I went to Flagship Carwash in Rockville to get my 2006 S4 Avant washed After the car went throw the wash A guy got in and drove the car about 50 Ft the RPM where screaming I would say around 3 to 4K rpm. As soon as he stops I ran over open the hood and you could see smoke coming up between the firewall and motor. Everyone around could smell my burning clutch. I contacted the on site manager he told me to contact the District manager. Even after 5 min. he even agreed that he could smell the clutch.
So this morning I contacted the District Manager and of course he is giving me push back. What do you think my options are? What would you do?
12-14-2006, 08:38 AM
like extreme wear due o negligence. Again What is the damage? If you go to court that is what the judge will want ot know as well as cost.
12-14-2006, 09:15 AM
It drove like crap for about 2 weeks, but then it went back to normal. I'm guessing mine was just glazed. My clutch was smoking and smelled like burnt brakes when the car was delivered.
This is something that is so hard to prove and will be such a hassle. Nobody can prove how much wear he caused. Imagine being in front of the jury having to explain you take your car to the race track and beat the hell out of your car, yet some guy in a carwash fried it in 50ft.
Life is too short, so I'd say chalk it up to a life lesson, have a couple of beers tonight, and don't worry about it. Good luck.
12-14-2006, 09:15 AM
I doubt you need a new clutch or anything like that... what he did probably just casued extra wear on it
12-14-2006, 10:22 AM
<a href="http://forums.audiworld.com/midatlantic/msgs/41065.phtml">Marvin's Problem</a>
<a href="http://forums.audiworld.com/s4/msgs/1185308.phtml">My problem</a>
Good luck is all I can say.
12-14-2006, 10:32 AM
No way you'll get anything from them.
12-14-2006, 10:53 AM
Document, in writing, every interaction you have with said carwash. Stay the course; do NOT let them get away with that kind of sh*t. Good luck.
You don't have to deal with the owner at all.
12-14-2006, 12:28 PM
No way to "proove" they did the damage.
Hopefully, it was just additional wear and it will be OK long run.
Don't let anyone you don't trust drive your stick.....
12-15-2006, 07:39 AM
... toast, and bring the estimate to the car wash. They may pay or submit it to their insurance. If you really want to play chicken, you get the clutch replaced and then seek payment. Then you have clear damages and they would need to prove that the clutch was OK.