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Old 03-06-2014, 07:41 AM   #1
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Today I had my 8000K service done in Canada on my 2013 Q5 Prem Plus 2.0....

Issue #1: They said there was a software update to take care of a steering recall.

I have to say, the car drives literally 100% different and I'm not sure I like it. It's SUPER loose. I felt driving down the highway I had to be so on the ball as the car wheel would simply move back and forth with no tension.

Doesn't feel like a great upgrade or fix. Is there somewhere I can read about what was done and why?

Issue #2: Would they have fooled with my wipers at all? On the way home a truck sprayed some slushy snowy mud on me. When the wipers kicked in, there was a giant spot directly in my field of vision that the wipers just wouldnt wipe. It's like they were adjusted or something.

I had to pull over to wipe the mud off. Obviously not ideal.

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Today I had my 8000K service done in Canada on my 2013 Q5 Prem Plus 2.0....

Issue #1: They said there was a software update to take care of a steering recall.

I have to say, the car drives literally 100% different and I'm not sure I like it. It's SUPER loose. I felt driving down the highway I had to be so on the ball as the car wheel would simply move back and forth with no tension.

Doesn't feel like a great upgrade or fix. Is there somewhere I can read about what was done and why?

Issue #2: Would they have fooled with my wipers at all? On the way home a truck sprayed some slushy snowy mud on me. When the wipers kicked in, there was a giant spot directly in my field of vision that the wipers just wouldnt wipe. It's like they were adjusted or something.

I had to pull over to wipe the mud off. Obviously not ideal.

Any ideas?
Did you try using the windshield wash to remove the mud. Could have just been so oily that the blades could not remove it.
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Washer fluid sprayers on Audi's suck!!! My 2010 S5 and now my 2014 SQ5 have the worst sprayers on the market. I don't know why Audi thinks the sprayers need to work at 5 million psi and shoot 3 streams. And nice mist would work.
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Washer fluid sprayers on Audi's suck!!! My 2010 S5 and now my 2014 SQ5 have the worst sprayers on the market. I don't know why Audi thinks the sprayers need to work at 5 million psi and shoot 3 streams. And nice mist would work.
LOL and as soon as the nozzle is mis-aligned, it shoots fluid like a water gun straight over your roof onto the person driving behind you.
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And nice mist would work.

Yes it is nice but ....
Try this system at -15C = 5F degrees at a speed of 70-80 km/h
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Disable the DSR and the steering will feel much tighter.
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LOL and as soon as the nozzle is mis-aligned, it shoots fluid like a water gun straight over your roof onto the person driving behind you.
Just last week I stopped into the dealership to get the passenger side nozzles adjusted. One jet was spraying a stream in the air off to the right of the car.

It was a busy morning (bitter cold with some snow) but they got a tech to look at it, make the adjustment and I was out in 5-10 minutes. A small gesture, but appreciated.
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Just last week I stopped into the dealership to get the passenger side nozzles adjusted. One jet was spraying a stream in the air off to the right of the car.

It was a busy morning (bitter cold with some snow) but they got a tech to look at it, make the adjustment and I was out in 5-10 minutes. A small gesture, but appreciated.
I will have then look at mine at my 5k service.
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I will have then look at mine at my 5k service.

I notice that the upper right part of my windshield doesn't get much fluid. It's usually still salt covered after cleaning attempts. Are you guys saying that this can be adjusted? That would be nice.

I think my steering felt much better after the update. I felt the notchiness and was frequently correcting trying to go straight.
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I notice that the upper right part of my windshield doesn't get much fluid. It's usually still salt covered after cleaning attempts. Are you guys saying that this can be adjusted? That would be nice.

I think my steering felt much better after the update. I felt the notchiness and was frequently correcting trying to go straight.
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LOL and as soon as the nozzle is mis-aligned, it shoots fluid like a water gun straight over your roof onto the person driving behind you.
Mine are both doing this which makes it unusable at highway speed, unless the road is completely empty behind. I refuse to become one of those people! When stopped it sprays the moonroof. Will be bringing this silliness up at the 5k service.
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Issue #1: They said there was a software update to take care of a steering recall.

I have to say, the car drives literally 100% different and I'm not sure I like it. It's SUPER loose. I felt driving down the highway I had to be so on the ball as the car wheel would simply move back and forth with no tension.

Doesn't feel like a great upgrade or fix. Is there somewhere I can read about what was done and why?
Several posts on here about the steering s/w "upgrade". I don't believe it was a recall per se. Enough people have said that it hurt more than it helped that many, including me, have decided to not accept the change. For once I'll subscribe to the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" crowd. Steve
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'Will be bringing this silliness up at the 5k service.'

Be brave. Take a common sewing needle from any sewing kit, gently insert it into the nozzle ball, and rotate the nozzle down a titch.

Spray and repeat if needed.

Despite whatever you've been told, this will not void your warranty. This also allows you to put the fluid where you want it, for the speeds you most often drive at. When on the road at speed, the airflow will change the spray pattern/distance.

Unless you ordered the speed-compensated wiper-washer system, which will adjust the pattern for driving speed. (WEG)
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Old 03-07-2014, 07:49 PM   #14
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Default Just use a stick pin to adjust the nozzle ball....

to make the fluid hit the correct spot.

Takes only a few minutes. I have been doing that for the last 30-40 years...
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