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2011 Audi RS Spyder
Owner's Manual

Audi
Vorsprung durch Technik
Introduction
Thank you for choosing an Audi R8 Spyder - we value your trust in us.
Your new Audi R8 Spyder incorporates the newest technology as we ll as numer -
ous features desig ned fo r you r comfo rt, convenience and safety . We recommend
you read your Owner's Manua l tho roughly so that you can qu ickly becom e ac-
quain t ed with your Audi .

In addition to explaining how the different features work , we also give you many
usef ul tips and information concerning your safety and t hat of yo ur passengers,
how to care fo r you r vehicle and maintain your vehicle's value.

We hope you enj oy driving your Audi R8 Spyder and we w ish you safe and pleas-
ant motor ing .

AUDIAG
2 Table of contents

Vehicle literature .......... .... 5 Cup holder . ... . . . . . .......... ... 68


Ashtray . . . . ... . . . . . .......... ... 69
About this Owner's Manual . .. 6 Cigarette lig hter/socket ........... . 69
Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
Controls and equipment . . . .. . 8
Cockpit ... ................ ..... 8 Warm and cold . . . .......... ... 72
General illu strat ion .............. . 8 Climate controls . . ............... . 72
Rear window defogger ............ . 76
Instruments and warning/ Heated seats . ... ............... . 76
indicator lights ............... . 10
I nstruments . . . ........ . . . . . . . .. . 10 On the road . . . .............. .. 77
Warning/indicator ligh ts . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Steering ....................... . 77
Ig nit ion lock and ign iti on switch .... . 77
Driver information system ... 20 Starting the engine .............. . 78
I ntroduction . . . ........ . . . . . . . .. . 20 Stopping the engine . ... .... . ... . . 79
Service interval disp lay ........ .... 21 Parking brake ................... . 79
On-Board Diagnostic system (OBD) .. . 21 Cruise control . ................ .. . 81
Trip computer ................... . 22 Audi mag net ic ride . . . .......... ... 82
Menu display ................... . 24
Lap timer . . .................. ... 26 Manual transmission ........ . 84
Speed war nin g system ...... . ... . . . 28 Launch Control Prog ram ...... ..... 84
Warnings and symbols . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Automated manual
Opening and closing ....... ... 37 transmission ................. . 85
Keys . . ........................ . 37 Description . ... . . . . . .......... .. . 85
Power locking system ............ . 39 Manual operation . . . . .......... .. . 86
Front lid . . . ................ ..... 42 Automatic operation . .......... .. . 87
Anti -t heft alarm system . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kick-down . . ... . .............. .. . 87
Power win dows .......... . . . . . .. . 44 Launch Control Program .......... . 87
Steering wheel with shift paddles ... . 87
Convertible top .............. . 46
Convertible top ........ . . . . . . . .. . 46 Parking system .... ......... .. . 89
Wind deflector . ........ . . . . . . . .. . 48 Parking system advanced ......... . 89
Rear window .................... . 48
Convertible top emergency operation . 49 Homelink ® ................... . 95
Universal remote control . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Clear vision . . ........ . . . . . . . .. . 55
Lights . . . . ................ . . . .. . 55 Safety first ................. .. . 99
Inter ior lights ................... . 58 Driving Safely .............. .. . 99
V1s1on . . .. . .................. ... 59 General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 99
Wiper and washer system ... . . . . . . . 59 Proper occupant seating positions .. . 100
Mir rors . . . . . . . .. ..... ... ... . . . . . 62 Driver and passenger side footwe ll .. . 103
Digital compass ................. . 64 Stowing lug gage . ................ 104
Reporting Safety Def ects. . . . . . . . ... 105
Seats and storage .. . . . .. .. .. .. 66 Active rollover protection system . ... 107
General recomme ndat ions . .. .. .. .. 66
Power seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. 67
Head restraints . . . . . . . . . . .. .. .. .. 68
Table of contents 3

Safety belts ................. .. 109 Fuel supply and filling your


General notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 109 fuel tank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . 170 •
Why safety belts? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 110 Gasoline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 •
Ill ustrating the pr inciple of an Fuel tank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171
accident . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 111
How are safety belts worn correctly? 112 Checking and filling . .... . . . . . . 175
Safety belt pretens ioners . . . . . . . . .. 115 Engine compartment lid ........ ... 175
Engine oil ... . . . . . . . ............ . 178
Airbag system . . ...... . ... . .... 117 Engine cooling system ............ . 181
Important th ings to know . . . . . . .... 117 Brake fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ... . . . . 184
Front airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 12 1 Battery ...... . . . . . ............. . 184
Monitoring the Advanced Airbag Replacing the battery ............ . 18 7
Syst em . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 128 Windsh ield washer container 188
Knee airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 132
Side airbags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .... 135 Tires and wheels . . . . .... . . . . . . 189
Tires . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189
Child Safety ........... .. .. .. .. 138 Tire pressure mo nitoring system 206
I mportant things to know . . . . .. .. .. 13 8
Child safety seats . . .... . . . . . .. .. .. 143 Consumer Information ...... . 209
Instal li ng a chi ld safety seat . . .. .. .. 14 6 Warranty coverages .............. . 209
Addit ional Information ........... . 149 Operating your veh icle outs ide the
U.S.A. or Canada . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . 209
Vehicle operat ion .. . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Audi Service Repair Manuals and
Intelligent technology ........ 150 Literature . . . . . . . . ... . .......... . 209
Not ice about data recorded by vehicle Maintenance . . . . . . . . ............ . 209
control modules .......... . ... . . . . 150 Additional accessories, modif ications
Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP) 150 and parts rep lacement ........... . 211
Rear spoiler .......... ....... ... . 152 Declarat ion of Compliance,
Braking . . . . . . ... ... .... . ... . . . . . 153 Telecommunication or Electron ic
Power steering .................. . 154 Systems . . . . . . . . . . . ............ . 2 12
Driving w ith your quat t ro® . . . . . . . . . 155
Energy management ... . . . . . . . . . . . 155 Do- it-yourself service ........ . 213
Dry sump lubr ication ... . . . . . . . . . . . 157 What do I do now? ........... . 213
Trunk escape handle ........... .. . 2 13
Driving and environment .... . 158 Breakdown kit ... . . . . . . . . .... . . . . 213
Break-in period . . . . .... . . . . . . . . . . . 158 Tire repair . . . . ... . . . . . . . . .... . . . . 213
Driving through water on roads . .. .. 158 What shou ld I be aware of when
Catalytic converter ........ . ... .. .. 158 . a t ,re.
changing ' ? . . . .............. . 216
Sporty driving . . .......... .... .. .. 159 Jump-starting . . . ..... . .......... . 219
Operation and maintenance . . . . .. .. 159 Emergency towing wit h commercial
Trailer towing ................... . 160 tow truck .... . . . . . ............. . 222

Vehicle care .................. . 161 Fuses and bulbs .............. . 223


Cleaning and protection ..... . 161 Electr ical fuses . ... . ............. . 223
General information ... ... . . . . . . .. 16 1 Bulbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ... ... . . . . 224
Care of exte rior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 16 1
Care of inter ior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 165
4 Table of contents

Technical data ................. 22 6


General information .... ...... 226
Explanation of technical data . ...... 226
Vehicle ident ific at ion . . . . . . . . ...... 226
Weight s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ...... 226

Data . . . . . . . . . . . . .... . . . . . .. .. .. 228


R8 Spyder 4 .2 quatt ro ....... .. .. .. 228
R8 Spyder 5 .2 quattro .. . ... . .. .. .. 228
Dimensions . . . . . .. .... . . . . . .. .. .. 229
Capacit ies (approx .) ........ . .. .. .. 229

Inde x . ... . .......... . ....... ... 230


Vehicle literature 5

I n addition to t his Owner's Manual, your Audi If you change your address or if you
comes w ith a Warranty & Maintena nce book- bought this Audi used •
let. be sure to send in a "Notice of Addr ess •

Moreover, dependi ng on t he mode l and t he Change"/ " Notice of Used Car Purchase" post
equip ment, t here may be additiona l instr uc- card. This card can be fo und in the War ranty&
tion booklets delivered w ith your vehicle (for Maint enance booklet or obtained from your
examp le, Operat ing Instr uctions f or your autho rized Audi dealer.
Sound System, Navigation System etc .). It is in your own interest that we are able to
If you are m issing one of these publicat ions, contact you should the need arise .
or if you believe that the inf ormation is not
comp lete, contact you r aut horized Audi dealer
for assistance.

The Warranty & Maintenance booklet


explains how you can keep your Audi in top
driving condition by having it serviced regular -
ly and conta ins deta iled info rmat ion about
the wa rranties covering your Audi. Always
have the book let with you when you take your
vehicle to an auth orized Audi dealer for serv-
ice. Your Audi Service Adviser w ill record each
schedul ed service and can answer any qu es-
tions you may have regarding how to maintain
your vehicle.

In Canada,
t he vehicle lite ratu re is also available in
French. To obtai n a copy, contact your dealer
or w rit e to :

Au Canada, on peut se procure r un exempla ire


en fran~ais de ce document aupres du conces-
sionna ire ou de:

Volkswagen Canada, Inc.


Client Assistance
Assistance a la Clientele
777 Bayly Str eet, West,
Aj ax, Ontario LIS 7G7

If you sell your Audi


all literature should be left in the vehicle to
make the Warranty terms as we ll as all oper-
ating, safety and ma intenance information
available t o the next ow ner.
6 About this Owner 's Manual

This owner's manua l contains important infor-


mation, tips, suggestions, and warnings for
A WARNING

the use of your veh icle. Text with th is symbol conta ins important
inf ormat ion on safety and how to reduce
Make sure that this owner's manua l is always the risk of personal injury or death .
located in the vehicle. This is especially impor-
tant if you allow other people to drive the ve- ([) Note
hicle, or if you sell it.
Text with th is symbol draws your attention
This owner's manua l describes the equipment to potential sources of damage to your ve-
range specified for this mode l at the editoria l hicle .
deadline date. Some of the equipment descri-
bed here will on ly be available at a later date, @) For the sake of the environment
or only in specific markets. Text with th is symbo l conta ins information
Some sections in this owner's manua l do not about the environment and how you can
apply to all vehicles . In that case, the range of help protect it .
applicability is given at the beginn ing of the
section, e.g. "Applies to vehicles: w ith R tron- (D Tips
ic". In addition, optional equipment is indicat- Text with th is symbo l conta ins special tips
ed by an asterisk"*" . and other informat ion about gett ing the
most out of your vehicle and its features.
The details in the illustrations may be differ -
ent from those in your vehicle, and are intend-
ed to be viewed as a basic guide.

Please note that the pictures in this manual


show the European Audi RB model. It may
show features not available in North America.

You will find a table of contents at the begin-


ning of this book, whic h disp lays all topics de-
scribed in th is manual in order of appearance.
You will find an alphabetical index at the end
of this book .

All directions, such as " left", "right", "front",


"back", are relative to the direction of travel.

* optiona l equipment
..,. This section continues on th e next page.
® Registered trademarks are identified with
a®. If th is symbol is missing, it is no guar-
antee that the terms can be used free ly.

& Cross-reference to a "WARNING!" with-


c::>
in a sect ion. For ind ication w ith a page num-
ber, the corresponding "WARNING!" can be
found outside of the section.
7



8 Cockpit

Cockpit
General illustration

Fig. l Cockpit: left section

Fig. 2 Cockpit : ri ght section


Cockpi t 9

(!) Adj uste r control for outside m ir- -Aud i magnetic ride . . .... ... 82
rors .. . . . . ... . .... . . . ... . . 63 - Electron ic Stabiliza t ion Pro-
@ Door handle gram (ESP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150
@ Power locking switch 41 - Eme rgency flasher ......... 57
© Switches for: - Retractable rear spoiler . . . . . 152
- Aud i parking system ....... 89
- Front lid release ......... .. 42
- Fuel filler flap release ...... 172 @ Convertib le t op switch . . . . . . . 46

® Air outle t s ............ . ... . 74 @ Rear window switch . . . . . . . . . 48

® Light switch ........... . ... . 55 @ Parking brake lever . . . . . . . . . . 79

0 Turn signal and high beam . . . . 58


(D Tips
@ Mul tifunction steering wheel
- Some of the equipment or features
with:
shown in t he genera l ill ustration may be
- Horn
standard equ ipment on your vehicle or
- Driver's airbag ....... ..... 121
my be opt ional equipme nt depending on
- Audio, telephone and voice
your mode l.
control system operat ing but -
- A separate brochure is provided for your
tons
fac tory-i nstalled Audi Navigat ion Sys-
- Shift buttons for manual oper-
tem .
at ion (R tronic) ....... ..... 87
® I nstrument cluste r . . . . . . . . . . 10
@ Switches for:
- Windsh ield wiper/washer ... 59
- Trip computer ............. 22
- Menu disp lay ............. 24
- Lap Timer ................ 26
- Speed wa rning syst em . . . . . . 28
@ Steer ing lock/ignition/starter
switch (in the steering wheel
column) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77
@ Adju stable st eering column . . . 77
@ Cruise control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81
@ Inst rument lighting . . . . . . . . . 56
@) Data Link Connector (DLC) for
On Board Diagnostics (OBD II) . 21
@) Power wi ndow switches ...... 44
@ Navigation system
@ Glove compartment (lockable) . 70
@ Front passenger's airbag ..... 12 1
@ Rear window defogger switch . 76
@ Cli mate cont rols ............ 72
@ Gear shift lever or selector lever
(R t roni c):
- Manua l transm ission
- R tronic .................. 85
@ Switches for:
10 Instruments and warning/indicator lights

Instruments and warning/indicator Lights


Instruments
Instrument cluster and controls
The instrument cluster is your central source of information.

Fig. 3 Overview of the inst rumen t cluster

(D Engine oil temperature . . . . .. . 10 Cold range


@ Tachometer with time and date If the needle is at the bottom of the gauge,
display ................... . 11, 11 the engine oil has not reached operating tem-
® Warning/indicator lights ..... 14 perature yet. Avoid high engine speeds, full
© Coolant temperature gauge ... 11 throttle applications and heavy engine loads .
® Fue l gauge . . ............ ... 12 Normal range
@ Speedometer with odometer .. 12
The engine has reached operating tempera-
(i) Voltmeter .............. ... 13
ture when the needle moves into the center of
@ Set/Check button , ... . . . . . . . 11, 31 the gauge under normal driving conditions .
® Driver information display .... 20 The needle may move higher on the gauge
@ IRESET ! button for trip odome- with heavier engine load at high outside tem-
ter . . ..... . ............ ... 12 peratures. This is not a cause for concern as
long as the . indicator light in the display
The illumination for the instrument cluster
lights up whenever you switch on the ignition does not flash.
with the vehicle headlights off. The gauges Warning light.
are also illuminated when the lights are
If the symbol . in the display flashes, ei-
turned on.
ther the engine oil temperature is too high or
the engine oil level is too low Qpage 180 .
Engine oil temperature display
If the needle is well in the upper area of the
The engine oil temperature display Q page 10, gauge, the engine oil temperature is too high .
fig. 3 only operates with the ignition on. To Stop the vehicle, switch the engine off and
prevent engine damage, please observe the allow it to cool. If the warning light comes on
following important points concerning the again after driving a short distance, contact
temperature ranges. an authorized Audi dealer.
In s trument s a nd warning / indicator lights 11

Tachometer (engine rev counter) To set the date

The tachometer indicates the engine RPM • Pull the knob as many ti mes as necess ary
(revolutions per minutes) . until the day, month or year disp lay flashes.
• Turn the knob to the left or right.
You should shift to the next lowest gear when
the speed is below 1500 RPM. The beg inning To hide or display the date
of the red zone in the tachometer indicates • Pull the knob as many t imes as necess a ry
the maximum permiss ible engine speed for until t he date disp lay flashes.
all gears once the eng ine has been broken in • Turn t he knob t o the left o r rig ht .
a nd when it is wa rm. You sho uld shift to the
next higher gea r, switc h t he R tron ic sport Wh en th e date d isp lay st ops blin king, this
mode off or remove your foot from t he accel - means t he ti me and da t e have been success -
erator pedal befo re reaching this a rea in the fully st ored.
ga uge. Wit h the ignit ion off, push ing or pu lling the
Set/Che ck button ~ pag e 10, fig. 3 @ can
(D Note tu rn o n the display field light ing for a few sec-
The needle in the tachometer ~ page 10, ond s.
fig. 3 @ may only be in the red area of the
gauge fo r a short time or the engine could Engine coolant temperature gauge
be damaged. The location whe re the red
zone beg ins varies depending on the en- The engine coolan t ga uge ~ page 10, fig. 3 @
g ine. o nly works when t he ignition is on. To prevent
damage to your engine, please note the fol-
lowing important points.
Digital clock with date display

Your vehicle is equipped with a quartz con- Engine cold


trolled digital clock. As long as the need le remains at the left end
of the gauge, the engi ne still has not reac hed
its operating tem perature. Avoid high eng ine
speeds, heavy engine loads and heavy throt-
tle.

Normal temperature
When t he engine has reached its operat ing
temperature, the need le will move into the
midd le of the gauge and rema in the re . If t he
Fig. 4 Instru m ent cluste r with t he d igita l clock engine is working hard at high outside tem-
peratures, the needle may turn further to the
Date and time are set using the knob ~ fig. 4. right. This is no cause for concer n as long as
the . warn ing light in the instrument clus t er
To set the hour
does not illuminate .
• Pull the knob (hour d isplay flashes) and turn
it to the left or rig ht. Warning light.
When the warning light . starts to f lash, this
To set the minutes
can mean one of two t hings : either the cool-
• Pull the knob as many times as necessary ant temperature is too h igh, or the coolant
unti l the min ute display flashes . level is too low ~ page 32 . IIJ,,
• Turn the knob to the left or right.
12 Instruments and warning /i ndicator lights

If the needle is well on the right side of the


gauge, the coolant temperature is too high .
(D Note

Stop the vehicle, switch the engine off and Never run the tank completely dry! An ir-
allow it to cool. If the warning light comes on regular supply of fuel can cause engine
again after driving a short distance, contact misfiring and fuel could enter into the ex-
an author ized Audi dealer. haust system . The catalytic converter
could then overheat and be damaged.
A WARNING
- Always observe the warni ng in · Speedometer with odometer
¢ page 175, Working in the engine
The speedome ter shows you the vehicle
compartment before open ing the engine speed, and the odometer shows you how
compartment lid and checking the en- many miles (kilometers) you have driven .
gine coolant level.
- Never open th e engine compartment lid
if you see or hear steam, or if you see en-
gine coolant dripping from the engine
compartment . You could burn yourse lf.
Let the engine cool off first so that you
cannot hear or see any steam or engine
coolant.

(D Note
Fig. S Speedometer close -up: odome ter display
- Mounting additional lights or accessories
in front of the air inlets reduces the cool- The distance dr iven is shown in m iles (USA
ing effect of the radiator. At high outside models) or in kilometers (Canada mode ls).
temperatures or high engine load, the
Lower odometer
engine could overheat .
- The front spoiler has been designed to The lower odometer shows the total number
properly distribute the cooling air when of miles (kilometers) dr iven.
the vehicle is moving. If the spoiler is
Upper odometer (trip odometer)
damaged, th is could reduce the cooling
effect and the engine could then over- The upper odometer shows the total number
heat. Ask you r autho rized Aud i dealer for of miles (kilometers) dr iven since you last re-
assistan ce. set the odometer back to zero. You can use
th is odometer when you want to keep track of
how many miles (kilometers) you have driven
Fuel gauge
for a single trip or errand. The last dig it ind i-
The f uel gauge works only when the ignition is cates 1/10 of a mile (100 meters) . You can set
on. When the needle reaches the red area, the the trip odometer back to zero by pressing the
warn ing light in the instrument cluster will il- IRESE T ! button ¢ fig . 5.
lum inate c>page 33 (il This means you
With the ign itio n off, pushing of the Set/
have approximately 2.6 gallons (10 liters) of
Check button ¢ page 10, fig. 3 @ can turn on
fuel left in the tank . Time to refuel!
the display fie ld lighting for a few seconds.
The total tank capacity of your vehicle is listed
Malfunction message
in Technicaldata ¢ page 228.
If there is a malfunct ion somewhere in the in-
strument cluster, dEF wi ll appear in the trip .,.
Instruments and warning/indicator lights 13

odometer and will stay on . Contact your au -


thorized Audi dealer to have the problem cor-
rected .

Immobilizer
When the ignit ion is switched on, the data on
the ign ition key are scanned automatically.

If an unauthorized key was used , SAFEis dis-


played cont inuously in the odometer display
f ield. The veh icle cannot be operated
~ page 38 .

Voltmeter display

The voltmeter shows the voltage in the vehi-


cle electrical system. If the reading drops be-
low 12 volts with the engine running, you
should have the power supply (battery and
generator) inspected by an authorized Audi
dealer .

Voltage can drop below 8 volts when you


start the engine.
14 In struments and warning /i ndicator light s

Warning/indicator lights
Overview
The warning/indicator lights indicate different functions or a possible malfunction.

Fig. 6 Instrument duste r with warning/indicator lights

(D Warning/ind icator lights in the tachometer Canada models :


@ Turn signals c::>
page 16 Malfunction Indicator Lamp
(MIL)
® Warning/indicator lights in the Driver In- c:>page22
formation System c::>
page 30
High beam
@ Warning/ind icator lights in the speedome- <::>page16
ter
Rear spoiler
c:>page16
@Warning/indicator lights in the
tachometer
@ Warning/indicator lights in the
Audi magnet ic ride speedometer
<::>page15
Elect ronic Sta bilizat ion Pro-
Tire pressure too low
<::>page15, c::>page207 I gram (ESP)
<::>page16
Electronic power control USA models:
<::>page15 Cruise control activated
<::>page17
Convertible top operation
Canada models :


r::!>page16
Cruise control activated
Electronic Stabilizat ion Pro- page 17
c::>
gram (ESP) USA models:
c:>page16 Safety systems
USA models:
Malfunction Indicator Lamp -----·- <::>page17

(MIL)
¢page22
In s trument s and warnin g/ indi ca tor ligh ts 15

Canada models: cont inues to flash until the fault has


Safety systems been corrected.
¢page 17
Generator ; Audi magnetic ride
¢page 17 The indicator light monitors vehicle damping.
Safety belt
¢page 17
E
The ind icator light illuminates when the ig-
nit ion is switched on as a func t ion check.
USA models:
Brake system, parking brake set @ Tips
¢page 17 If the indicato r la mp illuminates wh ile you
Canada model s: are driving, the re is a malfunction in the
Brake system, parking brake set vehicle damping. The chassis should be in-
¢ page 17 spected immed iate ly by an authori zed Au-
di dealer.
USA models:
Ant i-Lock Brake System (ABS)
defective ill Tire pressure monitoring system
¢page 18 Appl ies to vehicles: wit h tire pressure monito ri ng system

Canada models: Tirepressure that is too low must be correct-


Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) ed as soon as possible.
defective
¢page 18 The wa rning/indicator light RI]ill umi nates for
a few seconds after t he ignition is t ur ned on

& WARNING a5 a function check. If the [D]warning light


comes on, pressure in at least one tire is too
- Failure to heed warning lights and other
low.
important vehicle information may result
in serious personal injury or vehicle dam- .,.Stop driving as soon as possib le w ithout en-
age. danger ing yourself and other drivers on the
- Whenever sta ll ed or stopped for repair, road.
move the vehicle a safe distance off the .. Inspect all tires.
road, stop the engine, and turn on the .. Correct the tire pressure ¢ page 195.
emergency flasher ¢ page 5 7.
Additional inf ormat ion about the tire pres-
- The engine compartment of any motor
sure monitoring system can be found
vehicle is a potentially hazardous area.
¢ page 207 .
Before you check anything in the engine
compartment, stop the engine and let it
cool down . Always exercise extreme cau-
EPC
Electronic power control
t ion when wor king under the engine This warning/indicator light monitors the
compartment l id ¢ page 175, Working electronic power control.
in the engine compartment .
The warni ng/indicator light (Electronic Power
(D Tips Control) ~ ill uminates when you switch on
the ignition as a functio n check. Iii>
- When a yellow warn ing symbol appears,
one war ning tone sounds. Check the
f unct ion disp layed as soon as possible.
- When a red symbol appears, three warn-
ing tones sound in a row. The symbo l
16 In st rum e nt s and w a rn ing /i ndic a t o r light s

~D High beam

If this warning/indicator light illuminates The . war ning/ indicato r light illum inates
while you are driving, then there is a mal - whe n the high beams are on or when you use
function in the engine electron ics. Have the headlight flasher.
the malfunction corrected as soon as pos-
For more information ¢ page 58 .
sible by your authorized Audi dealer or
qualified workshop .
":::>'•
Rear spoiler

"' Convertible top operation The warning/indicator light monitors the


electrically retractable rear spoiler.
The indicato r light turns on IJI
The warn ing/indicator light (11has the follow-
- When the convertible top opens or closes or
ing functions :
- If the convertible top did not open or close
completely. - It comes on for about 3 seconds as a func-
tion check when the ign ition is switched on.
The indicator light blinks if the convertible top
- It comes on if there is a malfunction in the
cannot open or close ¢ page 47.
electrically retractab le rear spoi ler.

n If; Electronic stabilization program Additional information about the electrica lly
retractable rear spoiler ¢ page 152 .
(ESP)

If the indicator lamp Gl blinks while dr iving,


the ESP or ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation) is active-
&
=
WARNING
Driving at higher speeds witho ut the rear
ly regulating.
spoiler deployed can impair handling char-
If the indicator lamp Gl illuminates, the sys- acteristics, making the vehicle harder to
tem has switched the ESP off. In this case , you control.
can switch the ignition off and then on to - If the rear spo iler warning/ind icator light
switch the ESP on again . The system is func- in the instrument cluster comes on, the
tioning comp letely when the indicator lamp rear spo iler may not have dep loyed. Nev-
switches off. er drive at speeds higher than 87 mph
(140 km/h) if the spo iler is not deployed .
If the indicator lamp I] illuminates , the ESP
Have the spoiler inspected as soon as
was switc hed off with the lliJbutton.
possible by an authorized Audi dea ler or
ESP and ABS: fault ! See owner's manu al qualified wor kshop.
If the indicator lamp Gl and the ABSindicator
lamp !I] illuminate and the driver message ¢ ¢Turn signals
appears, the ABSor electronic differential lock
is malfunctioning . This also interrupts the Whenever you use the left II or the right R
turn signal, the indicator light blinks. When
ESP. The brakes st ill function with the ir nor-
you use the emergency flasher, both indicator
mal power, but ABSis not active .
lights f lash.
Drive to your authorized Audi R8 dealer imme-
If one of the turn signa l light bulbs burn out,
diately to have the malfunction corrected.
the turn signal will blink twice as fast as nor-
For more information about the ESP mal.
¢page 150.
Addit ional information on the turn signals
¢ page 58.
In s trument s and warnin g/ indi ca tor ligh ts 17

/vJ'Cruise control
CRUISE ¢ page 32, stop the veh icle and t urn off
the engine. The coolant pump is not work-
The warning/indicator light (ij;jl)~1~
(USA mod- ing - this can cause engine damage!
e ls)/ . (Canasda models) illum inates when
the cruise cont rol is activated.
4 Safety belt warning light

I I ! .!rSafety systems The warning light is a reminder to fasten


safety belts.
This warning/indicator light monitors the air-
bag and the pretensioner systems. The warning light . comes on fo r a few sec -
onds after the ignition is switched on as a re -
The warning light I(USA models);II (Cana- minder to fasten your safety be lt. Additional-
da models) illuminates for a few seco nds eac h ly, an acoustic warning (gong) will a lso sound.
time you switch on the ignition.
Addit ional informat ion on safety belts
If theI (USA models)/ . (Canada models) ¢ page 109 .
warn ing light does not go out, or if it illumi-
nates wh ile you are driving, or if it starts to
BRAKE
/((D
) Brake system
blink, then there is a ma lfunction somewhere
in the system. If the light does not illuminate This warning/indicator light flashes when the
when you switch on the ignition, this also broke fluid level is too low or when there is a
means there is a ma lfunction. malfunction in the ABS.

A WARNING If t he wa rning/ind icator light flas hes 111111111;


• (with t he parking brake re leased), stop t he
If you have a malfunction in the airbag sys-
vehicle and obtain qualified help ¢ &, .
tem, contact your authorized Audi dealer
immediately. Otherw ise the airbag or the If the ABS fails, the ABS wa rning/ indicator
belt pretensioner may not work proper ly in ligh tr.m!J,11] illumina t es al ong w ith the
an acc ident. brake sys t em warning/ ind icator light - /
. ¢ &, .

D Generator (USA mode ls): If the war ning light - and

This warning/indicator light detects a mal-


the warn ing light Lilillumin ate together, im-
med iate ly contact your a uthorized Aud i dea le r
function in the generator or in the vehicle's
or qualified workshop to have all brake pads
electrical system.
inspected ¢ page 33 .
The . warning/indicator light illuminates When t he light comes on, an aud ible warning
when you switc h on t he ignit ion and must go signal is also g iven.
out after the engine has started.
Parking brake set
If the . warning/indicator light illuminates
while you are driving, you should contact your The _ /. wa rning/ind icator light illumi-
author ized Audi dealer. Since the veh icle bat- nates when the parking brake is set ¢ &, . The
tery is discharging, you should switch off any fo llow ing message appears in the d isplay:
unnecessary electrical consumers (for exam- Handbrake is applied. If you inadvertent ly
ple, the air conditioner). drive off with the parking brake applied, a
buzzer (warning tone) sounds.
Q) Note
If the . warn ing/ indicator light (mal-
function in the engine cooling system) in
the instrument cluste r shou ld illum inate
18 In strument s and w a rn ing /i ndic a t o r light s

will go out after an automatic check sequence


&_ WARNING is comp leted .
- USA models: If both, t he - wa rning
light a nd them war n ing light com e There is a malfunction in the ABS when:
on at the same t ime, the rear whe e ls - The warn ing/indica t or ligh t does no t illum i-
cou ld lock up first under hard braking . nate when you sw itch on the ign ition.
Lock-up of the rear whee l brakes can - The warning/ indicato r light does not go out
cause loss of vehicle control and an acci- after a few seconds.
dent. Have yo ur vehicle repaired immedi-
- The warning/ indicator light illum inates
ately by your authorized Audi dealer or a
while d riving.
qualified workshop . Drive slowly and
avo id sudden, hard brake applicat ion. The brake system will still respo nd even with-
- Canada models: If both, the brake warn- out the assistance of the ABS system. See
ing light . and the ABS warning light your autho rized Audi dea le r as soon as possi-
ti] come on at the same time, the rear ble to restore full braking performance . For
wheels could lock up first under hard more inform ation regard ing the ABS
braking. Lock-up of the rear wheel brakes r::?v
page 150 .
can cause loss of vehicle control and an The ABS war ning light and the brake warning
acc ident . Have you r vehicle repaired im- light come on together. The ABS will not work
med iately by your authorized Audi dealer and you will no t ice a change in brak ing re-
or a q ualified wor kshop . Drive slowly and sponse and perfo rmance .
avo id sudden, hard brake applicat ion
- If the brake warning/indicator ligh t does Malfunction in the brake system
not go out after a few seconds and the USA models: If both, the - warning light
par king brake re leased, or lights up while and the m warn ing light come on
you are d riving, the fluid level in the page 32 whe n the par king brake is re-
r::?v
brake fl uid reservoir is too low . If you be- leased , there may be a ma lfunct ion in t he
lieve that it is safe to do so, proceed im- ABS, and there may a lso be a malf unct ion in
med iately at low speed to the nearest &. .
t he brake system itse lf r::?v
authorized Audi dealer or qualified work-
Canada models: If bot h, t he brake warn ing
shop and have the brake system inspect-
ed .
ligh t . and t he ABS wa rning light £1come
page 32 when the parking brake is re-
on r::?v
- Please be very carefu l and always keep in
leased , there may be a malf unct ion in the
mind that after seve ral brake applica-
ABS, and there may also be a malfunction in
t ions, you will need g reater pressure on
the brake system itse lf ¢ &. .
the brake pedal to stop you r vehicle.
Consequently, you must allow for in- Malfunction in the electronic differential
creased braking d istances. Trying to lock (EDL)
brake as quickly as usual could lead to an
The two systems EDLand ABS work together.
acc ident.
Them warning light will come on if there is
a malfunction in the EDLsystem r::?v page 150.
ABS/(@) Anti-Lock Brake System See your au t hor ized Audi dealer as soon as
poss ible .
This warning/indicator light monitors the ABS
and the electronic differ ential lock (EDL).
&_ WARNING
Them light w ill come on fo r a few seconds - If the m warning light does not go
when the igni t ion is sw itched on . The light out, or if it comes on wh ile driving, the
ABS system is not working properly. The
In s trument s and warnin g/ indi ca tor ligh ts 19

vehicle can then be stopped only with


the brakes operating without ABSsup-
port. You will not have the protection
ABSprovides. Contact your authorized
Audi dealer as soon as poss ible.
- USA models: If both, the ~ warning
light and the B warning light come
on at the same t ime, the rear wheels
could lock up first under hard braking.
Lock-up of the rear whee l bra kes can
cause loss of vehicle control and an acci-
dent. Have your vehicle repaired immed i-
ately by your authorized Audi dealer or a
qualified workshop . Drive slowly and
avoid sudden, hard brake applicat ion.
- Canada models: If both, the brake warn-
ing light . and the ABSwarning light
Ii] come on at the same t ime, the rear
wheels could lock up first under hard
braking. Lock-upof the rear wheel brakes
can cause loss of vehicle control and an
accident. Have your vehicle repaired im-
med iately by your authorized Audi dealer
or a qualified workshop . Drive slowly and
avoid sudden, hard brake applicat ion.
20 Driver information system

Driver information Lap timer 9 page26


system Menu display ¢page24

Introduction The speed warning system is also displayed in


the Driver Information System . You can read
The Driverinformation display inside the in- how to set it in ¢ page 28.
strument cluster provides you, the driver,
with important information. Auto Check Control
Some functions and vehicle components are
scanned for the ir operating status when you
switch the ignition on and while you are driv-
ing. Malfunctions or required service proce -
dures are signaled audibly and indicated by
red and yellow illuminated symbols and re-
minders in the display ¢ pag e 30.

Fig. 7 Inst rum ent clust e r: center display -A WARNING


- Never rely exclusively on the outside
-

temperature display to determine if a


road surface is icy or not . Keep in mind
that road surfaces , especially bridges
and overpasses, could be ice covered and
slippery even at an outside temperature
above 41 °F (+S °C).
- Always remember, even if the "snow-
flake " symbol (ice warning) does not ap-
pear in the display, black ice could be on
Fig. 8 Wiper lever: con tr ols for th e menu dis play
the road.
Center display -Always reduce your speed and drive with
special care in cold weather conditions
With the ignition on, the display in the Driver when the chance of encountering icy
Information System shows the following in- road surfaces increases.
formation :

- CD inserted or Radio station set (0 Tips


- Outside temperature: At temperatures be- - On vehicles with R tronic*, the reminders
low 41 °F (+S °C), a snowflake symbol ap- do not appear in the display until you se-
pears in front of the temperature display lect a gear.
¢ .&_. - On vehicles with Audi Navigation system,
- Warning when a door, the engine compart- the displays may differ from their normal
ment lid or the trunk lid is not closed . appearance during navigation.

Additional functions
You can open the following function s in the
Driver Information System display by pressing
the ! RE SET I button ¢ fig. 8 one or more times:

Trip computer ¢ poge22


Digital speedometer
Dr iv er in f ormation system 21

Service interval display the appropriate service on your vehicle. You


also have the possibility to reset the oil
The service interval display reminds you when
change schedule after having performed an
your next service is due.
oil change according to Audi specifications.

- Switch the ignit ion on.


- Pull the knob c:;,fig . 9 . The message. Service
due! appears .
- Pull the knob unt il t he display Oil change in
----· mi (km)--· days appears. If the IRESE T I
button is not pulled w ith in 5 seconds, the
disp lay reset mode closes.

Fig. 9 Section of inst rum ent cluste r: Service inte rval


(D Note
display If yo u disconnect the battery te rm inals, no
calculat ions can be made fo r the service
The schedule for the next oil change or inspec- inte rval disp lay dur ing this time and no
tion is calculated automatically and displayed service reminder will appear. Remember
according ly. The display works in two stages : that observing the proper service interva ls
Service reminder is vitally important to extending the life of
your vehicle, particularly the engine, and
30 days befo re t he next service is due, a serv- maintain ing its value. Even if the mileage
ice reminder appears in the display when you driven is low, t he maximum period of one
turn on the ignition. year fro m one service to the next m ust not
Afte r about 5 seconds the display switches be exceeded.
back t o normal. The dista nce and time re-
maining are updated each time the ignition is @ Tips
turned on until the date due for service is - Do not reset the display between oil
reached. changes, othe rwise the display w ill be in-
correct .
Service due
- The info rmat ion in the Service Reminder
W hen the due date for service is reached, the remains stored even w hen t he vehicle
message Service due! appears in the instr u- bat tery is disconnected.
ment cluster immediately after you tu rn on
the ignition. Additionally, a warning tone On-Board Diagnostic
sounds. After about 5 seconds the display
switches back to normal.
system (OBD)
On-Board Diagnostics
Calling up the service schedules

If or when an oil change or inspect ion is due,


can be shown in the instrument cluster by se-
lecting the service interval display . Select
Check > Service > Oil change or Service by us-
ing the IRESET Ibutton and the rocker switch
c:;,page 24, fig . 13.

Resetting the service interval display


Your authorized Audi dealer wi ll reset the cor- Fig. 10 Locatio n of Data Link Connector (DLC)
responding service schedule after performing
22 Dr iv er in f ormation sys tem

On-Board Diagnostics monito rs the compo - Trip computer


nents of your emission control system . Each
mon itored component in your engine system Introduction
has been assigned a code. In case of a mal- The trip computer gives you information on
f unction, the component will be identified current and average fuel mileage, average
and the fault stored as a code in the control speed, fuel range and driving time .
module memory .

In order to make an accurate diagnosis, the


stored data can only be displayed using spe-
cial diagnostic equipment (gener ic scan tool
for OBD).

In order to connect the special diagnostic


equipment, push the plug into the Data Link
Connector (DLC). The DLC is located to the
right of the engine compartment lid release
Fig. 1 1 Trip computer 1
c::,;,
fig. 10 .

Your author ized Audi dealer or a qualified You can swit ch between t he trip compu t er 1
service station can interpret the code and per- and 2 by pressing the ! RESE T I but t on @
form the necessary repair. c:>page 23, fig. 12.

You can te ll wh ich memory level is currently


S?.Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) active by t he number in the display c:>fig. 11.
The data from t he single -trip memory (memo -
The Malfunction Ind icator Lamp (MI L) 1\1
is
ry level 1) is being displayed if a 1 appearsin
part of the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD I I) sys-
the display. If a 2 is shown, then the data
tem.
from the total-trip memory is being displayed
The warning light illuminates when there is a (memory level 2).
malfunction in the engine electronic system.
A ma lf unction may have var ious causes: Single -trip memory (Trip compute r 1)
The sing le-trip memory stores t he trip infor -
- The fue l filler cap may be imp roperly closed
mation from the time the ignition is turned on
c::,;,
page 172 .
unt il it is turned off. If the t rip is cont inued
- There is a leak in the fuel vapor recovery sys-
within 2 hours from the time the ignition was
tem .
turned off, the new data will be included in
- The engine control receives faulty vehicle
the calculat ion of the current tr ip informa -
roadspeed signals .
t ion. If the trip is interrupted fo r more than 2
Contact your nearest authorized Audi dealer hours the memo ry is reset automatically .
for assistance.
Total-trip memory (Trip computer 2)
If the lig ht ill uminates, the catalyt ic converter
Unlike the single-trip memory, the total-trip
could be damaged. Continue driving with re-
memory is not reset automat ically . This per-
duced power (avoiding susta ined high speeds
mits you to evaluate your driv ing data for the
and/or rapid accelerat ions) and have the con-
entire per iod between ma nual resets.
dit ion corrected.

An improperly closed f uel fi ll er cap may also Fuel range


cause the MI L li ght to ill um inate ¢ page 172. The estimated cruising range in miles (km)
appears in t he display . The display changes in
increments of 6 m iles (10 km) . ..,.
Dr iv er in f ormation system 23

Average fuel mil eage Selecting the trip computer


The average fuel economy in MPG (l/ 100 km) .,.Tap the ! RESE T Ibut t on @ unt il the t rip
since you last clea red the memory appears in computer (memory leve l 1 or 2) ap pears in
this display . the display ~ poge22 , fig . 11.

Current fuel mileage Selecting the functions


The instantaneous fue l consumption in miles .,.Push in the upper (lower) p rotrus io n on t he
per gallo n (l/100 km) is shown in this d isp lay. function selector sw itch @ ~ fig. 12. The
When the ve hicle is stationary, t he most re- functions for t he tr ip comp ute r are dis-
cent fuel consumption is displayed. played in succession on the respective mem-
ory leve ls.
Average speed
Resetting the funct ion to zero
The average speed in mph (km/h) since the
last time the disp lay was reset appears in t he .,.Push the IRESE T ! button @ fo r at leas t two
d isp lay. seconds.

Elapsed t ime You can reset the following values to zero:


The length of time that you have been driving - driving t ime
since you last reset the memory appears in - distance
this display . The maximum time period that - average fue l mileage
can be recorded is 999 hours and 59 minutes . - average speed
Distance The trip computer only operates when the ig-
The elapsed dist ance since the last time the nit ion is on . When you tu rn o n the ignition,
memory was clea red appears in the display . the f unction t ha t was in use when you last
The max imum d istance that can be recorded tu rned t he ignition off will be displayed .
is 9,999 .9 m iles (9,999 .9 kilometers) .
@ Tips
(D Tips - You can also set the va lues for the func-
All stored values will be lost if the vehicle ti ons t o ze ro in t he me nu d is play (Reset)
battery is disconnected . ~page 24 .
- All sto red values will be lost if the vehi-
cle battery is d isconnected.
Operation

The trip computer is controlled by two


switches on the windshield wiper lever .

~---1 @
Fig. 12 W iper arm/ wiper lever: cont rols fo r t he t rip
comput er
24 Dr ive r information system

Menu display Set Clock


¢ page25
Introduction
Computer
¢page25
Speed warning
¢ page29
Language
¢page25

.____
__ ® Units (distance, fuel consump-
tion, temperature)
¢page25
Fig. 13 Wiper lever: Controls for the men u disp lay Displays
Lights
. Displa Type
¢ page55
~Set Wipers (service position)
!:Cfiecl<
--,
Menu off ¢page 61
Doors (unlocking and locking
mode)
¢page39
Parking aid*
Fig. 14 Display: Start me nu ¢page89
Check Service
Some functions in your vehicle can be set, ac-
tivated, and controlled by Menus (e.g. Acous- Chassis number
r::;,page 226
tic park assist*). With these menus you can al-
so select the information shown in the Driver Keys
Information System, which operates only with Menu off The menu display is hidden and
the ign ition switched on . Operation is control- the lap timer appears.
led by the IRESET ! button and the rocker
switch on the wiper lever ¢ fig. 13.

