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S3 been sat on drive since Sunday, will the engine be ok ?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Johnnyb, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. Johnnyb
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    Probably a silly question i dunno...

    My drive situation is pretty bad, out in the country, steep, narrow, windy drive covered in ice and snow every day, i havent even attempted trying to get it out, every time i shovel the snow away its replaced by the morning, luckily i have a lift in a range rover available every day to work and back.

    Was just wondering if theres anything i need to do as it looks like its gonna be there for quite a few more days yet, i switch the engine on every day and let it tick over for 20 mins - is this long enough given the -10 temps at night?

    Any tips?
    Thanks
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    to be honest I'd just leave it alone until the snow has cleared... starting and leaving it to idle can only cause more engine wear!
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    Mine has been sitting quite a bit - drive is bit steep & covered in ice. doesn't take much to defeat it!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGUTmOSH5Q0

    I have been periodically starting it so that the frost doesn't become deep seated. Problem is it has been a while since I last filled the washers - IE before the frost came. Got it all defrosted now & filled with screenwash.
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    Oh i thought i was doing it some good lol, thanks for the tip i guess its gonna be easier for me to do that, brand new car = irrational worrying
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    it'll be fine mate, just take it easy for the first few miles you do eventually drive it, not so much for the engine (although that would be a good idea) but for things like the brakes and bushes and suspension conponents to warm up a bit after a long time sat still in the freezing cold.
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    You shouldn't leave the engine to idle for any period of time on first start up.
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    This is why I'm really thankful I live in an apartment with underground car parking :wub:
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    V6Pete Now running on Bentley's y'all

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    Mine has been tucked up in my garage this winter - electric door so don't even need to get my shoes wet. It's hard not to feel a bit smug when you see people scraping ice and snow off their cars when you drive past isn't it?
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    I wouldn't say I feel smug, just grateful, my car hasn't moved since it snowed, stayin that way as well, with my 2 BOLD tyres, till I pick the playdough ones up :blush:
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    my car suffers at the expense of my bike (and all the rest of junk in my garage)
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    V6Pete Now running on Bentley's y'all

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    Smug, grateful, same difference ;)
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    V6Pete Now running on Bentley's y'all

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    I chose my house for it's double garage so I could get car, bike and junk inside. I spent more time checking the garage out than the house....
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    bold tyres? LOL
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    Smug B*****ds

    So i shouldnt start it again til the snow thaws? desperate to drive it but its not worth pranging it into the walls at either side of the drive, funnily enough i do have a garage but there is way too much junk in there

    Ah well i guess i will just have to sit here paitiently with baited breath
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    Amazing isnt it that most of us have garages but very few use them, mines full of excercise equipments, jog machine etc whilst the nice expensive motor sits out on the drive, a bit daft really but a great storage place :)

    Our BMW has been sitting there for 4/5 days now but will be fine so dont worry Jonny.

    It wont be long until its gone hopefully, so much for Global warming LOL !!
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    What if you cant see out of the friggin window?! lol Do you suggest I drive around with my head out of the side until it clears?
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    :happy:
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    Ace Ventura style
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    I agree, I always run mine when its frosted etc, I even poor warm water over the screen from the kettle, never been a problem yet.
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    To me it made sense to give it a little start up for 10-20 mins to keep everything warm to an extent, and so true on the garage use too Spin.

    Ive been scraping the snow off the open sky sunroof everyday as even with a layer of ice it creaks like mad, also my remap and mod plans have been put on hold because of it....pah
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    My car creaks like feck when I drive it with ice on, lol, apparently -9c now, got a 6.25am start tomorrow morning, not looking forward to it. I've had the last 3 days off, I think I'd better show my face. Hopefully it will be getting a bit warmer by Monday!!! Also haven't cleaned the car for about 2 months, when I usually do it at least once a week, just haven't been able to. I don't like looking at a dirty car!
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    should be ok,mines been standing in the drive for around 3 weeks,started it 2 day first time just to make sure battery wasn't flat when it kicked up , i knocked it off after 2 mins,keep the handbrake off if parking for long.Audi's use to this weather.......strong build quality ! ( i hope)
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    Eh, good luck, the weather shows another huge shower of snow for most of the country for Sunday and freezing temps for at least another 6 days...

    Once I managed to open the door on the A5 this morning, I then couldn't shut it!! The pillarless doors are a nightmare, i eventually managed to shut the door, but becuase the window was frozen in place, it wouldn't then move down to seal properly, and I drove 10 miles at 6:30am with a freezing draft on my neck!!! hehe
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    Oh ^%**&^$£"££$ :(

    Ha, I remember looking at a 'rocco and thinking "this wouldn't be fun on a winters morning"
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    snow = novelty for a few days, jan 2010 = pain in the arse
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    Obviously you can't help some things, you're just supposed to avoid leaving at idle at start up. I'm only trying to give advice, do what you want.
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    I wish id specd the "Bat cave" option like Nath !
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