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Old 01-21-2014, 01:13 PM   #1
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2 major snow events I been through, windshield won't stay clear and ice forms, impeding the wipers swiping. Can't get the defrost hot enough. Is this a symptom of the diesel?
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2 major snow events I been through, windshield won't stay clear and ice forms, impeding the wipers swiping. Can't get the defrost hot enough. Is this a symptom of the diesel?

Well, I'm not too far from you and the little driving I did, I had the similar issue - ice forming on the blades and some ice on the windshield.
Perhaps if I had driven longer the front windshield defroster would have cleared the window better.

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Has not been a issue with our Q5. And we had some major snow and below zero weather and the car was parked outside overnight for a couple of weeks due to the work being done on the house.
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There is a windshield defrost button. Are you using it? Also, turn your temp up.
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There is a windshield defrost button. Are you using it? Also, turn your temp up.
yes & yes...80 deg temp on the MMI, cranked the fan speed to 11/12 max setting.
I cannot believe I am the only driver with this experience.
The first time this happened around Christmas, I stopped several times within an hour to try clearing the blades.
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Make sure that you have super winter blend windshield washer fluid in it and blast the wipers and windshield with the heated fluid. The wipers will de-ice.
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I've found it QUITE difficult to keep my window clear as well, to be honest. Very easily worse compared to my previous Accord...

Have winter fluid and I feel like I am going through it like water - I need to spray LOTS so that it will completely clear - only to get all ruined and uncleanable a short time later...
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Did I read somewhere that we have heated sprayer nozzles or something? Anyone know the details?
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I wonder if this is a HVAC setting issue of some kind? A round here we've had a brutal winter so far. Extremely cold, way more snow than normal and no problem with the Q5 to date. I haven't done anything with the settings so no idea what it might be.
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I've not had any issues with my 2014 2.0T in Wisconsin, but I have found it odd that I have yet to notice any air coming from the two center vents in the dash this winter. I use "Auto" mode all the time with a 72F temperature setting. The two side dash vents put out plenty of air and so do the windshield vents. I've assumed that there is some logic built in that re-directs air away from the center dash vents and to the windshield vents when the temps are cold.

This is just conjecture, but I wonder if those with problems are seeing lots of center dash vent flow and not enough windshield vent flow. Perhaps there is a software update that would help.
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