The Start menu shows you the different dis-


play types:

Set
Check

Menu off

Each display type in the Start menu contains a


submenu with additiona l opt ions .
Dr iv er in f ormation system 25

Navigating the menu cursor appea rs on the left in front of these-


lected values .
Use the rocker switch on the windshield wiper
lever and the I RESET ! button to operate the By press ing the !RESET I button, you act ivate
menu and carry out inquiries and selections . the selec t ion you made or confi rm the val ues
you set. Selectedfunctions are identified with
a check mark or are carried out directly .

Mean ings of t he symbols in the display :

Selec- Selected funct ion Mean ing


tion bar
> Cursor Curren t Selec-
tion
Check mark Selected or
Fig. 15 Wiper lever: Controls for t he men u display ./ Function active
Box Not selected
D
Triangle pointi ng Previous pag e
up
Triangle pointing Next page
down

Selecting settings
Fig. 16 Display: Start menu
The DriverInformation System settings are
I RESETI button @ and rocker swit ch @ menu-guided .
¢ fig. 15 functions:

To open the menu


• Press the IRESET I button @ until the menu
display¢ fig. 16 appears.

Selections and setting s


• Press the rocker switc h @ to reach a menu
display. The sw itch is operated the same as
the d isplay (up/down). Fig. 1 7 Display: Menu Settings, computer selected
(page 1)
Entering and confirming
• Press the ! RESET I button @ . • Press the I RESE T ! button. The Start menu
appears ¢ page 24, fig. 14.
Returning to the Start menu • Press the rocker switch unt il Set is dis-
• Press the IRESET I button longer than 2 sec- played .
onds to ret urn from any menu leve l to t he • Press the I RESET ! button . All the me nus ap-
Start menu . pea r.
• Press t he rocker switch unt il the desired line
Using t he roc ker switch, you can select t he is highlig hted (curso r) ¢fig. 17 .
menus in the d isp lay or change se tt ings. A • Press the I RESET I button. 111-
26 Dr ive r in f orm a tion sy s tem

• If necessary, sc roll by selecting and activat- Selecting the lap timer


ing the symbol for "Next page" or "Prev ious
page" .

When you have selected the Computer menu


and activated it by pressing the IRESE T Ibut-
ton, two computer leve ls appear (computer 1
and computer 2). Now you have to select the
level you want using the rocker switch and ac-
tivate it with the IRESET Ibutton . --- ®
Fig. 18 Cont rols
Lap timer
Introduction

The lap timer allows you to record and evalu-


ate lap times .

The inst rumen t cluster display shows t he t ime


in minu t es, seconds and tenths of a second.
For lap times longer than one hour, the hour
is also shown automatically. The maximum re-
Fig. 19 Display: Lap t imer
cordab le time for a single measurement is 99
hours, 59 minutes and 59 and 9/10 seconds.
• With the ignition on, press the IRESE T ! but-
If the lap timer reaches th is value, the timing
ton @ ¢ fig. 18 unt il the lap timer ¢ fig. 19
stops on its own or it switches to pause mode
appears.
via ¢ page 2 7 .

A WARNING
-
Starting the timer
Please devote your full attent ion to driv-
ing. As the d river, you have comp lete re-
sponsibility fo r safety in traffic . Only use
the functions in such a way that you always
ma intain complete control over your veh i-
cle in all traffic sit uations.

(j) Tips
All of t he trip compu t er fu nctions are
Fig. 20 Display : Lap 1
availab le as usual when the lap time r stop -
watch is running.

Fig. 2 1 Display: Lap 1 is save d, lap 2 is started


Dr iv er in f ormation system 27

The top row shows the current lap number: e . Displaying split time or inserting a
g . LAP 2 (= second lap). pause

Starting lap time Split time is indicated by a star .

~ Press the uppe r section of the rocker switch.


Row @ <>fig . 20 d isplays t he curre nt lap
t ime .

Saving lap time


~ Press the upper section of the rocker switch
again . This s imultaneo usly starts the meas-
urement for the next lap.

After being saved, the first recorded lap time Fig. 23 Displ.ay: Show ing a spli t tim e
moves from the lowest to the next highest
fig. 21 . The lowe r line
line in the display (D r=.> It is possible to recall split times for speci fic
@ identifies the new ly started lap ti me. stretches. If you would like to insert a pause
during a lap, you can stop the time recording .
Recording addit ional lap times Displaying split time or inserting a pause
~ Press on the lower section of the rocker
sw itch to display the split time © - While
the split time marked with a star is be ing
disp layed, the t ime recording cont inues to
run in the background .
~ Press the lower se ction of the rocker switch
again to insert a pause. Timing is interrupt·
ed, the star in the last row disappears .

Fig. 22 Displ ay: Lap 2 is saved Resuming tim ing


~ Press the upper sect ion of the rocker switch
After starting the lap timer, a timed lap is
to resume t iming from the split time or
comp leted and sto red and t iming beg ins for
pause display .
the next lap every time the upper sect ion of
the rocke r switch is pressed. Contin ue as de-
scr ibed above to measure add it io na l lap Switching the display between the lap
times. timer and trip computer

The cu rrent lap time is disp layed in t he bot- You can ret rieve info rmation from t he t rip
t om line of the display © ¢ fig. 22. compu t er wh ile t he lap timer stopw atc h is
runn ing .
Afte r being saved, the last reco rded lap time
moves from the lower to the next higher line Selecting the tr ip computer
on t he display @ ¢ fig . 22 . The lap ti me be - ~ Press t he IRESET I button br iefly to display
fo re the last one also moves up o ne line @ . t he t rip computer . You can now operate t he
The lowest line © identifies the newly star t ed tr ip computer as usual.
lap time .
Selecting the lap t imer
~ Press the IRESET I button until t he lap timer
page 26, fig . 19 appears .
r=.>
28 Dr iv e r in f ormation sy s tem

Evaluating times, ending or resetting - The saved lap timer va lues will not be
timing lost after turning the ignition off.
- Lap timer recording can be cont inued at
a later point in time c::>
page 28.
- All values in the lap t imer are dele t ed
only when reset is de liberately selected .
LAP 5
+ 45:12.9
59:08.B Resuming timing at a later time
0 51:10.B
After evaluating the lap t imes, there is the op -
tion to resume and cont inue t iming at a later
Fig. 24 Display: Fastest and slowest lap tim e and aver· time .
age ti me
... Press the IRESE T ! button until the lap timer
page 28, fig . 24 appears.
c::>
After evaluating the lap times, you can reset
... Press the upper section of the rocker switch
the lap time r data or contin ue recording addi -
to record the new lap time.
pag e 28.
tional laps c::>
... Repea t t he procedure for recording addi ti on-
Ending timing al laps as described above <:> page 2 7, Re-
cording additional lap times . Evaluating the
.,.To end the last lap , press the upper section
page 28, Evaluating times,
tota l results c::>
of the rocker switch as you f inish the lap.
ending or resetting timing .
The new lap time will not be included in the
final evaluation .
Speed warning system
Evaluating times
Speed warning system
...Press the IRESET I button for approximate ly
two seconds. The most impor t ant lap re- The speed warning system helps you to keep
sults appear in the display . your driving speed below a set speed limit.

Resetting tim ing


...Press the IRES ET I button in the tota l results
display c::>fig. 24 for at least two seconds to
reset a ll the lap timer data to zero .

Total lap time results


The follow ing information appears in the dis-
play c::>fig . 24 :
Fig. 25 Disp lay: Speed wa rning
+ the fastest lap time
the slowest lap time
The speed warn ing system warns the driver if
0 the average lap time
he exceeds a previous ly stored max imum
speed . A warn ing tone will so und as soon as
@ Tips
the ve hicle speed exceeds the set speed by
- Saved lap times canno t be individually abo ut 3 mph (3 km/h). At the same time , a
deleted from the total resul t s. warning symbol appea rs in the display
- In add ition to the total results c::>
fig. 24, fig. 25 .
c::>
on ly the last two lap times c::>page 2 7,
The speed wa rning system has two warning
fig. 22 can be displayed in the lap t imer.
thresholds that fu nction independently of ..,.
Dr iv er in f ormation system 29

each other and that have somewhat different Speed warning 1: setting a speed limit
purposes:
Warning threshold 1 is set by the button.
Speed warning 1 [i;[i (Canada models)
You can use speed warning 1 to set the maxi-
mum speed wh ile you are driving . This se t t ing
will remain in effect until you t urn off the igni-
tion, assuming that you have not changed or
reset the setting .

The speed warning symbo l [&1


/lDl (Canada
models) in the warn ing 1 display appea rs
when you exceed the maximum speed. It goes Fig. 26 Section of instrument cluster: Set/Check but·
out when the speed falls be low the stored ton
maximum speed.
Storing the maximum speed
The speed warning symbo l will also go out if
the speed exceeds the stored maximum speed .,. Drive at the desired maximum speed.
by more than about 25 mph (40 km/h) for at .,. Press the knob button c::>fig. 26 until the
least 10 seconds. The stored maximum speed symbol r=;, page 28, fig. 25 appears.
is deleted .
Resett ing th e maximum speed
Setting speed warning 1 r=;,page 29 .
.,.Drive the veh icle at a speed of at least
Speed warning 2 EDJ/[al
(Canada models) 3 mph (5 km/h)
.,. Press the knob for more than 2 seconds.
Storing warning 2 is recommended if you al-
ways want to be reminded of a certa in speed, The speed warn ing symbol lllH
(USA models)/
for example when you are traveling in a coun- Hll <Canada models) will appear briefly in the
try that has a general maximum speed limit, display when you release the button to indi-
or if you do not want to exceed a spec ified cate that the maximum speed has been stored
speed for winter tires. successfully. The maximum speed remains
stored until it is changed by pressing the but-
The speed warning 2 symbol, [il1ra1 (Canada
ton again briefly or unt il it is deleted by a
models) appears in the display when you ex-
lengthy push on the button .
ceed the stored speed limit . Unlike warning 1,
it will not go out until the vehicle speed drops
be low the stored speed limit. Speed warning 2 : setting a speed limit

Sett ing speed warning 2 r=;,


page 29 . Switches in the wiper arm are used to operate
warning threshold 2.
(1') Tips
Even though you r vehicle is equipped with
a speed warning sys t em, you should still
watch the speedometer to make sure you
are not driving faster than the speed limit.

'----1 @
Fig. 27 Controls
30 Dr iv er in f ormation sys tem

To sto re ma x imum speed

.. Turn off the ignit ion.


.. Briefly press the button in the instrument
- USA models:
Malfunction in the brake sys-
tern
~page32


cluster¢ page 29, fig. 26 . The odometer
and the digital clock are now illuminated . Canada models:
.. Press the button for at least 2 seconds. The BRAKE Malfunction in the brake sys-
currently stored maximum speed appears in tern
the display or the crossed out symbol for ~page32
warning threshold 2, if no maximum speed
was set previous ly.
.. Press the fu nction selector switch in the

COOLANT
Engine coolant level too low/
engine coolant temperature
too high
wiper lever @ ~ fig. 2 7 up or down to ~page32
change the set value. Values run up or down
Engine oil pressure too low
in steps of 6 mph (10 km/h) .
OIL PRES- ¢page 33
To delete maximum speed SURE

.. Turn off the ignit ion. When a red symbol appears, a warning tone
.. Briefly press the button in the instrument will sound three times in succession. The sym-
cluster~ page 29, fig. 26. The odometer bol cont inues to flash unt il the malfunction
and the digi t al clock are now illuminated . has been repaired. If there is more than one
.. Press the button for at least 2 seconds. The malfunction, the symbols appear one after
currently stored maximum speed appears in the other for about two seconds.
the disp lay.
.. Press the l~R_E_S-E
~I button in the w iper lever
T @ Tips
@ ¢fig. 2 7 until the crossed out speed - The message for a malfunction can be
warning symbol for warning threshold 2 ap- shown by pressing on the left knob.
pears in the display. - During route guidance on vehicles with a
navigation system, the warn ing symbol
A few seconds after the adjustment is com-
is shown in the field above.
pleted, the illumination for the odometer and
the dig ita l clock will go out.
Yellow symbols
{D)Tips A yellow symbol means WARNING.
This war ning threshold can also be con-
trolled through the trip computer Low f uel level
¢ page 25, Navigating the menu.

-
II ~page33

Check engine oil level


Warnings
Red symbols
and symbols
• ~page33

Engine oil sensor malfunction


'

A red symbol means DANGER.

.. Pull of the road and stop the vehicle.


.. Turn off the engine .
•IJ ¢page33

Worn brake pads


¢page33
.. Check the malf unct ioning system. Contact
USA models :
your authorized Audi dealer or a qualified
workshop for assistance.
• Speed warni ng 1
~page34
Dr iv er in f ormation system 31

Canada models: malfunction is detected, all symbo ls will ap -

• Speed warning 1
¢page34
USA mode ls:
pear one after the other for about two sec-
onds .

• Speed warning 2
¢page 34
Canada model s:
Driver information

In addition to the warning/indicator lights


and the symbols in the instrument cluster dis-
Speed warning 2 play, driver information is displayed .
¢page34
Significant loss of air pressure
RI ¢page34

lliliE Tire pressure monitoring sys-


tern malfunction
¢page34

a Windshield washer fluid level


low
¢page34 Fig. 28 Section of instrument cluster: Set/ Check but·
IIBattery voltage too high or too ton

- low
,.¢page 34
Defective light bulb
Driver informat ion ap pears in the display
when a defective light bulb is reported by the

~:~ ¢page 35
defective light bulb warning ¢ page 35 ,
when the brake pads are worn and before you
lrusA models: engage a gear on vehicles with R tronic .

• Defective brake light


9page35
Canada model s:
In addition, driver information may appear
when a red symbo l flashes in the driver dis-


play.
Defective brake light
c!>page35 To display Driver information

m Light/rain sensor (automatic


headlights) defective
¢page35
As an examp le, the . symbo l appears in the
display. If you now press the button¢ fig. 28,
the following driver message appears in the
ll 11il Selector lever defective* display:
No reverse gear * Switch off engine and check oil level
¢page 35
min Clutch is overheating*
¢page36
The dr iver message in the display goes out af-
ter abo ut 5 seconds. You can disp lay t he driver
message aga in by briefly pressing t he button.
Gearbox ma lfunction*
D ¢page 36

IIEngine speed limitation


(a ll¢page36

When a yellow symbo l appea rs, a wa rning


tone will sound once. Check the disp layed
function as soon as possib le. If more than one
32 Dr iv er in f ormation sys tem

BRAKE/((D) Brake system malfunction system is malfunctioning . The rear


wheels could quick ly loc k up when you
The indicator light flashes if the brake fluid
apply the brakes. This could lead to loss
level is too low, if there is a malfunction in
of control and yo ur vehicle could slide!
the ABS system or when the parking brake is
Drive ca refully to the nea rest au t horized
engaged.
Audi dea le r and have the malfunction
If the alllill. symbol flashes in the dis - corrected.
play with the parking brake released, there is
a malfunction in the brake system. In addit io n - L Engine cooling system malfunction
to the symbo l, one of two messages appears
in t he displ ay: A malfunction in the engine cooling system
must be repaired as soon as possible .
Stop vehicle and check brake fluid
When the . symbol in the display flashes,
ABS f ault! See owner 's manual
then either the engine coo lant temperature is
• Pull off the road and stop the vehicle. too high, or the coolant level is too low. In ad-
• Obtain professiona l assistance . dition to the symbo l, the following message
also appears in the d isp lay:
USA models: if the re is a malfunction in the
ABS system, the m warning/indicator light Switch off engine and check coolant level
illuminates a long w ith the - system • Pull off the road and stop the veh icle.
mal function warn ing/ indicator light ¢ &. . • Turnoff the engine.
Canada models: if there is a ma lfunction in • Check coolant level ¢ page 182 .
the ABS system, the li] warning/indicator • Add coo lant if necessary ¢ page 183.
light illuminates toget her with t he . brake • Cont inue dr iving o nly afte r the engine cool-
system ma lfunction warning/indicator light ant wa rning/ind icator light goes out .
¢ &_. • Cont act your au t hori zed Audi dealer for as-
sis t an ce if ne cess a ry.
Parking brak e set
If the engine coolant level is correct, t hen the
The parking brake warni ng light _ /_
radiator fa n may be the cause of the malfunc-
(Canada models) illuminates when the park-
t io n.
ing brake is set . In additio n, a warning tone
will sound after you have dr iven for longer If the generator warn ing/ indicato r light
than 3 seconds and faster than 3 mph (5 km/ shou ld also illum inate ¢ page 17, then the
h). fan belt may be damaged.

A WARNING A WARNING
-
- Always observe the wa rnings in - If you r vehicle should bre ak down for
¢ page 175, Working in the engine me chanical or ot her reasons, par k at a
compartm ent, before opening the en- safe distance from mov ing traffic, tu rn
gine compa rt me nt lid and che cking the off the eng ine and tu rn on the hazard
brake fluid. warn ing lights ¢ page 57, Emergency
- Driving with low brake fluid is a safety flasher.
haza rd ! St op the car and get profession al - Never open the eng ine compartment lid
assist a nce. if you see or hear steam or coolant es-
- If the bra ke system war ning/ indicato r caping from t he engine compartment -
light illumina t es t oge t her wit h the ABS you risk being scalded. Wait until you can .,,.
wa rning/in dicator ligh t , then the ABS
Dr iver in f ormati o n sys tem 33

no longer see or hear steam or coolant BuFuel supply too low


escaping.
- The engine compartment of any vehicle
When the fD1
symbol illum inates, t his means
there are abo ut 2.6 gallons (10 liters) of fuel
is a dangerous area. Before you perform
left in the fue l tank . Time to refuel!
any work in the engine compartment,
c:>page 171 .
turn off the engine and allow it to cool.
Follow the warning stickers c:>page 175, If t he symbol lights up, even when t here is
Working in the engine compartment. amp le fue l in th e t ank, and the text TANK
SYSTEMMALFUNCTION ! CONTACT WORK-
([) Note SHOP appears in the disp lay, t here is a fa ult in
the system . Contact a qualified works hop to
Do not contin ue driving if the . symbol
illuminates. There is a malfunct ion in the have the fa ult rectif ied .
engine cooling system -you could damage
your eng ine . ~ ,,.,Checking the engine oil level

II Please add max. 1 qt of engine oil!


9::::r: Engine oil pressure malfunction
If the II symbol comes on , add 1 quart (1 li-
The red engine oil pressure warning symbol ter) of oil at the next opportunity
requires immediate service or repair . i::>page 180.
If the . symbol appears in the display and
flashes, the oil pressure is too low. In addi t ion ~ tt, Engine oil sensor defective
to the symbol, the following message also ap -
pears in the d isp lay:
If the II
symbol illuminates, contac t your
authorized Audi dea le r and have t he oil sensor
Switch off engine and check oil level inspected .
~ Pull off the road and stop the vehicle.
~ Shut the engine down . (0) Worn brake pads
~ Check the eng ine oil level c:>page 180.
~ Contact your a uthori zed Audi dea ler for as-
EiJ
Brake pads!

s istance if necessary . If the warning light illuminates, immed iate ly


contact your authorized Audi dealer or quali-
Engine oil level t oo low fied wor kshop to have all brake pads inspect-
If the engine oil level is too low, top off oil to ed. On USA models the war ning light EiJ
the proper leve l i::>poge 180. comes on t ogether with t he wa rning ligh t
1111
. Both se t s of brake pads on an axle
Engine oil level OK must a lways be rep laced at the same time.
If the . symbo l sta rt s flas hing again even
though t he engine oil leve l checks OK on the A
-=
WARNING
-
d ipstick, do not start driving again and do Driving with ba d brakes can cause a colli-
not let the engine run at idle . Instead, con- sion and ser ious personal inj ury.
tact your author ized Audi dealer for assis- - If the warn ing light EiJ
and the warning
tance. light 11111
> with the message Brake
pads! comes on in the instrument cluster ~

l) - : USA m od els on ly
34 Dr iv er in f ormation sys tem

display, immediately contact your au- - A whee l sensor or other component may
thorized Audi dealer or qualified work- have failed .
shop to have all brake pads checked or - During initialization the syst em has detect -
replaced if necessary . ed more than 4 wheels on the vehicle, for
examp le while driving next to another car
with a t ire pressure monitoring system.
8 /8 Speed warning 1
- Audi rep lacement parts were not used .
If the (a)symbol illuminates, th is means you - If snow cha ins are being used, system func-
are driving faster than the set vehicle speed . tion can be compromised due to the shie ld-
Slow down! r=;,page 28. ing properties of the chains.
- The tire pressu re monitoring system may
8 , /8 , Speed warning 2 not be availab le because of a radio malfunc-
tion.
If the jaj c;ymbolilluminates, this mea ns you - Transmitters with the same freq uency, such
have driven faster than the second set vehicle as radio headphones in the vehicle or radio
speed. Slow down! <=:>page 28 . equ ipment, can cause a temporary disrup-
tion of the system through excessive elec-
(l) Significant loss of air pressure tromagnet ic fields .
- Eliminate the interference if you can and
Tire pressure that is too low must be correct -
then proceed as follows: Turn off the eng ine
ed as soon as possible .
for 20 minutes. Then drive another 10 mi-
If the [I) warning ligh t comes on and the nutes. If the warning light comes on again,
message Please check tir e pressure appears you shou ld contact your autho rized Audi
in the display, pressure in at least one tire is dea ler immediately to have the prob lem cor-
too low. rected .
- Do not use commerc ially available t ire sea l-
• Stop driving as soon as possible withou t en-
ants. Othe rwise, the electr ical components
dange ring yourse lf and other drivers on the
of the tire pressure monitor ing system will
road.
no longer work properly and the sensor for
• Inspect all tires.
the t ire press ure monito ring system will
• Correct the tire pressure r=;,page 195 .
have to be rep laced by a qualified workshop.
Additional informat ion abou t the t ire pres-
sure monitoring system can be found: ¢, Windshield washer flu id level too low
<=:>
page 207.
If the (-) symbol illuminates, add windshie ld
washer fluid to t he washer system
TPMS Tire pressure monitoring system
page
<=:> 188.
malfunction

A malfunction can have various causes. 0 Battery voltage low


If the II] warn ing light in the instrumen t clus- If th e (•i symbol illuminates, contact your au-
ter flashes for approximately one minute and t horized Audi dea ler and have the following
then remains continuously illuminated and components inspected:
addit ionally the11@18' symbo l appears in the
display, the t ire pressure monitoring system is - drive belt
not available . The text Tire pressure! System - battery charge
malfunction appears in the disp lay. This can Also see if the generato r warning/ind icator
have various causes . light illuminates <=:>
page 17 .
Dr iver in f ormati o n sys tem 35

~ Defective light bulb warning Contact your a uthorized Audi dea ler for assis-
tance if necessary.
The defective light bulb warning tells you
when a vehicle light bulb has become defec· (0 Tips
tive.
The brake light sw itch is on ly inspected as
If a defective bulb has been detected by the part of the functional chec k afte r the en -
system or a light bulb burns out, the II sym - gine is started .
bol with a message appears in the display to
tell you wh ich bu lb is bur nt out and where it is fi.D Light/rain sensor defective
located. For example:
The indicator light indicates a defect in the
Rear left turn signal automatic headlights/automatic wiper sys -
After 5 seconds, the message disappears . If tem.
you want to recall the message into the dis-
play, press the CHECKbutton c::>
page 10,
If t he symbol ftl
illum inates, the light sensor
has failed. Fo r safety reasons, the low beams
fig . 3 @ . are turned on permanently with the switch in
There are three reasons why the defective AUTO. However, you can cont inue to turn the
bulb message would appea r in the display: lights on and off using the light switch. In the
case of a defect in the rain sensor, the wind-
poge 224 .
- The light bulb has burnt out c=>
shield wiper lever functions are still availab le .
- The fuse is "b lown"¢ page 223, Replacing
Have the light/ rain senso r checked as soon as
fuses.
poss ible at an autho rized Aud i dea ler.
- The w ire connection to the light bulb is de-
fective .
1"IF{ Selector lever defective
Have the bulb rep laced or the connection re· Appli es to vehicles: wi th R t ronic
pa ired by you r authorized Aud i Servi ce depart-
ment.
D 1;jSelector lever defectiv e! No reverse
gear!
A WARNING If the symbols are illum ina t ed, the re is a mal·
- Light bu lbs are pressurized and could ex- funct io n in the R tronic selector lever. These·
plode while they are being changed caus - lector lever d isp lays go out o r flash. It is not
ing serious persona l injury. poss ible to engage reverse gear . If you have
- Work with due care when handling the been shifting the transm iss ion manually, it
high-voltage section of gas discharge switches to a utomatic operation .
(xenon) lamps . Failing to do so could re- You can continue to shift the transm iss ion
sult in death or serious injury! manua lly. From the neu t ral pos ition N, en-
gage first gea r by tapping the shift button 0
BRAKE
LIGHT
t<®>Brake light defective on the steering wheel. Then the transmission
rema ins in manual ope ration and you can se-
In case of a malfunction or component fa il· lect the gears using the sh ift buttons.
ure, the symbol (USA models)/
K@)](Canada models) can appear . The follow- Have the se lector lever checked as soon as
ing e lectr ica l components should be checked, possible at an authorized Audi dea ler or other
repaired or replaced, as necessary: qualified workshop.

- Brake light bulbs


- All w iring connections
- Brake light switch
36 Driver information system

i~/rClutch is overheating temperature range and you have released the


Appl ies to vehicles: with R tronic accelerator pedal once.

fflOClutch is overheating ! If possible please (D Tips


stop vehicle
When cold, the engine speed is limited to
If the symbols are illuminated, the clutch is 6000 RPM (with the VlO engine) or
overheating and could be damaged if you con- 7000 RPM (with the VS engine) to protect
tinue to drive . the engine . The limit is deactivated once
Stop your vehicle and allow the engine to run the oil temperature rises above 140 °F
at idle for several minutes . This w il l cool the (60 °() and the engine is at operating tem-
clutch. perature.

0 Gearbox malfunction
Appl ies to vehicles: with R tronic

In the event of a system malfunction, R tronic


switches to emergency operation mode.

[O] Gearbox malfunction! You can continue


driving

You can continue to drive the vehicle. See an


author ized Audi dealer or other qualif ied
workshop at the next opportunity .

[O] Gearbox malfunction! You can continue


driving but functions are restricted

There is a serio us system ma lfunction:

- The prog ram shifts only into certain gears.


- The engine may sta ll.
- It is not possible to restart the engine if it
has been switched off .
- Continuing to dr ive could result in subse-
quent damage .

(D Note
If R tronic has switched to emergency op-
eration mode, you should have the mal -
function corrected as soon as possible.

!?) Engine speed limitation

Maximum 6000 RPM

The engine speed is automatically lim ited to


6000 RPM. This protects the engine from
overheating .

The engine speed limitation (ll deactivates


once the engine is no longer in the critical
Opening and clo s ing 37

Opening and closing Emergency key


The emergency key is o nly for temporary use if
Keys the ve hicle key should be lost or misplaced.
Key set
Key replacement
If you lose a key, contact your authoriz ed Audi
dealer immed iate ly t o have t he lost key disa-
bled . Be sure t o br ing all your keys w it h you .

If a key is los t , you should report it to your in-


su rance company .

Registered keys
You can inquire about the number of remote
Fig. 29 Key set master keys registered to your vehicle
¢ page 24 . In this way, you can be certain of
obta ining all the remote master keys if you
purchase a used vehicle .

State of master key battery


When a button is pressed, the check light
flashes ¢ fig. 30. If the check light does not
come on or flash, the battery is dead and has
to be replaced .
Fig. 30 Remote master key: Indicator light
Battery replacement¢ page 38.
Your Audi comes with four keys¢ fig. 29:

@ two master keys wit h remo t e


A WARNING
-
- Do not leave you r vehicle unattended
control
with the key in the ignition lock . Entry by
@ one valet key un a uthorized persons could e ndange r
© one emergency key you o r res ult in t heft or damage the vehi-
cle. Always lock all doors a nd t ake the
Master key with remote control key.
You ca n centrally lock and unlock you r vehicle - Do not leave childr en unattended in t he
and star t the eng ine wit h the master key with ve hicle, especi ally wit h access t o veh icle
remo t e con t rol. To fo ld t he key out and back keys. Ungu a rded access to t he keys pro-
in place, press t he re lease button ¢ fig . 29 vides children the opportun ity to st art
(arrow). the engine and/or activate vehicle sys-
tems such as the power windows etc . Un-
Valet key
supe rvised operation of any vehicle sys-
The valet key on ly fit s the lock in the d river's tem by children can result in ser ious in-
door and the ignition lock. If you have to leave jury.
t he key with somebo dy e lse, you a re well-ad-
vised to turn ove r the vale t key only. @ Tips

Be aware that the fro nt lid and glove compa rt- If you ope n the dr iver's door with the key
men t ca n be opened from ins ide the ve hicle left in the ignition lock, a chime will
using t he release bu ttons . sound. This is your reminder to remove the
key and lock the door.
38 Openin g a nd c lo s ing

Master key with remote control Master key battery replacement

The remote control allows you to lock or un- Each master key contains a battery housed
lock the vehicle electronically . under the cover.

The transmitter and battery are located in the


head of the remote control. The receiver is lo-
cated inside the vehicle . The maximum effec -
tive range depends on several things . Remem-
be r, if the battery is weak, the effective range
dec reases.
If you need to replace the remote control, or if
you need to have it repaired, you must see
your author ized Audi dealer. Only then can Fig . 31 Remote maste r key: opening t he cover
you use the key aga in .
We recommend having t he bat te ry cha nged
@ Tips by an authorized Audi dea ler. However, if you
- If the ignition is sw itched on, the remote wish to rep lace the dead battery yourse lf, pro-
control system is deactivated . ceed as follows:
- The remote cont rol system ca n be affec t- ,. Pry apart t he base ¢ fig. 31 @ and t he cove r
ed by other systems operating in the ® carefully with a coin .
same frequency range close to the vehi- ,. Remove the cover (arrow) .
cle, such as mob ile telephones, televi- ,. Remove the dead battery from the cover.
s ion broadc asting stat ions, etc. ,. Insta ll the new battery. Please make certain
- For Declarat ion of Compliance to Unit ed that the" +" sign on the battery faces down
States FCC and Indus t ry Canad a regula- in the cover. Correct polarity is shown on the
tions ¢ page 21 2 . cover .
,. Place t he cover wit h the new battery o n the
Resetting the remote control key base and press both parts together.

The remote control must be reset if the vehi-


cle does no t unlock.
@ For the sake of the environment
Dispose of dead batteries prope rly so as
,. Press the unlock@ button on the remote not to poll ute t he environment.
control.
,. Wit hin 30 second s, unlock or lock the vehi- (0 Tips
cle once at the door lock using the stem of The replacement battery must be the
the remote control key. sam e spec ificat ion as the o riginal.
,. Press the unlock button@ or the lock but-
ton lliJ
.
Electronic immobilizer

The immobilizer helps to prevent unauthor-


ized use of your vehicle.

A comp uter chip inside your key automatically


deactivates the electro nic immobilizer when
you insert the key in the ignition lock . When
you remove the key from the ignit ion lock, the .,.
Opening and closing 39

electronic immobilizer is automatically acti- Auto Lock


vated once aga in.
The Auto Lock function locks all doors and the
If an unauthorized key was used , SAFE is dis- front lid once speed has exceeded approxi-
played continuously in the odometer display mately 9 mph (15 km/h).
field.
The car is unlocked automatically once the ig-
nition key is removed . In addition, the vehicle
~ WARNING can be unlocked if the power locking system
-
Always take the key with you when you opening function~ is activated or one of the
leave the vehicle. The key can disarm the door levers is used.
electronic engine immobilizer and permit
an unauthorized person to start the engine Turn signals
and enable operation of the vehicle sys - All the turn signals flash to indicate when the
tems such as power window leading to se- vehicle is locked and unlocked. The turn sig-
rious personal injury. nals flash twice when the vehicle is unlocked.
The turn signals flash once when all the doors
@ Tips and the front lid are locked. The interior lights
- The vehicle cannot be started if an unau- are also switched on or off automatically ac-
thorized key is used . The vehicle may not cording to the position of the door contact
start if another radio device such as a key switch.
for another vehicle or a transponder is
located on the key ring . A WARNING
- For Declaration of Compliance to United - When you lock your vehicle from outside,
States FCCand Industry Canada regula- nobody - especially children - should re-
tions r::;,page 212. main inside the vehicle. Remember,
when you lock the vehicle from the out-
Power locking system side the windows cannot be opened from
the inside.
General description - When you leave the vehicle, always re-
The power locking system locks or unlocks oil move the ignition key and take it with
doors simultaneously. you. This will prevent passengers (chil-
dren, for example) from accidentally be-
When opening and closing the doors , the ing locked in the vehicle should they acci-
power locking system locks or unlocks both dentally press the power locking switch
doors together. in one of the doors.
- Do not leave children inside the vehicle
The remote master key locks and unlocks the
doors using a radio signal r::;,page 40. unsupervised. In an emergency it would
be impossible to open the doors from
Locking and unlocking with the key the outside without the key.
You can also lock and unlock your vehicle us-
ing the key in the lock on the driver's door. (D Tips
The unlocking and locking mode can be - The driver's door can be locked and un-
changed in the Driver Information System locked with the key if the power locking
r::;,
page24. system fails. The passenger's door can
be locked manually r::;,
page 42.
Both doors are locked automatically when the
vehicle is locked and the anti-theft alarm sys-
tem is activated.
40 Openin g a nd c lo s ing

- In the event of a crash with airbag de - The t urn signa ls briefly flash once and the
ployment all locked doors will be auto- horn so unds once when the doo rs and front
matically unlocked to g ive access to the lid are locked properly .
vehicle occupants from the outside .
- You are well advised not to keep valua-
bles inside an unattended vehicle, visib le -A WARNING
Read and follow all WARNINGS ¢ .&.in
-

or not . Even a properly locked vehicle General description on page 39.


cannot provide t he security of a safe!
(D Tips
Unlocking and locking the vehicle with - Use the remote cont rol only when the
the remote control doors and front lid are closed.
- In order to make s ure the locking f unc-
tion is working, you should a lways keep
your eye on the vehicle to make s ure it is
properly locked.
- Do not use the remote cont ro l if you are
inside the car, otherw ise you may unin-
tentionally lock the vehicle, and then you
would set off the anti-theft alarm when
you try to open a door . In case this hap-
Fig. 32 Remote contro l : fun ct ion button s pens any how, push the unloc k button~-
- Use the pan ic function o nly if you are in
To unlock the veh icle @J
an eme rgency s ituation .
.. Press button @ once ¢ fig. 32 .

To lock the vehi cle [fil Operating locks with the key

.. Press button ® once ¢ ,&.. To lock and unlock the vehicle from the out-
side, turn the key in the lock of the driver's
To unlock f ront lid only door .
.. Press button © for approximately one sec -
ond .

PANIC Button
.. Push the red button @ to activate the pan ic
function. The horn sounds and the turn s ig-
nals flash .
.. Push the button @ again to deactivate the
panic funct ion .
Fig. 33 Key t urns fo r o pening and closing
The turn s ignals flash t wice when t he vehicle
is unlocked . If the vehicle is u nlocked and a To unlock the vehicle
door or the front lid are not opened within the
.. Turn the key one time to posit io n @ to un-
next 30 seconds, the vehi cle locks again auto-
lock t he driver 's door ¢ fig. 33.
ma ti ca lly. This feature prevents the vehicle
from being left unlocked acc identally for a To lock the vehicle
long period of time .
.. Turn the key in the lock of the d river's door
to the lock pos it io n @ ¢ ,&.. .,..
Opening and closing 41

The turn signals briefly flash once and the - The LEDin the power locking switch lights
horn sounds once when the doors and the up when all the doors and the front lid are
front lid are locked properly. closed and locked.
- You can unlock and open the doors from the
_& WARNING -
inside by pulling on the door handle.
- Be careful when closing the windows. - You cannot lock the vehicle with the central
Check to see that no one is in the way, or locking switch when the dr iver's door is
serious injury could result! open.
- Always read and heed WARNING c::>.&.in - If you have a crash and the airbag is activat-
General description on page 39 . ed, the doors automatically unlock.

@ Tips _& WARNING


- However, note that which door is un- - If you use the power locking switch with
locked mechanically when the vehicle is the doors closed, remember that all the
opened depends on the settings in the vehicle doors will lock.
page 24.
menu display c::> - Locking doors from the inside can help
- Both doors are locked automatically prevent inadvertent door opening during
when the vehicle is locked. an accident and can also prevent unwant-
ed entry from the outside. Locked doors
can, howeve r, delay assistance to vehicle
Locking and unlocking the vehicle from
inside occupants and hold up rescue efforts
from the outside in an accident or other
The vehicle can be locked or unlocked from emergency.
the inside using the power locking switch.

Fig. 34 Section from driver's door: Power locking


switch

To lock the vehicle


• Press the upper part of the power locking
switch @Jc::, ,& .
fig. 34 c::>

To unlock the vehicle

• Press the lower part of the switch ~ -

If you lock the vehicle using the power locking


switch, please note the following:

- You cannot open the doors from the outside


(increased security, for example when you
are stopped at a red light).
42 Openin g a nd c lo s ing

Emergency locking Front lid


If the power locking system fails (power fail- Opening and closing the front lid
ure), you will need to lock the passenger door
separately.
1

Fig. 37 Drivers door: remote front lid release

Fig. 35 Emergency lock location on the front passeng-


er's door

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..,
"'
a,

Fig. 38 Release lever under the front lid

When opening the front lid, the windshield


Fig. 36 Emergency locking wipers must be switched off and the wiper
arms must be folded against the windshield.
For this purpose, a mechanical locking device
Otherwise the paint could be damaged .
is provided on the end panel of the passenger
door (only visible when the door is open) . Opening th e front lid

.. Open the door. .. Press the center button on the master key or
"' Remove the cap 9 fig. 35. .. Pull the release button in the driver's door
fig. 36
1> lnsert the key into the inner slot c::> c::>fig.37 .
and turn it about 90 degrees to the right as .. Pull up on the release under the front lid
far as it can go. fig . 38 (arrow). This releases the catch .
c::>
.. Replace the cap. "' Open the front lid a ll the way .

After you close the door you will no longer be Closing the front lid
able to open it from the outside. You can open .. Pull the front lid down until the pressure
it from the insid e, howeve r, by pulling on the from the struts is reduced.
door lat ch tw ice. "' Close the front lid .
.. Press the front lid closed carefully using
.&_.
both hands unt il it latches audib ly c::>

_8. WARNING
A front lid that is not completely lat ched
could fly up and b lock your view while driv-
ing.
Opening and closing 43

- When you close the front lid, check it to Anti-theft alarm


make sure the safety catch has properly system
engaged . The lid should be flush with the
surround ing vehicle body parts . Description
- If you notice while driving that the lid is The anti-theft alarm triggers an alarm if any-
not secured properly, stop at once and one attempts to break into the vehicle.
close it .
- Never leave your vehicle unattended es-
pecially with the front lid left open. A
child could crawl into the luggage com -
partment and pull the lid shut, becoming
trapped and unable to get out. To reduce
the risk of personal injury, never let chil-
dren play in or around your vehicle. Al-
ways keep the front lid as we ll as the ve-
hicle doors closed when not in use.
Fig. 40 Diode posit ion in t he instr um ent panel

(D Note The anti-theft alarm system triggers an audi·


Make sure there are no objects are pro- ble alarm and turns on the emergency flasher
t rud ing above the edge of the luggage if an unauthorized interference with the vehi-
compartment . Otherwise, the front lid cle is sensed by the system .
could be damaged .
How is the anti-theft alarm system
switched on?
@ Tips
The anti-theft alarm system is switched on
If the front lid is open or not properly
when you lock the driver's door manually us-
locked when the ignition is turned on, the
ing the fold -out key, or when you use the re-
door and front lid warning appears in the
mote control. The system is activated approx i-
instrument cluster disp lay.
mately 30 seconds after the vehicle is locked.
The ind icator light 9 fig. 40 starts flashing
Emergency release for front lid
rapidly for 2 seconds and then blinks slow ly.
If the front lid cannot be opened, on emer-
How is the anti -theft alarm system
gency release is provided .
switched off?
The anti-theft alarm system is switched off
o nly when you un lock your veh icle. If you do
not open a door within 30 seconds after you
have unlocked with the remote control, the
vehicle will lock itself again automatically .

When will the anti theft alarm system be


triggered?
When the vehicle is locked, the a larm system
Fig. 39 Sectio n : Emergency release
monitors and protects the fo llowing parts of
the vehicle:
" Reach under the closed glove compartment .
There is a red plast ic cord under the glove - engine compartment
compartment. - luggage compartment
"Pu ll the red plast ic cord towards you. - doors
44 Openin g and c lo s ing

0
- ignition ~

"'
0

When the sys tem is activated, the alarm will "'


"'
OJ

be tr iggered if one of the doors , the eng ine


compartmen t lid or the front lid are opened.

The anti-theft a larm system will also go off


when the bat te ry is d isconne cted.

You can a lso trigger the alarm by pressing the


PANIC button on your remote-control key. Fig. 4 2 Passenger's door: power wi ndow swit ch
This will a lert other people in case of emer-
gency. Press the PANICbutton again to tu rn The powe r window swi t ches have a two-posi -
off t he al ar m . tion function :

How is the anti-theft alarm switched off Opening the windows


when triggered?
• Press the switch and hold it down unt il the
To switch t he a larm off, press the button @lon w ind ow has reached the desired position.
the master key or swi tch t he ign ition on. The "' Press the switc h briefly to open the window
ala rm will also sw itch it se lf off when it comes automatically .
to the end of its cycle. "' By br iefly pressi ng/p ulling the sw itch again,
t he downward t ravel of t he window ca n be
Emergency flasher
stoppe d in any pos it ion ~ .&,.
The emergency flasher w ill blink briefly when
the doo rs, e ngine compartment lid and front Closing the windows
lid are prope rly closed . "' Pull the sw itch and hold it until the window
If the emergency flashe rs do not blink, check has reached the desired position .
the doors, engine compartment lid and front "' Pull the sw itch briefly to close the window
lid t o ma ke sure t hey a re properly closed. If automatically .
you close a d oo r, t he engine comp ar tment lid "' By briefly pressing/p ulling the sw itch agai n,
or the front lid wit h the anti-theft alarm t he upward trave l of the window can be
switched on, t he emergency flashers will blink stopped in any position ~ .&,.
only after you have closed the door or lid.
.&_WARNING
Power windows
-- Do not leave ch ildren unattended in the
veh icle, especially with access to vehicle
Controls keys. Unsupervised use of the keys can
The driver can operate all windows. resu lt in start ing of the engi ne and use
of vehicle syst e ms such as power w in-
dows, et c. w hich could res ult in ser ious
lnJUry.
- Remember - you can still ope n or close
the powe r windows for ab out ten mi-
nutes after the ignit ion is swi tch ed off.
Only when eith er of t he fr o nt doors are
opened a re the power windows switched
off ~

Fig. 41 Driver's doo r: power window sw it ches


Opening and closing 45

- Be careful when closing the windows.


Check to see that no one is in the way, or
serious injury could result!
- Always remove the ignition key whenever
you leave your vehicle .
- If you lock your vehicle from the outside ,
no one, especially children, should re-
main in the vehicle .
- Do not stick anything on the windows or
the windshield that may interfere with
the driver's field of vision.

@ Tips
- When the doors are opened, the win-
dows are automatically lowered 0.4 in
(10 mm) .

