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Best way to dry a car out

B5NUT Feb 15, 2010

  1. B5NUT

    B5NUT Well-Known Member VCDS Map User quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    Yesterday, removed the seats from my 1.8T and vax'd the carpets, which took hours due to the amount of crud in the carpet. The crud the vax pulled out was amazing, but has left the carpets slightly damp. Can anyone recommend a way to dry the car out without setting it on fire! I cannot put the car in a garage so that is out and the car is not being driven at the moment, so it will be stood in that condition for the next 5 days?
     
  2. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Just put a heater/blower in there for an hour or so
     
  3. rob v6

    rob v6 Learning the VAG way

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    As above that what i did when i cleaned mine just put it in the boot pointing towards the front of the car did the job
     
  4. B5NUT

    B5NUT Well-Known Member VCDS Map User quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    Cheers will give that a go, I was also thinking about dehumidifier, good or bad idea?
     
  5. Nige P

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    A fan heater will be quicker as you need to warm the moisture in the carpets to release as a vapour & go out the window (you need to have the window open a bit). A dehumidifier will do the job but slower as there is not much heat energy these days to get the moisture out of the carpets.
     
  6. aragorn

    aragorn "Stick a V8 in it!" Staff Member Moderator VCDS Map User

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    i'd second the fan heater plus cracked windows approach.

    A heater just turns the water into vapour, you need to get it out of the car.
     
  7. Matt82

    Matt82 Active Member

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    do you own a dehumidifier?
     
  8. B5NUT

    B5NUT Well-Known Member VCDS Map User quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    Yes, I've got one but was worried about dropping the humidity to much as it can cause static build up! But then again I was worried about to much humidity in the car........
     
  9. Matt82

    Matt82 Active Member

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    do it.. itll work fine
     
  10. mugglesquop

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    I would go with the de-humidifier, but just leave it on for a few hours at a time. you will have to empty the drip container anyway ;)
     
  11. B5NUT

    B5NUT Well-Known Member VCDS Map User quattro Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group S-line owners group

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    Well I got called away with work, so have had to leave the carpet a bit damp, will get the heaters & de-humidifier running at the weekend.
     
  12. tazzy baby

    tazzy baby Welsh & Proud

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    Ive had to pull mine out to find a water leak over a week ago and its still wet ive got it hung over a radiator as much as i can,, its not the carpet thats wet on mine its all the foam underneath it
     
  13. Mike B

    Mike B Well-Known Member

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    Wont the aircon remove moisture as it will demist the glass quickly
     
  14. voteforpedro

    voteforpedro Member

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    Remove the carpet... :)
     
  15. mugglesquop

    mugglesquop Member

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    air con and recirculate would work
     
  16. phoenixv6quattro

    phoenixv6quattro staylowmovefast

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    Mrs left the window open on my old car, it was soaking!!!.........Get a blow heater, open ONE window just a tiny bit (2-3cm, enough for the moisture to escape). DO NOT put the blow heater on full whack, as they have a heat sensor built in. If the room/space they are in gets too hot a circuit breaker kicks in and the heater will not restart for 10 mins(health and safety regulation). I also put the car heaters on full whack. Took about 5 hours before it was bone dry, but it worked.................!
     
  17. AndyMac

    AndyMac Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Removing the carpet is a massive task. the carpet actually runs all the way round the back of the centre console, so even removing he plastic console you still have a bunch of steel in the way. I had to cut mine behind the console in order to remove it, then you have to remove the seats and various trim and it weighs quite a bit especially if the foam backing is soaked.
     

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