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Washing car with mirrors folded in.....

Discussion in 'New A3/S3 (8V Chassis)' started by chanlon1, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. chanlon1

    chanlon1 Member

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    I have the option set to have the wing mirrors folded in when the car is locked.
    Whilst I'm washing it, what is the easiest way to get the mirrors unfolded?
     
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  3. Brennan

    Brennan Former Audi Driver
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    unlock the car?
     
  4. kanecullen89

    kanecullen89 Active Member

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    Unlock the car, put the key in the ignition to the first notch (the one before the engine starts) and that will make the mirrors come out. Take the key out but don't lock the car (because the mirrors will go back in then). Wash car :)
     
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  5. chanlon1

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    Unlocking the car doesn't make the mirrors go back out.
    Also, I have the advanced key option.
     
  6. CraigI

    CraigI Well-Known Member

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    Start the car so the mirrors come out; stop the car; don't lock the car; put the keys out of range so when you are washing the car won't think the water is you trying to lock the car and thus keep your mirrors out.
     
  7. steeve

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    Don't lock the car in the first place, that way the mirrors stay out. If you're going to wash it from a locked position then you'll have to start the car first, but you need to do this to set the wipers. Cant see how you can clean it properly if locked or with the wipers still on the screen.
     
  8. chanlon1

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    Thanks. All a bit of a faff......
     
  9. Daz Auto

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    1. Drive car out of garage.
    2. Switch off car.
    3. Pull wiper control stalk down to move wiper blades to wash position.
    4. Get out of car.
    5. DO NOT lock car (which will cause wipers to fold.)

    Simples... squeek

    ps. I only discovered this week that I could set wipers to wash position... doh!
     
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    Worth it if you wish to do a proper job, or you could take it to the locals for a dirty rag rub over.
     
  11. JDM

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    That's no way to talk about the locals...
     
  12. steeve

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    Your going to have to move the wipers any way so surely no problems?

    In the scheme of things a couple of seconds opening the mirrors is insignificant to the (at least) two hours to give your car a clean?
     
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    More of a comment on the cloths they use to clean peoples cars rather than the people them selves.
     
  14. Daz Auto

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    Our local carwash is staffed with foreigners. I occasionally get my petrol there.

    I much prefer to wash the car myself. I don't want the wax/sealant stripped off.
     
  15. veeeight

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    Does that come with a happy ending? ;)
     
  16. snowfree52

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    or you could deactivate the folding mirrors in the MMI before washing the car
     
  17. Joetidman

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    If you press the unlock button 9 times in quick succession then pull the door handle and kick the front tyre at the same time the mirrors retract back open! Promise ;)
     
  18. vimy

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    I haven't got folding mirror option in my A3 so I dont know for sure if its the same here, but isn't there a button near the wing mirror adjuster to open/close them? Thats how my previous cars had it.
     

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