Reactivating the system after battery


disconnection

If the vehicle battery is disconnected and then


reconnected, the automatic closing and open-
ing function will not work until it is reactivat-
ed. To reactivate this feature, perform the fol-
lowing steps:

- Pull and hold the power window switch until


the window is completely closed.
- Release the switch . Pull the switch again for
one second. The automatic closing/opening
is now reactivated.
46 Convertible top

Convertible top Opening and closing the convertible top

Convertible top
General information

The fabric convertible top opens and closes


automatically . When it is open, it is stored in
the convertible top storage bay. The converti-
ble top may be opened or closed at speeds up
to 31 mph (SO km/h) .
Fig. 43 Center console : convertible top switch
The convertible top is wind- and waterproof
under normal conditions . Some moisture may
Requirement: the front lid must be closed and
collect in the vehicle interior , but only under
the ignition must be switched on.
extremely adverse weather conditions such as
torrential rain. That is normal and no cause Opening the convertible top
for concern.
.. Pull and hold the convertib le top switch un-
Follow the cleaning and maintenance instruc- til the top is stowed in the bay and the cover
tions ~ page 163 to ensure the convertible on the bay has closed completely.
top remains wind- and waterproof. Also note
the following points: Opening the convertible top using the
one-touch function
- Only stow the convertible top when it is
.. Pull the switch briefly to open the converti-
clean and dry . Grains of sand or coarse dirt
ble top completely . It is not necessary to
particles can cause abrasions on the conver-
hold the switch. The one-touch function is
tible top when stowed that can lead to dam-
only available at speeds between 4 and
age to the fabric over time. Stowing the con-
31 mph (6 and SO km/h) .
vertible top when it is damp can cause
marks or permanent mildew spots to form . Closing the convertible top
- Do not leave the convertible top open for
.. Press and hold the switch until the converti-
several weeks or the creases in it may be -
ble top is closed and the latch is locked.
come discolored . This is especially true if the
top was stowed when damp . The indicator light Minthe instrument clus -
- Remove ice and snow before opening the ter goes out when the top is completely open
convertible top . Do not use any sharp edged or closed.
objects to remove ice and snow or the con-
The side windows automatical ly lower slightly
vertible top could be scratched or damaged.
during the opening/closing process.
The rear window may be cleared with a
standard ice scraper.
- The fabric in the convertible top loses elas-
A
~
WARNING
ticity in sub-zero temperatures. We recom- - Never drive when the convertible top is
mend not opening or closing the convertible not locked correctly. The wind generated
by driving could cause itto open, which
top when the temperature is below 32 °F
(0 QC).The convertible top will not open could injure vehicle occupants or damage
when the temperature is 5 °F (-15 QC) or be- the vehicle.
low. - Make sure no one will be injured by the
convertible top supports and other mov-
ing objects on the vehicle when opening
and clos ing the top . liJI,
Con v ertible top 47

speed and pu ll or press the switch again to


(D Note
open or close th e convertible top.
To prevent damage to the convertible top: - The batt ery voltage is too low: The conver-
- do not store any objects in the converti- tible top cannot open or close if the battery
ble top storage bay. voltage is too low. This ens ures there will be
- make sure there is enough space above enough battery voltage left to start the ve-
the vehicle when opening or closing the hicle . The convertible top can be operated
convertible top. aga in after the engine is star t ed.
- Overload protect ion is active: Operating the
@ Tips convert ible top continuously for a long peri-
- When the indicato r lamp ffl
blinks, od of time places stress on the hydraulic
there is a system malfunction c>page 16 . un it. Overload protect io n is act ivated to pre-
- The one-touch opening function is not vent damage to the system . This protective
ava ilable when the vehicle is traveling fu nction prevents the convertible top from
below 4 mph (6 km/h) or above 31 mph open ing or close fo r approximate ly 15 to 30
(SO km/h). If this is the case, a warning m inutes. It will funct ion aga in aft er t ha t
tone will sound and a message will ap- &..
c:::>
pear in the instrument cluster - Malfunction : Failure of system components
c>page47. is one possib le cause fo r malfunction. If this
happens, you can a lso operate the converti-
Error message in the instrument cluster ble top by hand c>page 49 .
display - The exterio r tempe rature is too low: The
convertible top will not open in tempera-
An error message appears if the convertible
tures below (S ° F) (-15 QC).
top cannot open or close.
Soft top not secur e
Severa l conditions must be met for the con-
vertible top to open or close automatically . If the convertib le top is not compl etel y open
or closed and the vehicle is traveling too fast,
An error message in the instrument cluster
the error message above appears and a warn-
d isp lay ind icates if one of the condit ions is not
ing tone sounds. Reduce the vehicle speed
me t or there is a malfunct ion.
and pull or press the switch again to open or
Soft top: Pleas e clo se engin e lid! close the convertible top.

The engine compartment lid must be closed


when opening or closing the convertible top .
A WARNING
Never drive when the convertible top is not
This message appears in the instrument clus-
locked correctly . The wind from driving
ter disp lay if the engine compartment lid is
could cause the convertib le top to open.
not closed.
This can resu lt in inj uries and damage to
Soft t op: Cannot be us ed! the vehicle.
This error message appears if the convertib le
cannot open or close because of safety rea-
sons or if there is a malfunction . The follow-
ing causes are poss ible:
- The vehicle is t raveling too fast : Converti-
ble top operation is deactivated for safety
reasons if the vehicle is traveling too fast . A
message will appear . Reduce the vehicle
48 Convertible top

Wind deflector A
- WARNING
The wind deflector reduces turbulence in the - Do not use the wind deflector to sec ure
passenger compartment and makes driving cargo or other objects. This could resu lt
more comfortable. in injury.
- Be careful of traffic when installing the
wind deflector.

@ Note
To prevent damage to the vehicle paint, do
not lean on the vehicle when installing the
wind deflector. Objects such as belt buck-
les could scratch the surface of the paint .

Fig. 44 Install ing the wind deflector @ Tips


- Keeping both side windows raised pro-
vides the best wind protection.
- To prevent mildew, do not store the wind
def lector when it is damp.

Rear window

Fig. 45 Luggage compart ment: stori ng the wind de-


fle ctor

The wind def lector is located in the luggage


compartment . Insta lling it from the side of
the vehicle that is farthest from traffic is rec-
ommended fo r safety reasons. Follow the in-
stallat io n instructions provided in the st orage
Fig. 46 Rear window in wind deflecto r posit ion
bag.

Installing / removing the wind deflector


.,.To install the wind deflector, slide the re-
ta ining pin @ into t he mount @ ¢ fig . 44.
The wind deflector is secure when it clicks
into place and the red marks on both but -
tons are no longer visible .
.,.To remove the wind deflector, press both
buttons © and pull t he deflector upward. Fig. 47 Sect ion of the cente r console : conve rtible top
switch
Storing the wind deflector
.,.Slide the wind deflector into the storage bag The rear window can be extended slight ly
with the retaining pins facing downward . when the convertible top is open to red uce air
.,.Hang the storage bag on the retainers @ in movement inside the vehicle and increase
the luggage compartment ¢ fig. 45. comfort . This is called the wind deflector posi-
t ion ¢ fig. 46 . ..,_
Con v ertible top 49

The rear window can be extended comp lete ly - The veh icle must be stationary to br ing
for cleaning. This is called the cleaning posi- the rear window into the cleaning posi-
tion. tion . The rear window will retract once
you begin dr iving.
Ext ending the rear w indow into the wind
defl ector positi on
Convertible top
~ Pull and hold the rear window switch
9 fig. 47.
emergency operation
~ Release the switch once the rear window has General information
reached the wind deflector position.
The convertible top can be closed by hand if
Ext ending th e rear window into th e there is a malfunction .
cleaning position
First check if overload pro t ection is active
~ Pull and hold the rear window switch
~ page 47. If this is the case, t he conve rtible
9 fig . 47.
top w ill operate again after a short de lay. Ot h-
~ Release the switch once the rear window has
erwise the fo llowing steps must be completed
reached the wind deflector position .
before closing the convertib le top:
~ Pull and hold the rear window switch again .
~ Pull and hold the convertible top switch ~ Activat e the pa rking brake.
within one second 9 page 46, fig. 43. ~ Open the side w indows, if necessary.
~ Remove the key from the ignition.
Ret racting the rear window
Emergency loc king is no t intended for long-
~ Press and hold the rear window sw itch until
te rm use o r long drives . The convertib le top
the window has been retracted .
will not be completely waterproof after using
Ret racting the rear wi ndow using the one- the emergency locking proced ure because the
touch funct ion seals will not be seated correctly. Only close
~ Press the rear window switch briefly . There the convertible top manually in an emergency .
is no need to hold the switch. Please see an au t hor ized Audi R8 dea ler to
have the cause of the malfunction corrected .
The rear w indow can on ly be operated when
t he ignition is switched on. .&_WARNING
The rear window can also be extended or re- - The ignition must be sw itched off during
tracted when the convertib le top is closed. the entire closing procedure.
- When positioning the convertible top,
.&_WARNING avoid contact with the supports or other
mov ing parts. Othe rwise you could pinch
- Do not use the rear window to secure car-
your hands.
go or other objects. This could result in
injury . - Never d rive when the convert ible top is
not locked cor re ctly. The wind from d riv-
- Always pay attention and be careful
ing could cause t he convertible top to
when extending or retracting the rear
open . This can resu lt in injuries and dam-
window . It could cause injury by p inch-
age to the vehicle.
ing .

@ Tips @ Tips
Have a second person assist whe n closing
- Keeping all of the w indows raised pro-
the convert ible top. Opening the storage
vides the best wind protection.
bay lid and posi t ioning the conve rtible top
is easier when a seco nd person is assisting.
50 Convertible top

Step 1: Retract the rear window A WARNING


-If convertib le top operation fa ils when
M
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...
N opening or closing the top, do not hold or
a,
touch the supports or other moving parts
when releasing the pressure. The converti-
ble top will sink down and could pinch your
hands.

Step 3 : Open the convertible top storage


Fig. 48 Upper sto rage compartme nt : removing the
bay lid
cover
...
...
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Fig. SO Engi ne compartme nt : install ing the emergency


Fig. 49 Upper sto rage compartment: using the Allen ope rat ion bolts
wrench as a crank to lower the rear w indow

The rear window must be retracted in order to


close the convertible top. If the rear window
switch is not functioning ¢ page 48, the rear
window can be cranked .
.. Open the upper storage compartment be-
tween the seat backrests ¢ page 70 .
.. Remove the cover using the screwdriver
from the vehicle tool kit ¢ fig. 48. Fig. 51 Raising the sto rage bay lid and pulling it back

• Press the Allen wrench from the veh icle tool


The engine compartment lid must be released
kit firmly into the opening until it clicks into
using the emergency procedure in order to re-
place ¢ fig. 49.
lease the storage bay lid ¢ page 177.
> Turn the bolt clockwise until the rear win-
dow is lowered . Releasing the convertible top storage bay
lid
Step 2: Release the pressure in the .. Turn the emergency operat ion bolts on the
hydraulic system left and right sides of the engine compart-
The pressure in the hydraulic system must be ment¢ fig. SO clockwise using the open end
released before the convertible top can be wrench from the vehicle too l kit until the
closed. bolts are installed completely . The converti -
ble top sto rage bay lid will raise app roxi-
.. Switch the ignition off. mate ly 0,4 in (1 cm) from the vehicle when
.. Pull or press the convertible top switch t he bolts are install ed comp letely .
¢ page 46, fig. 43 for approximately 10 sec- • Close the engine compartment lid
onds. r=;,page 176.
Con v ert ible top 51

Opening th e convertible top storage bay


lid
• From the rear of the vehicle, reach into the
center ventilation slot in the storage bay lid
with both hands and raise the lid approxi-
mately 12 in (30 cm).
"' Hold the storage bay lid in this pos ition and
pull it toward you until it stops ¢ fig. 51 .
Fig. 53 Convertible top sto rage bay lid: remov ing the
& WARNING
-
cover

When wo rking in the engine compart-


The following steps must be performed on
ment:
both sides of the vehicle .
- Turn the engine off .
- Activate the parking brake. "' Remove the bo lt in the cover on the bot tom
- In veh icles with a manual transm ission, side of the st orage bay lid using the open
move the sh ifter lever into idle . In vehi- end wrench from the vehicle too l kit @
cles w ith the R tronic transmission, move ¢ fig. 53.
the se lector lever into the N position. "' Move the cover up and down carefully until
- Remove the ignit ion key. it can be pulled downward from the teeth
- Let the engine coo l down. @.
- Keep children away from the engine com-
partment . Step 5: Lift the convertible top out

(D Note
To prevent damage to the vehicle, only
open the convertible top storage bay lid
when the engine compartment lid is
closed.

Step 4: Remove the covers

Fig. 54 Convert ible top storage bay: lifting the conver-


tible top out

Fig. 52 Convertib le to p: covers marked

Fig. 55 Windshi eld frame: press ing th e converti ble top


forward

"' Hold the convertib le top at the @ poin t (ar-


row) ¢ fig. 54 and raise it carefu lly ¢ _& . II--
52 Convertible top

• Pull the convertible top all the way out in Have a second person assist with this step .
the direction indicated @ . Position the fins That person should stand on the opposite side
upward at the same time. of the vehicle and perform the same steps.
• Press the convert ible top as far forward to-
• Posit ion the driver @ on the bolt @ in the
ward the windshield frame as possible
front section of the convert ible top storage
c>fig . 55 .
bay and rotate clockwise to install in the
Have a second person assist when positioning threads c>fig. 56.
the convertible top. That person should stand • Posit ion the wheel wrench © with the long
on the oppos ite side of the veh icle and per- end on the driver @ .
form the same steps . • Press the convertible top as far forward as
possible toward the windsh ield frame @
A WARNING
-
with one hand c> fig. 57 . At the same time,
pull the fins upward @ for support with the
- When positioning the conve rtible top,
other hand.
avoid contact with the supports or other
• Now, grasp the fins with the hand that you
moving parts. Otherw ise you could pinch
used to move the convertib le top forward
your hands.
and hold the fins in this position . With the
- When pressing the convert ible top down
other hand, turn the wheel wrench upward
onto the windsh ield frame, ma ke sure
until it stops @ .
that you do not pinch yourself or anyone
else.
(0 Tips
- When pressing the convertible top for-
Step 6: Secure the convertible top
ward, make sure the locking pins are
seated in the latch on the windshield
frame and not on the frame itself.
- When pressing the convert ible top for-
ward, make sure the locking pins are
seated exactly in the latch on the wind-
shield frame and not on the frame itself
This is the only way that the convertib le
top can be latched correctly .

Fig. 56 Convertible top storage bay: install ing the dr iv-


er

Fig. 57 Securing the conve rt ible to p

The convertible top must be under tension to


secure it to the windshield frame . The wheel
wrench, dr iver and bolts from the vehicle tool
kit are required for this.
Convertible top 53

Step 7: Lockthe convertible top Step 8 : Secure the fins on the body

Fig. 58 Inner side of t he conve rtible top : remov ing the Fig. 60 Convert ible top : pressing t he fins downward
cap

Fig. 61 Inte rior: t ighten ing the bo lt


Fig. 59 Inner side of the convertible top : pos ition ing
the Allen wrench The following steps must be performed on
both sides of the vehicle .
.. Remove the cap in the center of the conver-
tib le top using the screwdriver from the ve- .. Press the fin downward firmly ¢ fig . 60.
hicle tool kit¢ fig. 58. The emergency lock- .. Hold the fin in this position and tighten the
ing mechanism is located behind it. bolt above the seat belt -arrow- using the
.. Insert the Allen wrench (D and turn the bolt Allen wrench from the veh icle tool kit at the
to the left @ until it is tight and the conver- same time¢ fig. 61.
t ible top is locked securely ¢ fig. 59.
A second person should assist when securing
.,.Remove the Allen wrench from the open ing
the fins to the body. Tightening the bolts is
and cover the opening with the cap.
much easier if a second person presses the
.,.Remove the wheel wrench from the conver-
fins down.
tible top storage bay .
.. Close the convertible top storage bay lid.
A
- WARNING
-

A WARNING
-
Make sure the fins lie on the body. Other-
wise the convert ible top will not lock se-
Make sure the convert ible top is locked cure ly and it could open while dr iving. This
correctly. Otherwise the wind from driving can resul t in injuries and damage to the
could cause the convertible top to open . vehicle.
This can result in injuries and damage to
the vehicle.
54 Convertible top

Step 9: Extend the rear window

Fig. 62 Upper storage compartment between the seat


backrests: extending the rear window

~ Press the Allen wrench from the vehicle tool


kit firmly into the opening until it clicks into
place ~ fig. 62.
~ Turn the bolt counterclockwise until the rear
window is extended. Press the rear window
back lightly while doing this.

0 Note
To prevent damage to the vehicle, make
sure the rear window is in the guide in the
convertible top when extending the win-
dow and the fins are secured on the body.
Clear vi sion 55

Clear vision position 0, AUTO (on ly in daylight conditions)


or ;oo:.
Lights
Automatic head- and taillight control
Switching the headlights on/off
In the swi t ch position AUTO the au tomati c
he ad- and t aillight con t rol is activ at ed. Light
senso rs ar e loca t ed in t he inside mir ro r hous-
ing and constantly chec k t he light cond itions
su rroundi ng the vehicle. If ambient bright-
ness fa lls below a factory set value (e .g. when
dr iving into a tunnel), the head- and tail lights
incl uding the license plate illuminati on are
automat ically t urned on . When ambient
brightness increases aga in, the exte rnal ligh t s
Fig. 63 I nstr ument panel : lig ht switc h (auto mat ic
ar e turned off aga in c>&.. In the switch posi-
head· and ta ill ight control)
t ion AUTO, the low beams are t ur ned off when
Switching on the side marker lights th e ign ition is switc hed off. The rem ai ning
ligh t s are t urned off when the key is ta ke n out
...Turn the light switch to :oo::. of the ignition lock.
Switching on the headlights and high Wit h a utomat ic head- and t aill igh t con t rol,
beam t he high-beam fu nction is al so ava ilable , but
...Turn the light switch to §D. with one rest rict ion : If you have not sw itche d
.,.Push the h igh beam lever forwa rd towa rds the high beams back to low beams during a u-
t he instrument pane l ~ page 58 . tomat ic head light operat ion (for examp le, af-
ter driving through a tunnel), on ly the low
Switching off the lights beams come on the next time automatic
.,.Turn the light switch to 0 . headlig hts are switched on. To use the high
beams, yo u fi rst have to pull the high beam
Switching on automatic head- and lever back and then push the lever forwa rd
taillight control
agam .
.,.Turn the light switch to AUTO ~ fig. 63 .
The side ma rker lights a nd headlights ca n be
The headlig hts and tai lligh t s w ill come on au - sw itc hed on manually by turn ing the light
tomatically when the ignition is sw itche d on swi t ch to the des ired pos ition .
and the light switch is in the position AUTO
Light sensor malfunction
(on ly in nig httime conditions). When switch·
ing off the ignit io n, the headlig hts will go off If there is a light sensor ma lfunction, the
and only the side marker lights will remai n lit. symbol II comes on in the display . For safety
reasons, the low beams are tu rned on perma-
Daytime running lights nently with t he sw itch in AUTO. However, you
USA models: The daytime running lig hts will can con t inue to t urn t he lights on and off us-
come on automat ically when the ig nit ion is ing t he light switch . Have t he ligh t sensor
sw itched on and the light switch is in the posi· checked as soon as possib le at a n au th o rized
tion AUTO (only in daylight conditions). Audi d ealer.

Canada models : The daytime runni ng lights Coming home/leaving home function
will come on a utomat ically when the ignition
The function is sw itched on when the sw itch is
is switched on and the light switch is in the
in the AUTO pos ition and th e funct ion is liJJ,,
56 Clear vision

shown as active in the driver information the automatic head- and taillight control
system. and the automatic glare-dimming of the
rearview mirror(s)*.
The coming home function illuminates the
- If you remove the ignition from the igni-
area around the vehicle when the ignition is
tion lock while the headlights are still
switched off and the driver's door is opened.
on, a buzzer will sound as long as the
The length of time the lights remain on can be
driver's door is open to remind you to
set in the menu display (Lights> Exterior
turn off the lights.
lights> coming home) .
- In the AUTO mode, the low beams are
The leaving home function illuminates the turned off when the ignition is turned
area around the vehicle when unlocking it. off. The remaining lights are turned off
when the key is taken out of the ignition .
.&_WARNING - In cool or damp weather conditions the
- Never use daytime running lights to see headlights may fog over temporarily on
where you are going. They are not bright the inside.
enough and will not let you see far - The critical factor is the temperature
enough ahead for safety, especially at difference between the interior and the
dusk or when it is dark. Be aware of exterior of the headlight lens.
changes in outside light conditions when - With the main beams switched on, the
you are driving and respond by switching light-emitting area will be free of con-
on your low beams. densation after a short time, however
- Automatic head- and taillight control is the edges of the glass may still be fog-
only intended to assist the driver. This ged.
feature does not relieve the driver of his - This physical phenomenon has no ef-
responsibility to check the headlights fect on the life of your vehicle's light-
and to turn them on manually according ing system.
to the current light and visibility condi-
tions. For example, fog and rain cannot
Instrument panel illumination
be detected by the light sensors. Conse-
quently, always switch the headlights on The illumination of the instruments, displays
under these weather conditions and and the center console can be adjusted.
when driving in the dark.
- Crashes can happen when you cannot see
the road ahead and when you cannot be
seen by other motorists.
-Always turn on the headlights so that
you can see ahead and so that others can
see your car from the back.

(D Tips
Fig. 64 Instrument panel illuminat ion
- Always observe the specific local regula-
tions for your area when to use your
You regulate the brightness of the instru-
lights .
ments with the left thumbwheel (-'1·~ fig. 64.
- Turn on low beams as evening ap-
proaches or in conditions of poor visibili- A phototransistor integrated into the instru-
ty. ment cluster controls the illumination of the
- Do not attach stickers to the windshield needles in it. When the lights are switched on,
in front of the sensors as this can disable the lighting for the center console and the llll>
Clear vi sion 57

instruments (needles and dials) is automati- Emergency flasher


cally adjusted to ambient conditions. The driv-
er can also adj ust the brightness of the light-
The emergency flasher makes other motorists
ing.
aware that you or your vehicle are in an emer-
gency situation .
Ignition ON, light switch at @
W ith the ignition swit ched ON, the glow of in-
strument needles can be adjusted to appear
brighter or dimmer.

Ignition ON, light switch at coo;or gD.


W ith t he light s switched on, the bright ness of
instr ument cluster (i.e. needles, gauges and
disp lays) and center console ill umination can
be adjusted . Fig. 65 Center consol e : eme rgency flas he r switch

(D Note .,.Press the switc h l!J~ fig. 65 to switch t he


emergency flasher on or off.
The inst rument cluster and cente r console
illum ination (gauges and needles) comes When t he eme rgency f lasher is on, all four
on when you switch on the ignition and the turn signal bli nk at t he same ti me. The t urn
vehicle headlights are off. Be aware of t he signal indicato r lights 1111
in t he instrument
following difference between mode ls built cluster, as well as the light in the emergency
to US or Canadian specifications: flasher switch ~ blink likew ise. The emergen-
- USA models: ill umination of the inst ru- cy flasher also works when the ignition is
ment cluster (gauges and needles), dash switched off .
and center console around the gearsh ift
The emergency flasher will automatically
lever is controlled by a light sensor locat-
switch on if you are in an accident where the
ed in the instrument panel. The instru-
airbag has deployed.
ment panel illumination will automat i-
cally become dimmer as t he daylight
fades away and eventually will go out
@ Tips

com plete ly when outside light is very You should switch on the emergency flash-
low. This is to rem ind you, the driver, to er when:
switch on the headlights before it gets - you are the last vehicle standing in a t raf-
too dark . fic j am so that any other vehicles coming
- Canada mode ls: instrument panel ill um i- can see you, or when
nat ion will stay bright regard less of the - your vehicle has broken dow n or you are
intensity of amb ient light. Always be in an emergency situation, or when
aware of changes in outside light cond i- - your vehicle is being towed by a tow
t ions wh ile you are driving. Respond in truck or if you are towing another vehicle
time to fadi ng daylight by tu rning the behind you.
light switch to posit ion io (or "AUTO" if
you r car is equipped with th is featu re) to
turn on your headli ghts .
58 Clear v ision

Turn signals and high beam lever - After you have turned a corner, the turn sig-
na l switches off automatically .
The lever is used to operate the turn signals
- The high beam works only when the head-
and the high beam as well as the headlight
lights are on . The ind icator light . in the
flasher .
instrument cluster illuminates when the
high beams are on.
- The headlight flasher works on ly as long as
you ho ld the lever - even if there a re no
lights switched on. The ind icator light . in
the instrument cluster illuminates when you
use the headlight flasher.

(D Note
Do not use the high beam or headlight
Fig. 66 Turn signal and high beam lever
flasher if you know that these could be
blinding oncoming traffic.
The turn s ignal and high beam leve r has the
following functions:
Interior Lights
Turn signals ¢ c::>
Interior light s
""Lift the lever up all the way¢ fig. 66 to use
the right turn s ignals @ , or push the lever The interior lights include the reading lights
down all the way to use the left turn signals for the driver and the front passenger.
@.
""Move the lever (up or down) just to the point
of resistance to use the turn signals for as
long as you need them, for example when
changing lanes.
""Briefly move the lever up or down ju st to the
po int of resistance and then release it to
flash the turn signals three times in succes-
sion. This Convenience turn signal function
must be activated in the menu display Fig. 6 7 Section from headliner: Interior lights
¢ page 24.
Activating door contact circuit
High beam [D
.,. Press the button @ . The LEDin the button
""Push the lever forward @ to switch on the illumi nates.
high beam.
""Pull the lever back towards you to switch off Deactivating door contact circuit
the high beam. ""Press the button @ . The LEDin th e button
Headlight flasher [D goes out.

""Pull the lever toward the stee ring wheel @ Front reading lights ~
to use the headlight flasher.
""Press one of the switches @ to turn the
Notes on these features right or left reading light on or off.

- The turn signals only work with the ignition With the door contact circuit, the interior
switched on. The ind icator lights or II II
in lights tur n on as soon as you unlock the vehi-
t he instrument cluster¢ page 14 also blink. cle or open the doors. The interior lights are Ill>
Clear vi sion 59

also turned on when the ignition key is re- Wiper and washer
moved. The lights turn off about 30 seconds
system
after the doors are closed. When the vehicle is
locked or when the ignit ion is turned on, the Windshield wiper
interior light s are turned off .
The windshield wiper lever controls both the
When a door is open, the interior lights are windshield wipers and the washer system.
turned off after about 10 m inutes to prevent
battery draining .

The brightness of the lights is controlled au-


tomatically by a dimmer when they are
switched on and off.

Luggage compartment light

The light is located on the right side of the


luggage compartment . Fig. 69 W iper lever

These lights come on automatically when the The windshield wiper lever ¢ fig. 69 has the
front lid is opened. The lights turn off auto- follow ing positions:
matically if the lid is left open for more then
10 minutes. Intermittent wiping ~l (activating rain
sensor)
Vision .,.Move the lever up to position (D .
.,.Move the switch @ to set the duration of
Sun visors the wipe intervals or to adjust the sensitivity
Using the sun visors makes driving safer. of the light/ra in sensor.

Low wiper speed


.,.Move the lever up to position @ .

High wiper speed


.,.Move the lever up to posit ion @ .

One-touch wiping
.,.Move the lever to position © , when you
Fig. 68 Sun visor
want to wipe the windsh ield briefly .

Aut omatic wip er/ washer


The vanity mirrors in the sun visors are equip-
ped with covers. .,.Pull the lever to position ® (toward the
steering whee l) and hold .
.,.Release the lever. The washer system stops
and t he wipers continue to operate for
about 4 seconds. Different numbers of wipe
cycles are performed depending on how
long the lever is held.

Turning off the w ipers


.,.Move the lever back to position @.
60 C l ear v ision

Moving w iper blades to the service the sun is low on the horizon . In addi-
position tion, they can cause the w indshield w ip-
.. Do not lift the wiper arms away from the ers to chatter .
glass when they are in their parked position;
this would damage the paint on the front (D Note
lid . In freezing or near freezing conditions:
.. When there is a risk of frost, make sure that - Always check that the w iper blades are
the wiper blades are not frozen to the wind- not frozen to the glass before you turn
shield . the wipers on . Loosen a wiper blade
.. Move wipe r blades to the service posit ion wh ich is frozen in place before operating
¢page 61 . the wipers to prevent damage to the
The windshield wipers and washer on ly work w iper blade or the wiper motor.
when the ignition is turned on. - Do not use the w ipers to clear a frosted
window. Using the wipers as a conven-
To reduce the sensit ivity of the sensor, move ient ice scraper will destroy the wiper
switch @ down . To increase the sensitiv ity, blades .
move the switch up. The higher you adjust the - Before you take your veh icle to an auto-
sensitivity, the faste r t he sensor will react matic car wash, make sure you have the
when it senses moisture on the w indshield. w indshield w iper system switched off
The pauses between w iper tu rns depend not (lever in position 0), otherwise the w ind-
on ly on the sensitivity setting, but on the ve- shield w iper system could get damaged
hicle speed as well. in the car wash if it should suddenly
During a temporary stop, e.g . at a t raff ic sig- come on .
nal, the set wiper speed is automatically re-
duced by one stage. (D Tips
- The windshie ld w ipers are switched off
When the igni ti on is tu rned on, the washer
w hen the ignit ion is turned off. Act ivate
jets are heated.
t he winds hield wipers after t he igni t ion
_& WARNING is switched back on by moving the wind-
shield wiper lever to any position.
- Wipe r blades are crucial for safe driving!
- Worn or dirty windshield wipe r blades
Only when they are in good cond ition are
cause smearing, which can affect the op-
they able to clear the windows properly
eration of the light/rain sensor. Check
to provide uncompromising visibility.
the cond ition of your windsh ield wiper
Worn or damaged wiper blades are a
blades regularly.
safety hazard ¢ page 61, Replacing
- When the wipers are switched on man-
front wiper blades!
ually and in rain cond itions, the auto-
- The light/ra in sensor is only designed to
matic headlights turn on ¢ page 55 or
assist and support the dr iver. It remains
off during the day when the wipers are
entirely the driver 's responsibility to
no longer operating . The automat ic
mon itor outs ide weather conditions and
headlights fu nction is available in this
to manually activate the w ipers as soon
case on ly w hen the light switch is in the
as rain or dri zzle reduces visibi lity
"A UTO" posit ion ¢ page 55, fig. 63.
thro ugh t he windshie ld.
- Make sure the washer fluid reservoir is
- The windshie ld must not be treated with
topped off before goi ng on a long tr ip.
water-repe llent materials. They can in-
Look up ¢ page 188 for checking and
crease glare under poor visib ility condi-
filling the washe r containe r.
tions such as wetness, darkness, or when
Clear vi sion 61

- If you switch off the ignition w ith the


windshield wiper lever still in the inter-
@ Tips

val w ipe position and then come back a - You can also turn on t he service position,
while later and dr ive off , the rain sensor for example, if yo u want to protect the
will reactivate itself after the vehicle w indshield from icing by using a cover.
speed has exceeded 4 mph (6 km/h) . - The service posit ion moves to off auto-
matically when you operate the wind-
shield wiper lever, or speed exceeds
Service position
4 mph (6 km/h).
It is only possible t o change wiper blades if
you move t he wiper arms to the service posi- Replacing front wiper blades
tion .
Wiper blades in good condition help keep the
In order to use the windshield wipers, t he windshield clear.
front lid must be comp letely closed.
N
0

Moving w iper blade s to the service i,:.


..,
m
position
.. When there is a risk of frost, make sure that
the wiper blades are not frozen to the wind-
shield .
.. Switch the ign ition on .
.. Move the wiper lever to position 0
page 59, fig. 69 .
c::>
Fig. 70 Unlatching wipe r blade s
.. Press the IRESE T I button unt il t he Display
type menu appears in the Driver I nforma-
tion System display .
.. Using the rocker switch and the ! RESET I but-
ton, select the Set > Wipers > Front > Serv-
ice position on function . The wind shield
wiper arms move t o t he service posit ion.

Moving w iper blade s to park positi on


.. Make certain that the wiper arms are lying
Fig. 7 1 Rem oving wiper blades
against the windshie ld .
.. Switch the ignition on and move the wipe r Removing the wiper blade
lever from position O to 4 c::>
page 59,
.. Move the wipers to the service posit ion
fig. 69. The wiper arms will move back to
c::>
page 61 .
t he park position .
.. Fold the windsh ield w iper arm away from
the glass .
(D Note
.. On t he upper end of t he wiper arm at the
Never drive your vehicle when the wind- corr ugat ion, squeeze the plastic ret ainer t o-
shield w iper arms are in the service posi- gethe r on both sides in the direction of the
tion and pulled away from the windshie ld. arrow c::>fig. 70.
When you dr ive faster than 4 mp h (6 km/ .. Rotate the wiper blade in the direction of
h), the w iper arms automat ically retu rn to the arrow @ c::> fig . 71 away from the wiper
t he park position and could cause paint arm .
damage to the front lid! .. Lift the wiper blade off in the direction of
t he arrow @ .
62 Clear v ision

Install ing th e wiper blade Mirrors


.,.Pla ce the rounded end of t he wiper onto the
Automatically dimming inside mirror
end of the wiper arm in the opposite direc -
tion to the arrow @ r=;,fig. 71. The automatic dimming function can be
.,.Squeeze the corrugation on the w iper until turned on and off if required .
you hear it click in the wiper arm .
.,.Fold the wiper arm back onto the wind-
shield .
.,.Switch the ign ition on and move the wiper
lever down briefly r=;,page 59, fig . 69 . The
wipe r will move back to the park position.

_& WARNING
- Clean your wiper blades regularly w it h a
windshield washer solution to prevent Fig. 72 Inside rearview mi rror: auto dimmin g on/off
button and indicator lig ht
streaking. If the wipe r blades are very
dirty, for examp le with insects, carefu lly
Disabling auto dimming
clean the w iper blades with a sponge or a
soft brush. .,. Press button ® r=;,fig. 72 - the green indica-
- For your safety, you should replace the tor light @ goes out .
wiper blades once or twice a year. See Activating / reactivating auto dimming
your authorized Audi dealer for replace-
ment blades. .,. Press bu tton @ ¢ fig. 72 - the g reen indica-
tor light @ goes on .
(D Note Automatic dimming function
- The w iper blades may only be changed The automatic dimming function is act ivated
r=;,page 61 in the service position! Other-
every time the ign it ion is turned on . The g reen
wise, you risk damaging the paint on the
indica t or light is lit to indicate auto d imming
front lid or the windsh ield wiper motor . is active.
- To prevent damage to the wiper system:
When dimming is act ivated, the inside m irror
- Always loose n blades which a re fro zen
will darken automatically in response to the
to the windshield before operating
amount of light st riking the mirro r (such as
w ipers.
headlig hts from rearward approaching vehi-
- Do not use gasoline, kerosene, paint
cles). Even in dimming mode, the mirror sur-
t hinne r, or ot her solven ts on or near
face turns bright when:
t he wipe r blades .
- Do not attemp t to move the wipers by - t he int erior light is swi tc hed on
hand. - reverse gear is engaged.

{D) Tips Sensors for automatic headlight s

The front wiper b lades are different With the he lp of the sensors in the mirror,
lengths; the blade o n t he dr iver's side is when the light switc h is in the AUTOposit ion,
longer . the low beams are switched on and off auto-
matically depending on the amb ient light con-
ditions. ..,.
Clear vi sion 63

the a utomatic dimming of the inside


_& WARNING mirror(s) .
Broken glass of automatic dimming m irror
can cause electrolyte fluid leakage. Elec-
Outside mirrors
trolyte fluid can irritate skin, eyes, and res-
piratory system . The outsid e mirrors are electrically adjusted .
- Repeated or prolonged exposure to elec-
trolyte can cause irritation to the resp ira-
tory system, espec ially among people
with asthma or other respiratory condi-
tions. Get fres h air immedia t ely by leav-
ing the vehicle or, if that is not possible,
open windows and doors all the way.
- If electrolyte gets into the eyes, flush
them thoro ughly with large amounts of
clean water for at least 15 min utes; Fig. 73 Forward sect ion of driver's armrest: powe r mir-
med ical attent ion is recommended. ror control s
- If e lectrolyte contacts sk in, f lush affect-
ed area with clean water for at least 15 Adjusting the outside mirrors
minutes and then wash affected area .,.Turn the adjust ing knob to position © (driv-
with soap and water; medical attention er 's s ide) or in pos ition ® (passenger side)
is recommended . Thoroughly wash af- r::!) fig. 73.

fected clothing and shoes before reuse . ... Press t he knob in t he appropriate dire ction
- If swallowed and person is conscious, to move the mi rror surface so that you have
rinse mouth with water for at least 15 a good view to the rear .
min utes . Do not ind uce vom it ing unless
Heated mirrors
inst ructed to do so by medical professio-
nal. Get medical atten t ion immediately. ...Turn the knob to position @ .

CDNote Folding both out side mirro rs flat*


.,.Turn the knob to @ .
liquid electro lyte leaked from a broken
m irror glass will damage any p lastic surfa- Depend ing on the outside temperature, the
ces it comes in contact with. Clean up spil- mirror surfaces are heated until the ignition is
led electro lyte immediately wit h clear wa- switched off - even if the knob is no longer in
t er a nd a sponge. pos ition @ .

(D Tips You are we ll-advised to fold* the outside mir-


rors in maneuvering in tight spaces or when
- If you switch off the automatic dim·
leaving the car parked close to other vehicles.
ming function on th e inside mirror , au-
t omati c dimming of the out side mirror s
will likewi se be disabled .
CDNote
- Check to make sure there are no objects - Curved (i.e. convex) mirror surfaces in-
preventing light from reaching the inside crease yo ur field of view. Remember that
mirro r. vehicles or other objects will appear
smaller and farther away than when
- Do not attach any sticke rs to t he wind -
sh ield in front of t he two light sensors, seen in a flat m irror . If you use this mir-
as this would interfere with both the au - ror to estimate distances of following ve-
tomatic operation of the headlights and hicles when chang ing lanes, you could ..,.
64 C l ear vis ion

estimate incorrect ly and cause an acci- with soap and water; medical attention
dent . is recommended. Thoroughly wash af-
- If the mirror ho using is moved un inten- fected clothing and shoes before reuse.
tiona lly (for example, while parking your - If swallowed and person is conscious,
vehicle), then you must first fo ld the mir- rinse mouth with water for at least 15
ror electrically. Do not readjust the mir- minutes. Do not induce vomiting unless
ror hous ing manually. You could damage instructed to do so by medical professio-
the motor which controls the mirror. na l. Get medical attention immediately.

([) Note
If there shou ld be a malfunction in the Electrolyte leaking from a broken mirror
electrical system, you can still adjust the glass attacks the vehicle pa int and plastic
outs ide mirrors by press ing the edge of surfaces. Clean up spilled elect rolyte im-
the mirror . med iately with clear water and a sponge.

Automatic dimming for outside mirrors @ Tips


Appl ies to vehicles: with automatic dimming for outside
- If automatic dimming for the inside m ir-
mirrors
ror is switched off, the outside mirrors
The outside m irrors are dimmed together with are also not dimmed automat ically.
the automatic d imm ing of the inside mirror. - Automatic d imm ing for the mirror on ly
When the ign it ion is switched on, the m irrors operates properly if the ligh t striking the
darken automat ically depending on the light inside m irror is not hindered by othe r ob-
str iking them (e.g. headlights from the rea r). jects.
When the interior lighting is switched on and
when reverse gear is engaged, the mirrors are Digital compass
sw itched back to their or iginal br ightness (not
Activating or deactivating the compass
d immed).
The direction is displayed on the interior rear-
_& WARNING view mirror.
Broken g lass of automa t ic dimming m irror
can cause e lectrolyte fluid leakage. Elec-
trolyte fluid can irritate skin, eyes, and res -
piratory system . NW
- Repeated or prolonged exposure t o elec-
t rolyte can cause irritation to the respira-
tory system, especially among people
with asthma or other respiratory cond i-
t ions. Get fresh air immediately by leav-
ing the vehicle or, if that is not possible, Fig. 74 I nside rearview mirr or: digi t al compass activa t -
ed
open windows and doors all the way.
- If electrolyte gets into the eyes, flush
.. To activate or deac t ivat e, ho ld t he @ butt on
them thoroughly with la rge amounts of
down unti l the red display appears or disap-
clean water for at least 15 m inutes ;
pea rs.
med ical at tent ion is recommended.
- If electrolyte contacts sk in, flush affect- The dig ita l compass o nly works w it h the igni-
ed area with clean water for at least 15 t ion t urned on . The directions are d isp layed as
minutes and then wash affected ar ea initials : N (North), NE (Northeast), E (East), 1111>
Clear vi sion 65

SE (Southeast), S (South), SW (Southwest), .. Drive in a circle at a speed of abo ut 5 mph


W (West), NW (Northwest). (10 km/h) until a direction is shown on the
interior rearview mirror .
@ Tips
To avo id inaccurate directions, do not al- A WARNING
low any remote controls, electrical sys- The digital compass is to be used as a di-
tems, or metal parts close to the mirror . rectional aid only. Even though you may
want to look at it while you are driving, you
Setting the magnetic deflection zone must still pay attent ion to traffic, road and
weather conditions as well as othe r possi-
The correct magnetic deflection zone must be
ble ha za rds.
set in order to display the directions correctly.

Fig. 75 Magnet ic defl ection zone boundar ies

.. Hold the @ button ~ page 64, fig. 74 down


unt il the number of the set magnetic deflec -
t ion zone appears on the inter ior rear view
mirror .
.. Adjust the magnetic deflection zone by re-
peatedly pressing on the @ button . The set
mode automatically deactivates after a few
seco nds .

Calibrating the compass

The compass has to be recalibrated if the dis-


play is wrong or inaccurate .

