Locking A6 in Garage? - AudiWorld Forums



A6 (C7 Platform) Discussion Discussion forum for the C7 Audi A6 produced from 2011

Locking A6 in Garage?

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-31-2014, 07:35 AM   #1
Audiworld Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
kaorisdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Marino, CA
Posts: 43
Default Locking A6 in Garage?

I usually don't lock my cars in my garage. When I bought my new A6, the salesperson suggested that the car always be locked as some systems are continually on only while unlocked. He said if I didn't, my battery would be drained if I went on vacation.

Does anyone know what additional systems are left on while the car is unlocked?
kaorisdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 08:13 AM   #2
Audiworld Junior Member
 
ettsn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 24
Default

I don't have an answer for you, but I'm quite interested in the answer. I leave my cars unlocked in the garage all the time!
ettsn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 08:41 AM   #3
AudiWorld Super User
 
snagitseven's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: SE MA
Posts: 13,246
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by kaorisdad View Post
I usually don't lock my cars in my garage. When I bought my new A6, the salesperson suggested that the car always be locked as some systems are continually on only while unlocked. He said if I didn't, my battery would be drained if I went on vacation.

Does anyone know what additional systems are left on while the car is unlocked?
I don't believe there's any significant energy advantage to either locking or unlocking the car. The car has stages of power saving modes where if it's not turned on for a period of time, systems are put into "sleep" mode. An example of this is if the car has been off for awhile, the MMI goes through a longer, full startup. Another would be the requirement of pulling the door handle twice to unlock the car - once to wake the locking system and another to unlock the door.
On the other hand, it's not a bad idea to lock the car at all times, even in a locked garage (although I'm guilty of usually not doing so).

Last edited by snagitseven; 03-31-2014 at 10:20 AM.
snagitseven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 09:36 AM   #4
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 433
Default

I think there's a difference between "armed" and "disarmed" when it comes to the alarm. For instance, the red led blink on the driver's door. The towing sensor. The key proximity sensors.

If the car is unlocked, it will not be "armed" and might go into sleep mode faster.

However, I bet there's not a single Audi dealer that leaves their cars "disarmed" and unlocked simply to save power.

Thus, just lock it. If the battery does drain, there's always roadside assistance to the rescue!
in2dwww is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 02:05 PM   #5
AudiWorld Senior Member
 
gatorguy7's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 668
Default

I doubt that Audi would design an electrical system which would drain the battery to empty. Like Snagit it said there are most likely safe guards in place to prevent this. Either way I'd like to know what the systems are that on when the car isn't locked but turned off.
gatorguy7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 02:15 PM   #6
Audiworld Junior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: IL
Posts: 52
Default

My car sat unlocked in the garage for 12 days recently. I did not have any issues.
ScrewGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 03:31 PM   #7
AudiWorld Super User
 
tenspeed's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Honeoye New York USA
Posts: 3,403
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ScrewGuy View Post
My car sat unlocked in the garage for 12 days recently. I did not have any issues.
The salesperson meant people that take longer vacations...
tenspeed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-31-2014, 07:29 PM   #8
AudiWorld Super User
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 2,915
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by tenspeed View Post
The salesperson meant people that take longer vacations...
Agree. It seems prudent to me to lock any cars you've got in the garage if you're planning to be away for an extended period of time. The garage is generally the most vulnerable entry point and once in, the bad guys have cover as they try to break into the house and take or vandalize (maybe a worse outcome) whatever goodies are in the garage.
FWIW - I lock me A6 wherever I leave it: at home, at my kids' or a friend's house. I don’t think we can be too cautious and with the smart entry system getting into the car is a piece of cake.
irenesbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2014, 08:03 AM   #9
AudiWorld Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Posts: 308
Default

The best way to have your battery last a long time is to keep it fully charged. If I'm going to leave my car more than a few days, I connect up this excellent charger/maintainer.

Amazon.com: CTEK 93-56-864 MUS 4.3 Black 12V Battery Charger: Automotive Amazon.com: CTEK 93-56-864 MUS 4.3 Black 12V Battery Charger: Automotive
dicktahoe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-01-2014, 10:27 AM   #10
Audiworld Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
kaorisdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: San Marino, CA
Posts: 43
Default

Thanks everyone for your responses. Here is a response from Audi Tech:

"It is true that certain systems are left on while the vehicle is unlocked. While we do not have a list of the specific systems that are left on when the vehicle is left unlocked, we can advise that they are passive systems. If your vehicle has been standing for an extended period, please note the following:
• The proximity sensors are deactivated after a few days to save power. You then have to pull on the door handle once to unlock the vehicle and a second time to open the vehicle.
• To prevent the battery from being discharged and to preserve your vehicle’s ability to start for as long as possible, the energy management system gradually switches off unnecessary convenience functions. It is possible that you will not be able to unlock your vehicle using these convenience functions."
kaorisdad is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Daily Build..My S6, the story and the questions vwleadfoot Audi Original "S" Cars 4 12-24-2015 07:07 AM
1997 A8 Quattro wont Crank gorkyc A8 / S8 (D2 Platform) Discussion 7 10-04-2015 08:00 PM
So the Torque Converter is toast.. what else is wrong? PaulNZallroad Audi allroad 0 09-17-2015 05:46 AM
-=MSAC 14hr lock-in update=- Andy_FL A4 (B5 Platform) Discussion 19 06-21-2002 09:42 AM
Odd sound coming from my car... EricG A4 (B5 Platform) Discussion 1 01-28-1999 09:53 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 05:35 PM.


 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
What's your question?
Send