12-20-2004, 12:40 PM
OK warning: this IS a rant. How many other A8 owners in the northeast are not garaging their car? Reason I ask: I went out this morning after less than an inch of snow, lots of wind, and wind-chill factored sub-zero temp and tried to start my car. All four doors were frozen shut. I finally got the passenger door open and was able to push the other three open from inside. In spite of best efforts at removing a thin layer of ice from the edges of the windows, none of the four windows would open. When I arrived at work an hour later, three of the four windows were still frozen shut. The passenger side wiper, despite my best efforts to dislodge ice and snow, was useless for a 6-inch square patch of windshield, and there was an incessant alarm from the front parktronic that could only be subdued by going into the MMI and turning down the volume. However, once the doors automatically locked the parktronic signal stopped. Of course I don't know if the signal really was triggered by parktronic, only that the front parktronic volume control quieted it down. This was a very mild storm. My 2001 S4 was outdoors through blizzards and nor'easters for three winters and I can't remember the windows ever freezing shut--maybe it's because the A8 seals up much tighter than the S4?
12-20-2004, 12:49 PM
This was an unusual arctic cold front as the temperature plunged nearly 40 degrees in 16 hours. The melted snow and rain from earlier in the dya never got a chance to evaporate as the cold moved in so fast. Many cars had this problem today as most of my employees were late . .
12-20-2004, 01:46 PM
And I haven't had to drive to work today (live in NJ, commute to Manhattan via ferry) so can't say if the sudden plunging temperature had affected my car the same way.
Have left the car outside last winter during storms though and didn't encountered any of the problems you mentioned either.
Just my $0.02...
12-20-2004, 03:03 PM
I park my 03 A6 outside and have had this happen. Buy some 303 Aerospace Protectant or Einszett Gummipflege and treat your rubber door seals. Do not use silicone!
This will make it harder for ice to stick to the rubber. If you get a coating of freezing rain/ice...nothing will keep your doors from freezing.
My windows freeze up too, that's the nature of the winter beast. 303 and Gummipflege really help. You can get it at detailersparadise.com online.
12-20-2004, 04:56 PM
Parktronic on the D2 turns off above 10mph.
Don't know any more specific on the D3, but if the door locks itself at a specific speed, the same as the Parktronic, then that could be why.
12-20-2004, 06:13 PM
Thanks for this, very helpful.
12-21-2004, 01:51 PM
The dashbutton didn't stop the noise...So I'm not sure what was triggering it.