.. Hold the @ button down until the letter C is


displayed on the inter ior rearview m irror .
66 S e at s a n d s tor a g e

Seats and storage least 10 inches (25 cm) between them-


selves and the steering wheel and/or in-
General recommen- strument panel. If you're s itting any
dations closer than th is, the a irbag system can-
not protect you properly . In addition to
Why is your seat adjustment so
this, the front seats and head restra ints
important?
must be adjusted to your body height so
The safety belts and the airbag system can that they can give you max imum protec-
only provide maximum protection if the front tion.
seats are correctly adjusted. - Always try to keep as much distance as
possible between yourself a nd the st eer-
There are various ways of adjust ing the front
ing wheel or instrument pane l.
seats to provide safe and comfortable support
- Do not adjust the driver's o r fron t pas-
for the driver and the front passenger . Adjust
senger's seat whi le the vehicle is moving.
your seat properly so that :
Your seat may move unexpected ly, caus -
- you can easily and quick ly reach all the ing sudden loss of vehicle contro l and
switches and controls in the instrument personal injury. If you adju st yo ur seat
panel while the veh icle is moving, you are out
-your body is prope rly supported thus reduc- of posit io n.
ing physical stress and fatigue
- the safety be lts and airbag system can offe r
Driver's seat
maximum protection ¢ page 117 .
The correct seat position is important for safe
In the following sec t ions, you will see exactly
and relaxed driving.
how you can best adjust you r seats .
We recommend that you adjust the driver's
There are special regulations and instructions
seat in the fo llowing manner:
for insta lling a child safety seat on the front
passenger's seat. Always heed the informa- .,.Adjust the seat in fo re and aft direction so
tion rega rd ing child safety provided in t ha t you can easily push the peda ls to the
¢ page 138, Child Safety . floor wh ile keeping your knee slightly bent
i::> A in Why is your seat adjustment so im-
A WARNING portant? on page 66 .
Incorrect seating position of the driver and .,.Adjust the seatback so that when you sit
all other passengers can result in serious with your back against the seatback, you can
personal inj ury. still grasp the top of the steering wheel.
- Always keep your feet on the floor when .,. Posit io n the head restraint according to the
the vehicle is in motion - never put your occupant 's height <=:>page 68 . For maxi-
feet on top of the instrument panel, out mum protection, t he top of the head re-
of the window or on top of the seat cush- st raint shou ld be at least at eye level, pref -
ion! This applies espec ially to the passen- erab ly higher and idea lly level with the top
gers . If your seating position is incorrect of the head ¢ page 102, fig. 107 .
you increase the risk of injury in the case
of sudden braking or an acc ident. If the A
"--
WARNING
airbag infla t es and the seating position Never place any objects in the dr iver's foot-
is incorrect this could result in personal well. An object could get into the pedal
injury or even death. area and interfere with pedal function. In
- It is important for bo t h the driver and case of sudden braking or an acc ident, you
front passenger to keep a distance of at wo uld not be able to brake or accelerate!
Seats and storage 67

Front passenger's seat Adjustment switches

Always move the front passenger seat into CDAdjust ing the lumbar support
the rearmost position . @ Adjusting seat height and fore-and-aft po-
s it ion
To avoid contact with the airbag while it is de-
@ Adjusting the angle of the seatback
ploying, do not sit any closer to the instru-
ment panel than necessary and always wear
Power seat adjustment
the three-point safety belt provided adjusted
correctly . We recommend that you adjust the The switches can be moved in various direc-
passenger's seat in the following manner: tions to allow precise adjustment.
.,.Move the front passenger seat into the rear - Read and heed all warnings before you adjust
most position of the fore and aft adjustment your seat. c:::>&..
range c:::>&.in Why is your seat adjustment
so important? on page 66. Adjusting the curvature of the lumbar
.,.Bring the backrest up to an (almost) upright support
position. Do not ride with the seat reclined . .,. Push the forward or rear depression on the
.,.The idea l position for the head restraint is sw itch shell CD page 67, fig. 76 to in-
c:::>
with the upper edge of the restraint leve l crease or decrease the backrest curvature.
with the top of your head c:::>page 68. You
shou ld not lower the top of the restra int be- Adjusting the height of the lumbar
support
low the level of your eyes .
.,.Place your feet on the floor in front of the .,. Push the top or bottom depress ion on the
passenge r's seat . sw itch shell CD to raise or lower the support
in the backrest.
Power seats Moving the front seats forward or
Adjustment switches backward
.,. Press the switch @ forward or backward
The operating logic for the switches corre-
hor izont a lly.
sponds to the construction and function of
the seat. Adjusting the seat height
.,. Pull or pus h the switch @ even ly at both
ends to raise or lower the seat .

Angling the seat cushion up and down


(front)
.,. Pull or push the switch @ at the front only
to raise or lower the seat .

Angling the seat cushion up and down


Fig. 76 Adjust ment switches: locat ions on driver sea t
(rear)
.,. Pull or pus h the switch @ at the rear only to
The operating log ic for the switches corre- raise or lower the seat.
sponds to the construction, the design and
the function of the seat . Push or pull e ithe r Adjusting the seatback
sw itch in exactly the same direction you want ... Push or pull the switch ® in the same direc-
the corresponding part of the seat to move. tion you want the seatback to tilt . ..,.
68 Seats and s t o ra ge

top of t he restraint should be level w ith the


_&. WARNING
top of the head. If that is not possible, try to
- Never adj ust t he driver's or front passen- adjust the head restraint so that it is as close
ger seat whi le the vehicle is moving. If page 102.
to this position as possible c::>
you do this while the vehicle is moving,
you will be out of posit ion. Always adjust .. Grasp the sides of the head restraint wit h
the driver's or front passenger seat when both hands and slide it upward/downward
the vehicle is not moving. until you fee l it click into place ¢ fig . 77 .
- Be careful when adjusting the seat
height. Check to see that no one is in the
way, or serious injury could result!
-A WARNING
- Driving without head restraints or with
-

- Because the seats can be electrically ad- head restra ints that are not properly ad-
justed with the ignit ion key removed, justed increases t he risk of serious or fa-
never leave children unattended in the tal neck inju ry dramatically.
vehicle. Unsupervised use of the electr ic - Read and heed all WARNI NGS
seat adju stments may cause serious in- ¢page 102.
Jury.
- To reduce the risk of injury in the case of (D Tips
sudden braking or accident, front pas- Correctly adjusted head restraints and
sengers must never ride in a moving ve - safety belts are an ext reme ly effect ive
hicle wit h the seatback recl ined. Safety combination of safety features.
belts and the airbag system offer maxi-
mum protection on ly when the seatback
is upright and the safety belts are prop-
Cup holder
er ly posit ioned on the body. The more
the seatback is recli ned, the greater the
risk of personal injury from an incorrect
seating posit ion and improperly posi-
t ioned safety belts!
- Always make sure the front seatbac ks are
in the up right posit ion when dr iving.

Head restraints Fig. 7 8 Cup holder

Adjusting head restraints


A
-
WARNING
-
Spilled hot liqu id can cause an accident
and personal injury.
- Never carry any beverage conta iners with
hot liq uids, such as hot coffee or hot tea,
in the vehicle while it is moving. In case
of an accident, sudden braking or other
vehicle movement, hot liquid could spill,
causing scalding burns. Spilled hot liquid
Fig. 77 Adj ust ing head rest raints can also cause an accident and personal
injury.
The head rest raints can be adj usted to provide
safe support to head und neck at t he opti-
mum heig ht. When optimally adju sted, t he
Seats and storage 69

- Use only soft cups in the cupholder. Hard .. Push the knob in.
cups and g lasses can cause injury in an .. Wait until the cigarette lighter knob pops
accident. out .
- Never use the cupholder or adapter as an .. Remove the cigarette lighter immediately
ashtray- risk of fire. and use it.
.. Reinsert cigarette lighter into the socket af-
CDNote ter use.

Only drink containers with lids should be Connecting an appliance


carried in the cupho lder. Liquid could spill
.. Slide the cover open to reach the cigarette
out and damage your vehicle's electronic
lighter.
equipment or stain the upholstery, etc.
.. Remove cigarette lighter .
.. Plug in appliance to be used.
Ashtray
The socket of the cigarette lighter may be
used for 12-volt appliances with maximum
consumption of up to 100 watts, such as a
flash light, small vacuum cleaner, etc.

A WARNING
- Improper use of the cigarette lighte r can
cause serious injury or start a fire.
- Be careful when using the cigarette light-
Fig. 79 Center console: ash tray er. If you do not pay attention to what
you are doing when you are using the cig-
The ashtray is inserted in the cupholder. arette lighter you can burn yourself.

Opening the ashtray


CDNote
.. Fold the cover upward.
- To avoid damaging the socket, only use
Emptying the ashtray plugs that fit properly.
- Only use the cigarette lighter socket as a
.. Lift the closed ashtray up out of the cu-
power source for electrical accessories
pholder.
for short durations. Use the sockets in
the vehicle when a power source is need-
A WARNING ed for longer durations .
Never put waste paper in the ashtray. Hot
ashes or other hot objects in the ashtray (D Tips
could set waste paper on fire. - When the engine is off and accessories
are still plugged in and are on, the vehi-
Cigarette Lighter/ cle battery can still be drained.
socket - The veh icle battery must not be charged
with a standard small charger that plugs
The cigarette lighter or socket only work with into the cigarette lighter or outlet.
the ignition on.

Using the cigarette lighter


.. Slide the cover open to reach the cigarette
page 69.
lighter <=>
70 Seats and s t o ra ge

Storage The glove compartment has a standard 12 -


volt socket for connecting electrical accesso-
General ries. The power cons umption at the outlet
must not exceed 100 watts. The socket works

"
A WARNING only w ith the ignition switched on.
- Always remove objects from the instru-
ment pane l. Any items not put away
cou ld slide around inside t he vehicle
-A WARNING
To reduce the risk of pe rsonal inju ry in an
-

whi le driving or when accelerating or accident or sudde n stop, always keep the
when applying the brakes or when driv- g love compartme nt closed while dr iving .
ing around a corner.
- When you are drivi ng make sure that Storage compartment in the front seats
anything you may have placed in the cen - Applies to veh icles: with storage compartment in the
ter console or othe r storage locations front seats
cannot fa ll out into the footwells. In case
There is a fold-out storage compartment in
of sudden braking you would not be able
the front of the seats.
to brake, depress the clutch or acceler-
ate. Opening
.,.Lift the handle and pull the drawer out.
Glove compartment
Closing
The glove compartment is illuminated and
.,. Push the drawer in complete ly until it latch -
can be locked.
es .

© Tips
The maximum carrying capacity 2 .2 lbs .
(I kg).

Storage compartments between the


seat backrests
The storage compartments are illuminated
Fig. 8 0 Glove compartm ent
and can be locked with the vehicle key.
To open glove compartment
.,.Pull the hand le ¢ fig. 80 in the direction of
the arrow, push down lid to t he fully open
pos it ion.

To close glove compartment


.,.Push the glove compartment lid upward un -
t il t he lock engages .

The glove compartment light comes on as the Fig. 81 Storage compartments between the seat
backrests
parking or driving lights are sw itched on and
the compartment is opened . You will fi nd a
The CD changer* or the Audi Music Int erface*
g lasses case in the lid .
are located in the lowe r storage compart-
ment.
Seats and storage 71

Opening the upper storage compartment


"'F old the lid upwar d in t he direc t ion of t he
arrow Ci)¢ fig. 81.

Opening the lower storage compartment


"' Fold the lid downward in t he d irect io n of t he
arrow @ .

_& WARNING -
Always keep t he sto rage comp artmen t s
close d when dr iving to help reduce t he risk
of injury.

(D Tips
Bot h lids must be clo sed in order to lock
t he com pa rtments .
72 W a rm and co ld

Warm and cold


Climate controls
Controls
The climate controls automatically maintain the selected temperature in the vehicle interior
throughout each season .

Fig. 82 Climate contro ls

We recommend the following sett ing : Please note:


> Rotate the knob 9 fig. 82 @ to the right to In cooling mode , relative humidity in the inte-
switch on the air conditioning . rior is reduced . This prevents the w indows
> Set the temperature to 72 °F (22 °(). from fogg ing up. When outside temperatures
> Press the !AUTO !~ fig. 82 button . are low (temperatures below freezing), the air
condit ion ing (compressor) switches off auto-
Using the previously recommended setting is
matically - air in the vehicle inte rior is not de-
the quickest way to achieve a comfortable cli-
humid ified.
mate in the vehicle . This setting should there-
fore only be changed when persona l comfort When relative hum idity and temperatures
levels or certain circumstances require it. outside are h igh, condensate can drip from
the a ir cond ition ing evaporator and form a
The climate controls are a combination of au -
pool of water under the vehi cle. This is normal
tomatic heating and ventilation systems and a
and not an ind ication of a leak!
coo ling system which dehum idifies and coo ls
the air inside the veh icle. When outs ide temperatures are low, the fan
doe s not switch to a higher speed until the
The climate controls automatically maintain a
coolant has reached an adequate tempera-
temperature once it has been set . The tem- tu re, with the exception of the defrost set-
perat ure of the air from the vents, fan speed
ting.
(air volume) and a ir dist ribution are also auto-
mat ical ly adjusted . The system also takes into When accelerating at wide-open throttle, the
account strong sunshine so that manua l ad- air conditioning compressor is temporarily
justment is not necessary. So in almost all switched off to maintain full eng ine power .
cases, automatic mode offers the best condi- In order to ensure engine cooling under ex-
tions for the comfort of the occupants at all t reme engine loads , the compressor is switch-
times of the year 9 page 75 . ed off if coolant temperatures climb too high . .,..
Warm and cold 73

Functions are set by turning the rotary knob i::>page 155. Heating systems in particular re-
or switched on and off by tapping the buttons. quire a great deal of energy. If you notice, for
The LEDin the buttons illuminates when the example, that the rear window heater is not
function is active. heating, then it has been temporarily cut back
or switched off by energy management.
Button(s) Meaning Page These systems are available again as soon as
Rotary knob Temperature the energy balance has been restored .
i::>page 73
CD selection
Switch air con- A WARNING
Rotary knob ditioning on/ For safety reasons, it is important that all
i::>poge 74
@~ off windows are free of ice, snow, and conden-
Fan sation . Only then is good visibility ensured.
Rotary knob Air distribu- Please familiarize yourself with the correct
i::>page 74
® tion operation of the air conditioning and how
to dehumidify/defrost the windows.
~ Defrost i::>poge 75
Rear window
~
defogger
i::>page 76 (D Note

Heated seat - If you suspect that the climate controls


I- .1 +I driver/passen- i::>poge 76 have been damaged, switch the system
off to avoid damaging it , and have it in-
ger side
spected by an authorized Audi dealer.
Recirculation i::>page 75
- Audi climate control system repairs re-
Switch on quire special expertise and the proper
!AC! cooling sys- i::>page 75 tools. Youshould contact an authorized
I tern Audi dealer in the event of malfunctions.
Pollutant filter
(D Tips
The pollutant filter (particle filter) ensures
- To avoid adversely affecting heating and
that contaminants in the outside air (such as
cooling performance and to prevent con-
dust or pollen) are greatly reduced or stop-
densation on the windows, the air intake
ped. The air is also filtered in recirculation
in front of the windshield must be free of
mode.
ice, snow, and leaves.
The pollutant filter element must be changed - Climate control works most effectively if
according to the intervals specified in the the windows are closed. However, if the
maintenance schedule so that the air condi- interior of a parked vehicle is extremely
tioning system's performance is not adversely hot from the sun's rays, briefly opening
affected. the windows can speed up the cooling
process.
If the filter 's effectiveness is weakened by
driving the vehicle in areas with heavily pollut-
ed outside air, the filter element should also Setting temperature
be changed between the listed services.
.,.Turn the rotary knob CD c:>page 72, fig. 82
Energy management to the desired temperature setting.

To prevent the battery from being discharged To set a lower temperature, turn the rotary
and to restore the balance of energy, compo- knob to the left. To set a higher temperature,
nents which require large amounts of energy turn the rotary knob to the right. There are .,..
are temporarily cut back or switched off
74 W a rm and co ld

addit ional intermediate settings available to If the difference between the desired temper-
adj ust the temperature as needed . ature set by you and the vehicle's interior tem-
perature is too great, the fan speed will
Switching climate control on and off change automatically. This is done so that the
desired temperature setting is reached as
Swit ching the climate contr ol system on quickly as possible .
and off
• Turn the knob @ ¢ page 72, fig. 82 to the (D Tips
right to switch climate control on. The LED If the difference between the desired tem-
next to the word OFF goes out . perature you have set and the veh icle's in-
• Turn the knob @ ¢ page 72, fig. 82 to the terior temperature is too high, the fan
left to switch the climate contro l system off. speed will change automat ically. This is
The LEDnext to the word OFF comes on . done so that the desired temperature set-
ting is reached as quickly as poss ible.
Setting fan speed ~
• Turn the knob @ ¢ page 72, fig. 82 to the
setting you want to adjust fan speed (air
quantity) .

Air distribution

Fig. 83 Instr ume nt pane l: Locat ion of air vents

• Turn the rotary knob @ ¢ page 72, fig. 82 to driver and front passenger side windows
the des ired setting. most effective ly, the vents @ shou ld be di-
• To open and close the out lets, turn the ad- rected toward the side windows.
justing ring . - In setting®, air flows only to the driver/
• To adj ust the direct ion of the airflow from passenger, vents @ and @ are open.
the outlet, move the tab in the center of the - In setting -0-,air flows only to the footwe ll,
outlet in the desi red direction. The direction vents @) are open.
of the air de livered from t he vent s can be - In setting~. air flows only to the windows
adjusted horizontally and vertically. and the footwell, vents (D, @ and @ are

Air dist ribution:


open. ...
- In setting -0, air flows only to the windows,
vents (D and @ are open. To defrost the
Warm and c o ld 75

There are additiona l combinations (through Manual air recirculation mode ~


intermediate settings) available to adjust air
distr ibution as needed.
The recirculation mode prevents polluted out-
side air from entering the vehicle interior.
(D Tips Switching on air recirculatio n
If the climate controls are running in cool-
~ Press the button ~¢ page 72, fig. 82,
ing mode, air shou ld flow mainly from ¢ ,& .
vents @ and @. To achieve suff icient cool-
ing, you shou ld never close these vents Switching off air recirculation
completely.
~ Press the button l.;.,
Iagain, or
~ Press the IAU T OI button , or
Defrost ~ ~ Press the ~ button .

The windshield and side windows are defrost- In recircu lation mode, air is drawn from the
ed or cleared of condensa tion as quickly as vehicle interior, filte red, and recirculated . We
possible. recommend that you select recirculation
~ To turn on the defogger/defroster, press the mode briefly ¢ .& under the fo llowing condi-
~ button ¢ page 72, fig. 82.
tions:
~ To turn t he defogger/defroster off, press t he When driving through a tunne l or in a traffic
~ button again, or the IAU TOI button . jam so that exhaust fumes and odors cannot
enter the vehicle interior.
Temperature is controlled automatically. The
maximum amount of air flows mainly from
vents 1 ¢ page 74.
A WARNING
You shou ld not use the recirculation mode
A small amount of air flows from vents 2 - if for an extended period since no fresh air is
they are open ¢ page 74 . drawn in, and with the air condit ioning
Pressing the ~ button switches off recircu la- switched off the windows can fog up - this
tion mode. increases the risk of an accident!

Automatic operation ~ A/C operation ~

Standard operating mode at all times of the Switching on A/ C


year. ~ Press the IAC ! button ¢ page 72, fig. 82 .
Turning on automatic operation Switching A/ C off
~ Set the temperature you want . ~ Press the IAC ! button again.
~ Press the IAU TO I button ¢ page 72, fig. 82.
The cooling system is switched on during A/C
Automatic operation ensures constant tem -
operation - the heating and ventilation system
peratures in the inter ior and dehum idifies the is controlled automatically .
air inside the vehicle. Air temperature, vol-
ume , and distribution are controlled automat- (D Tips
ically to reach or maintain the desired interior
If the LED in the switch stays on after A/C
temperature as quickly as possib le. Fluctua -
operation has been switched off( = switch-
tions in exterior temperature and the effects
ing the A/C off), there is a fault in an air
of temperature from the position of the sun
cond itioning component. Please consult llJI,
are compensated for automat ically.
76 Warm and cold

an authorized Audi dealer when there is an Heated seats


operating problem.
The seat cushion and the seotbock of the
front seats con be heated electrically.
Using the climate controls economically
...Press the heated seats button I-.,+I
Economical use of the climate controls helps
page 72, fig . 82 to set the level of heating
c::>
to save fuel.
desired.
When climate control is wor kin g in cool ing
The range of contro ls goes from 1 to 3. The
mode, engine performance is reduced and
heat setting selected is shown by LEDsabove
fuel consumption is affected. To keep the time
the button.
the air conditioning is on as short as possible,
you shou ld do the fo ll ow ing:
(D Note
.,.If you would lik e to save f uel, switch the air To avoid damage to the heating elements
condition ing off. in the seats, do not kneel on the seats or
...If you open the windows whi le driving, place heavy loads on a small area of the
switch the air conditioning off. seat .
...If the vehicle is extremely hot due to the
heat of the sun, briefly open doors and win-
dows .

@ For the sake of the environment


When you save fuel, you reduce emissions
from the vehicle.

Rear window defogger


The rear window defogger clears the rear win-
dow of condensation .

...Press the ~ button c::>page 72, fig. 82 to


turn the rear window defogger on and off.

The rear window defogger works only when


the engine is running. The indicator light in
the butto n illum inates when the rear window
defogger is turned on .

The rear window defogger is switched off au-


tomatically after approx. 10 minutes.

@ For the sake of the environment


As soon as the rear window is clear, you
should switch the rear window defogger
off. The reduced power consumption has a
beneficial effect on fuel consumption.
On the road 77

On the road the steering wheel, check with your au-


thorized Audi dealer to see if adaptive
Steering equipment is available.
Adjusting the steering wheel column - If the steering wheel is aligned with your
face, the supplemental driver's airbag
The steering wheel position can be continu- cannot provide as much protection in an
ously adjusted in height and distance. accident . Always make sure that the
steer ing wheel is aligned with your
chest.
- Always hold the steer ing wheel w ith your
hands at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock posi-
tions to reduce the risk of personal injury
if the dr iver's airbag deploys.
- Never hold the steering wheel at the 12
o'clock position or with your hands inside
the steering wheel rim or on the steering
Fig. 84 Lever under t he st ee ring column wheel hub. Holding the steering wheel
the wrong way can cause serious injuries
• Push the lever ¢ fig. 84 down ¢ & . to the hands, arms and head if the driv-
• Move the steer ing whee l to the desired posi- er's airbag deploys.
tion.
• Push the lever against the steering column
until it locks. Ignition lock and
ignition switch
There must be at least 10 inches (25 cm) be-
tween your chest and the center of the steer- Ignition lock
ing wheel. If you cannot sit more than 10 in- The ignition key starts or stops the engine.
ches (25 cm) from the steering wheel, see if
adaptive equipment is available to help you
reach the pedals and increase the distance
from the steering wheel.

A WARNING
-
Improper use of steering wheel adjust-
ment and improper seating position can
cause serious personal injury .
- Adjust the steering whee l column only Fig. 85 Ign ition lock posit ions
when the vehicle is not moving to pre-
vent loss of vehicle control. Ignition off ©
- Adjust the driver's seat or steering wheel
In position ¢ fig. 85 @ both the ignition and
so that there is a minimum of 10 inches
engine are off, and the steering is locked .
(25 cm) between your chest and the
steering wheel ¢ page 100, fig. 106. If To lock the steering after you have removed
you cannot maintain this minimum dis- the ignition key, turn the steer ing wheel in ei-
tance, the airbag system cannot protect ther direction until you hear it lock into place.
you properly. You should always lock the steering whenever
- If physical limitations prevent you from you leave your vehicle. This makes vehicle
sitting 10 inches (25 cm) or more from theft even more difficult c::>.&..
78 On the road

Ignition on @ Starting the engine


Afte r switching the ignition on, the needles The engine can only be started with your orig -
move all the way up and then down . inal Audi key.
If it is difficult to tu rn the key afte r you have
On vehicles with R tronic *, the engine can be
inserted it into the ignition lock, turn t he
started in the neutra l position N and in each
steering wheel back and f orth. This will take
gear (1 - 6 and R).
the load off the steering lock mechan ism and
you will be able to turn the key freely and .. Set the park ing brake ¢ ,&. .
start the engine . .. On vehicles with ma nual transmission *, fully
depress the clutch pedal.
Starting the engine @ .. Press and hold the brake pedal.
I n th is position the engine sta rt s. While the .. Turn the ignition key to posit ion @
engine is start ing, the power supply to the ¢ page 77, fig . 85 - do not depress the gas
headlights and other electr ical consumers is pedal when starting the engine .
tempo rari ly interrupted to conserve battery .. Let go of the key as soon as the engine
power. After the engine has started, release starts - the sta rter must not cont inue to
the key and it will return to posit ion @ . run. On vehicles w it h R t ronic, select gear
posit ion N.
Before the starter can be operated again the
key must be turned back to position @ . The A cold engine may at first be loud afte r it has
non-repeat lock prevents you from damaging been started. This is due t o the hydrau lic
the starter when the engine is runn ing . valves buil ding up the oil pressure. This is nor-
mal and no need f or concern.
A WARNING
- If th e engine does not start imm ediately, stop
- Never remove the key from the ign ition
t rying after 10 seconds and t hen t ry to rest art
lock whi le the vehicle is moving. The
t he engine about 30 seconds later.
steeri ng wheel will lock causing loss of
contro l. A WARNING
- If you have to leave your vehicle - even
- Never star t or let the engine run in a con-
-
for just a m inute - always remove t he ig-
f ined or enclosed area. Exhaust fumes
nition key and ta ke it with you. This is es-
from the engi ne contain carbon monox-
pecially important if you are going to
ide, a colorless and odorless gas. Carbon
leave childr en behind in t he vehicle. The
monox ide can be fatal if inhaled.
children could st art t he engine or use
- Never leave the engine idli ng unattend-
other vehicle controls . Unsupervised use
ed. An unattended vehicle w ith a run ning
of vehicle controls (for examp le, power
engine poses a danger of personal injury
windows) can cause serious personal in-
or theft.
jur ies.
- With the engine running and a gear en-
gaged, you have to hold the vehicle w it h
(D Tips
the foot brake.
If the vehicle battery has been disconnect-
ed and then reconnected, then you must (D Note
leave the key in position @ for about 5
-Avo id high engine speeds, f ast accelera-
seconds before you can start t he engine.
tion or heavy engine loads while the en-
gine is still cold. This could damage the
engine.
On t h e r oad 79

- The engine cannot be started by pushing


or towing the vehicle.
@ Tips
After the engine has been switched off, the
@) For the sake of the environment radiator fan can continue to run for up to
10 minutes - even wit h the ignition switch-
To avoid unnecessary engine wear and to
ed off. It can also switch on again after
reduce exhaust emissions, do not let your
some time if the coolant temperatu re rises
vehicle stand and warm up. Be ready to
as the result of heat buildup or if the en-
drive off immediately after start ing your
gine compartment is heated by the sun's
vehicle.
rays and the engine is hot.

Stopping the engine


Parking brake
On vehicles with R tronic*, the engine can be
Parking brake
turned off in the neutral position N and in
each gear (1 - 6 and R). When the parking brake is set, it prevents the
vehicle from rolling away unintentionally .
.. Turn the ignition key to position @
¢ page 77, fig. 85.

A WARNING
- Never turn off the engine unt il the vehi-
cle has come to a complete stop.
- The brake booster and servotronic on ly
work when the engine is running. With
the ignition turned off, you have to apply
more force when steering or braking. Fig. 86 Center console: Parking brake set
Since you cannot steer and stop norma l-
ly, this can lead to accidents and serious Sett ing the parking brake
injuries.
.. Pull the parking brake lever all the way up.

(D Note Releasing th e park ing brake


- If the engine has been under heavy load .. Pull the parking brake lever up slight ly and
for an extended period of time, heat press the release button at the same time
builds up in the engine compartment af- ¢ fig. 86 ·arrow· .
ter the engine is switched off - t here is a .. Keep the release button pressed and lower
risk of damaging the engine . Allow the the parking brake¢ ,&. .
engine to continue to run at idle for a
short time or drive until it has cooled If you shou ld drive off with the parking brake
down before you turn it off¢ page 159 . still set, a warning tone will sound and the
- If the engine has been under heavy load follow ing message wi ll appear in the instru-
for an extended period of time, it can be- ment cluster to remind you to release the
come extreme ly hot. You should not park parking brake:
your vehicle over easily combustible ob- Parking bra ke is appl ied
jects or areas (e.g. grass or leaves). There
is a risk of start ing a fire. The parking brake warning comes on only af-
ter you have driven for longer than 3 seconds
and faster than 3 mph (5 km/h). ..,.
80 On the road

The parking brake warning light _ of gear. The vehicle could start to roll
(USA)/. (CON) illuminates when the parking away and cause an accident.
brake is set and you switch on the ignition. - No matter what the season is, the tem-
perature in a parked vehicle can reach
A WARNING
- dangerous levels .
Always release the parking brake com-
pletely. A partially engaged brake will
Starting on hills
overheat the rear brakes, reduce their ef- Applies to vehicles: with hill ho ld assist
fectiveness and cause excessive wear. This
could lead to brake failure and an accident . Hill hold assist makes it easier to start on
hills .
(D Note The system is activated when the brake pedal
Only after the vehicle has come to com- is depressed for a few seconds.
plete stop, should you firmly set the park-
After releasing the brake pedal, the brake
ing brake and move the gearshift lever into
power is held for a brief moment to prevent
a gear.
the vehicle from rolling back when starting.
During this time, you can easily begin to move
Parking your vehicle.
To prevent a parked vehicle from rolling
A
away, there are a few things you should do.

.. Stop the vehicle using the brake pedal.


- WARNING
- If you did not begin moving immediately
after releasing the brake pedal, the vehi-
.. Set the parking brake firmly . cle could begin to roll backward under
.. Switch off the engine. certain circumstances. Depress the brake
.. Engage a gear q ,&.. pedal immediately or engage the parking
What else you should do when parking brake.
your vehicle on an incline or decline - If the engine stalls, depress the brake
pedal immediately or engage the parking
Turn the steering wheel so that if the vehicle
brake.
should start to roll, it will roll into the curb.
- To prevent the vehicle from rolling back
A WARNING
-
unintentionally when starting in stop-
and-go traffic, keep the brake pedal de-
This is how you can reduce the risk of in- pressed for a few seconds before driving
jury when leaving your vehicle. off.
- Never park the vehicle where it can come
in contact with dry grass, spilled fuel or (D Tips
any other flammable materials.
You can find out if your vehicle is equipped
- Never allow anyone - especially small
with "hill hold assist" at an authorized Au-
children - to remain in the vehicle when
di dealer.
it is locked. Locked doors make it more
difficult for rescuers to access the pas-
senger compartment in the event of an
emergency. Danger to life!
- Never leave children unsupervised in the
vehicle. Children could release the park-
ing brake or move the gearshift lever out
On t h e r oad 81

Cruise control system switched on, always depress the


clutch pedal! Otherwise the engine will
Introduction race and could be damaged as a result .
The cruise control system keeps the speed
constant . (D Tips
When driving on steep downward grades,
The cruise control system makes it possible to the cruise contro l system cannot keep the
drive at a constant speed over 20 mph (US speed constant. The vehicle's own weight
model) or 30 km/h (Canadian model). This is increases the speed. Shift into a lower gear
true only to the extent that engine power or in plenty of t ime or brake the vehicle with
engine braking effect allow . Using the system the foot brake .
takes the strain off the "gas peda l foot" - es-
pec ial ly on long tr ips.
Saving the speed
In the control mode, the indicator light in the
The desired speed must be saved.
instrument cluster is lit (Dj;(i
)~i~(US model),111
(Canadian model).

The cruise control system automatically


sw itches itself off immediately under the fol-
lowing cond itions:
- Pressing the brake pedal.
- Pressing the clutch pedal.

A WARNING
Fig. 87 Cruise control system controls
- Always pay attention to traffic even when
the cruise control system is switched on.
.,. Drive at the speed you wish to set.
You are always responsible for your
.,. Pull the lever to position (D c:>fig. 87 to
speed and the distance between your ve-
sw itch the system on.
hicle and other vehicles.
.,.Briefly press button @ .
- For safety reasons, the cruise control sys-
tem shou ld not be used in the city, in After the button @ is released, the current ve-
stop-and-go traffic, on twisting roads hicle speed is sto red and maintai ned, i.e. you
and when road conditions are poo r (such are driving in control mode.
as ice, fog, gravel, heavy rain and hydro-
planing) - risk of accident. Changing speed
- Turn off the cruise control system tem-
porarily when entering turn lanes, high- The desired speed can be changed.
way exit lanes or in construction zones. Faster
- Please note that inadvertently "rest ing"
.,. Press lever up towards the 0 c:>page 81,
your foot on the accelerator peda l causes
the cruise control system not to brake .
fig. 87.
.,. Release the lever to store the current speed .
This is because the cruise contro l system
is overridden by the driver's acceleration. Slow er

(D Note
.. Press lever down towards the O c:>page 81,
fig. 87.
On manual transmission vehicles: If you .,.Release the lever to store the current speed. IJJl-
shift into neutral with the cruise contro l
82 On the road

You can a lso increase your speed by pressing The saved speed value is deleted when the ig-
the accelerator pedal. After you release the nition is switched off.
accelerator pedal, the system automat ically
adjusts back down to the speed you previously (D Tips
set . Switch t he cruise control system off com-
However, if you exceed this speed by 5 mph pletely at the end of each trip. When you
(10 km/h) for longer than 5 m inutes, the stor - start the next trip, the desired speed can
ed speed will be deleted. You will have to re- be set simp ly from the basic setting
save it. c>poge 81.

Briefly pressing lever Audi magnetic ride


The desired speed is increased by about 2 mph
Damping con be adjusted to the driver's pref-
(2 km/h) by briefly pressing the lever upwards
erence and it adapts automatically to the cur-
towards c:>page 81, fig . 87 0 -
rent driving situation .
The desired speed is decreased by about 2
mph (2 km/h) by briefly pressing the lever
downwards towards c:>poge 81, fig. 87 G) .

Switching control mode off temporarily

.. Step on the brake pedal, or


.. Depress the clutch pedal all the way, or
.. Press the lever towards @ (not latched)
c>page 81, fig . 87 . Fig. 88 Center console: Switch for Audi magnet ic ride

When the system is turned off temporarily,


.. Press the switch c:>fig. 88 to turn sport set-
the speed stored at the time is retained.
ting on or off.
To resume the stored speed, release the brake
or clutch pedal and pu ll the lever to position Audi magnet ic ride is an elec tronic a lly con-
trolled damping system . This chas sis system
(D.
assists the driver by adapting to the particular
If no desired speed was stored when the sys- situation through imperceptible control proc-
tem was temporarily switched off, you can esses. The damping provides individual modu-
store a new desired speed as follows: Drive at lation of damp ing forces. For examp le, with
the desired speed and briefly press button damp ing characteristics set to provide greater
c>page 81, fig. 87 @ (SET). comfort, damping is set somewhat harder for
a brief period only as required, when rounding
A WARNING a curve and when braking .
You should only return to the saved speed
Standard setting
if it is not too fast for the current traffic
conditions - risk of an accident! Se lect the standard setting if you prefer a sus-
pension setting emphasiz ing comfort.
Deactivating Sport setting
.. Press leve r into position @ (latc hed) Select the sport sett ing if you prefer a spo rty
¢ page 81, fig. 87 . suspension setting . The LEDin the switch g
comes on to indicate sport setting .
On th e ro a d 83

@ Tips
E
The warning/indicator light in the instru-
ment cluster comes on in the event of a
malfunct ion. Drive to the closest author-
ized Audi dealer as soon as possible and
have the malfunction repaired.
84 Manual transmission

Manual transmission and the vehicle speed is less than 3 mph


(5 km/h).
Launch Control
Program
Applies to vehicles: with VlO e ngi ne and manua l trans-
mission

The Launch Control Program enables maxi-


mum acceleration.

Requirement : The engine must be at operat-


ing temperature and the steering wheel must
not be turned.

• With the engine runn ing, press the [!I but -


ton one time. The ESPindicator light in fi
the Driver Information System display illu-
minates and the message ESP sport· Warn-
ing! Restricted stability appears.
• Press the clutch and hold it down.
• Engage the first gear.
• Press the accelerator pedal all the way down
until the engine speed remains steady at
6500 RPM.
• Release the clutch carefully ~ .&_.

.&_WARNING
- Always adapt your driving to the traffic
flow.
- Only use Launch Control when road and
traffic conditions all ow it and other driv-
ers wi ll not be endangered or annoyed by
your driv ing and the vehicle's accelera-
tion.
- Please note that the driving wheels can
spin and the vehicle can break away
when ESPis switched off, especially
when the road is slippery.
- Once you have accelerated, you should
switch the ESPback on by pressing the l:m
button.

(D Tips
- When accelerating using the Launch
Control program, all vehicle parts are
subject to heavy loads. This can result in
increased wear.
- The Launch Control Program only func-
tions when the parking brake is released
Autom a ted manual tr a n s m iss ion 85

Automated manual R - Reverse gear

transmission Reverse gear must only be engaged when the


vehicle is stationary and the engine is running
Description at idle speed ~ ,1..
Applies to vehicles: with R tro nic
To engage reverse gear, you have to press the
brake pedal, move the selec t or lever to the
right and tip it towards R. In reverse gear, the
back up lights illuminate when the ignition is
on .

N - Neutral
To engage neu t ral, you have to move these-
lector lever to the left or to the right . If re-
verse gear is engaged, move the selector lever
Fig. 89 Shift pattern
to the left . If a forward gear is engaged , move
the selector lever to the right.

Sport function
The sport function is sw itched on by pressing
the ISPORT Ibutton. The engine's power re-
serves can be used fully by upshifts later. Shift
t ime is decreased and acce lerator pedal re-
sponse is improved . In addition, in manua l op-
Fig. 90 Display: Gears engaged
eration the eng ine does not sh ift a utomat ical-
ly into the next gear before it has reached the
R tronic is an au t omated manua l transm iss ion maximum perm iss ible engine speed . In auto -
in which the function of the clutch and shift- matic operat ion, upsh ifting cont inues auto-
ing is controlled by an electronic system. matically .

The gears are engaged manua lly, sim ilarly to _&.WARNING


a manual transmission. The gears ca n also be
- If a gear is engaged when the veh icle is
shifted automatica lly. The engine can be
stat ionary, the accelera to r must not be
started and switched off in all gears .
pressed inadvertent ly under any circum -
The selected mode of operation, the gear en- stances . Otherwise the vehicle will im-
gaged and the spor t funct ion are shown in the mediately start to move· sometimes
Driver Information Syst em display ¢ fig. 90. even if the park ing brake is firmly ap-
plied.
M · Manual operation
- Before you or other persons open the en -
In th is operating mode, you shift the forward gine compartment lid and work on a run-
gears us ing the selecto r lever ¢ page 86 or ning engine, select neutral pos ition N
the shift paddles on the multifunction steer- a nd firmly app ly the handbrake . Follow
ing whee l ¢ page 87. the warning notes.
A - Automati c operation
(!} Tips
In th is operating mode, the forward gears are
If you accidenta lly shifted into N w hile
shifted up or down depending on engine load
driving, you can engage a gear in the nor-
and vehicle speed ¢ page 87 .
mal way us ing the selecto r lever.
86 Aut o mated manual transmi ss ion

Manual operation fore the maximum permissible engine speed


Appl ies to vehicles: with R tronic is reached. Exception: You have activated the
sport funct ion r::!) page 85 .
R tronic allows the driver to shift gears man-
ually. If you have se lected a lower gear than t he cur-
rent one, R tronic will shift down only when
Startin g f rom a st op
the engine will not be over-revved.
,,.Press and hold the brake pedal.
You can swit ch to automa tic operation at any
,,.Move the selector lever to the left.
t ime <:!)page87.
,,.Tap the se lector lever forward G).
,,.Release the brake pedal and accelerate
c:>& .
&
~
WARNING
- Never leave your vehicle with the engine
Shifting running while in gear. If you must leave
,,.To shift up, tap the selector lever forward your vehicle with the engine running, set
G). the parking brake firmly and engage neu-
,,.To shift down, tap the selector lever to the tral N.
rear Q . - With the engine running and a gear en-
gaged, you have to hold the vehicle with
Stopping t emporarily the foot brake .
,,.Prevent the vehicle from moving by using - Do not accelerate when you sh ift gears
the foot brake, e.g. at traffic signals . with the vehicle stationary and the en-
,,.Do not accelerate. If you do not press either gine runn ing.
the brake pedal or the accelerator pedal for - Before driving down a steep slope, re-
some time when stationary, neutra l position duce your speed and shift into a lower
N is engaged automatically and a chime gear with R tronic .
sounds. - Do not ride the brakes or apply the brake
pedal too often or too long . Constant
Parking braking causes the brakes to overheat
,,.Press and hold the brake pedal c:>A . and substantially reduces braking per-
,,.Apply the hand brake firm ly. formance, increases braking distance or
,,.Engage a gear. causes complete failure of t he brake sys-
,,.Switch the ignition off. tem .

Stopping on an incline (D Note


,,.Always keep the vehicle stationary using the If you must stop on an incline, always hold
foot brake to prevent it from "rolling back" the vehicle in place with the foot brake to
c:>A . Do not try to prevent the vehicle from prevent it from rolling back. Never hold
"rolling back" when a gear is engaged by in- the vehicle on an incline with a slipping
creasing engine speed. clutch. The clutch was overloaded if Clutch
,,.Apply the hand brake firmly. overheat ing! If possible pleas e stop vehi-
cle appears in the Driver Informat ion Sys-
Starting on a hill
tem display.
,,.With a gear engaged, remove your foot from
the brake, accelerate and slowly release the
hand brake.

When accelerating, R tronic shifts into the


next gear in gears 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 shortly be-
Autom a ted manual tr a n s m iss ion 87

Automatic operation .. Press the brake pedal with your left foot and
Applies to vehicles: with R tronic hold it down.
.. Engage a gear.
The forward gears are shi~ed up or down au-
.. Press the ISPORT I button on the selector lev-
tomatically.
er cover.
Startin g from a stop .. Press the accelerator pedal w ith your right
foot simultaneously unt il the engine has
.. Press and hold the brake pedal.
reached a constant speed .
.. Tap the selector lever towards A.
.,.Remove your left foot from the brake c::,,& .
.. Release the brake pedal and accelerate c::,A.
in Manual operation on page 86.
A WARNING
Under certain circumstances (driving in the - Always adapt your dr iving to the traffic
mounta ins for example), it can be beneficial f low.
to switch temporarily to the manua l shift pro- - Only use Launch Control when road and
gram c::>page 86 in order to adjust the gear ra- traffic conditions allow it and other driv-
tios to driving conditions manually. ers will not be endangered or annoyed by
your driving and the vehicle's accelera-
Kick-down tion.
Applies to vehicles: with R tronic - Please note that t he driving wheels can
When you depress the accelerator pedal be- spin and the vehicle can break away
when ESPis switched off, especially
yond the resistance point, R tronic downshifts
into a lower gear, depending on vehicle speed when the road is slippery .
and engine rpm . The upshift into the next - Once the starting procedure is complete,
higher gear takes place once the maximum you should switch ESPon again by press-
specified engine speed is reached. Exception: ing the [!I switch.
You have activated t he sport funct ion.
(D Tips
A WARNING When accelerat ing using the Launch Con-
Please note that the drive whee ls can spin trol program, all vehicle parts are subj ect
if kick-down is used on a smooth slippery to heavy loads. This can result in increased
road - there is a risk of skidding . wear.

Launch Control Steering wheel with


Program shift paddles
Applies to vehicles: with R tronic
Applies to vehicles: with R tronic

The Launch Control Program enables maxi- The shi~ paddles allow you to select gears
mum acceleration. manually at the steering wheel.

Requirement: The engine must be at operat-


ing temperature and the steering wheel must
not be turned .

.. With the engine running, press the [!I but-


ton one t ime. The ESPindicator light fi in
the Driver Information System display illu-
minates and the message ESP sport - W arn-
ing! Restr ict ed stab ili ty appears .
Fig. 91 Sport steering wheel: Shift paddles
88 Aut o mated manual transmi ss ion

• To shift down, press the paddle on the left


o.
• To shift up, press the paddle on the right G).

