. smoke / steam
    By pure in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 25th November 2003, 19:15

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO