Most of the time, Audis are unaffected by inclement weather. They’re more than capable of handling in the snow, which is generally a good thing… That is, unless you’re looking for an excuse to take the day off work because your car is supposedly stuck in the driveway. If your boss knows you drive an Audi, this excuse will never work!
As far as weather is concerned, your Audi can manage almost anything Mother Nature can dish out, but some occasions require a bit of attention. The rain in Colorado doesn’t seem to be letting up, and so with this in mind, we at Salta would like to make sure your car is unaffected.
•Check your rain tray… There is a plastic channel under the hood near the front windshield. Often times, it can become clogged with leaves and debris, causing water to overflow onto the car’s interior floorboard, and in extreme cases, this can cause damage to some of the electronics. It takes minutes to clean, but if you’re uncomfortable doing it on your own, you’ve got some friends at Salta who would be happy to help.
•Replace your windshield wipers… The cold weather causes warping to the wiper blades, a brand new set will greatly increase your visibility and our factory wipers are an exact fit at a great price.
•Don’t get stranded… A check up is free, so there’s no reason to get stranded in bad weather. Be mindful of upcoming services, your car will thank you for it!
•Most of all, drive careful… It’s crazy out there right now!
My first car’s name was Orton. It was an 80 something Chevrolet Cavalier that was given to me by my aunt. By the time I inherited Orton, he was a little lackluster, though I have to wonder if there was ever a point in time when a Cavalier was considered sexy or even attractive. His clear coat had worn through, making his dull grey exterior that much more dull. His carpet was grey, his seats were grey, he was about as glorious as a winter day in Cold War Russia.
Orton’s namesake was a bank teller in downtown Denver. A dull man with no real emotion to speak of. Orton the bank teller probably drove a Cavalier just like mine, but I doubt he had the creative energy to go through with naming his car. He probably didn’t even name his children. He was the perfect namesake for my nondescript little car.
I didn’t even really want a car when Orton came into my life, but it didn’t take long to succumb to the ways of automotive dependency. In the beginning, I wasn’t so attached to Orton, I couldn’t even be bothered to check or change his oil. But over time, I grew to appreciate and maybe even love Orton…
He drove me safely through bad weather and bad neighborhoods, and because he never caught the eye of anyone, we could speed right past cop cars with all the confidence in the world that we were in fact, invisible.
Most cars are given recognition for being fast or beautiful, but Orton’s crowning achievement would be the day that I sold him. He provided me with the funds I needed to move to New York City, so, you could say that Orton had provided me with a future I could not have afforded otherwise.
There have been many cars since Orton, and all of them have had names and personalities of their own. Yes, personalities. Take, for instance, Klaus, my Audi Avant… Klaus, the no-nonsense German never failed me. He was functional, reliable, and if he had the ability, he would have been disappointed in my constant lack of punctuality.
Over the years, I have come to realize that our customers also affectionately name their cars. There’s Jeffrey the Volkswagen Jetta, Peppy the Touareg and there was even an Audi A8 called the Doctor.
At Salta, we always do our best to consider that we’re not just fixing any old car… For a lot of our customers, we recognize that there is an emotional bond there, a genuine concern for the well being of their four-wheeled friend. We get it. We’re the same way. And we’re always happy to help a friend in need, whether it’s a car or not!
Here’s a little car advice that may be hard to take serious, but trust me, this is no urban myth. One of our customers brought in his Audi A4 1.8t because he was hearing metallic grinding noise coming from under his car. It didn’t take too long to figure out that the transmission was bad, but as for the reason why, well, that’s where it gets interesting… About a week earlier, he ran over a plastic grocery bag. By now, everyone in the world knows exactly what kind of grocery bag I’m talking about because they’re everywhere they shouldn’t be. They’re floating down the Platte river, flying through the air, and I think they grow on trees because there’s ten of them on the tree in my front yard.
Our customer didn’t think twice about hitting the plastic bag, and who could blame him? They’re a nuisance and an eyesore, so if you can take one out, the better off this planet would be. That would not be the end for this plastic bag in particular, and it seems it exacted it’s revenge on the car that ran it down. When we lifted the car, we could see that the bag had wrapped around the inner cv axle, pushing in the drive axle seal so that all the fluid poured out of the transmission. Lack of lubrication caused the transmission to sieze up and ruined the transmission completely. We were able to find a good used transmission for the customer and we had the car up and running in record time. This was the first time we had ever seen this happen, and hopefully the last. Just watch out for those plastic bags!
Today we got a newer A4 2.0 with a dead battery, seems very normal for the cold weather and age of the battery to be dead but after our normal charging test we found the reason it was dead was due to the engine coolant fans running even after car shut-off. The cars on-board computers were turning on the fans at night and draining the battery. After replacement of the water temp sensor the car was perfect… another happy customer on their way.