Of course, you can continue to use the manual


shift program with the selector lever in the
center console .
Par k ing system 89

Parking system General Information


Applies to vehicles: wit h parking system advanced
Parking system
advanced
Introduction
Applies to vehicles: with pa rking system advanced

D D

Fig. 94 View from top: Rearview camera coverage area

--- --
Fig. 92 Parking mode l: Reverse pa rking
-------

Fig. 95 Side view: Rearview came ra coverage area

Sen sors in the bumper


Sensors are located in the front and rear
bumpers . If these detect an obstacle, audible
Fig. 93 Parking mode 2: Parallel parking
and visual signals warn you. The range at
Vehicles w ith the park ing system are equipped which the sensors begin to measure is approx-
with a rear view camer a in addition to the imately:
acoust ic and visual park ing system .
side 3 ft (0.90 m)
front
You can choose between two modes to help center 4 ft (1.20 m)
you when parking your vehicle . Use "parking 2 ft (0.60 m)
side
mode 1" when park ing in a parking space or rear
center 5.2 ft (1.60 m)
garage Q fig . 92. If you are goi ng to be paral-
lel parking, use "parking mode 2" ~ fig. 93. The closer you get to the obstacle, the shorter
the interva l between the audible signals . A
continuous tone sounds when the obstacle is
less than approximately 1 foot (0.30 meters)
away. Do not continue dr iving farther .

If the distance to an obstacle rema ins con-


stant, the volume of the distance warn ing
gradually drops after about fo ur seconds (t his
does not apply in the cont inuous tone range) . II>
90 Parking system

Rear view camera coverage area - Remove snow with a hand brush and ice
preferably with a de-icing spray ¢ (D.
The rearview camera shows you the area be-
hind your vehicle in the navigation system dis-
play. This area roughly corresponds to the
A
- WARNING
-

area in ¢ fig. 94 and (!) ¢ fig. 95. Orientation - The parking system cannot replace the
lines and colored surfaces are projected in the driver's attention. The driver alone is re-
area shown, which can help you with parking sponsible for parking and similar driving
and maneuvering. Objects that are located in maneuvers .
an area that is not captured by the camera @ - Sensors have blind spots in which objects
¢ fig . 95 and that are closer to the bumper cannot be detected. Pay special attention
will not appear on the navigation system dis- to small children and animals because
play. the sensors cannot always detect them .
- Always keep your eyes on the vehicle's
We recommend that you practice parking with
surroundings, using the rearview mirror
the rearview camera in a traffic-free location
as well.
or parking lot to become familiar with the sys-
- Do not allow yourself to be distracted
tem, the orientation lines, and their function.
from traffic by the rearview camera pic-
There should be sufficient light and good
tures in the navigation system display .
weather conditions when doing so.
- If the position and the installation angle
In the navigation system display, objects or of the camera has changed, for example,
vehicles appear closer or fu rther away if: after a rear end collision, do not continue
Objects or vehicles appear closer or farther to use the system for safety reasons.
away in the navigation system if : Have it checked by an authorized Audi
dealer or other qualified workshop.
- you are driving in reverse gear from a level
surface onto an incline, or a downward (D Note
slope,
- Low obstacles already signaled by a
- you are driving in reverse gear toward pro-
warning can disappear from the system's
truding objects.
detection range as they are approached
The accuracy of the orientation lines and blue and will not continue to be signaled. Ob-
surfaces diminishes if: jects such as barrier chains, trailer draw
bars, narrow painted vertical poles or
- the rearview camera does not provide a reli-
fences may not be detected by the sys-
able image, for example, in poor visibility
tem, posing risk of damage.
conditions or if the lens is dirty,
- Never use warm or hot water to remove
- the image on the screen is not visible due to
snow or ice from the rearview camera
sun glare and reflection .
lens because the lens could crack.
Caring for the rearview camera lens - Never use products that are abrasive
The rearview camera is located in the center when cleaning the lens.
of the vehicle above the rear license plate
bracket. In order for the rearview camera to
function properly , the camera lens must be
kept clean and free of snow and ice.

- Dampen the lens with a household alcohol-


based glass cleaner, and clean the lens with
a dry cloth.
Par k ing system 91

Switching on and off Segm ents in the visual display


Applies to vehicles: with parking system advanced The red segmen t s in fro nt of and behind t he
vehicle c) fig. 97 he lp you to de termine the
distance between you and an obstacle. As
you r vehicle comes close r to t he obstacle, the
segments move closer to the vehicle . The col-
lision area has been reached when the next to
last segment is displayed . Do not continue
driv ing farther c) .&.in General Information
on page 90!

Fig. 96 Section of the center console: Park assist


switch
A WARNING
-
- The navigation system d isplay cannot
show, or ca nnot adequately show, cer-
tain o bjects (such as small posts o r gra-
ting), recesses in the groun d and pro-
trud ing parts on anothe r ca r.
- Only use t he rearview came ra to assist
you if it shows a goo d, clear pict ure. For
examp le, the image may be affected by
the sun sh ining into the lens, d irt on the
lens or if there is a defect.
Fig. 97 Navigatio n system d isplay: visual distance dis-
play
@ Tips

Switching on - The sensors m ust be kept clean and free


of s now and ice for the park assist to op-
.,.Switch the navigation system and the navi-
erate .
gation system disp lay on.
- You can change the volume and pitch of
.,.Engage the reverse gear, or
page 93 .
the s ignals c::>
.,.Press the l""'Iswitc h in the center console
- What appea rs in the disp lay is time -de -
9 fig. 96. A short confirma t ion tone so unds
layed.
and t he indicato r light in t he switch lights
up .

Switching between the rear view camera


and visual display
.,.Press the Graphic cont rol button
9 page 92, fig. 98 to see the visua l dis-
play .
.,. Press the Rear view contro l button to see
the rear view camera image c) fig. 9 7.

Switching off
.,.Drive faster than 6 mph (10 km/h), or
.,.Press the l""'Iswitch, or
.,. Switch off the ignition .
92 Parking system

Reverse parking children and anima ls. The rear view cam-
Applies to vehicles: with parking system advanced era cannot always detect them, posing
Parking mode 1 con be used when parking in risk of an accident!
a garage or into a parking space. - Please note that objects not touching the
ground can appear to be farther away
than they really are (for example, the
bumper of a vehicle or the rear of a
truck) . In th is case, you should not use
the orientation lines to help with park·
ing, which poses danger of an accident!

(D Note
In the navigation system display, the direc·
Fig. 98 Navigation system display : Aiming at a parking tion of travel of the veh icle rear is rep re-
spot sented depending on the steering wheel
angle . The vehi cle front swings out mo re
than the vehicle rear. Maintain plenty of
distance so that your outside mirror or a
corner of your vehicle does not collide with
any obstacles . This can damage to your ve-
hicle.

Parallel parking
Applies to vehicles: with parking system advanced
Fig. 99 Navigation system display: Align i ng t he vehicle
Use parking mode 2 to help you parallel park
> Switch the navigation system and the dis- along the side of a street.
play of the navigation system on .
.,.Select the reverse gear .
.,.Turn the steer ing whee l until the orange or i-
entat ion lines (;) appear in the parking spot
¢ fig. 98. Use the markings @ to help yo u

estimate the distance from an obstacle .


Each marking represents 3 ft. (1 m). The
blue area represents an extension of the ve-
hicle 's outline by approximately 16 ft. (5 m)
to the rear . Fig. 100 Navigation syst em display: Blue surfac e
> While driving in reverse gear, adjust the alig ned wit h parking spot
steering wheel angle to fit the parking spot
with the a id of the o range orientation lines
¢ (}). @ marks the rear bumper . Stop the
vehicle once the red orientation line @
touches an object ¢ ,&. .

A WARNING
- The rearview camera does not show the
entire area behind the vehicle ¢ page 89,
Fig. 101 Navigat ion system display: The bl ue curved
fig. 95. Watch out especially for small line contact i ng t he curb
Par k ing sys tem 93

The following steps app ly only when t here is


no obstacle such as a wall near the parking
A WARNING

spot. Otherwise, please read the information - The rearview camera does not show the
prov ided in the "Parking Next to Obstacles" entire area behind the vehicle ¢ page 89,
section. fig . 95 . Watch out especially for small
children and anima ls . The rea r view cam-
~ Activate the turn signal. e ra can not a lways de t ect t hem, pos ing
~ Position your vehicle parallel to the edge of
risk of an accident!
the street, approximately 3 ft. (1 m) from a - Please note that objects not touching the
parked vehicle . g rou nd can appear to be far t her away
~ Switch the navigation system and the navi-
than t hey really ar e (for example, t he
gat ion system display on. bumper of a vehicle or the rea r of a
~ Select reverse gear . The parking aid tu rns on
truck) . In this case , you sho uld not use
and par king mode 1 appears on the display . the orientation lines to help with park-
~ Press the contro l bu t to n 1 on the navigat ion
ing, which poses danger of an accident!
system ¢ fig . 100. Parking mode 2 appea rs.
~ Backup and align your vehicle so the blue
(D Note
area @ borders on the rear end of the vehi-
In the navigation system disp lay, t he direc -
cle or on the parking spot line. The blue area
tion of trave l of the vehicle rear is repre -
represents an extension of the veh icle's out-
sented depend ing on the stee ring wheel
line by approximate ly 16 ft (5 meters) t o the
angle. The veh icle front swings out more
rear . The long side of the blue area should
than the vehicle rear. Mainta in plenty of
be o n the curb . The entire blue area must fit
distance so that you r o utside mirror or a
into the parking spot .
corner of you r vehicle does not coll ide with
~ Wit h the veh icle st opped, tu rn the st eer ing
any obstacles. This can damage to your ve-
whee l t o the right as far as it w ill go.
~ Back into the park ing spot until the blue
hicle.
curve to uches the curb ¢ fig. 101. Stop the
vehicle.
(0 Tips

~ With the veh icle stopped, turn the steer ing The left or right orientation lines and su r-
wheel to the left as far as it will go . faces will be disp layed, depending on the
~ Conti nue to back into the parking spot un t il turn s ignal being used .
the vehicle is parked para llel to the curb . @
marks the rear bumper. Stop the vehicle Adjusting the warning tones
when the red orientation line @ borde rs an Appli es t o vehicles: wi th parking syst em advanced
object ¢ .&, . Keep an eye o n t he fron t of
your vehicle while do ing this ¢ Ci).

Parking next to obstacles


When t here is an obstacle (such as a wall)
next to the pa rking spot, choose a spot w it h
mo re space on t he sides. Position the long
side of the blue a rea so that there is sufficient
space from the curb. The a rea must no t be on
the curb. You will also need to start turn ing
Fig. 1 02 Navigat ion system display: adju sti ng t he
the steeri ng wheel much earlie r. The re should
parking syst em
be a suffic ient amo unt of space between the
curb and the blue curve, and the blue curve Requirement: The parking system must be
¢ fig. 101 must not touch the curb. switched on.
94 Parking system

• Press the Settings control button.

- Front volum e - front sensor vol ume


- Front fr equency- front sensor frequency
- Rear volume - rear sensor volume
- Rear fr equency - rear sensor frequency
- In-car entert a inment fader - when the park-
ing system is switched on, t he volume of the
active audio source is lowered .

The newly adjusted value is briefly heard from


the signa l generator.

(D Tips
Changed settings are activated when park-
ing system is switched on again.

Error messages
Applies to vehicles: with parking system advanced

There is an error in the system if the LED on


the IP..
~Iswitch is blinking and you hear a con-
tinuous alarm for a few seconds after switch-
ing on the parking system or when the park-
ing system is already act ivated. Have your au-
thor ized Audi dealer correct the error.

@ Tips
If an error has occurred before the ignition
is tu rned off, the LED in the~ switch will
blin k the next time the ignit ion is switched
on, reverse gear selected, and the acoustic
parking system is act ivat ed.
H o m e lin k® 95

Homelink ® - A garage door or an estate gate may


sometimes be set in mot ion when the
Universal remote Homelink ® remote control is being pro-
control grammed . If the device is repeatedly ac-
tivated, th is can overstrain motor and
General information
damage its e lectrical components - an
Appl ies to vehicles: with Horne Link® unive rsal rem ote
control overheated moto r is a fire hazard!
- To avoid possib le injuries or property
The Homelink ®feature can learn up to three
damage, please always make abso lutely
radio frequency codes for most current trans -
certain that no persons o r objects are lo-
mitters used for operating garage doors, es-
cat ed in the range of motion of any
tate gates, home or outdoor lighting sys-
equ ipment being ope rated .
tems, and other devices.

You must first program the Homelink ®trans- (D Tips


mitter before you can use the system - If you would like more information on
¢ page 96, Programming the HomeLink® Homel ink®, w here to purchase the
transmitter. Homel ink®compatib le produc t s, or
In order to program the Home link ®transmit- would like t o purchase the Homelink ®
ter for devices utilizing rolling code, a second Home Lighting Package, please call toll-
person on a ladder who can safe ly reach the free: 1-800-355-3515 .
garage door opener motor is recommended. - For Declaration of Compliance to United
It is also necessary to locate the "learn" but- States FCCand Ind ustry Canada reg ula-
ton on your garage door opener motor . Refer tions ¢ page 212 .
to the operat ing instruct ions for the opener,
as the location and color of this button may
vary by manufacturer.

You can still use the origina l remote control


for the device at any time.

A WARNING
-
- Never use the Homelink ®transmitter
with any garage door opener that does
have not the safety stop and reverse fea-
tu re as requ ired by federa l safety stand -
ards . This includes any garage door open-
er mode l manufact ured before April 1,
1982.
- A garage door opener which cannot de-
te ct an object, signaling the door to stop
and rever se does no t mee t current feder-
al safety standards. Us ing a ga rage doo r
opener witho ut these features increases
risk of serious injury or death.
- For safety reasons never release the
par king brake or start the engine while
anyone is stand ing in front of the vehicle .
96 Homelink ®

Programming the Homelink ® 5 . Press and hold the Homelink ®button (D,
transmitter @ or @ until the indicator light ®
Applies to vehicles: with Homelink® unive rsal remote starts flash ing slowly . Release the button.
control
.,.The system will remain in programming
The transmitter is programmed in two phas- mode for 5 minutes. Co to the front of the
es. For rolling code transmitters, a third vehicle and proceed with phase 2 .
phase is also necessary.
Phase 2:
~---------- -------g:
"'
~
,A
programming the bumper mounted trans
mitter
6 . Hold the original remote control at a dis-
tance between 0- 6 in. (0- 15 cm) from the
bumper below the appropriate headlight
for your vehicle ~ fig. 104 (use the short-
est distance possible).
7. Aim the remote control just below the
driver side headlight.
Fig. 103 Overhead console ; Homelink ® keypad
8. Press and hold the activation button on
the remote control.
"' May be different in Canada . If so, press and
re-press (cycle) the activation button on your
remote contro l every two seconds .
9. The emergency flashers will flash three
times (after about 15 -60 seconds) when
the programming is successful. Release
the button on the remote control.
.,.To program more devices, repeat steps 4 to
Fig. 104 Front bumper, driver side: locati on of trans ·
m itterun it 9.
10. Press and hold the trained Homelink ®
Phase 1: button and observe the indicator light ®
programming the overhead keypad ¢ fig . 103 .
1. Make sure your vehicle is within operating "' If the ind icator light is solid/continuous,
range of the remote controlled garage programm ing is comp lete and your device
door opener . should activate when you press and release
2 . Set the parking brake ~ ,&. in General in- the t rained Homelink ®button.
formation on page 95 . "'If the indicator light blinks rapidly for 2 sec-
3 . Turn t he ignition on. Do not start the en- onds and is then a solid/continuous light,
gine! proceed with phase 3 to program a rolling
4 . Press and hold the two outside Home- code device.
Link® buttons CD and @ for approxi- Phase 3: rolling code programming
mately 20 seconds until indicator light ®
¢ fig. 103 begins to flash. Then release
.,.A second person on a ladder who can safely
both buttons . Do not hold the buttons for reach the garage door opener motor is rec-
longer than 30 seconds . ommended .
"'This procedure only needs to be performed 11. Locate the "learn" button on the garage
once. It erases the factory-set default codes door opener motor (refer to the operating
and does not have to be repeated to pro- instructions for the opener, as the loca-
gram additional remote controls. t ion of this button may vary by manufac-
turer) . ~
Homelink ® 97

12. Press and release the learn button on the .. Press the appropriate programmed button
garage door opener motor. Q), @)or @ to activate the desired remote
.. Note: once the button is pressed, there are contro l function ~ A in General informa-
30 secondsin which to initiate the next tion on page 95 .
step .
13. On the Homel ink®keypad inside the vehi- Reprogramming a single button
cle, firmly press and hold the Homelink ® Applies to vehicles: with Hom elink ® universal remote
button previously programmed in phases contr ol
1 and 2 for two seconds and release. Re- A HomeLink®button can be reprogrammed
peat t his sequence twice . individually without affecting the other but -
.. Some vehicles may req uire the press/hold/ ton allocations.
release sequence up to three times to com -
plete the training process . Programming the overhead keypad
.. Homelink ®should now activate your rolling .. Press the appropr iate Homelink ® button un-
code equipped device. til the ind icato r light begins flashing slowly .
If the 5 minute time limit is exceeded, the Programming the bumper mounted trans
emergency flashers will flash one time to in- mitter
d icate that the process has been terminated.
1. Hold the original remote control at a d is-
In this case, repeat steps 4 through 9 .
tance between 0-5 in. (0-13 cm) from the
If the emergency flashe rs do not flas h three bumper below the appropriate headlight
times (after about 15 - 60 seconds), program- for yo ur vehicle (use the shortest distance
ming was not successful. In this case, repeat possible) .
steps 4 through 9. 2. Aim the remote control just below the
driver side headlight.
Remote control units for garage door openers
3. Press and hold the activation button on
in Canada are set to stop transmitting radio
the remote control.
frequency signals after two seconds. This time
4. The emergency flashers will flash three
may not be sufficient for the Homelink ®sys-
times (after about 15- 60 seconds) when
tem to learn the radio frequency signal. Per-
the programming is successful. Now re-
form all other steps as described above .
lease the button on the remote control.
.. If the device ut ilizes a rolling code, please
Operating the Homelink ® transmitter follow phase 3 of c:>page 96, Programming
Applies to vehicles: with Home link® univers al remote
control
the Homelink ®transmitter for rolling code
programming.
The Homelink ®transmitter works in the
same manner as the original handheld re- This procedure will cause the existing pro-
mote control that came with the system. gramming on the Homelink ® button to be
erased!
~-----------------~ .. en

"'
Iii~
:::~,
~:::
0

t
Fig. 105 Overhead console: Home l ink® keypad
98 Homelin k®

Erasing the programming of the


Homelink ® transmitter
Applies to vehicles: with Home Link®universal remote
control

When you erase the programming, the pro-


gramming on all three of the transmitter
channels with be lost!

., Perform steps 1 to 4 as described on


c>page 96, Phase 1: programming the over-
head keypad .

When completed, the Homel ink® system will


be in the programming mode and is t hen
ready to learn the codes for remote controlled
devices.

@ Tips
- Programmed buttons cannot be erased
individua lly.
- For security reasons you are advised to
erase the prog ramming of the Home-
Link®system before you sell your vehicle .
Driving Safely 99

Driving Safely accident. The following is a listing of just a


few of the safety features in your Audi: •
General notes •
- sophisticated safety belts for driver and all
Safe driving habits passenger seating positions,
- safety belt pretensioners ,
Please remember - safety first!
- front airbags,
This chapter contains important information, - knee airbags,
tips, instructions and warnings that you need - side airbags in the seats
to read and observe for your own safety, the - adjustable head restraints,
safety of your passengers and others . We have - adjustable steering column.
summarized here what you need to know
These individual safety features can work to-
about safety belts, airbags, child restraints as
gether as a system to help protect you and
well as child safety. Your safety is for us priori-
your passengers in a wide range of accidents.
ty number 1. Always observe the information
These features cannot work as a system if
and warnings in this section - for your own
they are not always properly adjusted and
safety as well as for that of your passengers.
properly used!
The information in this section applies to all
Safety is everybody's responsibility!
model versions of your vehicle . Some of the
features described in this sections may be
standard equipment on some models, or may Important things to do before driving
be optional equipment on others. If you are Safety is everybody's job! Vehicle and occu-
not sure, ask your authorized Audi dealer. pant safety always depends on the informed

A WARNING
and careful driver.

- Make certain that you follow the instruc- For your safety and the safety of your passen-
tions and heed the WARNINGS in this gers, before driving always:
Manual. It is in your interest and in the ~ Make sure that all lights and signals are op-
interest of your passengers. erating correctly .
- Always keep the complete owner's litera- ~ Make sure that the tire pressure is correct.
ture in your Audi when you lend or sell ~ Make sure that all windows are clean and af-
your vehicle so that this important infor- ford good visibility to the outside.
mation will always be available to the ~ Secure all luggage and other items carefully
driver and passengers. page
r=:> 70.
- Always keep the owner's literature handy ~ Make sure that nothing can interfere with
so that you can find it easily if you have the pedals.
questions. ~ Adjust front seat, head restraint and mirrors
correctly for your height .
Safety equipment ~ Instruct passengers to adjust the head re-
straints according to their height .
The safety features are part of the occupant ~ Make sure to use the right child restraint
restraint system and work together to help correctly to protect children¢ page 138,
reduce the risk of injury in a wide variety of Child Safety.
accident situations . ~ Sit properly in your seat and make sure that
your passengers do the same ¢ page 66,
Your safety and the safety of your passengers
should not be left to chance. Advances in
Seats and storage. .,..
technology have made a variety of features
available to help reduce the risk of injury in an
100 Dr iv ing S a fel y

• Fasten your safety be lt and wear it properly . Proper occupant


Also instruct your passengers to fasten their
seating positions
safety belts proper ly ¢ page 109.
Proper seating position for the driver
What impairs driving safety? The proper driver seating position is impor-
Safe driving is directly related to the condi- tant for safe, relaxed driving.
tion of the vehicle, the driver as well as the
driver's ability to concentrate on the rood
without being distracted.

The driver is responsible for the safety of the


vehicle and all of its occupants. If your ability
to drive is impaired, safety risks for everybody
in the vehicle increase and you also become a
hazard to everyone else on the road ¢ .&,.
Therefore: Fig. 106 Corr ect seating posit ion

• Do not let yourself be distracted by passen-


gers or by using a cellular telephone . For your own safety and to reduce the risk of
• NEVERdr ive when your dr iving ability is im- injury in the event of an accident, we recom-
paired (by medicat ions, alcohol, drugs, etc.) . mend that you adjust the driver's seat to the
• Observe all traffic laws, rules of the road following position:
and speed limits and plain common sense . • Adjust the steering wheel so that there is a
• ALWAYSadjust your speed to road, traff ic distance of at least 10 inches (25 cm) be-
and weathe r condit ions. tween the steering wheel and your breast
• Take frequent breaks on long trips. Do not bone ¢ fig. 106 .
drive for more than two hours at a stretch . • Adjust the driver's seat so that you can easi-
• Do NOTdrive when you are tired , under ly push the pedals all the way to the floor
pressure or when you are stressed. while keeping your knee(s) slightly bent
¢ .&_.
A
,. WARNING • Grasp t he top of the steer ing whee l with
Impaired driving safety increases the risk your elbow(s) slightly bent.
of serious personal injury and death when- • Adjust the head restraint so the upper edge
ever a veh icle is being used . is as even as possible with the top of your
head. If that is not possible, try to adjust
the head restraint so that it is as close to
this position as possible .
• Adjust the steering wheel so that the steer-
ing wheel and airbag cover points at your
chest and not at your face.
• Adjust the angle of the seatback so that it is
in an upright position so that your back
comes in full contact with it when you drive.
• Fasten and wear safety be lts correctly
¢ page 110 .
• Always keep both feet in the footwell so
that you are in control of the vehicle at all
times .
Driving Safely 101

For detailed information on how to adjust the are tilted back, the greater the risk of in-
driver's seat, see ¢ page 66, Seats and stor- •
jury due to incorrect positioning of the
age. safety belt and improper seating posi- •
tion .
A WARNING - Children must always ride in child seats
Drivers who are unbelted, out of position ¢ page 138 . Special precautions apply
or too close to the airbag can be seriously when installing a child seat on the front
injured by an airbag as it deploys. To help passenger seat ¢ page 117.
reduce the risk of serious personal injury:
- Always adjust the driver's seat and the Proper seating position for the front
steering wheel so that there are at least passenger
10 inches (25 cm) between your breast-
bone and the steering wheel. The proper front passenger seating position
- Always adjust the driver's seat and the is important for safe, relaxed driving.
steering wheel so that there are at least For your own safety and to reduce the risk of
4 inches (10 cm) between the knees and injury in the event of an accident, we recom-
the lower part of the instrument panel. mend that you adjust the seat for the front
- Always hold the steering wheel on the passenger to the following position :
outside of the steering wheel rim with
your hands at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock "'Adjust the angle of the seatback so that it is
positions to help reduce the risk of per- in an upright position and your back comes
sonal injury if the driver's airbag inflates. in full contact with it whenever the vehicle is
- Never hold the steering wheel at the moving.
12 o'clock position or with your hands at "'Adjust the head restraint so the upper edge
other positions inside the steering wheel is as even as possible with the top of your
rim or on the steering wheel hub. Hold- head. If that is not possible, try to adjust
ing the steering wheel the wrong way the head restraint so that it is as close to
can cause serious injuries to the hands, this position as possible ¢ page 102 .
arms and head if the driver's airbag in- "' Keep both feet flat on the floor in front of
flates the front passenger seat .
"'Fasten and wear safety belts correctly
- Pointing the steering wheel toward your
¢page 112 .
face decreases the ability of the supple-
mental driver's airbag to protect you in a For detailed information on how to adjust the
collision. front passenger's seat, see ¢ page 66, Seats
- Always sit in an upright position and nev- and storage.
er lean against or place any part of your
body too close to the area where the air- A WARNING
bags are located.
Front seat passengers who are unbelted,
- Before driving, always adjust the front
out of position or too close to the airbag
seats and head restraints properly and
can be seriously injured or killed by the air-
make sure that all passengers are prop- bag as it deploys. To help reduce the risk of
erly restrained.
serious personal injury:
- Never adjust the seats while the vehicle
- Passengers must always sit in an upright
is moving. Your seat may move unexpect-
position and never lean against or place
edly and you could lose control of the ve-
any part of their body too close to the
hicle. area where the airbags are located.
- Never drive with the backrest reclined or
tilted far back! The farther the backrests
102 Driving Safely

- Passengers who are unbelted, out of po- Proper adjustment of head restraints
sition or too close to the airbag can be
seriously injured by an airbag as it de-
ploys with great force in the blink of an
eye .
- Always make sure that there are at least
10 inches (25 cm) between the front
passenger's breastbone and the instru-
ment panel.
-Always make sure that there are at least
4 inches (10 cm) between the front pas- Fig. 107 Head restra int: viewed from the front
senger's knees and the lower part of the
instrument panel. The head restraints must be correctly adjust-
- Each passenger must always sit on a seat ed to achieve the best protection.
of their own and properly fasten and .,.Adjust the head restraints so the upper edge
wear the safety belt belonging to that is as even as possible with the top of your
seat. head. If that is not possible, try to adjust
- Before driving, always adjust the front the head restraint so that it is as close to
passenger seat and head restraint prop- this position as possible c:;,fig . 10 7.
erly.
- Always keep your feet on the floor in Adjusting head restraints ¢ page 68.
front of the seat. Never rest them on the
seat, instrument panel, out of the win- A WARNING
dow, etc. The airbag system and safety Driving without head restraints or with im-
belt will not be able to protect you prop- properly adjusted head restraints increases
erly and can even increase the risk of in- the risk of serious injuries in a collision. To
jury in a crash. help reduce the risk of injury:
- Never drive with the backrest reclined or - Always drive with the head restraints in
tilted far back! The farther the backrests place and properly adjusted.
are tilted back, the greater the risk of in- - Every person in the vehicle must have a
jury due to incorrect positioning of the properly adjusted head restraint.
safety belt and improper seating posi- - Always make sure each person in the ve-
tion. hicle properly adjusts their head re-
- Children must always ride in child seats straint . Adjust the head restraints so the
¢ page 138. Special precautions apply upper edge is as even as possible with
when installing a child seat on the front the top of your head. If that is not possi-
passenger seat ¢ page 117. ble, try to adjust the head restraint so
that it is as close to this position as pos-
sible,
- Never attempt to adjust head restraint
while driving. If you have driven off and
must adjust the driver headrest for any
reason, first stop the vehicle safely be-
fore attempting to adjust the head re-
straint.
- Children must always be properly re-
strained in a child restraint that is appro-
priate for their age and size c:;,page 138.
Driving Safely 103

Examples of improper seating positions A WARNING


- •
The occupant restraint system can only re- Improper seating positions increase the •
duce the risk of injury if vehicle occupants are risk of serious personal injury and death
properly seated. whenever a vehicle is being used.
- Sitting incorrectly places occupants at
Improper seating positions can cause serious
risk of being critically injured if the air-
injury or death. Safety belts can only work
bags deploy and strike them .
when they are properly posit ioned on the
- Before you start driving, seat yourself
body. Improper seating positions reduce the
properly and always maintain this seat-
effectiveness of safety belts and will even in-
ing position during the trip . Before each
crease the risk of injury and death by moving
trip, instruct your passengers to seat
the safety belt to critical areas of the body.
themselves properly and to maintain this
Improper seating positions also increase the
seating position during the trip
risk of serious injury and death when an air-
c>page 66, Seats and storage .
bag deploys and strikes an occupant who is
not in the proper seating position. A driver is
responsible for the safety of all vehicle occu- Driver and passenger
pants and especially for children . Therefore : side footwell
...Never allow anyone to assume an incorrect Important safety instructions
seating position when the vehicle is being
used c>_&. A WARNING
The following bullets list only some sample Always make sure that the knee airbag can
positions that will increase the risk of serious inflate without interference. Objects be-
injury and death. Our hope is that these exam- tween yourself and the airbag can increase
ples will make you more aware of seating po- the risk of injury in an accident by interfer -
sitions that are dangerous . ing with the way the airbag deploys or by
being pushed into you as the airbag de-
Therefore, whenever the vehicle is
ploys.
moving:
- No persons (children) or animals should
- never stand up in the vehicle ride in the footwell in front of the pas-
- never stand on the seats senger seat. If the airbag deploys, this
- never kneel on the seats can result in serious or fatal injuries.
- never ride with the seatback reclined - No objects of any kind should be carried
- never lean up against the instrument panel in the footwell area in front of the driv-
- never sit on the edge of the seat er's or passenger's seat. Bulky objects
- never sit sideways (shopping bags, for example) can ham-
- never lean out the window per or prevent proper deployment of the
- never put your feet out the window airbag. Small objects can be thrown
- never put your feet on the instrument panel through the vehicle if the airbag deploys
- never rest your feet on the seat cushion or and injure you or your passengers.
back of the seat
- never ride in the footwell
- never ride in the cargo area
104 Dr iv ing Safel y

Pedal area A WARNING


The pedals must always be free to move and Pedals that cannot move free ly can result
must never be interfered with by a floor mat in a loss of vehicle control and increase the
or any other object. risk of ser ious personal injury.
- Always make sure that floor mats are
• Make sure that all pedals move freely w ith-
properly secured.
out interference.
- Never place or install floor mats or other
• Make sure that noth ing prevents all pedals
floor coverings in the vehicle that cannot
from returning to their orig inal positions.
be properly secured in place to prevent
Only use floor mats that leave the pedal area them from slipping and interfer ing with
free and can be secured w ith floor mat fasten- the peda ls or the ab ility to control the
e rs. veh icle.
- Never place or install floor mats or other
If a brake circuit fails, increased brake pedal
f loor coverings on top of al ready instal-
travel is required to bring the vehicle to a full
led floor mats. Add it iona l floor mats and
stop .
other coverings will red uce the size of

A
,_ WARNING
the peda l area and interfere with the
pedals.
Pedals that cannot move freely can cause - Always properly reinstall and secure floor
loss of vehicle control and increase the risk mats that have been taken out for clean-
of serious injury. ing.
- Never place any objects in the driver's - Always make sure that objects cannot
footwell. An object could get into the fall into the driver footwell while the ve-
pedal area and interfere with pedal func- hicle is moving. Objects can become
t ion . In case of sudden braking or an ac-
trapped under the brake pedal and accel-
cident, you would not be able to brake or
erator pedal causing a loss of vehicle
accelerate!
control.
-Always make sure that nothing can fa ll
or move into the driver's footwell.
Stowing luggage
Floor mats on the driver side Loading the luggage compartment

Always use floor mats that can be securely All luggage and other objects must be prop-
attached to the floor mat fasteners and do erly stowed and secured in the luggage com-
not interfere with the free movement of the partment.
pedals.
Loose items in the luggage compa rtment can
• Make sure that the floor mats are proper ly shift suddenly, changing vehicle handling
secured and cannot move and interfere with charac teristics. Loose items can also increase
the pedals q .&_. the risk of serious personal injury in a sudden
vehicle maneuver or in a collision.
Use only floor mats that leave the pedal area
unobstructed and that are firmly secured so In a collision, the laws of physics mean that
that they cannot slip out of position. You can even smaller items that a re loose in the vehi-
obtain suitable floor mats from your author- cle will become heavy missi les that can cause
ized Audi dealer . serious injury. Items in the vehicle possess en-
ergy which vary with vehicle speed and the
weight of the item. Vehicle speed is the most
significant factor.
Dr iv ing S a fel y 105

For example, in a frontal collision at a speed child cou ld craw l into the luggage com-
of 30 mph (48 km/h), the forces acting on a •
pa rtment and close the front lid becom-
10- lb (4.5 kg) object are about 20 times the ing trapped and unable to get out. Being •
norma l weight of the item. This means that trapped in a veh icle can lead to se rious
the we ight of the item would suddenly be pe rsonal injury.
about 200 lbs . (90 kg) . You can imagine the - Never let ch ildren play in or around the
injuries that a 200 lbs. (90 kg) item flying veh icle .
freely throug h the pass enge r compartment - Never let passengers ride in t he luggage
could cause in a collision like t his. compartment . Vehicle occupants must
always be prope rly restra ined in one of
_& WARNING the vehicle 's seating pos it ions .
Imprope rly stored luggage or other items
can fly through the vehicle ca using se rious (D Tips
personal inju ry in the event of har d brak-
The t ire pressure must correspond to the
ing or an acc ident . To help reduce the ris k
load. The t ire press ure is show n on the tire
of serious personal injury :
pressure label. The tire pressure label is lo-
- Always put objects, for examp le, luggage
cated on the d river's s ide B-pillar. The t ire
or othe r heavy items in the luggage com-
pressure label lists the recommended cold
partment.
tire inflation pressures for t he vehicle at
its maximum ca pac ity we igh t a nd t he t ires
_& WARNING that we re on your vehicle at the t ime it
Heavy loads will influence the way your ve- was manufacture d. For recommended tire
hicle handles. To help reduce the risk of a pressures fo r normal load cond it ions,
loss of control leading to serious personal please see chapter c::>page 193.
injury:
- Always keep in m ind whe n transporting Reporting Safety
heavy objects, t hat a change in t he cen -
Defects
ter of g ravity can also cause changes in
vehicl e handling. Applicable to U.S.A.
- Never exceed the Gross Axle Weight Rat-
ing or t he Gross Vehicle Weight Rating If you believe that your vehi cle
spe cified on t he safety compliance stic k-
has a defect which could cause
er on t he left door jamb. Exceeding pe r-
missib le we igh t st anda rds can cause t he a crash or could cause injury or
vehicle to s lide and handle differently.
death, you should immediately
- Please observe info rmatio n on safe d riv-
ing C?page 99. inform the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration
,~_& WARNING ~

(NHTSA) in addition to notify-


Always make su re that the doors, all win -
dows and the front lid are securely closed ing Audi of Amer ica, Inc .
an d locked to red uce the risk of injur y
when the veh icle is not being used . If NHTSA receives similar com-
- After closing the front lid, a lways make plaints, it may open an investi-
sure that it is properly closed and locked .
- Never leave you r vehicle unatten d ed es-
gation , and if it finds that a
pecially with the front lid left open . A safet y defect s exists in a group .,.
106 Driving Safely

of vehicles, it may order a recall Tel. : 1-800-333-0371 or


and remedy campaign. Howev- Tel. : 1-613-998-8616 if you are
er, NHTSA cannot become in- in the Ottawa area
volved in individual problems TTYfor hearing impaired:
between you, your dealer, or 1-888-67 5-6863
Audi of America, Inc. email comments/questions to:
To contact NHTSA, you may call roadsafetywebmail@tc.gc.ca
the Vehicle Safety Hotline toll- or contact Transport Canada by
free at: mail at:
Tel.: 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: Road Safety and Motor Vehicle
1-800-424-915 3) Regulation Directorate
or write to: Transport Canada
Administrator Tower C, Place de Ville,
NHTSA 330 Sparks Street
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE Ottawa, Ontario KlA ONS
Washington, D.C. 20590 For additional road safety infor-
You can also obtain other infor- mation, please visit the Road
mation about motor vehicle Safety website at:
safety from: http://www.tc.gc.ca/roadsaf-
http://www.safercar.gov ety/index.htm

Applicable to Canada
Canadian customers who wish
to report a safety-related de-
fect to Transport Canada, De-
fect Investigations and Recalls,
may telephone the toll free hot-
line:
Driving Safely 107

Active rollover A WARNING


protection system Do not use the area behind the headrests
¢ fig . 108 as a storage area . This is the
Function
area where the rollbars deploy . If the roll-
The active rollover protect ion system helps over protection system is triggered, ob-
protect vehicle occupants in the event of a jects placed there can be propelled
rollover. through the vehicle and make it more diffi-
cult for the rollbars to deploy. This increas-
es the risk for serious or life-threatening
injuries.

When is rollover protection deployed?

I~
l ~

t1
Rollover protection deploys in a collision or
rollover.

Fig. 108 Rollbar de ployment range


l
I t !
Depending on the collision, sensors through-
out the vehicle and the control module trigge r
the rollover system to deploy.

For safety reasons, rollover protection also de-


ploys during front , side and rear collisions
above a certa in level of severity.

Retracting rollover protection

Fig. 109 Rollbar dep loyed

The active rollover protection system consists


of:

- two rollbars
- the safety belts with belt tensioners
- the windshield frame
- the rollover sensors . Fig. 110 Deployed rollbar with release loop

The active rollover protection system provides


additional safety in the event of a rollover.
With in mill iseconds, sensors deploy two roll-
bars located behind the headrests ¢ fig. 109 .
The rollbars, reinforced windshield frame and
belt tensioners help protect vehicle occupants
in the event of a rollover.
The rollover protection system functions
Fig. 1 11 Deployed rollb ar with conve rtible top fram e
when the convertible top is both open and
facing upwar d
closed.
If the rollbars deployed but the vehicle was
not involved in a collision or rollover, you can .,.
108 Driving Safely

retract them without specia l tools. The sys- so could result in damage to the vehicle.
tem is ready for use again once they are re- Please see your authorized Audi dealer for
tracted. assistance.
""Remove the wind deflector, if necessary
¢ page 48.
""Lower the rear window, if necessary
¢ page 49.
""Pull the loop upward in the direction of the
arrow and hold it in place (D ¢ fig. 110.
""Slide the rollbar down @ ¢ _A.
""Release the loop just before the rollbar
reaches its end position 1-2 in. (3-5 cm) .
""Press the rollbar down firmly until it stops.
""Make sure the rollbar is secure before re-
leasing it.
""Close the cover @ ¢ fig. 111.
""Repeat the procedure on the other rollbar.

A WARNING
-
- Make sure your head or other parts of
your body are not located in the area
above the rollbar when pressing the roll-
bar down. If the rollbar is not secured
correctly, it could deploy again as soon as
you release it and cause injuries.
- Have the rollover protection system
checked by your authorized Audi dealer if
it malfunctions. Otherwise the system
may not deploy correctly in a collision .
- Modifying the rollover protection system
or individual components is not permit-
ted.
- Work on the rollover protection system
should only be performed by your au-
thorized Audi dealer. Otherwise the sys-
tem may not function correctly in a colli-
sion or it could deploy unexpectedly.
- Have the system inspected at service in-
tervals. This ensures the system will al-
ways be ready for use. Have your author-
ized Audi dealer check the rollover pro-
tection system every two years at the lat-
est.

If the rollbars deploy when the convertible


top is closed, do not open the top. Doing
Sa f ety belts 109

Safety belts - Be s ure everyone riding in the vehicle is



properly restrained with a separate sa fe-
General notes ty belt or child restra int. •

Always wear safety belts!


Wearing safety belts correctly saves lives!
4 Safety belt warning light
Your vehicle has a warning system for the
This chapte r exp lains why safety be lts a re nec-
driver and front seat passenger to remind you
essary, how they work and how to adjust and
about the importance of buckling up.
wear them correctly.

~ Read a ll the informat ion that fo llows and


heed all of the inst ruct ions and WARNINGS.

A WARNING
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them
imp roperly increases the risk of ser ious
personal injur y and death .
- Safety belts are the sing le most effective
Fig. 1 12 Safety be lt warn ing light in the instr ume nt
means availab le to red uce the risk of se-
cluster - enla rged
rious injury and death in a utomob ile acci-
dents . For your prot ecti on and that of Before driving off, always :
your passenge rs, a lways co rrec t ly wear
~ Fasten your safety belt and make su re you
safety belt s when the vehicle is mov ing .
wear it properly.
- Preg nant women, injured, or physically
~ Make sure that your passenge rs a lso buck le
impa ired perso ns must also use safe ty
up and wear their safety belts properly.
belts. Like a ll vehicle occup a nts, they a re
~ Protect children with a child rest raint sys-
more likely t o be ser ious ly injure d if t hey
do not wea r safety be lts . The best way to tem appropriate for the size and age .
protect a fet us is to protect the mother - The wa rning light . in the instrument cluster
thro ughout the entire pregnancy. lights up w hen t he ignit ion is switched on as a
rem inder to fasten the safety belts. In addi-
Number of seats tion , you will hear a warning tone for a certa in
per iod of t ime .
Your Audi R8 has two seating posit ions in the
front. Each seating position has a safety belt. Fasten your safety belt and make sure that
your passengers also put on the ir safety
A WARNING belts properly.
Not wearing safety belts or wearing them
im proper ly increases t he risk of ser ious
A WARNING
pe rsonal inj ury and death. - Safety belts are t he s ingle most effect ive
- Never st rap more than one person, in- means ava ilable to reduce t he risk of se-
clud ing small ch ild ren, into any belt. It is rious inju ry and death in aut omobile a cci-
especially da ngerous to place a safety dents. Fo r yo ur protection and tha t of
belt over a child s itting on your lap . your passengers, a lways wear safety
- Never let mo re people ride in the ve hicle be lts cor rectly when the vehicle is mov-
t han t he re are safety be lts ava ilable. ing .
110 Safety belts

- Failure to pay attention to the warning injured and a much better chance of surviving
light that comes on could lead to person- an accident . Prope rly using safety be lts a lso
al injury. greatly increases the ability of the supplemen-
ta l airbags to do their job in a collision. For
th is reason, wearing a safety belt is legally re-
Why safety belts? quired in most countries including much of
Safety belts protect the United States and Canada.

People think it's possible to use the hands to Although your Audi is equipped with a irbags,
brace the body in a minor collision. It's simply you still have to wear the safety belts provid-
not true! ed. Front airbags, for example, are activated
only in some frontal collisions . The front air-
bags are not act ivated in all frontal coll isions,
in s ide and rear collisions , in roll overs or in
cases where there is not eno ugh deceleration
through impact to the front of the veh icle.
The same goes for the other airbag systems in
your Audi. So, always wear your safety belt
and make sure everybody in your veh icle is
proper ly restrained!
Fig. 113 Driver is proper ly restrai ned in a sudden brak-
ing maneuver . Important safety instructions about
safety belts
Safety belts used properly can make a big dif-
ference. Safety belts help to keep passengers
Safety belts must always be properly posi-
in their seats, gradually reduce energy levels
tioned across the strongest bones of your
applied to the body in an accident, and help
body.
prevent the uncontrolled movement that can .,.Always wear safety belts as illustrated and
cause serious injuries. In addit ion, safety belts descr ibed in th is chapter .
reduce the danger of being thrown out of the .,. Make sure that your safety belts are always
vehicle. ready for use and are not damaged .
Safety belts attach passengers to the car and
give them the benefit of being slowed down _&.WARNING
more gently or "softly" through the "give" in Not wearing safety belts or wearing them
the safety belts, crush zones and other safety imp rope rly increases the risk of serious
features engineered into today's vehicles. By personal injury and death. Safety belts can
"absorb ing" the kine t ic energy over a longer work only when used correctly.
period of time, the safety belts make the - Always fasten your safety belts correctly
forces on the body more "to lerable" and less before driving off and make sure all pas-
likely to cause injury. sengers are properly restrained.
Alt hough these examples are based on a fron - - For maximum protection, safety belts
tal collision, safety be lts can also substantial- must always be positioned cor rectly on
ly reduce the risk of injury in other kinds of the body.
crashes. So, whether you're on a long trip or - Never strap more than one person, in-
just going to the corner store, always buckle cluding sma ll children, into a ny sing le
up and make sure others do, too. Accident sta- safety belt.
tistics show that vehicle occupants properly - Never place a safety belt over a child sit-
wear ing safety be lts have a lower risk of being ting on your lap.
Safety belts 111

- Always keep feet in the footwell in front - Always keep the belts clean. Dirty belts
of the seat while the vehicle is being driv- may not work properly and can impair
en . the function of the inertia reel
- Never let any person ride with feet on c:>page 168, Safety belts .
the instrument panel or sticking out the
window or on the seat. Illustrating the
- Never remove a safety belt while the ve-
principle of an accident
hicle is moving. Doing so will increase
your risk of being injured or killed . Frontal collisions and the law of physics
- Never wear belts twisted.
Frontal crashes create very strong forces for
- Never wear belts over rigid or breakable
p eople riding in vehicles .
objects in or on your clothing, such as
eye glasses, pens, keys, etc., as these
may cause injury.
- Never wear the shoulder part of the belt
under your arm or otherwise out of posi-
t ion .
- Several layers of heavy clothing may in-
terfere with correct positioning of belts
and reduce their effectiveness .
- Always keep belt buckles free of anything
Fig. 114 Unbelted occup ants in a vehicle heading for a
that may prevent the buckle from latch- wa ll
ing securely .
- Never use comfort clips or devices t hat
create slack in the shoulder belt. Howev-
er, special clips may be required for the
correct use of some child restraint sys-
tems.
- Never allow safety belts to become dam-
aged by being caught in door or seat
hardware.
- Torn or frayed safety belts can tear and Fig. 11S The vehicle cras hes into th e wall.
damaged belt hardware can break in an
accident. Inspect belts regularly. If web - The physical principles are simple. Both the
bing, bindings, buckles, or retractors are vehicle and the passengers possess energy
damaged, have belts replaced by an au- which vari es with vehicle speed and body
thorized Audi dea ler or qualified work- weight. Engineers call this energy "kinetic en-
shop. ergy."
- Safety belts that have been worn and The higher the speed of the vehicle and the
loaded in an accident must be replaced greater the vehicle's weight, the more energy
with the correct replacement safety belt that has to be "absorbed" in the crash.
by an authorized Audi dealer or qualified
workshop . Replacement may be necessa - Vehicle speed is the most significant factor. If
ry even if damage cannot be clearly seen. the speed doubles from 15 to 30 mph (25 to
Anchorages that were loaded must also 50 km/h), the energy increases 4 times!
be inspected . Because the occupants in this vehicle are not
- Never remove, modify, disassemble, or using safety belts c:>
fig . 114, they will keep
try to repair the safety belts yourself. moving at the same speed the veh icle was .,,_
112 S a fet y belt s

movin g just before the crash, unti l something posed to deploy in all kinds of accidents . Al-
stops them· here, the wall r::!;>fig . 115. though your Audi is equipped with airbags, all
vehicle occupants, includ ing the driver, must
The same pr inciples apply to people sitting in
wear safety belts correctly in order to mini-
a veh icle t hat is involved in a fronta l collision .
mize the risk of severe injury or death in a
Even at city speeds of 20 to 30 mph (30 to 50
crash .
km/h), the forces acting on the body can
reach one ton (2,000 lbs., or 1,000 kg) or Remember too, that airbags will deploy only
more. At higher speeds, these forces are even once and that your safety be lts are always
greater . there to offer protection in those accidents in
which airbags are not supposed to dep loy or
Peop le who do not use safety be lts are a lso
when they have already dep loyed. Unbelted
not attached to their vehicle . In a fronta l colli-
occupants can a lso be th rown out of the veh i-
sion they will also keep moving forward at the
cle where even more severe or fatal injuries
speed their vehicle was trave lling just before
can occur.
the crash . Of course, the laws of physics don't
just apply to frontal coll is ions, they determ ine
what happens in all kinds of accidents and col· How are safety belts
lisions. worn correctly?
Fastening safety belts
What happens to occupants not wearing
safety belts? Seat first · everybody buckle up!

In crashes, unbelted occupants cannot stop


themselves from flying forward and being in-
jured or killed. Always wear your safety belts!

Fig. 11 7 Head restraint adjustment and belt position

Fig. 11 6 A driver not wear ing a safety belt is violent ly


t hrown forward

Unbe lted occupants are not ab le to res ist the


tremendous fo rces of impact by holding tight
or brac ing themselves. Without the benef it of
safety restraint systems, the unrestrained oc·
Fig. 11 8 Belt buckle and tongue on the driver's seat
cupant will slam violent ly into the steering
wheel, instrument panel, windshield, or what-
To provide max imum protect ion, safety belts
eve r else is in the way¢ fig. 116. This impac t
must a lways be posit ioned co rrectl y on the
with the veh icle inter ior has all the energy
wea rer's body.
they had just before the crash.
.. Adjust the front seat and head rest raint
Never rely on airbags a lone for protection.
prope rly r::!;>page 66, Seats and storage.
Even when they deploy, airbags provide only
addit ional protec t ion. Airbags are no t sup-
Safety belts 113

.. Hold the be lt by the tongue and pull it even -


ly across the chest and pelvis c::>&_.
@ Tips
.. Insert the tongue into the correct buckle of Depending on veh icle equipment, micro-
your seat until you hear it latch securely phones * are located on the safety be lt to
c::>fig.118. improve hands-free call quality. For addi-
.. Pull on the belt to make sure that it is se- tional information about safety belt m icro-
curely latched in the buckle. phones, refer to the infotainment system
owner's manual.
Automatic safety belt retracto rs
Every safety belt is eq uipped with an automat- Safety belt position
ic belt retractor on the shoulder be lt. This fea-
Correct belt position is the key to getting
ture locks the belt when the belt is pulled out
maximum protection from safety belts.
fast, dur ing hard braking and in an accident.
The belt may also lock when you drive up or "'
ra
q
down a steep hill or through a sharp curve. .,
"'
m
During normal driving the belt let s you move
freely.

Switchable locking feature


Every safety belt except the one on the driver
seat is equ ipped with a switchable locking fea-
ture that must be used when the safety belt is
Fig. 1 19 Head restraint and safety belt position as
used t o atta ch a child seat. Be sure to read the
seen from the side
important information about this fea t ure
page 146.
c::>
Use the height adjustment to change the posi-

A WARNING
-
tion of the shoulder straps of the front seat
safety belts.
Imprope rly positioned safety belts can
cause serious injury in an accident A WARNING
-
page 113, Safety belt position.
c::> Imp roperly posit ioned safety belts can
- Safety belts offer optimum protection cause ser ious persona l inju ry in an acci-
only when the seatback is upright and dent.
belts are properly positioned on the - The s houlder belt portion of the safety
body. be lt must be positioned over the midd le
- Never attach the safety belt to the buck- of the occupant's shoulder and never
le for another seat. Attach ing the belt to across t he neck o r throat.
the wrong buckle will reduce safety belt - The safe ty be lt mus t lie flat and snug on
effect iveness and can cause serious per- the occupant's upper body c::>fig.119.
sonal injury. Pull o n the belt to tighten if necessary.
- A passenger who is not properly restrain- - The lap be lt po rtion of the safety belt
ed can be seriously inj ured by the safety must be posit ioned as low as possib le
belt itself whe n it moves from the stron- across pelvis and never over the abdo -
ger parts of t he body into critical a reas men. Make sure the belt lies flat and
like t he abdomen. snug r:!) fig. 119. Pull on the be lt to tight-
- Always lock the convert ible locking re- en if necessary.
tra ctor when yo u are secur ing a child - A loose-f itting safety belt can ca use seri-
sea t in the vehicle c::>
page 148. ous injuries by shifting its posit ion on
your body from the strong bones to more ~
114 Safety belts

vulnerable, soft tissue and cause serious - Always read and heed all WARNINGS and
injury. other important information c>& in Fas-
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS and tening safety belts on page 113.
other important information
¢page 110. Unfastening safety belts
Unbuckle the safety belt with the red release
Pregnant women must also be properly
button only a~er the vehicle has stopped.
restrained
The best way to protect the fetus is to make
sure that expectant mothers always wear
safety belts correctly - throughout the preg-
nancy.

Fig. 121 Releasing the tongue from the buckle

.,. Push the red release button on the buckle


c>fig. 121 . The belt tongue will spring out
of the buckle c>,& .
Fig. 120 Safety belt position during pregnancy .,. Let the belt wind up on the retractor as you
guide the belt tongue to its stowed position .
To provide maximum protection, safety belts
must always be positioned correctly on the _& WARNING
wearer's body ¢ page 113.
Never unfasten safety belt while the vehi-
.,.Adjust the front seat and head restraint cor- cle is moving. Doing so will increase your
rectly¢ page 66, Seats and storage . risk of being injured or killed.
.,.Hold the belt by the tongue and pull it even-
ly across the chest so that it sits as low as
Improperly worn safety belts
possible on the pelvis and there is no pres-
sure on the abdomen c>fig. 120 c>,& . Incorrectly positioned safety belts can cause
.,.Insert the tongue into the correct buckle of severe injuries.
your seat until you hear it latch securely
Wearing safety belts improperly can cause se-
¢ page 112, fig. 118.
rious injury or death. Safety belts can only
.,. Pull on the belt to make sure that it is se-
work when they are correctly positioned on
curely latched in the buckle.
the body. Improper seating positions reduce
the effectiveness of safety belts and will even
_& WARNING increase the risk of injury and death by mov-
Improperly positioned safety belts can ing the safety belt to critical areas of the
cause serious personal injury in an acci- body . Improper seating positions also in-
dent. crease the risk of serious injury and death
- Expectant mothers must always wear the when an airbag deploys and strikes an occu-
lap portion of the safety belt as low as pant who is not in the correct seating posi-
possible across the pelvis and below the tion. A driver is responsible for the safety of
rounding of the abdomen. all vehicle occupants and especially for chil-
dren. Therefore:
Safety belts 115

~ Never permit anyone to assume an incorrect nents of the system are scrapped. An au-
sitting position in the vehicle while traveling thorized Audi dealer is familiar with •
¢A . these regulations and will be pleased to •
pass on the information to you.
A WARNING - Be sure to observe all safety, environ-
Improperly worn safety belts increase the mental and other regulations if the vehi-
risk of serious personal injury and death cle or individual parts of the system, par-
whenever a vehicle is being used . ticularly the safety belt or airbag, are to
be disposed . We recommend you have
- Always make sure that all vehicle occu-
your authorized Audi dealer perform this
pants are correctly restrained and stay in
service for you.
a correct seating position whenever the
vehicle is being used .
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS and Service and disposal of safety belt
other important information pretensioner
¢ page 110. The safety belt pretensioners are parts of the
safety belts on your Audi. Installing, remov-
Safety belt preten- ing, servicing or repairing of be lt pretension-
sioners ers can damage the safe ty belt system and
prevent it from working correctly in a colli-
How safety belt pretensioners work sion .
In front, side and rear end collisions and in a There are some important things you have to
rollover above a particular severity, safety know to make sure that the effectiveness of
belts in use are tensioned automatically. the system will not be impaired and that dis-
carded components do not cause injury or pol-
The safety belts for the front seating positions
lute the environment.
are equipped with safety belt pretensioners.
The system is activated by sensors in front,
side and rear -end collisions and in a rollover of
A WARNING
great severity . This tightens the belt and takes Improper care, serv icing and repair proce-
up be lt slack ¢ &. in Service and disposal of dures can increase the risk of personal in-
safety belt pretensioner on page 115. Taking jury and death by preventing a safety belt
up the slack helps to reduce forward occupant pretensioner from activating when needed
movement during a collision . or activating it unexpectedly :
- The belt pretensioner system can be acti-
(D Tips vated only once. If belt pretensioners
have been activated, the system must be
The safety belt pretensioner can only be
replaced.
activated once.
- Never repair, adjust, or change any parts
- In minor frontal and side collisions , in
of the safety belt system.
rear-end collisions and in accidents in-
- Safety belt systems including safety belt
volving very little impact force, the safe-
pretensioners cannot be repaired. Spe-
ty belt pretensioners are not activated.
cial procedures are required for removal,
- When the safety be lt pretensioner is ac-
installation and disposal of this system.
tivated, a fine dust is released . This is
- For any work on the safety be lt system,
normal and is not caused by a fire in the
we strongly recommend that you see
vehicle.
your authorized Audi dealer or qualified ~
- The relevant safety requirements must
be observed when the vehicle or compo-
116 Safet y belt s

technician who has an Audi approved re-


pair manual, training and special
equipment necessary.

@ For the sake of the environment


Undeployed airbag modu les and preten-
sioners might be classified as Perchlorate
Material -special hand li ng may apply, see
www.dtsc.ca.gov/haza rdouswaste/per-
chlorate. When the vehicle or parts of the
restraint system including airbag modules,
safety belts w ith pretens ioners are scrap-
ped, all applicable laws and regulat ions
m ust be observed. Your autho rized Audi
dealer is familiar with these requ iremen t s
and we recommend that you have your
dealer perfo rm this service for you.
A irbag sys tem 117

Airbag system dition that prevents yo u from sitting properly


on the driver seat with the safety belt properly •
Important things to fastened and reach ing the peda ls, or if you •
know have concerns with regard to the function or
operation of the airbag system, please con-
Importance of wearing safety belts and tact your authorized Audi dealer or qualified
sitting properly
workshop , or call Audi Customer CAREat
Airbags are only supplemental restraints. For 1-800-822-2834 for possible modification to
airbags to do their job , occupants must al- you r vehicle.
ways wear their safety belts properly and be
When the airbag system dep loys, a gas gener -
in a proper seating position.
ator will fill the a irbags, break open the pad-
For your safety and the safety of your passen- ded covers, and inflate between the steer ing
gers, before driving off, always: whee l and the dr iver and between the instru-
ment pane l and the front passenger. The a ir-
""Adjust the dr iver's seat and steering wheel bags will deflate immediately after deploy-
properly ¢ page 100, ment so that the front occupants can see
""Adjust the front passenger's seat properly through the windshield again without inter-
¢ page 101, ruption .
""Wear safety be lts properly r::::>
page 110,
""Always use the proper child restraint to pro- All of th is takes place in the blink of an eye, so
tect children properly ¢ page 138. fast that many people don't even realize that
the airbags have deployed. The airbags a lso
In a collision, airbags must inflate within the inflate with a great dea l of force and nothing
blink of an eye and with considerable force . should be in their way when they deploy.
The supplemental airbags can cause injuries if Front airbags in combination with properly
the driver or the front seat passenger is not worn safety belts slow down and lim it the oc-
seated properly . Therefore in order to help the cupant's fo rward movement . Togethe r they
airbag to do its job, it is important, both as a help to prevent the driver and front seat pas-
d river and as a passenge r to s it properly at all senger from hitting pa rts of the inside of the
times. vehicle while reducing t he forces acting on the
occupant during the crash . In this way they
By keeping room between your body and the
help to reduce the risk of injury to the head
steer ing whee l and the front of the passenger
and upper body in the crash. Airbags do not
compartment, the airbag can inflate fully and
protect the arms or the lower parts of the
comp letely and provide supp lemental protec-
body.
page 100,
tion in certain frontal collisions r::::>
Proper occupant seating positions. For detai ls Both front airbags will not inflate in all fronta l
on the operation of the seat adjustment con- collisions . The t riggering of the airbag system
page 67.
trols r::::> depends on the vehicle dece lerat ion rate
It's especially important that children a re caused by the collision and registered by the
properly restrained r::::>page 138. electronic control unit. If th is rate is below
the reference value programmed into the con -
There is a lot t hat the driver and the passen- trol unit, the airbags will not be triggered,
ge rs can and must do to help the individua l even though the car may be bad ly damaged as
safety features installed in your Audi work to- a res ult of the co llision . Vehicle damage, re-
gether as a system. pair costs or even the lack of veh icle damage
Proper seat ing pos ition is important so that is not necessarily an indication of whether an
the front airbag on the driver s ide ca n do its airbag should inf late or not . .,.
job. If you have a physical impa irment or con-
118 Airb a g sys t e m

Since the circumstances will vary considerab ly - To reduce the risk of injury when an a ir-
between one collision and anot her, it is not bag inflates, always wear safety be lts
possib le to def ine a range of vehicle speeds properly ¢ page 112, How are safety
that will cover every possible kind and angle belts worn correctly?.
of impact that will always trigger the airbags. - Never let children ride unrestrained or
Important factors include, for example, the improperly restrained in the vehicle. Ad-
nature (hard or soft) of the object which the just the front seats properly . If children
car hits, the ang le of impact, vehicle speed, are not properly restrained, they may be
etc. The front airbags will also not inflate in seve rely inj ured or killed when an a irbag
side or rea r collisions, or in roll-overs . infla t es.
Always remember : Airbags w ill deploy only - Never ride with the back rest reclined.
once, and only in certa in kinds of collisions. -Always sit as far as possible from the
Your safety belts are always there to offer pro- steer ing whee l or the instrument pane l
tection in those s ituations in which airbags c;, pag e
100, Proper occupant seating
are not supposed to deploy, or when they have positions.
a lready deployed; for example, when your ve- - Always sit up right with your back against
hicle strikes or is struck by another vehic le af- the backres t of your seat.
ter the first collision. - Never place your feet on the instrument
panel or on the seat. Always keep both
This is just one of the reasons why an airbag is
feet on the floor in front of t he sea t to
a supplementary restraint and is not a substi-
he lp preven t serio us inj uries to the legs
tute for a safety belt . The airbag system
and hips if the airbag infla t es .
works most effect ively when used with the
- Never recline the front passenger's sea t
safety belts. Therefore, always wear your safe-
to tr a nspor t object s. Items ca n al so
ty belts properly c;, page 109.
move into the a rea of t he s ide airbag or
A WARNING
the front airbag during braking or in a
sudden maneuver . Objects near the air-
Sitting too close to the steer ing wheel or bags can become projectiles and cause
instrument panel will dec rease the effec- inju ry when an airbag inflates.
tiveness of the airbags and will increase
t he risk of personal injury in a co llision .
- Never sit closer than 10 inches (2S cm)
A WARNING
Airbags that have deployed in a crash must
to the stee ring wheel or instrument pan-
be replaced.
el.
- Use on ly orig inal equipment airbags ap-
- If you cannot sit more than 10 inches
proved by Aud i and installed by a trained
(2 5 cm) from the steer ing whee l, investi-
technician who has the necessary tools
ga t e whethe r adaptive equipmen t may
and d iagnost ic equipment to properly re-
be available to help you reach t he pedals
place any airbag in your vehicle and as-
and increase your seating distance from
sure system effe ctive ness in a crash.
the steering wheel.
- Never permit salvaged or recycled air-
- If you are unrestrained, lean ing fo rward,
bags to be installed in you r vehicle.
sitting sideways or out of position in any
way, your risk of inju ry is much higher.
- You will also receive serio us injuries and
cou ld even be killed if you are up against
the airbag or too close to it when it in-
flates - even with an Advanced Airbag.
A irbag sys tem 119

Child restraints on the front seat - some - will go off if the front passenger seat is oc-
important things to know cupied by an adult as registered by the •
weight -sensing mat c>page 128, Monitor- •
.. Be sure to read the important informat ion
ing the Advanced Airbag System.
and heed the WARNINGSfor important de-
tai ls about chi ldren and Advanced Airbags The PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on
i=>page 138. whe n the contro l unit detects a tota l weight
on the front passenger seat that req uires the
Even though your vehicle is equipped with an front a irbag to be turned off.
Advanced Airbag System, make certain that
If the total weight on the front passenge r
a ll children, especially those 12 years and
seat is more than that of a typical 1 year-o ld
younger, are properly restrained for their age
child but less than the weight of a small
and s ize. The airbag on the passenger side
adult, the front airbag on the passenger side
makes the front seat a potentially dangerous
can deploy (the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
place for a child to ride . The front seat is not
light does not come on). If the PASSENGER
the safest place for a child in a forward-facing
AIR BAG OFF light does not come on, the
chi ld safety seat. It can be a very dangerous
place for an infant or a child in a rearward-fac - front a irbag on the passenger side has not
ing seat. been tur ned off by the elect roni c con tr ol unit
and can deploy if t he control unit se nses an
The Advanced Airbag System in your veh icle impact that meets t he cond it ions stored in its
has been cert ified t o comp ly with the require- memory .
men t s of Unit ed States Federa l Moto r Vehicle
Safety Standard 208 as applicable at the time For example, th e airbag may deploy if:
your vehicle was manufactured. - a small ch ild that is heav ie r than a typical 1
year-old ch ild is on the front passenger seat
The Standard requires t he fron t a irbag on the
(regard less of whether the child is in one of
passenger side t o be tu rne d off ("sup-
pressed") if a child up to about one year of the child safety seats listed c>page 140), or
age restrained in one of the rear -facing or for- - a child who has outgrown chi ld restraints is
ward -facing infant restraints listed in Federal on the front passenge r seat.
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with wh ich If the front passenger airbag is turned off, the
the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light in the center
was certified has been installed o n the front of the instrument panel will come on and stay
passenger seat . For a listing of the child re- o n.
straints that we re used to certify compliance
The front airbag on the passenger side may
with the US Safety Sta ndard c>page 140.
not deploy (t he PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
The PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light in the in- light does not illum inate and stay lit) eve n if a
strument panel te lls you when the front Ad- small ad ult or teenager, or a passenge r who is
vanced Airbag on the passenger side has been not sitt ing upr ight with t heir back against a
turned off by the e lectronic control unit. non -reclined ba ckrest w it h their feet on the
Each t ime you tur n on the ignition, the PAS- vehicle floor in front of the sea t is on t he front
SENGER AIR BAG OFF light will come on for a passenger seat c>page 100, Proper seating
few seconds a nd: position for the driver.

- will stay on if the front passenger seat is not If t he fron t passenger airbag dep loys, the
occup ied , Federa l Standar d requ ires the airbag to meet
the "low risk" dep loyment criteria to red uce
- will stay on if there is a small child or child
the risk of injury th rough interaction with the
restraint on the front passenger seat,
airbag. "Low risk" dep loyment occurs in those .,..
120 Airb a g sys t e m

crashes that take place at lower decelerations its manufacturer fo r use on a front seat
as defined in the electronic control unit wit h a passenger front and s ide a irbag.
page
c:::> 12 8, PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light. - Never put t he fo rward-facing child re-
Always remember, a chi ld safety seat or infant straint up against or very near the instru-
carrier insta lled on the front seat may be ment panel.
struck and knocked out of position by the rap- - Always move the passenge r seat into its
idly inflating passenger's a irbag in a frontal rearmost pos ition in the seat's fore and
coll is ion. The airbag cou ld greatly reduce the aft adju stment range, as far away from
effectiveness of the child restraint and even the airbag as possible before installing
seriously injure the child during inflat ion . the forward-fac ing ch ild restra int. The
backrest must be adju sted to an up right
A WARNING position .
A child in a rearward-facing child safety - Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG
seat insta lled on the front passenger seat OFF light comes on and stays on all the
w ill be seriously injured and can be killed if time wheneve r the ignit ion is switched
t he front a irbag infla t es - even with a n Ad- on.
vanced Airbag System.
- The inflating a irbag will hit the child A WARNING
safety seat or infant car rier wit h g reat To reduce t he risk of serio us inju ry, ma ke
force and will smash the ch ild safety seat sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
and child against the backrest, door or light will be displayed whenever a child re-
roof . straint is insta lled on the front passenger
- Never install a rearward facing child seat and the ignition is sw itched on.
safety seat on the front passengerseat - If the PASSENGER AIR BAGOFFlight
unless the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF does not stay on, per form the checks de-
light comes on and stays on. If the PAS- scribed c:::>
page 128 , Monitoring the Ad -
SENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not vanced Airbag System.
come o n and stay on the inflating airbag - Never install a rearward facing child
will hit the child safe ty seat or infant car- safety seat on the front passenger seat
rie r with great fo rce and will smash the un less t he PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
child safety seat and child against the light comes on and stays on. If the PAS-
backres t , door or roo f. Have the airbag SENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not
system inspe cted immedia t ely by your come on and stay on, the inf lating airbag
authorized Audi dealer. will hit the child safety seat or infant car-
- Forward-fac ing ch ild safety sea t s instal- rier with great force and w ill sm ash t he
led on the front passenger 's seat may in- child safety seat and child against the
terfere with the deployment of the air- backrest, door or roof. Have the a irbag
bag and cause serious personal injury to system inspected immediately by your
the ch ild. author ized Audi dealer.
- Always carefu lly follow instr uctions from
A WARNING child restraint manufacturers when in-
If, in exceptional circumstances, you must stalling ch ild restra ints .
install a forward-facing child restra int on
A
the front passenger's seat:
- Always make sure the forward-fac ing
seat has been des igned and certified by
- WARNING
If, in except iona l circumstances, you m ust
install a forward or rearward-facing child
restra int on the front passenger 's seat : "'
Airbag system 121

- Improper installation of child restraints (FMVSS) 208 as applicable at the time your
can reduce their effectiveness or even vehicle was manufactured . The safety belts
prevent them from providing any protec- for the front seats have "pretensioners" that
tion . help to take slack out of the belt system. The
- An improperly installed child restraint pretensioners are also activated by the elec-
can interfere with the airbag as it de- tronic control unit for the airbag system .
ploys and seriously injure or even kill the The front safety belts also have load limiters
child - even with an Advanced Airbag to help reduce the forces applied to the body
System. in a crash.
-Always follow the manufacturer's in-
The airbag for the driver is in the steer ing
structions provided with the child safety
seat or carrier carefully.
wheel hub <=) fig. 122 and the airbag for the
front passenger is in the instrument panel
- Never place additional items on the seat
r:::>
fig . 123. The general location of the airbags
that can increase the total weight regis-
is marked '' AIRBAG".
tered by the weight-sens ing mat and can
cause injury in a crash . There is a lot you need to know about the air-
bags in your vehicle. We urge you to read the
Front airbags detailed information about airbags, safety
belts and child safety in this and the other
Description of front airbags chapters that make up the owner's literature.
Please be sure to heed the WARNINGS - they
The airbag system con provide supplemental
are extremely important for your safety and
protection to properly restrained front seat
the safety of your passengers, especially in-
occupants.
fants and small children.

&
=
WARNING
-
Never rely on airbags alone for protection.
- Even when they deploy, airbags provide
only supplementa l protection .
- Airbag work most effectively when used
with properly worn safety belts.
- Therefore, always wear your safety belts
Fig. 122 Locati on of d river airbag : in st eerin g wheel and make sure that everybody in your ve -
hicle is properly restrained .

A WARNING
-
A person on the front passenger seat, es-
pecially infants and small children, will re-
ceive serious injuries and can even be kil-
led by being too close to the airbag when
it inflates.
- Although the Advanced Airbag System in
Fig. 123 Location of fr ont passenger 's air bag: in the in- your vehicle is designed to turn off the
strum ent panel
front passenger airbag if an infant or a
small child is on the front passenger
Your vehicle is equipped with an "Advanced
seat, nobody can absolutely guarantee
Airbag System" in compliance with United
that deployment under these specia l 11-
States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
122 Airb a g sys t e m

conditio ns is impossible in all conceiva- close to the steering wheel and instrument
ble situati ons t hat may happen during pane l when the airbag inflates .
t he usef ul life of your vehicle. In add ition, t he system has been certified to
- The Advanced Airbag System can deploy comply wit h the "s uppression" re qu iremen t s
in accor dance with the "low risk" opt ion of the Safety Standard, to turn off the front
under the U.S. Federal Sta ndard if a child airbag for infants 12 months o ld and younger
that is heavier than the typical one-year who are rest rained on the front passenger
old child is on the front passenger seat seat in child restraints that are listed in the
and the othe r cond itions for airbag de- Standard ¢ page 140, Child restraints and
ployment are met. Advanced Airbags .
- For their own safety, all children, espe-
"Suppress ion" requires the front a irbag on the
cially 12 yea rs and younger, sho uld a l-
passenger side to be turned off if:
ways ride properly rest rained for t heir
age and size. - a child up to abo ut one year of age is re-
strained on the front passenger seat in one
Advanced front airbag system of the rear-fac ing or forward -facing infant
restraints listed in Federal Motor Vehicle
Your veh icle is eq uipped wit h a front Advanced Safety Standard 208 with which the Ad-
Airbag System in compliance with United vanced Airbag System in your vehicle was
States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard cert ified . For a listing of the ch ild res t raints
208 as applicab le at the time your vehicle was that were used to certify your vehicle 's com-
manufactured. plia nce w it h t he US Safety Standa rd
The front Advanced Airbag System supp le- ¢ page 140,
ments the safety belts to provide addit ional - weight less than a threshold level stored in
protection for the driver's and front passeng - the co ntrol unit is de t ected on t he fron t pas-
er's heads and upper bodies in frontal crashes. senger seat.
The airbags inflate only in frontal impacts When a person is detected on the front pas-
when the vehicle dece lerat io n is high enough . senger seat, weighing more than t he total
The front Advanced Airbag System for the we ight of a ch ild t ha t is abou t 1 year old re-
front seat occupants is not a substitute for stra ined in one of t he rear-fac ing or forward-
your safety belts. Rather, it is part of t he over- facing infant res t raints (listed in Fede ral Mo-
all occupa nt restraint system in your ve hicle. tor Vehicle Safety Standar d 208 wit h which
Always remember that the airbag system can the Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle
on ly help to protect you, if you are sitting up- was certif ied), the front airbag on the passen-
right, wearing your safety belt and wea ring it ger side may or may not deploy.
properly. This is w hy you and your passenge rs The PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light comes on
must always be properly restrained , not just whe n the electronic contro l unit detects a to-
beca use the law requires you to be. ta l we ight on the front passenger seat that re -
The Advanced Airbag System in your veh icle quires t he front airbag to be t urned off. If the
has been cer tified t o meet t he "low risk" re- PASSENGERAIR BAGOFF light does not
qu irements for 3 and 6 year -old children on come on, the front a irbag on the passenger
the passenger side and very small adu lts on side has not been t ur ned off by the cont ro l
the driver side. The low risk deployment crite - unit and ca n dep loy if the control un it senses
ria are intended to he lp red uce the risk of in- an imp act that meets the cond itions store d in
jury through interaction with the front airbag its memory.
that can occur, fo r example, by be ing too If the total weight on the fro nt passenge r
seat is more than that of a typ ical 1 yea r-old , .,.
A irbag sys tem 123

but less than the weight of a small adult, the flates - even with an Advanced Airbag
front airbag on the passenger side may deploy •
¢page 117 .
(the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not •
come on). _& WARNING
For exa mple, the airbag may depl oy if : A child in a rearward-fac ing ch ild safety
seat installed on the front passenger seat
- a small child that is heavier than a typical 1
will be ser ious ly injured and can be killed if
year-o ld child is on the front passenger seat
the front airbag inflates - even with an Ad-
(regardless of whether t he child is in one of
vanced Airbag System .
the chi ld safety seats listed ¢ page 140),
-Although the Advanced Airbag System in
- a ch ild who has outgrown child rest raints is
your veh icle is designed to turn off the
on the front passenger seat.
front airbag when a rearward-facing
If the front passenger airbag is turned off, the child restraint has been instal led on the
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light in the center front passenger seat, nobody can abso-
of the inst rument panel will come on and stay lutely guarantee that dep loymen t is im-
on. possible in all conceivable situations that
may happen during the usefu l life of your
The front a irbag on the passenger side may
veh icle.
not deploy (the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
light does not illuminate and stay lit) if: - The inflating airbag will hit the child
safety seat or infant carrier with great
- a small adult or teenager is on the front pas- force and will smash the child safety seat
senger seat and child against the backrest, door, or
- a passenger who is not sitt ing upr ight with roof.
their back against a non-reclined backrest - Never install a rearward facing child
with their feet on the veh icle floo r in front safety seat on the front passenger seat
of the sea t is on the front passenge r seat. un less the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
If the front passenger airbag deploys, the light comes on and stays on . If the PAS-
Federal Standard requires the airbag to meet SENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not
the "low risk" deployment criteria to help re- come on and stay on the inflating a irbag
duce t he risk of injury through interaction will hit the child safety seat or infant car-
with the airbag . "Low risk" deployment occurs rier with great force and will smash the
in those crashes that take place at lower de- child safety seat and child against the
celerations as defined in the electronic control backrest, door or roof. Have the a irbag
un it ¢ page 128. system inspected immediately by your
author ized Audi dealer.
Please be sure to read t he important informa-
tion in the sections that follow and be sure to
_& WARNING
heed a ll of the WARNINGS.
If, in except iona l circumstances, you must
_& WARNING install a forward-facing child restraint on
the front passenger's seat:
To reduce the risk of injury when an airbag
- Always make sure the forward-facing
inf lates, a lways wear safety belts properly.
seat has been designed and certified by
- If you are unrestrained, leaning forward,
its manufacturer fo r use on a front seat
sitting sideways or out of position in any
with a passenger front and s ide a irbag.
way, your risk of injury is much higher.
- Never put the forward-facing child re-
- You will also receive serio us injuries and
straint up against or ve ry near the instru-
cou ld even be killed if you are up against
ment panel. ~
the a irbag or too close to it when it in-
124 Airb a g sys t e m

- Always move the passenger seat into its - An Advanced Airbag with gas generator for
rearmost position in the seat's fore and the driver inside the steering wheel hub.
aft adjustment range, as far away from - An Advanced Airbag with gas gene rato r in-
the a irbag as poss ible, before insta lling side the inst rument panel for the front pas-
the forward-facing child restraint. The senger.
backrest must be adjusted to an upr ight - A we ight -sensing mat unde r t he upho lstery
posit io n. pa dding of the front passenger seat cushion
- Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG that measures the total weight on the seat .
OFF light comes on and stays on all the The informat ion registered is sent continu-
t ime whenever the ignition is switched ously to the electronic control unit to regu-
on. late deployment of the front Advanced Air-
bag on the passenger side .
- An airbag monitoring sys t em and indicator
Advanced Airbag System components
light in t he instrument cluster c:>page 128 .
The fron t passenger sea t in your vehicle has a - The PASSENGERAIR BAGOFF light comes
lot of very important par t s of the Advanced on and stays on in the center of the instru-
Airbag System in it. These parts include t he ment panel c::> page 128, fig. 125 and t ells
weight -sensing mat, sensors, wiring, brack- you when the front Advanced Airbag on the
ets, and more. The function of the system in passe nger side has been tu rned off.
the front passenger seat is checked by the - A sensor below the safety be lt latch fo r the
e lectronic control unit when the ignit ion is on. front seat passenger to measure the t ension
The control unit mon itors the Advanced Air- on t he safety be lt . The tension o n the safety
bag System and turns the airbag indicator be lt a nd the weight regis t ered by the
light on when a ma lfunction in t he system weigh t-sensing mat he lp the cont rol unit
components is det ected. The func t ion of the "decide" whether the front airbag for the
a irbag ind icator light is described in greater front passenger seat should be turned off or
detai l be low. Because the fro nt passenger not c:>page 119, Child restraints on the
seat contains important parts of the Ad- front seat - some important things to
vanced Airbag System, you must take care to know.
prevent it from be ing damaged. Damage to -A sensor in the safety belt latch for the driv-
the seat may prevent the Advanced Airbag for er and for the front seat passenger that
the front passenger seat from doing its job in senses whether t hat safety belt is latched or
a crash . not and transmits this information to the
electronic control un it .
The front Advanced Airbag System
consists of the following:
_&.WARNING
- Crash sensors in the front of the veh icle that -
Damage t o t he fron t passenger seat can
measure veh icle acceleration/decele ration
prevent t he fro nt airbag from wor king
to provide information to the Advanced Air-
proper ly.
bag System abou t the seve rity of the crash.
- Imp roper repai r or d isassembly of the
- An electron ic control unit, with integ rated
front passenge r and dr iver sea t will pre-
crash sensors for front and side impacts .
vent the Advanced Airbag System from
The cont rol unit "dec ides " whet her to fire
functioning properly.
the front airbags based on t he information
- Repairs to the front passenge r seat m ust
received from the crash senso rs. The contro l
be pe rformed by qualifie d and properly
unit a lso "decides" whethe r the safety be lt
trained workshop person nel.
pretensioners should be activated .
- Never remove the front passenger or
d river seat from t he vehicle .
Airbag system 125

- Never remove the upholstery from the - If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light

front passenger seat. does not come on and stay on, the inflat-
- Never disassemble or remove parts from ing airbag will hit the child safety seat or •
the seat or disconnect wires from it. infant carrier with great force and will
- Never carry sharp objects in your pockets smash the child safety seat and child
or place them on the seat. If the weight- against the backrest, door or roof. Have
sensing mat in the passenger seat is the airbag system inspected immediately
punctured it cannot work properly. by your authorized Audi dealer .
- Never carry things on your lap or carry
objects on the passenger seat. Such How the Advanced Airbag System
items can increase the weight registered components work together
by the weight-sensing mat and send the
wrong information to the airbag control The front Advanced Airbag System and the
unit. side airbags supplement the protection of-
- Never store items under the front pas- fered by the front three-point safety belts
senger seat. Parts of the Advanced Air- with pretensioners and load limiters and the
bag System under the passenger seat adjustable head restraints to help reduce the
could be damaged, preventing them and risk of injury in a wide range of accident and
the airbag system from working proper- crash situations. Be sure to read the impor-
ly. tant information about safety and heed the
WARNINGS in this chapter.
- Never place seat covers or replacement
upholstery that have not been specifical- Deployment of the Adva need Airbag System
ly approved by Audi on the front seats. and the activation of the safety belt preten-
- Seat covers can prevent the Advanced sioners depend on the deceleration measured
Airbag System from recognizing child re- by the crash sensors and registered by the
straints or occupants on the front pas- electronic control unit. Crash severity depends
senger seat and prevent the side airbag on speed and deceleration as well as the mass
in the seat backrest from deploying prop- and stiffness of the vehicle or object involved
erly. in the crash.
- Never use cushions, pillows, blankets or
When the electronic control unit registers a
similar items on the front passenger
low severity crash and the safety belt is being
seat. The additional padding will prevent
used, the airbag will not deploy. If the safety
the weight-sensing mat in the seat from
belt is not being used, the first stage deploys,
accurately registering the child restraint
followed by the second stage after a much lat-
or person on the seat and prevent the
er time in the crash sequence.
Advanced Airbag System from function-
ing properly. If the electronic control unit registers a crash
- If you must use a child restraint on the of medium severity, the first stage of the air-
front passenger seat and the child re- bag deploys followed by the second stage at a
straint manufacturer 's instructions re- much later time in the crash sequence - re-
quire the use of a towel, foam cushion or gardless of whether the safety belt is being
something else to properly position the used or not . In higher severity crashes as reg-
child restraint, make certain that the istered by the electronic control unit, both the
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light comes first and second stages deploy almost at the
on and stays on whenever the child re- same time .
straint is installed on the front passen- On the passenger side, regardless of safety
ger seat . belt use, the airbag will be turned off if the
weight on the passenger seat is less than the IJII,-
126 Airbag system

amount programmed in the electronic control - the seats have been positioned so that the
unit. The front airbag on the passenger side occupant is properly seated as far as possi-
will also be turned off if one of the child safe- ble from the airbag,
ty seats that has been certified under Federal - and the head restraints have been properly
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 208 has been adjusted.
recognized on the seat . The PASSENGERAIR
Because airbags inflate in the blink of an eye
BAG OFF light comes on and stays on to tell
with great force, things you have on your lap
you when the front Advanced Airbag on the
or have placed on the seat could become dan-
passenger side has been turned off
gerous projectiles, and be pushed into you if
q page 119, Child restraints on the front seat
the airbag inflates.
- some important things to know .
When an airbag deploys, fine dust is released.
8_ WARNING This is norma l and is not caused by a fire in
To reduce the risk of injury when an airbag the vehicle . This dust is made up mostly of a
inflates, always wear safety belts properly. powder used to lubricate the airbags as they
- If you are unrestrained, leaning forward, deploy. It could irritate skin.
sitting sideways or out of position in any It is important to remember that while the
way, your risk of injury is much higher. supplemental airbag system is designed to re-
- You will also receive serious injuries and duce the likelihood of serious injuries, other
could even be killed if you are up against injuries, for example swelling, bruising and
the airbag or too close to it when it in- minor abrasions, can also happen when air-
flates - even with an Advanced Airbag bags inflate . Airbags do not protect the arms
qpage 117. or the lower parts of the body. Front airbags
supplement the three point safety belts only
More important things to know about in some frontal collisions in which the vehicle
front airbags deceleration is high enough to deploy the air-
bags.

Front airbags will not deploy:


- if the ignition is switched off when a crash
occurs,
- in side collisions,
- in rear-end collisions,
- in rollovers,
- when the crash deceleration measured by
Fig. 124 Inflated front airbags the airbag system is less than the minimum
threshold needed for airbag deployment as
Safety belts are important to help keep front registered by the electronic control unit .
seat occupants in the proper seated position
so that airbags can deploy properly and pro- The front passenger airbag also will not
deploy:
vide supplemental protection in a frontal col-
lision . - when the front passenger seat is not occu-
pied,
The front airbags are designed to provide ad-
- when the weight on the front passenger
ditional protection for the chest and face of
seat as sensed by the Advanced Airbag Sys-
the driver and the front seat passenger when :
tem indicates that the front airbag on the
- safety belts are worn properly, passenger side has to be turned off by the ..,.
A irbag sys tem 127

electronic control unit (the PASSENGER AI R or by being pushed into you as the airbag
BAG OFF light comes on and stays on). •
inflates.
- Never hold things in your hands or on

A WARNING your lap when the vehicle is in use.
Sitting in the wrong position can increase - Never transport items on or in the area
the risk of serious injury in crashes. of the front passenger seat . Objects
- To reduce the risk of injury when the air- could move into the area of the front air-
bags inflate, the driver and passengers bags during braking or other sudden ma-
must always sit in an upright posit ion, neuvers and become dangerous projec-
must not lean against or place any part tiles that can cause serious personal in-
of the ir body too close to the area where jury if the airbags inflate .
the airbags are located . - Never place or attach accessories or oth -
- Occupants who are unbelted, out of posi- er objects (such as cup holders, te le-
t ion or too close to the airbag can be se- phone brackets, large, heavy or bulky ob-
riously injured by an airbag as it unfolds jects) on the doors, over or near the area
with great force in the blin k of an eye marked "AIRBAG" on the steering wheel,
¢ page 119. instrument panel, seat backrests or be-
tween those areas and yo urself. These
A WARNING
-
objects could cause injury in a crash, es-
A child in a rearward-facing child safety pecially when the airbags inflate .
seat insta lled on the front passenger seat - Never recline the front passenger's seat
wi ll be seriously injured and can be kill ed if to transport objects . Items can also
the front airbag inflates - even with an Ad- move into the area of the side airbag or
vancedAirbag System. the front airbag during braking or in a
- The inflating airbag will hit the child sudden maneuver. Objects near the air-
safety seat or infant carrier with great bags can become project iles and cause
force and w ill smash the child safety seat inj ury, partic ularly when the seat is re-
and child against the backrest, center clined.
armrest , door or roof.
- Never install a rearward facing child A WARNING
safety seat on the front passenger seat The fine dust created when airbags deploy
unless the PASSENGERAI R BAG OFF can cause breathing prob lems fo r people
light comes on and stays on. If the PAS- with a history of ast hma or other breath-
SENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not ing cond itions.
come on and stay on, the inflating airbag - To reduce t he risk of breath ing problems,
will hit the child safety seat or infant car- those wi t h asthma or other respiratory
rier wi t h great force and will smash the conditions shou ld get fresh air right
child safety seat and child against the away by getting out of the vehicle or
backrest, door or roof . Have the airbag open ing windows or doors.
system inspected immediately by your - If you are in a collision in which airbags
authorized Audi dealer . deploy, wash your hands and face with
mild soap and water before eating .
A WARNING - Be careful not to get the dust into your
Objects between you and the airbag will eyes, or into any cuts or scratches.
increase the risk of inj ury in a crash by in- - If the residu e should get into your eyes,
terfering with the way the airbag unfolds f lush them w ith wate r.
128 Airbag system

Monitoring the - Have the airbag system inspected imme-


Advanced Airbag diately by your authorized Audi dealer.

System
PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
I Airbag monitoring indicator light

Two separate indicators monitor the function


of the Advanced Airbag System: the airbag
monitoring indicator light and the PASSEN-
GER AIR BAG OFF light.

The Advanced Airbag System (includ ing the


electronic control unit, sensor circuits and sys-
tem wiring) is monitored continuously to
make sure that it is functioning properly Fig. 125 Sect ion from the instrument pane l: PASSEN-
whenever the ignit ion is on. Each time you GERAIR BAG OFF lig ht
turn on the ignition, the airbag monitoring in-
dicator lightI will come on for a few seconds The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light is located
(self diagnostics) . in the center of the instrument panel
<=>fig . 125.
The system must be inspected when the
indicator light I: The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light will come
on and stay on to tell you when the front Ad-
- does not come on when the ignit ion is
vanced Airbag on the passenger side has been
switched on,
turned off by the electron ic control unit. Each
- does not go out a few seconds after you
t ime you turn on the ignition, the PASSEN-
have switched on the ignition, or
GER AIR BAG OFF light will flash for a few
- comes on while driving.
seconds and:
If an airbag system malfunction is detected,
- w ill stay on if the front passenger seat is not
the indicator light will first start flashing to
occupied,
catch the driver's attention and then stay on
- will stay on if there is a small child or child
continuously to serve as a constant reminder
restraint on the front passenger seat,
to have the system inspected immediately.
- will go out if the front passenger seat is oc-
If a malfunction occurs that turns the front cupied by an adult as registered by the
airbag on the passenger side off, the PASSEN- weight-sensing mat.
GER AIR BAG OFF light will come on and stay
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light must
on whenever the ignition is on.
come on and stay on if the ignition is on and

_& WARNING -
- a car bed has been installed on the front
An airbag system that is not funct ion ing seat, or
properly cannot provide supplemental pro- - a rearward-facing child restraint has been
tection in a frontal crash. installed on the front passenger seat, or
- If the airbag indicator light comes on, it - a forward-facing chi ld restraint has been in-
means that there may be something stalled on the front passenger seat, or
wrong with the Advanced Airbag System. - the weight registered on the front passen-
It is possible that the airbag will inflate ger seat is equal to or less than the com-
when it is not supposed to, or wi ll not in- bined weight of a typical 1 year-old restrain-
flate when it should. ed in one of the rear-facing or forward-fac-
ing infant restraints listed in Federal Motor ..,.
A irbag sys tem 129

Vehicle Safety Standard 208 with which the causes the weight -sensing mat to measure
Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle was more weight than is act ually on the seat. •
certified. •
If th e PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light still
If the front passenger seat is not occupied, does not come on and does not stay on con -
the front airbag will not deploy, and the PAS- tin uous ly (when the ignition is switched on),
SENGER AI R BAG OFF light will stay on. Nev-
- take the child rest ra int off the front passen-
er insta ll a rearward-fac ing ch ild restra int on
ge r seat and have the a irba g syst em inspect -
the front passenger seat c:>page 119, Child
ed by your authorized Audi dealer. Do not
restraints on the front seat - some important
transport children witho ut a child safety
things to know and c:>page 138, Child Safety.
seat.
If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light com es
The PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light sho uld
on when one of the conditions listed above is
NOTcome on when the ignit ion is on and an
met, be sure to check the light regularly to
adult is s itting in a proper seating position on
make certa in that the PASSENGER AIR BAG
the front passenger seat . If the PASSENGER
OFF light stays on cont inuously whenever the
AIR BAG OFF light comes on and stays on or
ignit ion is on. If the PASSENGER AIR BAG
flashes for about 5 seconds wh ile driving, un-
OFF light does not appear on and stay on a ll
der these circumstances, make sure that:
the t ime, stop as soon as it is safe to do so
and - the adult on the front passenger seat is
properly seated on the center of the seat
- react ivate the system by turning the ignition
cushion with his or her back up aga inst the
off and then tu rning it on again;
backrest and the backrest is not recl ined
- remove and reinstall the child restraint .
c:>page 100, Proper occupant seating posi-
Make sure that the child restraint is properly
tions,
insta lled and that the safety be lt fo r the
- the adult is not tak ing weight off the seat by
front passenger seat has been correct ly
holding on to the passenger assist handle
routed through the child restraint as descri-
above the front passenger door or support-
bed in the child restraint man ufacturer's in-
ing their weight on the armrest,
structions;
- the safety belt is be ing properly worn and
- make su re that the convertible locking fea-
that there is not a lot of s lack in the safety
ture on the safety be lt for the front passen -
be lt webbing,
ger seat has been activated and that the
- accesso ry seat covers or cushions or other
safety belt has been pulled tight. The belt
things that may cause an inco rrect reading
must not be loose or have loops of slack so
or impression on the weight-sensing mat
t hat the sensor below the safety belt latch
under t he upho lst ery of t he sea t have been
on the seat can do its job c:>page 146;
removed from the front passenger sea t,
- make sure that th ings that may increase the
- a safety belt extender has not been left in
weight of the ch ild and child safety seat are
t he safety belt latch for t he fron t passenger
not being transported on the front passen-
seat.
ger seat;
- make sure that the safety belt tension sen- In add ition to the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF
sor is not blocked. Shake the safety belt ligh t in t he center of the instrument panel,
latch on the front passenge r seatbac k and the message PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF or
forth; PASSENGER AIR BAG ON will briefly appear
- If a st rap or tether is being used to tie the in the instrument cluster disp lay. This is to in-
child safety seat to t he fro nt passenger form the dr iver of the current front passenger
seat, make sure t hat it is no t so tight t hat it airbag status.
130 Airb a g sys t e m

Important safety instructions on wo rk as though an adult we re on the seat


monitoring the Advanced Airbag System and deploy the Advanced Airbag when it
must be suppressed, causing serious or
A WARNING
-
even fata l injury to the ch ild .
An airbag system that is not functioning - If, in exceptiona l circumstances, you
properly ca nnot provide supp lemental pro- must install a forward-fac ing child re·
tect ion in a frontal crash . straint on the front passenger seat, al-
- If the airbag indicator light comes on, it ways move the seat into its rearmost po-
means that there may be someth ing sition in the seat's fore and aft adjust-
wrong with the Advanced Airbag System . ment range, as fa r away from the a irbag
It is possible that the airbag will inflate as poss ible. The backrest mus t be adju st-
when it is not s upposed to, or will not in- ed t o an upright pos ition . Make s ure that
flate when it should. the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
- Have the airbag system inspected imme - comes on and stays on all the time when -
diately by your author ized Audi dealer. ever the ignit ion is switched on.

A WARNING A
=
WARNING
-
If the front airbag inflates, a ch ild witho ut - If the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF light
a child restra int, or in a rearwa rd-fac ing does not go out when an adult is sitt ing
child safety seat, or in a forward- facing on the front passenger seat after taking
child restraint that has not been prope rly the steps described above, have the air-
installed will be serious ly injured and can bag system inspected by your autho rized
be killed. Audi deale r before t ransporti ng anyone
- Even though your vehicle is equipped on the front passenger sea t.
with an Advanced Airbag System, make
certain that a ll children, especially 12 (D Tips
years and younger, a lways ride proper ly If t he weight -sensing mat in t he front pas -
restrained for their age and s ize . senger seat de tects an empty seat, the
- Never install a rearward facing child front airbag on the passe nger side will be
safety seat on the front passenge r seat t urned off, and t he PASSENGER AIR BAG
unless the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF OFF will stay on.
light comes on and stays on. If the PAS·
SENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not Care, service and disposal of the airbags
come on a nd stay, on t he inflating airbag
will hit the child safety seat or infant car- Parts of the airbag system are installed at
rier with great fo rce and will smash the many different places o n your Audi. Insta lling,
child safety seat and child against the removing, se rvicing or repa iring a pa rt in an
backrest, door or roof. Have the airbag area of the veh icle can damage a part of an
system inspected immediately by your airbag sys t em a nd prevent that sys t em from
authorized Audi dealer . working properly in a coll ision .
-A tight tether or other st rap on a rear- There are some important things you have to
ward-facing child restra int attached to know to make sure t hat t he effec t iveness of
the front passenger seat can put too the system will not be impaired and t ha t dis-
much pressure on t he weight-sens ing carded components do not cause injury or pol -
mat in the seat and register mo re weight lute the environment . ..,.
than is actually on the seat. The heavier
we ight registe red can make t he system
A irbag sys tem 13 1

1
A WARNING immediately by an author ized Audi
dealer.

Improper care, servicing and repair proce- •
- The airbag system can be activate d only
dures can increase the risk of personal in-
once. After an airbag has inflated, it
jury and death by preventing an airbag
must be replaced by an authorized Audi
from deploying when needed or deploying
dea ler or qualified technician who has
an airbag unexpected ly:
the technical information , t raining and
- Never cover, obstr uct, or change the
special equipment necessary .
steering wheel horn pad or airbag cover
- The airbag system can be deployed only
or the instr ument pane l or modify them
once. After an airbag has been deployed,
in any way.
it must be replaced with new replace-
- Never attach any objects such as cup
ment parts designed and approved espe-
holders or t elephone mountings to the
cially for your Audi model version. Re-
surfaces covering the airbag units .
placemen t of complete airbag systems
- For cleaning t he horn pad or inst rumen t or airbag components must be per-
pane l, use only a soft, dry cloth or one formed by qualified workshops only.
moistened with plain water . Solvents or
Make sure that any airbag serv ice action
cleaners could damage the airbag cover is entered in your Audi Warranty & Main-
or change the stiffness or strength of the
tenance booklet under AIRBAG REPLACE-
material so that the airbag cannot de-
MENT RECORD.
ploy and protect properly. •
- For safety reasons in severe accidents, •
- Never repai r, adjust, or change any parts
the alternator and starter are sepa rated
of the airbag system.
from the vehicle battery with a pyrotech-
- All work on the stee ring wheel, instru- nic circuit inte rrupte r.
ment pane l, front seats or electrical sys-
- Work on the pyrotechnic circuit inte r-
tem (including the installation of aud io
rupter must only be performed by a
equipment, cellular telephones and CB
qualified dea ler - risk of an accident!
radios, etc.) must be performed by a
- If the vehicle or the circuit interr upter
qualified technician who has the training
is scrapped, all applicable safety pre-
and special equipmen t necessa ry.
cautions must be followed.
- For any work on the airbag system, we
st rongly recommend t hat you see your
aut horized Audi dealer or qualified work-
@ For the sake of the environment

shop. Undeployed airbag modules and preten-


- Never mod ify the front bumper or parts sioners might be classif ied as Perchlorate
of the vehicle body. Material - specia l hand ling may apply, see
- Always make sure that the side airbag www.dtsc .ca. gov/hazard ouswaste/ per-
can inflate witho ut interferen ce: ch [orate. When the vehicle or parts of the
restraint system including airbag modules
- Never insta ll seat covers or replace-
and safety belts with pretensioners are
ment upho lstery over the front seat-
scrapped, all app licable laws and regu la-
backs that have not been spec ifically
tions must be obse rved. Your authorized
approved by Audi.
Audi dealer is familia r with these require-
- Never use add itiona l seat cushions that
ments and we recommend that you have
cover the areas where the side airbags
your dealer perform this service for you.
inflate.
- Damage to the origina l seat covers or
to the seam in the area of the side air-
bag module must always be repa ired
132 Airbag sy s tem

Other things that can affect Advanced A


Airbag performance - WARNING
Items stored between the safety be lt
Changing the vehicle's suspension system can buckle and the center console can cause
change the way that the Advanced Airbag Sys- the sensors in the buckle to send the
tem performs in a crash. For example, using wrong information to the e lectronic con-
tire-r im combinations not approved by Audi, trol module and prevent the Advanced Air-
lowering the vehicle, changing the stiffness of bag System from working properly.
the suspension, including the sp rings, suspen- - Always ma ke sure that nothing can inter-
sion struts, shock absorbe rs etc. can change fere wit h the safety belt buckles a nd that
the forces that are measured by the a irbag they are not obstruc t ed .
sensors a nd sent to the electron ic control
un it. Some suspension changes ca n, for exam- @ For the sake of the environment
ple, increase the force levels measured by the
Undeployed airbag modules and preten-
sensors and make the airbag system deploy in
s ione rs might be classified as Perchlorate
crashes in which it would not dep loy if the
Materia l - specia l hand ling may apply, see
changes had not been made . Other kinds of
www.dt sc.ca.gov/hazardouswaste/per-
changes may reduce the force levels meas-
ch lorate. When the vehicle or parts of t he
ured by t he sensors and prevent the airbag
restraint system including airbag modu les
from deploying when it should .
and safety belts with pretensioners are
The sensors in the safety belt buckle for the scrapped, all applicab le laws and regu la-
driver and front passenger seat tell the elec- tions must be observed. Your authorized
tronic con t rol module if the safety belt is Audi dealer is familia r with these require-
latched or not . If the safety belt is being used, ments and we recommend that you have
the front a irbag will deploy at a slightly high- your dealer perform this service fo r you.
e r rate of vehicle deceleration than if the safe-
ty belt is not being used. Therefo re, in a par- Knee airbags
ticular collision, it is poss ible that an a irbag
will not deploy at a seati ng position where the Description of knee airbags
safety be lt is being used but will inflate at the The airbag system can provide supplemental
position where the safety belt is not being protection to properly restrained front seat
used. It is important that nothing interfere occupants .
with the safety belt buckles so that the sen-
sors can send the correct information about
safety belt use to the electron ic control unit .

A WARNING
Changing the vehicle 's suspension includ-
ing use of unapproved tire-rim combina-
t ions can change Advanced Airbag per-
formance and increase the risk of ser ious
personal inju ry in a crash. Fig. 126 Dri ver's airbag
- Never install suspens io n components
that do not have the same performance The airbag for the driver is Located in the in-
characteristics as the components origi - strument panel underneath the steering
nally installed on your vehicle . whee l c::>fig. 126, the airbag for the passenger
- Never use tire -rim combinat ions that is at about the same height in the inst rument
have not been approved by Audi. panel underneath the g love compartment . ..,_
A irbag sys tem 133

The knee airbag offers additiona l protect ion It is important to remembe r that wh ile the
to the driver's and passenger's knees and up- supplementa l airbag system is designed to re- •
per and lower thigh areas as a supplement to duce the likelihood of serious injur ies, othe r •
the safety belts. injur ies, for example, swelling, bru is ing, and
minor abrasions can also be assoc iated with
If the front airbags deploy , the knee airbags
airbags .
also deploy in fronta l collisions above acer-
tain severity ¢ page 126, More important The knee airbag system basically consist s
things to know about front airbags. of:
Besides their normal safety function, safety - The e lectronic control module
be lts work to help keep the driver or front - Two inflatable airbags (airbag and gas gen-
passenger in posit ion in case of a frontal colli- erator), one for the driver and one for the
sion so that the airbags can provide protec- front passenger
tion . - The a irbag indicator light in the instrument
panel
The airbag system is not a substitute for your
safety be lt . Rather, it is part of the overall oc- The knee airbag system will not deploy:
cupant restraint system in your veh icle. Al-
- when the ignit ion is tu rned off
ways remember that the airbag system can
- in front-end collisions when the de celeration
only help to protect you if you are wearing
meas ured by the cont rol unit is too low
your safety belt and wear ing it properly. This
is why you shou ld always wear you r safety - in side collisions
be lt, not jus t because the law requires you to - in rear-end collisions
do so¢ page 110, Why safety belts?. - in rollovers
- in the event of a system malfunction (warn-
The safety belt buck le for the dr iver and front ing/ind icator light illuminated) ¢ page 17 .
seat passenge r have switches that tell the a ir-
bag control mod ule if the safety belt is being _& WARNING -
used or not. If the safety be lt is being used,
- Safety belts and the airbag system can
the knee airbag will deploy at a slightly higher
only provide protection when occupants
rate of deceleration than if the belt is not be -
a re in the proper seating position
ing used . Therefore, in a partic ular collision, it
¢page 126.
is poss ible that an airbag will not deploy at a
- If the a irbag ind icator light comes on
seating position where the safety belt is being
when the vehicle is being used, have the
used but will inflate at the position where the
sys tem inspected immedi ately by your
safety belt is not be ing used.
author ized Audi dealer . The airbag may
Remember too, airbags will deploy only once not work properly when the vehicle ac-
and only in certain kinds of accidents - your celeration in a side collis ion is high
safety belts are always there to offer protec- enough to deploy the airbag. See also
tion in those acc idents in which airbags are ¢page 17.
not supposed to deploy or when they have al-
ready deployed, fo r example when your veh i-
cle strikes or is struck by anothe r after the
first coll ision.

This is just one of the reaso ns why an a irbag is


not a substitute for the safety belt. The airbag
system wo rks most effective ly when used with
the safe ty belts. The refore, always we ar your
safety be lts correctly.
134 Airbag system

How knee airbags work Important safety instructions on the


knee airbag system
The risk of injury to the leg area is reduced by
fully deployed knee airbags . Airbags are only supplemental restraints . Al-
ways wear safety belts correctly and ride in a
proper seating position.

There is a lot that you and your passengers


must know and do to help the safety belts and
airbags to provide supplemental protection.

A
~
WARNING
An inflating knee airbag can cause serious
injury. Wearing safety belts incorrectly and
Fig. 127 Inflated airbags protecting in a frontal colli-
sion improper seating positions increase the
risk of serious personal injury and death
The knee airbag system has been designed so whenever a vehicle is being used.
that the airbags for the driver and front pas- - The airbag system cannot protect you
senger are deployed in certain but not all properly if you are seated too close to
frontal collisions . any of the airbag locations. When adjust-
ing their seat positions, it is important
If the front airbags deploy, the knee airbags
that both the driver and the front pas-
also deploy in frontal collisions above acer-
senger keep their upper bodies and
tain severity .
knees at the following minimum safe
When the system is deployed, the airbags distances:
start to fill with a propellant gas, and infl ate - 10 inches (25 cm) between the chest
between the lower part of the instrument and the steering wheel/instrument
panel and the driver and the lower part of the panel.
instrument panel and the front passenger - 4 inches (10 cm) between the knees
¢ page 126, fig. 124. and the lower part of the instrument
Although they are not a soft pillow, they can panel.
"cushion" the impact and in this way they can - The risk of personal injury increases if
help to reduce the risk of injury to the lower you lean forward or to the side, or if the
extremities. seat is improperly positioned and you are
not wearing your safety belt . The risk in-
All this takes place instantaneously, so fast creases even more should the airbag de-
that many people don't even realize that the ploy.
airbags have deployed. The airbags also in-
- Always make sure that the knee airbag
flate with a great deal of force and it is impor-
can inflate without interference . Objects
tant for occupant safety that nothing should
between yourself and the airbag can in-
be in their way when they deploy.
crease the risk of injury in an accident by
Fully inflated airbags in combination with interfering with the way the airbag de-
properly worn safety belts slow down and lim- ploys or by being pushed into you as the
it the occupant's forward movement and help airbag deploys.
to reduce the risk. - No persons (children) or animals
should ride in the footwell in front of
Airbag system 135

the passenger seat . If the airbag de- - the airbag warning light in the instrument
ploys, this can resu lt in serious or fatal cluster.
injuries. The airbag system is mon itored electronically
- No objects of any kind should be car- to make certain that it is functioning properly
ried in the footwell area in front of the at all times. Each time you turn on the igni-
driver's or passenger's seat. Bulky ob- tion, the airbag system indicator light will
jects (shopping bags, for example) can come on for a few seconds (self diagnostics) .
hamper or prevent proper deployment
of the airbag. Small objects can be The side airbag system supplements the safe-
thrown through the vehicle if the ai r- ty belts and can help to reduce the risk of in-
bag deploys and injure you or your pas- jury to the driver's and front passenger 's up-
sengers. per torso and head injuries on the side of the
vehicle that is struck in a side collision. The
- Make sure there are no cracks, deep
airbag deploys only in side impacts and only
scratches or other damage in the area of
the instrument pane l where the knee air- when the vehicle acceleration registered by
the control unit is high enough . If this rate is
bags are located.
below the reference value programmed into
- If children are incorrect ly seated, their
the control unit, the side airbags will not be
risk of injury increases in the case of an
triggered , even though the car may be badly
accident ¢ page 138, Child Safety.
damaged as a result of the collision. It is not
possible to define an airbag triggering range
Side airbags that will cover every possible angle of impact,
Description of side airbags since the circumstances will vary considerably
between one collision and another. Important
The airbag system can provide supplemental factors include, for example, the nature (hard
protection to properly restrained front seat or soft) of the impacting object, the angle of
occupants. impact, vehicle speed, etc. ¢ page 137, Im-
portant safety instructions on the side airbag
system .
Aside from their normal safety function, safe -
ty belts work to help keep the driver or front
passenger in position in the event of a side
collision so that the side airbags can provide
protection.

The airbag system is not a substitute for your


Fig. 128 Side a irbag locati on in the driver's seat safety belt . Rather, it is part of the overall oc-
cupan t restra int system in your vehicle. Al-
The s ide airbags are located in the sides of the ways remember that the side airbag system
front seat backrests r::} fig. 128 facing the can only help to protect you if you are wearing
doors. They are identified by the word "AIR- your safety be lt and wearing it properly. This
BAG". is another reason why you should always wear
your safety be lts, not just because the law re-
The side airbag syste m basically consists of:
quires you to do so¢ page 110, Why safety
- the electronic control module and external belts? .
side impact sensors
It is important to remember that while the
- the two side airbags located in the sides of
supplemental side airbag system is designed
the front backrests
to reduce the likelihood of serious injuries, IIJ>,
136 Airbag sy s tem

ot her injuries, for example, swelling, bruising, How supplemental side airbags work
and minor abrasions can also be associated
Side airbags deploy instantly and can help re-
with deployed side airbags. Remember too,
side airbags wi ll deploy only once and on ly in
duce the risk of upper torso injuries for occu-
certain kinds of accidents - your safety belts
pants who are properly restrained.
are always there to offer protect ion .

Vehicle damage, repair costs or even the lack


of vehicle damage are not necessarily an indi-
cation of over-sensitive or failed airbag activa-
tion . In some collisions, both front and side
airbags may inflate. Remember too, that air-
bags will deploy only once and only in certain
kinds of collisions -your safety belt s are al-
ways t here to offer protec t ion in those acci- Fig. 1 29 Inflated side airbags on left s ide of veh icle
dents in wh ich airbags are not supposed to
deploy or when they have already deployed . When t he system is triggered, the airbag is
filled with propellant gas and breaks through
The side airbag system will not deploy:
a seam in the seat surface area marked "AIR-
- when the ign ition is turned off BAG". It expands between the side trim panel
- in side collisions when the acceleration and the passenger. In order to help provide
measured by the sensor is too low t his additional protection, the side airbag
- in front-end collisions must inflate w ithin a fraction of a second at
- in rear-end collisions very high speed and with great force . The sup-
- in rollovers. pleme nta l side airbag could injure you if your
seating posit ion is not proper or upright or if
I n some types of accidents the front airbags
items are locat ed in the area where the sup-
and side airbags may be t riggered together.
pleme nta l side airbag expands. This applies
A WARNING
-
especially to chi ldren ¢ page 138, Child Safe-
ty . Supplemental side airbags inflate between
- Safety belts and t he airbag system will the occupant and the door panel on the side
only provide protection when occupants of the vehicle that is struck in certain side col-
are in the proper seating posit ion lis ion ¢ fig. 129.
¢page 137.
- If the airbag indicator light comes on Although they are not a soft pill ow, they can
when the vehicle is being used, have the "cushion" the impact and in this way they can
system inspected immediately by your help to reduce the risk of injury to the upper
authorized Audi dealer. The airbag may part of the body.
not work properly when the vehicl e ac- A fine dust may develop when the airbag de-
celeration in a side collision is high ploys. This is normal and does not mean there
enough t o act ivat e the airbag. is a fire in the vehicle.
Airbag system 137

Important safety instructions on the - Objects between you and the airbag can
side airbag system •
increase the risk of injury in an accident
by interfering with the way the airbag •
Airbags are only supplemental restraints. Al-
ways properly wear safety belts and ride in a deploys or by being pushed into you as
proper seating position. the airbag inflates .
- Never place or attach accessories or
There is a lot that you and your passengers other objects (such as cup holders, tel-
must know and act accordingly to help the ephone brackets, or even large , bulky
safety belts and airbags do their job to pro- objects) on the doors, over or near the
vide supplemental protection . area marked "AIRBAG"on the seat
backrests .
A WARNING - Such objects and accessories can be-
An inflating side airbag can cause serious come dangerous projectiles and cause
or fatal injury. Improperly wearing safety injury when the supplemental side air-
belts and improper seating positions in- bag deploys.
crease the risk of serious personal injury - Never carry any objects or pets in the
and death whenever a vehicle is being deployment space between them and
used . the airbags or allow children or other
- In order to reduce the risk of injury when passengers to travel in this position .
the supplemental side airbag inflates: - Always prevent the side airbags from be-
-Always sit in an upright position and ing damaged by heavy objects knocking
never lean against the area where the against or hitting the sides of the seat-
supplemental side airbag is located. backs.
- Never let a child or anyone else rest - The airbag system can only be triggered
their head against the side trim panel once . If the airbag has been triggered,
in the area where the supplemental the system must be replaced by an au-
side airbag inflates. thorized Audi dealer.
- Always make sure that safety belts are - Damage (cracks, deep scratches etc.) to
worn correctly, the original seat covers or to the seam in
- Do not let anyone sitting in the front the area of the side airbag module must
seat put their hand or any other parts always be repaired immediately by an au-
of their body out of the window. thorized Audi dealer.
- Always make sure that the side airbag - If children are seated improperly , their
can inflate without interference. risk of injury increases in the case of an
- Never install seat covers or replace - accident c:>page 138, Child Safety.
ment upholstery over the front seat - Never attempt to modify any compo-
backs that have not been specifically nents of the airbag system in any way.
approved by Audi.
- Never use additional seat cushions that
cover the areas where the side airbags
deploy.
- Damage to the original seat covers or
to the seam in the area of the side air-
bag module must always be repaired
immediately by an authorized Audi
dealer.
138 Child Safety

Child Safety owner's manual about airbags and the Ad-


vanced Airbag System in your vehicle and the
Important things to very important information about transport -
know ing children on the front passenger seat.
Please be sure to heed the WARNINGS - they
Introduction are extremely important for your safety and
The physical princip les of what happens when the safety of your passengers, especially in-
your vehicle is in a crash apply also to children fants and small children.
¢ page 112. But unlike adults and teenagers,

their muscles and bones are not fully devel-


.&, WARNING -
oped. In many respects children are at greater All vehicle occupants and especially chi l-
risk of serious injury in crashes than adults. dren must be restrained properly whenev-
er riding in a vehicle. An unrestrained or
Because children 's bodies are not fully devel-
improperly restrained child could be in-
oped, they require restraint systems especial-
jur ed by str iking the interior or by being
ly designed for their size, weight, and body
ejected from the vehicle dur ing a sudden
structure . Many countries and all states of the
maneuver or impact. An unrestra ined or
United States and provinces of Canada have
improperly restra ined child is also at great-
laws requ iring the use of approved child re-
er risk of injury or death through contact
straint systems fo r infants and small child ren.
with an inflat ing airbag.
In a frontal crash at a speed of 20-35 mph
.&, WARNING
(30-56 km/h) the forces acting on a 13-pound
(6 kg) infant w ill be more than 20 t imes the --
Children on the front seat of any car even
weight of the child . This means the weight of with Advanced Airbags can be seriously in-
the child would suddenly be more than jured or even killed when an airbag in-
260 pounds (120 kg) . Under these conditions, flates. A child in a rearward-fac ing child
only an appropriate chi ld restraint properly safety seat installed on the front passen-
used can reduce the risk of serious injury. ger seat will be seriously injured and can
Child restraints, li ke adult safety belts, must be killed if the front airbag inflates .
be used properly to be effective. Used improp- - The inflating airbag will hit the child
erly, they can increase the risk of serious in- safety seat or infant carrier with great
jury in an accident. force and will smash the child safety seat
Consult the child safety seat manufacturer's and child against the backrest, door or
instructions in order to be sure the seat is roof.
right for your child's size c>page 141, Impor- - Never install a rearward facing child
tant safety instructions for using child safety safety seat on the front passenger seat
seats . Please be sure to read and heed all of unless the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
the impo rtant informat ion and WARNINGS light comes on and stays on . If the PAS-
about child safety, Advanced Air bags, and the SENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not
installation of child restraints in this chapter. come on and stay on, the inflating airbag
will hit the child safety seat or infant car-
There is a lot you need to know about the Ad-
rier w it h great force and w ill smash the
vanced Air bags in your vehicle and how they
child safety seat and child against the
wo rk when infants and children in chi ld re-
backrest, door or roof. Have the airbag
straints are on the front passenger seat. Be-
system inspected immediately by your
cause of the large amount of important info r-
author ized Audi dealer.
mation, we cannot repeat it all here. We urge
you to read the detailed information in this
Child Safety 139

,~A
Even though your vehicle is equipped with an
WARNING •
Advanced Airbag system, a child should al-
If, in exceptional circumstances, you must ways ride in the seat properly restrained for •
install a forward-facing child restraint on its age and size. The airbag on the passenger
the front passenger's seat: side makes the front seat a potentially dan-
- Always make sure the forward-facing gerous place for a child to ride . The front seat
seat has been designed and certified by is not the safest place for a child in a forward-
its manufacturer for use on a front seat facing child safety seat . It can be a very dan-
with a passenger front and side airbag. gerous place for an infant or a larger child in a
-Always follow the manufacturer's in- rearward-facing seat.
structions provided with the child safety
seat or carrier.
Advanced Airbags and the weight-
- Always move the passenger seat into its sensing mat in the front seat
rearmost position in the seat's fore and
aft adjustment range, as far away from The Advanced Airbag System in your vehicle
the airbag as possible before installing detects the presence of an infant or child in a
the child restraint. The backrest must be child restraint on the front passenger seat us-
adjusted to an upright position. ing the weight -sensing mat in the seat cush-
- Always make sure that the PASSENGER ion and the sensor below the safety belt latch
AIR BAGOFFlight comes on and stays on the front passenger seat that measures the
on all the time whenever the ignition is tension on the safety belt.
switched on. The weight -sensing mat measures total
weight of the child and the child safety seat
Advanced front airbag system and and a child blanket on the front passenger
children seat. The weight on the front passenger seat
is related to the design of the child restraint
Your vehicle is equipped with an "Advanced
and its "footprint", the size and shape of the
Airbag System" in compliance with United
bottom of the child restraint as it sits on the
States Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard
seat. The weight of a child restraint and its
(FMVSS) 208 as applicable at the time your
"footprint" vary for different kinds of child re-
vehicle was manufactured.
straints and for the different models of the
The Advanced Airbag system in your vehicle same kind of child restraint offered by child
has been certified to meet the "low-risk" re- restraint manufacturers .
quirements for 3- and 6- year-old children on
The weight ranges for the individual types,
the passenger side and small adults on the
makes and models of child restraints that the
driver side. The low risk deployment criteria
NHTSAhas specified in the Safety Standard
are intended to reduce the risk of injury
together with the weight ranges of typical in-
through interaction with the airbag that can
fants and typical 1 year-old child have been
occur, for example, by being too close to the
stored in the control unit of the Advanced Air-
steering wheel and instrument panel when
bag System. When a child restraint is being
the airbag inflates. In addition, the system
used on the front passenger seat with a typi-
has been certified to comply with the "sup-
cal 1 year-old child, the Advanced Airbag Sys-
pression" requirements of the Safety Stand-
tem compares the weight measured by the
ard, to turn off the front airbag for infants up
weight sensing mat with the information stor-
to 12 months who are restrained on the front
ed in the electronic control unit.
passenger seat in child restraints that are list-
ed in the Standard. The electronic control unit also registers the
tension on the front passenger safety belt. ..,.
140 Child Safety

The tension on the safety be lt for the front tension on the belt. The input from th is sen-
passenger seat will be different for an adult sor is then used with the weight to "decide",
who is properly using the safety belt as com- whether there is a child restra int with a typical
pared to the tension on the be lt when it is 1 year-old chi ld on the front passenger seat
used to attach a child restraint to the seat. and whether or not the airbag must be turned
The sensor below the latch for the safety belt off .
for the front seat passenger measures the

Child restraints and Advanced Airbags

Regardless of the ch ild restraint t hat you use, not standard ized . Child rest raints of the same
make sure that it has been certified to meet type typ ically have different weights and sizes
United States Fede ral Motor Vehicle Safety and different 'foo t pr ints,' the size and shape
Standards and has been certified by its manu- of the bottom of the chi ld restra int tha t sits
facturer for use with an airbag . If in excep- on the seat, when they are insta lled on a vehi-
tional circumstances you must use it on the cle seat. These diffe rences make it virtually
front passenger seat, caref ully read all of the impossible to certify compliance with the re-
information on child safety and Advanced Air- quirements for advanced airbags with each
bags and heed all of the applicable WARN- and every child restra int that has ever been
INGS. Make certain that the child restraint is sold in the past or will be sold over the course
correctly recognized by the weight-sensing of the useful life of your veh icle .
mat inside the front passenge r seat, that the
For t his reason, the United States National
fro nt passenger airbag is t urned off and that
Highway Traffic Safety Adm inistrat ion has
the airbag status is a lways correctly signaled
published a list of spec ific type, makes and
by the PASSENGER AIR BAGOFF light.
models of chi ld restraints that must be used
Many types and models of child restra ints to certify comp liance of the Advanced Airbag
have been ava ilable over the years, new mod - System in your veh icle with the suppression
e ls are int roduced regularly incorporating new requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety
and improved designs and older models are Standard 208. These chi ld restraints are:
taken out of prod uction. Child restraints are

Subpart A - Car bed child restraints

Model Manufactured on or after


Ange l Guard Ange l Ride AA2403 FOF September 25, 2007

Subpart B - Rear-facing child restraints

Model Manufactured on or after


Cen t ury SmartFit 4 543 December 1, 1999
Cosco Arriva 22-013PAW and base 22-999WHO September 25, 2007
Evenflo Discovery Adjust Right 2 12 December 1, 1999
Evenflo First Choice 204 December 1, 1999
Graco Infant 8457 December 1, 1999
Graco Snugride September 25, 2007
Peg Perego Primo Viaggio SIP IMUN00US September 25, 2007
Child Safety 141

Subpart C - Forward-facing and convertible child restraints



Model Manufactured on or after •
Britax Roundabout E9L02xx September 25, 2007
Cosco Touriva 02519 December 1, 1999
Cosco Summit Deluxe High Back Booster September 25, 2007
22-262
Cosco High Back Booster 22-209 September 25, 2007
Evenflo Tribute V 379xxxx September 25, 2007
Evenflo Medallion 254
---------- December 1, 1999
Evenflo Generations 352xxxx September 25, 2007
----~-,
Graco ComfortSport September 25, 2007
Graco Toddler Safety Seat Step 2 September 25, 2007
Graco Platinum Cargo ------- September 25, 2007

& WARNING Important safety instructions for using


child safety seats
To reduce the risk of serious injury, make
sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF Correct use of child safety seats substantially
light comes on and stays on whenever a reduces the risk of injury in an accident!
child restraint is installed on the front pas-
As the driver, you are responsible for the safe-
senger seat and the ignition is switched
ty of everybody in the veh icle, especially chil-
on .
dren:
- Never install a rearward facing child
safety seat on the front passenger seat ..,Always use the right child safety seat for
unless the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF each child and always use it properly
light comes on and stays on. If the PAS- ¢page 143 .
SENGERAIR BAGOFF light does not ..,Always carefully follow the child safety seat
come on and stay on the inflating airbag manufacturer's instruct ions on how to route
will hit the child safety seat or infant car- the safety belt properly through the child
rier with great force and will smash the safety seat.
child safety seat and child against the ..,When using the veh icle safety belt to install
backrest, door or roof. Have the airbag a child safety seat, you must first activate
system inspected immediately by your the convertib le locking retractor on the
authorized Audi dealer . safety belt to prevent the child safety seat
from moving ¢ page 146.
(D Tips .., Push the child safety seat down with your
full weight to get the safety belt really tight
The child seats listed in categories A to C
so that the seat cannot move forward or
have been tested by Audi only for the Ad-
sideways more than one inch (2 .5 cm).
vanced Airbag function.
"'If a strap or tethe r is being used to tie the
child safety seat to the front passenger
seat , make sure that it is not so tight that it
causes the weight-sensing mat to measure
more weight than is actua lly on the seat.

Always remember: Even though your vehicle is


equipped with an Advanced Airbag system, a .,..
142 Ch ild Safety

child should a lways ride in the seat properly - The st rongest pe rson could not hold
restrained for its age and size. the child with the forces that exist in
an accident. The child will str ike the in-
A WARNING terior of the veh icle and can also be
Not using a ch ild safety seat, using the struck by the passenger.
wrong ch ild safety seat or improperly in- - The child and the passenger can also
stalling a child restraint increases the risk injure each another in an accident.
of serious personal injury and death . - Never install a rearward facing child
- All veh icle occupants and especially chil- safety seat on the front passenger seat
dren must always be restrained properly un less the PASSENGERAIR BAGOFF
whenever riding in a vehicle . light comes on and stays on . If the PAS-
- An unrestra ined or improperly rest rain- SENGERAIR BAGOFFlight does not
ed child can be injured or killed by be- come on and stay on the inflating a irbag
ing thrown against the inside of the ve- will hit the child safety seat or infant car-
hicle or by being ejected from it d uring rier with great force and will smash the
a sudden maneuver or impact. child safety seat and child against the
- An unrestrained or improperly restrain- backrest, door or roof. Have the a irbag
ed child is at much greater risk of injury system inspected immediately by your
or death by being struck by an inflat ing author ized Audi dealer.
airbag. - Forward-facing child safety seats insta l-
- Commercially ava ilable child safety seats led on the front passenger's seat can in-
are required to comply with U.S. Federal terfere with the airbag when it inflates
Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) and cause serious injury to the chi ld .
213 (in Canada CMVSS213). - If exceptional circumstances require the
- When buying a child restra int, sele ct use of a forward-facing child restraint on
one that fits yo ur child and the veh icle . the front passenger's seat, the ch ild's
- Only use child restrain t syst ems tha t safety and we ll-being require that the
fu lly contact the flat portion of the following specia l precautions be taken :
seat cushion . The child restraint must - Make sure the forward-fac ing seat has
not tip or lean to either side . Aud i does been designed and certified by its man-
not recommend using ch ild safety ufacturer for use on a front seat with a
seats that rest on legs or tube-like passenger front and side airbag.
frames. They do not provide adequate -Always carefully follow the manufac-
contact with the seat. turer's instructions provided with the
- Always heed all legal requirements per- child safety seat or carrier.
taining to the installation and use of - Always move the front passenger seat
child safety seats and carefully follow into the rearmost position of the pas-
the instructions provided by the manu- senger seat 's fore and aft adjustment
facture r of the seat you are us ing . range, and as far away from the airbag
- Never let mo re than one child occupy a as possible before installing the ch ild
child safety seat . rest raint.
- Never let babies or older chi ld ren ride in - Always make sure that nothing pre-
a vehicle while s itting on the lap of an- vents the front passenger's seat from
other passenger. being moved to the rea rmost position
- Holding a chi ld in your arms is neve r a in its fore and aft adjus t ment range.
substitute for a child restraint system. - Always make sure that the backrest is
in the upright pos ition.
Child S a f ety 14 3

- Always buckle the child safety seat firmly .. When using the vehicle sa fet y belt to install
in place even if a child is not s itting in it. a child safety seat , you must first activate
A loose child safety seat can fly around the convertible locking retractor on the
dur ing a sudden stop or in a collis ion. safety belt to prevent the child safety seat
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS from moving c>page 146.
whenever using a child restrained in ave- .. Push the child safety seat down with you r
hicle is being used <=>page 109, Safety full weig ht to get t he safety be lt really tight
belts, c>page 117, Airbag system and so that the seat cannot move forwa rd or
¢ page 138, Child Safety. sideways mo re tha n one inch (2.5 cm).

A WARNING
.
Infants up to about one year (20 lbs . or 9 kg)
are best protec t ed in spec ial infant carriers
To reduce the risk of serious injury, make and child safety seats designed for thei r age
sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF group. Many exper ts believe that infants and
light comes on and stays on whe never a sm all children s hou ld ride only in speci al re-
child rest raint is installed on the front pas- stra ints in which the child faces the back of
senger seat and the ignition is switched the vehicle. These infant seats sup port the ba-
on. by's back, neck and head in a crash c>fig . 130 .
- Never install a rearward facing child
safety seat on the front passenger seat A WARNING
-
unless the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF Not using a child safety seat, using t he
light comes on and stays on. If the PAS- wrong child safety seat or improperly in-
SENGERAIR BAGOFF light does not stalling a child restrai nt increases the risk
come on and stay on the inflating airbag of ser ious personal injury and death in a
will hit the child safety seat or infant car- crash.
rier with great fo rce and will smash the - Never install a rear-fac ing child restrai nt
child safety seat and child again st the in the forward-facing direct ion . Such re-
backrest, door or roof. Have the airb ag straints are designed for the special
system inspected immedia t ely by your needs of infants and very small children
authorized Audi dea ler. and cannot prot ect them properly if the
seat is forward- facing.
Child safety seats - Never install a rearward facing child
safe ty sea t on t he fron t passenger sea t
Infant seats
unless t he PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
Babies and infants up to about one year old light comes on and stays on. If the PAS·
and 20 lbs. or 9 kg need special rearward-fac- SENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not
ing child restraints that support the back, come on and stay on the inflating airbag
neck and head in a crash. will hit the child safety seat or infant car-
rier with great force and will smash the
child safety seat and child agai nst t he
backrest, door or roof. Have the airbag
system inspected immediately by your
author ized Audi dealer.
- Always rea d and heed all WARNINGS
wheneve r using a child rest raine d in ave-
hicle is being used c>page 109, Safety
belts, ¢ page 117, Airbag system and
Fig. 130 Rearward -fac ing infan t seat , prope rly insta l- c>page 138, Important things to know .
led on the passe nger seat
144 Child Saf et y

Convertible child safety seats bag inflates. A child in a rearward-facing


child safety seat installed on the front
Properly used convertible child safety seats
passenger seat will be serious ly injured
can help protect toddlers and children over
and can be killed if the front airbag in-
age one who weigh between 20 and 40 lbs. (9
flates - even with an Advanced Airbag
and 18 kg) in a crash.
System .
- The inflating airbag will hit the child
safety seat or infant carrie r with great
for ce and will smash the child saf ety seat
and child aga inst the backrest, doo r or
roof.
- Never install a rearward facing child
safety sea t on t he fron t passenger sea t
un less t he PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF
light comes on and stays on. If t he PAS-
Fig. 13 1 Schematic overview: installat ion of t he seat
using the vehicle's safety belt system
SENGERAIR BAG OFF light does not
come on and stay on have the airbag sys-
~ When using the vehicle safety belt to install tem inspected immediate ly by your au-
a child safety seat, you must first activate thorized Audi dealer.
the convertible locking retractor on the - Always read and heed all WARNINGS
safety belt to prevent t he child safety seat whenever us ing a child restrained in ave-
from moving Qpage 146. hicle is being used ¢ page 109, Safety
~ Push the child safety seat down with your belts, Q page 117, Airbag system and
full weight to get the safety belt rea lly tight Q page 138, Important things to know .

so that the seat cannot move forward or


sideways more than one inch (2.5 cm)
Qpage 146.
-&_ WARNING
If exceptional circumstances require the
-

use of a fo rward-facing child restraint on


A toddler or child is usually too large for an in-
the front passenger 's sea t , the child's safe-
fant restraint if it is more than one year old
ty and we ll-bei ng req uire t hat t he follow-
and weighs more than 20 lbs. (9 kg).
ing spec ial precautions be taken:
Toddlers and children who are older than one - Make sure the forward- facing seat has
year up to about 4 years old and weigh more been designed and cert ified by its man u-
than 20 lbs. (9 kg) up to 40 lbs. (18 kg) must facturer for use on a front seat with a
always be properly restrained in a child safety passenger front and side airbag.
seat certified for the ir size and weight - Always follow the manufacturer 's in-
Q fig. 131 . structions provided with the child safety
seat or carrie r.
&_ WARNING - Always move the front passenger seat in-
Not using a child safety seat, using the to the rearmost position of the passen-
wrong child safety seat or improperly in- ger seat's fore and aft adjustment range,
stal ling a child restraint increases the risk and as far away from the airbag as possi-
of se rious persona l injury and death in a ble before installing t he child restraint.
collision or othe r eme rgency s ituation. - Always make sure that nothing prevents
- Children on t he front seat of any car, the front passenger 's seat from being
even with Advanced Airbags, can be seri- moved to the rearmost pos ition in its
ous ly injured or even killed when an air- fore and aft adjustment range .
Child Safety 145

- Always make sure the backrest 1s in an • Always make sure that the child can properly
upr ight position . wear the lap portion of the belt low across
- Make sure that the PASSENGERAIR BAG the th ighs or pelvis and never over the
OFF light comes on and stays on all the stomach or abdomen.
t ime whenever the ignition is switched
Children up to at least 8 years old (over 40
on.
lbs. or 18 kg) are best protected in child safe-
- If the light does not stay on, perform the
ty seats designed for their age and weight . Ex-
checks c;, page 128, Monitoring the Ad-
perts say that the skeletal structure , particu-
vanced Airbag System.
larly the pelvis, of these children is not fully
- If the PASSENGERAIR BAGOFF light developed, and they must not use the vehicle
does not come on and stay on have the safety belts without a suitable ch ild restra int .
airbag system inspected immed iate ly by
your authorized Audi dealer . It is usually best to put these children in ap-
propr iate booster seats . Be sure the booster
seat meets all applicable safety standards .
Booster seats and safety belts
Booster seats raise the seating position of the
Properly used booster seats can help protect
child and reposition both the lap and shoulder
children weighing between about 40 lbs. and
parts of the safety belt so that they pass
80 lbs. (18 kg and 36 kg) who are less than 4
across the ch ild's body in the right places . The
ft. 9 in . (57 inches/1 .45 meters) tall . routing of the belt over the child's body is very
im portant for the child 's protect ion, whether
or not a booster seat is used.
Children who are at least 4 ft. 9 in. (57 in-
ches/1.45 meters) tall can generally use the
vehicle 's three point lap and shoulder belts.
Never use the lap belt port ion of the vehicle's
safety belt alone to restra in any ch ild, regard-
less of how big the child is. Always remember
Fig. 132 Passenger seat : child proper ly rest rained in a
that children do not have the pronounced pel-
booster seat vic structure required for the proper function
of lap belt portion of the vehicle's three point
The vehicle's safety belts alone will not fit lap and shoulder belts. The child's safety ab-
most children until they are at least 4 ft . 9 in. solutely requires that a lap belt portion of the
(57 inches/1.45 meters) tall and weigh about safety belt be fastened snugly and as low as
80 lbs. (36 kg). Booster seats raise these chil- poss ible around the pelvis. Never let the lap
dren up so that the safety belt will pass prop- belt portion of t he safety be lt pass over the
e rly over the stronger parts of their bod ies child's stomach or abdomen.
and the safety belt can help protect them in a
In a crash, a irbags must inflate within a blink
crash .
of an eye and with considerable force . In order
• Do not use the convertible locking retractor to do its job, the airbag needs room to inflate
when using the vehicle's safety belt to re- so that it will be there to protect t he occupant
strain a child on a booster seat. as the occupant moves forwa rd int o the air-
• Always position the shou lder portion of the bag .
safety belt midway over the child's shoulder .
A vehi cle occupant who is out of posit ion and
• Always make sure that the shoulder portion
too close to the airbag gets in t he way of an
of the safety belt never rests against or
inflating airbag . When an occupa nt is too
across the ch ild's neck.
close, he or she will be struck violently and Ill-
146 Ch ild Safety

will receive serious or possibly even fata l in- tion in any way d uring an accident can be
jury. struck by a dep loying a irbag. This will re-
In order for the airbag to offe r protection, it is sult in ser ious personal injury or death.
important that all vehicle occupants, especia l- - If you must install a booster seat on the
ly any children, who must be in the front seat front passenger seat because of excep-
because of exceptional circumstances, be tional circumstances the PASSENGER
properly restrained and as far away from the AIR BAGOFF light must come on and
a irbag as poss ible. By keep ing room between stay on, whenever the ignition is switch-
the child's body and the front of the passen- ed on.
ger compartment, the airbag can inflate com- - If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light
pletely and provide supplemental protection does not come on and stay on, pe rform
in certain frontal collisions. the che cks descr ibed 9 page 128, Moni-
toring the Advan ced Airbag System.
_& WARNING .
- If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light
Not using a booster seat, us ing the boos- does not come on and stay on whenever
ter sea t imprope rly, incorre ct ly ins t alling a the ignit ion is switched on t he infla t ing
booste r seat or using the vehicle safety a irbag will hit the child sa fety seat or in-
belt improperly increases the risk of seri- fant car rier with g reat force an d will
ous personal injury and death in a collision smash the child safety seat and child
or other emergency s ituation. To help re- aga inst the backrest, door or roof. Have
duce the risk of ser ious persona l injury the airbag system inspected immed iately
and/or death: by your Audi dea ler.
-Always make sure to position the should- - Always read and heed all WARNINGS
whenever us ing a child restrained in ave-
er portion of the three-point belt over
the midd le of ch ild's shou lder . hicle is being used ¢ page 109, Safety
- Never let the shoulder port ion of the belt
belts, ~ page 117, Airbag system and
~ page 138, Important things to know.
rest against or across the neck, face,
chin , or throat of the child .
- Always make sure the lap belt portion of Installing a child safety
the three-po int be lt is worn snug and seat
passes as low as possib le across the '

child's pelvis. Never let the belt pass over Securing a child safety seat using a
safety belt
the soft abdomen .
- Failure to properly route safety belts Safety belts for the front passenger con be
over a ch ild's body will cause severe inju- locked with the convertible locking retractor
ries in an acciden t or other emergency to properly secure child safety seats .
situa t ion 9 page 109 .
The safety belts emergency locking retractors
- Children on the front seat of any car,
for the front passe nger's seat safety belt have
even w ith Advanced Airbags, can be seri-
ously injured or even killed when an air - a convertible locking retracto r fo r child re-
st ra ints . The safety be lt must be loc ked so
bag inf lates .
that be lt webb ing ca nnot unree l. The retrac-
- Never let a child sta nd or knee l on the
tor can be act ivated to lock the safety belt and
sea t.
prevent the safety be lt webb ing from loosen-
- Never let a child ride in t he ca rgo a rea of
ing up during norma l dr iving. A chi ld safety
your vehicle .
seat can only be properly insta lled when t he
- Always remember that a ch ild lean ing
safety belt is locked so that the chi ld and child
forward, sit t ing s ideways or out of posi-
safety seat will stay in place. .,.
Child Safety 147

Always remember: Even though your vehicle is - If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light
equipped with an Advanced Airbag system, a •
does not come on and stay on, perform
child should always ride in the seat properly the checks described r::;,page 128, Moni- •
restrained for its age and size. toring the Advanced Airbag System.
- If the PASSENGERAIR BAG OFF light
_&.WARNING does not come on and stay on whenever
Improperly installed child safety seats in- the ignition is switched on the inflating
crease the risk of serious personal injury airbag will hit the child safety seat or in-
and death in a collision . fant carrier with great force and will
- Always make sure that the safety belt re- smash the child safety seat and child
tractor is locked when installing a child against the backrest, door or roof. Have
safety seat . An unlocked safety belt re- the airbag system inspected immediately
tractor cannot hold the child safety seat by your Audi dealer.
in place during normal driving or in a - Improper installation of child restraints
crash. can reduce their effectiveness or even
- Always buckle the child safety seat firmly prevent them from providing any protec-
in place even if a child is not sitting in it. tion.
A loose child safety seat can fly around - An improperly installed child restraint
during a sudden stop or in a collision. can interfere with the airbag as it de-
- The inflating airbag will hit the child ploys and seriously injure or even kill the
safety seat or infant carrier with great child.
force and will smash the child safety seat - Always carefully follow the manufactur-
and child against the backrest, door or er's instructions provided with the child
roof. safety seat or carrier.
- Forward-facing child safety seats or in- - Never place additional items on the seat
fant carriers installed on the front pas- that can increase the total weight regis-
senger's seat may interfere with the de- tered by the weight-sensing mat and can
ployment of the airbag and cause serious cause injury in a crash.
injury to the child.
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS _&.WARNING
whenever using a child restrained in ave- Forward-facing child restraints:
hicle is being used r::;,
page 138. Special - Always make sure the forward-facing
precautions apply when installing a child seat has been designed and certified by
safety seat on the front passenger seat its manufacturer for use on a front seat
r::;,page
119, Child restraints on the front with a passenger front and side airbag.
seat - some important things to know.
- Never put the forward-facing child re-
straint up, against or very near the in-
_&.WARNING - strument panel.
Always take special precautions if you - Always move the passenger seat into its
must install a forward or rearward-facing rearmost position in the seat's fore and
child restraint on the front passenger's aft adjustment range, as far away from
seat in exceptional situations: the airbag as possible before installing
- Whenever a forward or rearward-facing the forward-facing child restraint. The
child restraint is installed on the front backrest must be adjusted to an upright
passenger seat, the PASSENGERAIR position.
BAG OFF light must come on and stay on
whenever the ignition is switched on.
148 Child Safety

- Make sure t hat the PASSENGER AIR BAG Activating the convertible locking
OFF light comes on and stays on all the retractor
time whenever the ignition is switched Use the convertible locking retractor to se-
on . cure a child restrain t.

A WARNING Always heed the ch ild safety sea t manufactur-


Rearward -fac ing child restra ints: er's instr uctions when installing a child re-
st ra int in your veh icle . To activate th e conve r-
- A ch ild in a rearward-facing child safety
t ible locking retr actor:
seat installed on the front passenger
seat will be ser iously injured and can be .,. Place t he ch ild restraint on a seat .
killed if the front airbag inflates - even .,.Slowly pu ll the belt all the way out .
with an Advanced Airbag System. .,. Route it a round or th roug h the child re-
- The inflating a irbag will hit the child st rain t belt pa t h ~ .&,.
safety seat or infant carri er wit h g reat .,. Push the ch ild safety seat down with you r
force and will smash t he child safety seat full weight to get the safety be lt really tight.
and child against the backrest, door or .,.Insert the belt tongue into the bu ckle for
roof. that seating position .
- Always be espe cially caref ul if you must .,.Guide the safety belt back into the retractor
inst all a rea rwa rd fa cing child safety seat until the be lt lies flat and snug o n the child
on the front passenge r seat in exception - safety seat.
al circumstances . ""You should hear a "clicking " noise as the
- A t ight t ether st rap on a rearward-facing be lt winds back into the inertia ree l. Test the
child rest raint attached to t he front pas - convert ible locking retr actor by pulling on
senger seat can put too much pressure t he belt. You should no longer be able to
on the weight-mat in the seat and reg is- pull t he be lt out of the retrac t or. The con -
ter a heavier weight in the Advanced Air- vertible locking retracto r is now activated .
bag System. The heav ier we ight regis- .,. Make s ure that the red release button is fac -
tered can make the system work as ing away from the child rest raint so that it
though an adult were on the seat and de- can be unbuckled quick ly.
ploy the Advanced Airbag when it must .,. Pull on the belt to make sure the safety be lt
be suppressed causing ser ious or even is properly tight and fastened so that the
fatal injury to the child . seat ca nnot move forwa rd or sideways more
- Make su re that the PASSENGER AIR BAG than one inch (2 .S cm).
OFF light comes on and st ays on all the
t ime whe never the ignition is switched A WARNING
-
on. Using t he wrong child res t raint o r a n im-
- Never install a rearward fa cing child properly ins t alled chi ld restraint can cause
safety seat on the front passenger seat se rious pe rsonal injury or deat h in a crash.
unless the PASSENGER AIR BAG OFF - Always ma ke sure t hat t he safe ty belt re-
light comes on and stays on . If t he PAS· trac to r is locked when insta lling a child
SENGER AIR BAG OFF light does not safety seat. An un locke d safety belt re-
come on and stay on the inflating airbag tracto r cannot hold the child safety seat
will hit the child safety seat or infant car- in place dur ing norma l dr iving or in a
rie r with great fo rce and will smash the crash.
child safety seat and child against the - Always buckle the child sa fety seat firmly
backrest, door or roof. Have the airbag in place even if a ch ild is not sitt ing in it. ~
system inspected immediately by your
au t hori zed Aud i dealer .
Child Sa f et y 149

A loos e chi ld safety seat can fly around - Never unfasten the safety belt to deacti-

dur ing a sudden stop or in a crash. vate the convertible locking retractor for
- Always make sure the seat backrest to child restraints while the vehicle is mov - •
wh ich the child restraint is installed is in ing. You would not be restrained and
an upr ight position . Otherwise, the seat- could be serious ly inju red in an accide nt .
back wit h the child safety seat attached - Always read a nd heed all WARNINGS
to it could fly forward in the event of an wheneve r us ing a child restrained in ave -
acc ident or other emergency situat ion. hicle is being used Q page 138 . Special
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS prec a utions app ly when insta lling a child
whenever using a child restrained in ave - safety sea t on t he fron t passenger seat
hicle is being used ~ page 138. Spec ial Q page 119, Child restraints on the fron t
precautions apply when installing a ch ild seat - some important things to know.
safety sea t on the fron t passenge r sea t
~ page 119, Child restrain ts on the front Additional Information
seat - some important things to know.
Sources of information about child
restraints and their use
Deactivating the convertible locking
retractor The re a re a number of sources of additiona l
The convertible locking retractor for child re- informa t ion abo ut child rest ra int se lect ion , in-
straints will be deactivated automatically stalla t ion and use:
when the belt is wound all the way back into NHTSA advises that t he best ch ild safety seat
the retractor. is the one t hat fits you r ch ild and fits in you r
vehicle , and that you will use correct ly and
~ Press the red button on the safety belt buck-
consistently.
le . The be lt tongue will pop out of the buck -
le. Try before you buy!
~ Guide the sa fety belt all the way ba ck into
U.S National Highway Traffic Safety Admin-
its stowed posit ion.
istration
Always let the safety belt ret ract comp lete ly Tel.: 1-888 -327 -4236 (TTY:1-800 -424 -9153)
into its stowed posit ion. The safe ty belt ca n www. n htsa .gov
now be used as an ord inary safety bel t wit h- National SAFE KIDS Campaign
out the convert ible locking retractor for chi ld Tel.: (202) 662-0600
restra ints . www.safek ids .org
If the convert ible locking retractor shou ld be Safety BeltSafe U.S.A
act ivated inadver t en t ly, the safety belt must Tel.: (800) 7 45-SAFE (English)
be unfastened and guided completely back in- Tel.: (800) 747-SANO (Span is h)
to its stowed position to deactivate th is fea- www.carseat .org
ture . If the convertib le locking retractor is not
deactivated, t he safety belt will g radually be- Transport Canada Information Centre
come t ighter and uncomfo rtab le to wear . Tel.: 1 (800) 333-03 71 o r call
1 (613) 998-8616 if you are in the Ottawa
A WARNING area
www.tc .gc.ca/ roadsafety
Imprope rly insta lled child sa fet y seats in-
crease the risk of ser ious personal inju ry Audi Customer CARE
and death in a collision. Tel.: (800) 822-2834
150 Intelligent t e c hn o log y

Intelligent technology Electronic Stabilization


Notice about data Program (ESP)
recorded by vehicle The Electronic Stabilization Program increas-
es driving stability .
control modules
Your veh icle is not equipped with an Event Da-
ta Recorder (EDR), installed by some manu-
facture rs fo r the express purpose of capturing
data for retrieval after an accident or cras h
event. EDR's are sometimes called "crash re-
corders".

Some state laws restrict the retrieval or down-


loading of data stored by EDR's that were in-
Fig. 1 33 Center conso le with~ butto n
stalled in a vehicle for the express purpose of
retrieving data after an accident or crash
Intent and purpose
event without the owner's consent.
The Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), Elect ronic
Although your vehicle is not equ ipped wit h an Differential Lock (EDL)a nd Anti-Slip Regula -
EDR, it is equipped with a number of elect ron- tion System (ASR) are integrated in the Elec-
ic control modules for various vehicle systems tronic Stabilization Program (ESP). It increas -
such as, for examp le, eng ine function, emis- es control over the vehicle in handling condi-
sion control, as well as for the airbags and tions close to the limit of "gr ip", such as when
sa fety belts . acce lerat ing and cornering . It reduce s t he risk
These electron ic control modules also record of skidd ing under all road conditions and at
vehicle-re lated data du ring norma l vehicle op- all speeds and improves vehicle stability .
er ation for diagno stic and repa ir purposes . When road condit ions are poor, ESP makes it
The recording capacity of the elec t ronic con- easier to start from a complete stop as well as
trol modules is limited to data (no sound is re- acce le rate a nd d rive up hills . ESP switches o n
corded) and only a small amount of data is ac- automatica lly when you start the engine. It
tually recorded ove r a ve ry limited pe riod of shou ld normally be activated at a ll t imes be -
time and stored when a system fault or other cause this ensures optimum veh icle stability .
condition is sensed by a cont ro l unit . Some of
Critical driving situations
the data t hen stored may re late to vehicle
speed, direction, braking as we ll as restraint Wit h an oversteering vehi cle (t he vehicle
syst em use and performanc e in the event of a tu rns too sharply and the rear wheels slide t o-
crash or other condition. Stored data can only ward the outside of a cu rve), ESP primari ly
be read and downloaded w ith special equip- brakes the outside front wheel, with an un-
ment . dersteering vehicle (the vehicle does not turn
sharp ly enough and pushes out of a curve) it
brakes the inside rear whee l or other addition-
al wheels. This brake inte rvent ion is accompa-
nied by noises .

If the speed of a wheel s lows down too much


rela t ive to vehicle speed while braking and it
starts to lock, brake pressure to this whee l is
reduced . This adjustment process can be felt ..,.
Int e llig e nt technolog y 15 1

as a pulsing motion of the brake pedal, ac- Switching ASR/ ESP on


companied by some noises. In order for ABS •
Activate ASR/ESP by pressing the [!I button
to be able to operate optimally in th is range, •
again. The message ESP on appears in the dis-
you must keep the brake pedal depressed -
play briefly.
never "pump the brakes" . You should not ex-
pect that braking distances w ill be shortened Brake overheating
under all circumstances with ABS. Braking dis- So that the disc brake on a braked wheel does
tance may even be slightly longer, for exam- not overheat, the EDS switches off automati-
ple on gravel or wi t h fresh snow on a slippery cally if there is un usually severe loa ding at
surface . th is wheel. The vehicle is st ill drivable and has
If a sign ificant speed differential between the the same properties as a vehicle wit hout EDS.
drive wheels on one axle is determined (for As soon as the brake has cooled down, EDS
examp le, on a surface that is sli ppery on one swit ches on again automatically.
side), the EDS brakes the spinn ing whee l and
transfers power to the other drive whee ls. A WARNING
This is done up to a speed of about 60 mph
- Even ESP,ABS, EDS and ASR cannot over-
(100 km/h) . Noises from the brake system
come the laws of physics. You should
signal that whee l spin is being controlled.
keep this in m ind in particular on an icy
If one whee l spins when starting from a com- or wet road. If the systems intervene,
plete stop because of a different grip (for ex- you shou ld adjust your speed immediate-
ample , one wheel on ice), keep your foot hard ly to road and traff ic conditions . Do not
on the accelerator until the vehicle starts to be tempted by the increased safety pro-
move. vided to take risks - you risk having an
accident.
If the wheels spin , ASRwi ll automatically re-
- Please keep in mind that the risk of an
duce engine torque and match power to road
surface conditions . accident is increased by driving too fast,
parti cularly in corners and on icy or wet
Switching on Sport mod e roads, and by drivi ng too close to the ve-
I n specific driving situations (e.g. Launch Con- hicle ahead. Even ESP, ABS, EDS and ASR
trol), you swit ch ASR and ESPto Sport mode cannot eliminate the increased risk of
by pressing the [!I button once. The indicator having an accident.
light11 illuminates and ESP sport -Wa rning! -Apply t he throttle caref ully when accel-
Restricted stab ilit y appears . "Slip" is matched erating on a consistently sli ppery sur-
to the speed. You should do this only if your face, e.g. on ice and snow. The drive
driving skill and traffic condit ions permit . wheels can spin in spite of the EDSand
thereby affect vehicle stability - you risk
Switching ASR/ ESP off having an accident .
In certain sit uations (e.g. in deep snow, on a - Please note that when ASR or ESP/ASRis
loose surface, or when rocking the vehicle deactivated, the drive wheels can spin on
free), switch ASR and ESPoff by pressing the icy and slippery roads and the vehicle can
[ill button for more than 3 seconds. The ind ica- break away - the re is a risk of skidd ing!
tor light I) illuminates and ESP sw itc hed off -
Warning! Restricted stability appears. You (D Tips
should do th is only if your driving skill and - In the event of a defect in the rear spoil-
traffic conditions permit . er system or in Audi magnet ic ride, it can
happen that ASR and ASR/ESPcannot be .,.
152 Intelligent t e c hn o log y

deactivat ed, or they are activated auto- 100 km/h), press the switch briefly to re-
matically in the deactivated state . tract the rea r s poiler comp lete ly. You cannot
- If a malfunction occurs in the EDS, this is retract the rear spoi ler if it extended due to
signaled by an indicator light, see the engine compartment temperature .
~ page 18 .
Indicator light
- Some tracks (e.g . steeply banked turns)
may affect ESP response. When the indicato r light f.-j appears, there is
a system malfunction . The rear spoiler may
Rear spoiler not be able to extend . This cou ld change the
veh icle's driving characterist ics at high
The rear spoil er improv es vehicle handling s peeds. Do not exceed 87 mph (140 km/h) .
and enhances driver control . Drive to your au t horized Audi dealer immedi-
ately to have the malfunction corrected .

A WARNING
Driving at higher speeds witho ut the rear
spoiler deployed ca n impair handling char-
acteristics, making t he vehicle ha rder to
control.
- Imp rope r operation of the rear spoiler
can cau se crushing injuries. Always ma ke
Fig. 134 Swit ch for rea r spoiler
sure tha t nobody, especia lly children, is
in the way when the rear spoi ler is de-
The rear spoi ler deploys and retracts . Spo iler
ployed or retracted.
operat ion can be set fo r automatic or manual
- Always obey speed limits and other traf-
operation.
fic laws .
Automatic mode (normal operation ) - Hot air from the eng ine compartmen t
can escape thro ugh the rear spo iler when
- Extending a ut oma t ically: This occurs when
it is open and it could burn you .
driving faster than approximately 62 mph
(100 km/h) or at a certain eng ine compart-
ment tempe rature 1 >.
(D Note
- Retracting automatically : This occurs when - Never push the vehicle or apply force to
dr iving slower than approximately 22 mph t he rear spoiler - it could be damaged.
(35 km/h) or at a certain engine compart- - Ope rate the rear spoiler manually on ly
ment temperature 1>. when the eng ine compartmen t lid is
closed, otherwise there is a risk of dam-
Manual mode age .
- Extending manually : Press the switch
~ fig . 134 briefly to extend the rear spoiler (D Tips
completely . Clean the spoiler comp ar tment eve ry 2 to
- Retracting manually : When dr iving at 3 months. The spoiler compa rtment m ust
speeds below approximately 12 mph (20 always be free of ice, snow, leaves or other
km/h), press and hold the switch to retract debr is.
the rear spo iler. When driving at speeds be-
tween 12 mph and 62 mph (20 km/h and

l) The rear spoiler only exten ds or ret racts above ac er-


ta in eng ine t emperat ure in some models.
Intelligent technology 153

Braking road and the brakes are not used. Likewise,


you clean off accumulated salt coatin g from •
New brake pads brake discs and pads with a f ew cautio us ap- •
During the firs t 250 miles (400 km), new plications of t he brake c:>& .
brake pads do not possess t heir f ull braking
Corrosion
effect, they have to be "broken in" first. The
distance can be ten times longer in vehicles There may be a t endency for di rt to build up
with ceramic brakes* . You can compensate f or on the brake pads and corrosion t o form on
this slightly reduced braking power by push- the discs if t he car is not driven regu larly or
ing harder on the brake pedal. Avoid heavy on ly for short trips w ith litt le use of the
braking loads during the break-in period. brakes.

If the brakes are not used frequently, or if cor-


Operating conditions and driving habits
rosion has formed on the discs, it is advisable
The brakes on today's automob iles are st ill to clean off the pads and discs by braking
subject to wear, depending largely on operat- firmly a few times from a moderately high
ing conditi ons and dr iving habits c:>& . On ve- speed c:>& .
hicles that are either driven mostly in stop-
and-go city traffic or are driven hard, the Faults in the brake system
brake pads should be checked by you r aut hor- If you shou ld not ice a sudden increase in
ized Audi dealer more oft en t han specifie d in brake pedal trave l, t hen one of the two brake
the Warranty & Maintenance booklet. Fail ure circuits may have fa iled. Drive immediately to
to have your brake pads inspected can result the nearest qualified wor kshop to have the
in reduced brake performance. damage repaired . Drive at reduced speed on
On st eep slo pes, you shou ld use the brakin g the way there and ant icipate longer stopping
effec t of t he engine. This way, you prevent un- dist ances and higher pedal pressure c:>& .
necessary wear on the brake system . If yo u
Low brake fluid level
must use your brakes, do not hold the brakes
down continuously. Pump the brakes at inte r- Malfunctions can occur in the brake system if
vals. the brake fluid level is too low. The brake flu id
level is monitored elect ronically.
Moisture or road salt
Brake power assist unit
At speeds above 70 mph (110 km/h) and wit h
the windshield wipe rs swit ched on (at least in- The brake power assist unit increases the
terval stage 4), the brake pads are br iefly ap- pressure that you generate w ith the brake
plied against the brake discs. This occurs at pedal. It works only when the engine is run-
regular intervals witho ut the driver noticing ning.
and provides fo r better brake response time
Brake lining wear status
under wet condit ions.
Brake lining wear may be checked by visual in-
Under certain conditions, for examp le, w hen spection of t he condition of the brake pads
driving thr ough water or very heavy rain, or th rough the openings in the wheel. If neces-
even after washing your vehicle, the brak ing sary, the w heel may be removed fo r t his in-
effect can be reduced due to moisture (or in spect ion c:>page 216 .
freezing conditions ice) on t he brake pads. A
few caut ious brake applicat ions should dry off
t he brake pads or remove any ice coat ings.
A WARNING
- You should perform braking maneuvers
The effective ness of the brakes can be reduced f or th e purpos e of cleaning t he brake
when the vehicle is dr iven on a salt-covered syste m only if road condit ions permit.
154 Intelligent technology

Other road users must not be put at risk - pressed considerably harder to make up
you may cause an accident! for the lack of booster assistance.
- Before descending a steep grade, reduce
speed and shift transmission into a lower Power steering
gear or lower driving position . Do not
ride the brakes or hold the pedal down When the engine is running, power steering
too long or too often. This could cause makes it easier for the driver t o steer.
the brakes to get hot and diminish brak- Power steering helps the driver steer the vehi-
ing efficiency . cle with little physical effort.
- Do not "ride the brakes" by resting your
foot on the pedal when you do not intend If the engine is not running, the power steer-
to brake . This may cause the brakes to ing system is also not working . In this case ,
overheat, premature wear and increased you will find it extremely difficult to turn the
stopping distance. steering wheel.
- Under certain climatic and operating If you turn the steering fully to the left or
conditions such as passing through wa- right when the vehicle is stationary, you place
ter, driving in heavy rain or after washing a very heavy load on the power steering sys-
the vehicle, the effectiveness of the tem. Turning the steering wheel fully to the
brakes can be reduced. In winter, ice can left or right will cause noise in the system. It
accumulate on the brake pads, linings, also reduces engine idle speed.
discs and drums. Cautiously apply brakes
for a test . Brakes will dry and ice coat- (D Note
ings will be cleaned off after a few cau-
Do not hold the steering turned fully to
tious brake applications .
the left or right for more than 10 seconds
- Driving for an extended period of time on when the engine is running . There is a risk
salt-covered roads without using your of damage to the power steering system .
brakes can also affect braking efficiency .
Clean off accumulated salt coating from (D Tips
brake discs and pads with a few cautious
- In the event of a power steering system
brake applications.
failure, or if the engine is not running
- If you damage the front spoiler, or if you
(while being towed), you will still be able
install a different spoiler, be sure the air
to steer the vehicle. However, you will re-
flow to the front brakes is not obstruct-
quire more effort to do so .
ed. Otherwise the brake system could
- If the power steering system has a leak
overheat reducing the effectiveness of
or is defective, you should immediately
the entire brake system.
contact a qualified workshop .
- Failure of one brake circuit will impair
- The power steering system requires a
braking capability, resulting in increased
special hydraulic fluid. The power steer-
stopping distance. Avoid driving the vehi-
ing fluid reservoir is located in the en-
cle and have it towed to the nearest au-
gine compartment. The correct hydraulic
thorized Audi dealer or qualified work-
fluid level is important for proper opera-
shop.
tion of the power steering system. The
- Never let the vehicle roll to a stop with
power steering fluid level is checked ac-
the engine shut off .
cording to the Audi maintenance service
- If the brake booster is not working, for
schedule.
example when towing your vehicle, or
because the brake booster has somehow
been damaged, the brake pedal must be
Intelligent technology 155

Driving with your wheel drive vehicle. Always drive at



quattro ® speeds which are su ited to the road con-

ditions. - risk of crash.
With all-wheel drive, all four wheels are driv-
en .
Energy management
General information
Starting ability is optimized
With all-wheel drive, power is distributed to
all four wheels . This happens automatically Energy management controls the distribution
depending on your driving style and the road of electrical energy and thus optimizes the
conditions at the t ime. See also t::;>page 150. availability of electrical energy for starting
the engine.
Winter tires
If a vehicle with a conventional energy system
When driving in the winter, your vehicle with
is not driven for a long per iod of t ime, the bat-
all-wheel drive has an advantage, even with
tery is discharged by idling current consumers
regular tires. In winter road conditions it may
(e .g. immobi lizer). In certain circumstances it
be advisable to mount winter tires (or all-sea-
can resu lt in the re being insufficient energy
son t ires) for improved driveability and brak-
available to start the engine.
ing: these tires must be mounted on all four
wheels. Intelligent energy management in your vehi-
cle handles t he distribution of e lectr ical ene r-
Snow chains gy. Starting ability is markedly improved and
Where snow chains are mandatory on certain the life of the battery is extended .
roads, th is normally also applies to vehicles
Basically, energy management consists of
with all-wheel drive Q page 204, Snow
battery diagnosis, idling current manage-
chains. ment and dynamic energy management .
Replacing wheels/tires
Battery diagnosis
Only the wheel/tire sizes specified by the
Battery diagnosis continuously determines
manufacturer may be used on vehicles with
the state of the battery. Sensors determine
all-wheel drive <=>
page 199 . battery voltage, battery current and battery

A WARNING
-
temperature . This determines the current
state of charge and the power of the battery.
- Always adjust your driving to road and
traffic conditions. Do not let the extra Idling current management
safety afforded by all-wheel d rive tempt Idling current management reduces energy
you into taking extra risks. consumption while the vehicle is standing.
- Although a ll-wheel drive is ve ry effect ive, With the ign ition switched off, it controls the
always remember that braking capacity energy supply to the various electrical compo-
is limited by tire traction. You should nents. Data from battery diagnosis is consid-
therefore not drive at excessive speeds ered.
on icy or slippery road surfaces.
Depending on the battery's state of charge,
- On wet road surfaces, be careful not to
individual cons umers are gradually turned off
drive too fast because the front wheels
to prevent excessive discharge of the battery
cou ld beg in to slide on top of the water
and thus maintain starting capability. .,..
(aquaplaning). If this should occur, you
will have no warning from a sudden in-
crease in engine speed as with a front-
156 Intelligent technology

Dynamic energy management With the engine turned off


While the veh icle is be ing driven , dynamic en- If you listen t o the radio, for examp le, w ith
e rgy management distributes the energy gen- the engine turned off, the battery is being dis-
erated according to the needs of the individu- charged.
a l components . It regu lates consumption, so
If starting capabil ity is jeopardized due to en-
that more electrical energy is not being used
ergy consumption , a message appea rs in the
than is being generated and ensures an opti-
driver information display.
mal state of charge for the battery .
You have to start the engine to charge the
(D Tips batte ry.
- But even energy management cannot With the engine running
negate the limits of physics. Consider
that the power and life of a battery are Although electrical energy is generated when
limited . the vehicle is being driven, the battery can be -
- If starting ab ility is threatened, you are come discharged. This happens mostly when
informed by a warn ing <=> page 156, little energy is being gene rated and a great
Driver notification in the instrument deal consumed and the battery's state of
cluster display . charge is not optimal.

To bring the energy balance back into equili-


What you should know brium , consume rs which requ ire espec ially
large amounts of energy are temporar ily cut
The highest priority is given to maintaining
back or sw itched off. Heating systems in par-
starting capability. ticu lar require a great deal of energy . If you
The battery is severely taxed in short-distance notice, for example,that the heated seats or
driving, in city traffic and during the cold time the heated rear window are not heating, they
of year. Abu ndant electr ical energy is re- have been temporarily cut back or switched
qu ired, but only a little is generated . It is also off. These systems will be available again as
cr itical if the engine is not run ning and elect ri- soon as the ene rgy balance has been restored.
cal components are turned on. In th is in- You will also notice that engine idle speed has
stance energy is being consumed but none is been increased slightly . This is normal and not
being generated . a cause for concern. By increasing engine idle
It is in precisely these situations that you w ill speed the additional energy required is gene r-
notice energy management actively regulat- ated and the battery is charged .
ing the distrib ution of energy .
Driver notification in the instrument
Vehicle stands for an extended period cluster display
If you do not drive your vehicle over a period
If battery power drops into the range where it
of severa l days or weeks, elect rical compo-
can limit the ability of the engine to start, this
nents are gradually cut back or switched off .
is shown in the instrument cluster display
This reduces energy consumption and main-
with the following driver message:
tains starting capabi lity over a longer period.

Take into considerat ion that when you un lock


(•i Low battery charge: battery will be
charged while driving
your vehi cle, some convenience functions,
such as the remote key or power seat adjust- Th is not ificat io n reminds you that the start ing
ment, may not be available. The convenience capability of the engine may be lim ited. As
functions will be available again when you soon as you start driving again, t he battery .,..
turn on the ignition and start the engine.
Intelligent technology 157

will be recharged and the notification will go


out. •

Driver notification appears and goes out
again
If this driver notification appears after the ig-
nition is turned on or while driv ing and it goes
out again after a wh ile, the battery has been
adequately recharged.

Driver notification appears and does not


go out again
If this driver notification appears after the ig-
nition is turned on or while driv ing and does
not go out again, the battery's state of charge
is not in the optimal range. Starting ability is
restricted. Have the battery checked as soon
as possible by an author ized Audi dealer or
qualified workshop.

Dry sump lubrication


High lateral and long itud inal forces affect the
engine and the vehicle during sporty driving.
Dry sump lubr ication ensures that your engine
is supplied w ith oil and properly lubricated
even under these conditions.

I n a "normal" veh icle the oil pump sends the


oil from the oil pan to the lubrication points in
the engine. The oil then returns to the oil pan.
In extreme situations, the oil pump may draw
in air, which results in insufficient oil pressure.

With dry sump lubr ication, the oil is not in the


oil pan (it is "d ry"), but in a separate oi l tank.
While one pump supplies the engine with oi l,
a second pump suctions the oil out of the en-
gine and returns it to the oil tank . Because the
oil tank is ta ll and narrow, oil pressure is con-
stant even under extreme conditions.

In addition, the oil pan in vehicles with dry


sump lubrication is noticeably shall ower. This
allows the engine to be installed lower in the
vehicle, bringing down the center of gravity .
This improves your vehicle's handling .
158 Dr iv ing and e n vi r o nm e nt

Driving and (D Note


environment Vehicle components such as the engine,
Break-in period transmission, suspension or electrical sys-
tem can be severely damaged by dr iving
A new vehicle must be broken in, and the through water.
break-in period should be 1,500 miles (2,500
km) . Do not use full acceleration for the first @ Tips
600 miles (1,000 km) and do not exceed the - Check the depth of the water before d riv-
maximum engine speed of 6,000 rpm You ing through it.
must also not use fu ll accelerat ion between - Do not stop the vehicle, drive in reverse
600 and 1,200 mi les (1,000 to 2,000 km). or switch the engine off when driving
From 1,200 to 1,500 mi les (2,000 to 2,500 through water.
km), you can gradua lly increase maxim um en- - Keep in mind that oncoming vehicles
gine speed to 8,250 rpm for brief periods. may create waves that raise the water
During the first hours of operation, there is level and make it too deep for your vehi-
greater friction in the engine and the trans- cle to drive through safely .
mission than later when all the moving parts - Avoid driving through salt water because
have broken in. it can cause corros ion.

The way you drive duri ng the first 1,500 miles


(2,500 km) affects engine quality. If you drive Catalytic converter
at moderate engine speeds thereafter, partic - You must use lead-free gasoline in your vehi-
ularly when the engine is cold, yo u reduce en- cle, otherwise you will destroy the catalyt ic
gine wear and increase the potential mileage converter.
of the engine.
Never run the fuel tank completely dry; their-
Do not drive at RPMs that are too low . Shift regular fuel supply could cause misfires . This
down when the engine is no longer running allows unburned fuel into the exhaust system,
"smoothly". Extreme ly high RPMs are gov- possibly resulting in overheating and damage
erned automatically. to the catalytic converter .

Driving through water .&_WARNING


,-
on roads - Do not park or operate the vehicle in
areas where the hot exhaust system may
Note the following to avoid vehicle damage
come in cont act with dry grass, brush,
when dr iving through water, for example on
fue l spills or ot her material which can
flooded roads:
cause a fire.
- The water must not be any higher than the - Do not apply addition al under coating or
bottom of the vehicle body. rustproofing on or near the exhaust
- Do not drive faster than wa lking speed. manifold, exhaust pipes, catalytic con-
verter or heat shields . During driving, the
.&_WARNING -
substance used for undercoating could
After driving through water, mud, slush, overheat and cause a fire.
etc., the brakes may be slow to take effect
because of wet brake roto rs and pads. Dry (D Note
t he brakes fi rst by braking carefully to re- To ensure efficient operation of the Emis-
sto re the full braking effect. sion Control System:
Dri v in g and en v ir o nm e n t 159

- Have you r vehicle maintained properly about the ti res, including the inner and outer
and in accordance with the service rec- sidewa ll s (e.g. tread, blistering)? Are the air •
ommendat ions in your Warranty & Main- intakes free of leaves and tire dust? Is the oil •
tenance booklet. level OK?
- Lack of proper maintenance as well as
Your authorized Audi dealer or qualified work-
improper use of the vehicle will impair
shop will be happy to undertake an inspection
the function of the Emission Control Sys-
before and after use on the race track.
tem and could lead to damage.
(D Tips
Sporty driving - Some race tracks (e.g. steeply banked
Warming up and cooling down t urns) may affect the response of the
ESP.
By carefully warming up and cooling down - When driven on a race track, all vehicle
your vehicle, you can help ensure that it is not parts are severely stressed. This can re-
overstressed unnecessarily during sporty driv - sult in increased wear.
ing.

When warming up, the vehicle is driven at a Operation and


maximum engine speed of 6000 RPM maintenance
(Vl0 engine) or 7000 RPM (V8 engine) in or-
der to raise the engine oil temperature to a Fuel economy, environme nta l impact, and
minimum of 140 °F (60 °(). The tires also on- wear on your engine, brakes and tires largely
ly reach their full road holding capability once depend on three factors:
they have warmed up . - your personal driving style
The cooling fan can continue to run in your ve- - operating conditions
hicle after the engine is switched off. Howev- - technical limitations
er, driving the vehicle to cool it down is part ic-
By having your vehicle regularly serviced by an
ularly important. During sporty driving, the
authorized Audi dealer helps to ensure that it
engine and brakes, the exhaust system, and
runs properly and econom ically. The condition
the t ransm ission all become ext reme ly hot.
of your vehicle not only affects its safety and
Before you park the vehicle, you should drive
ability to hold its value, it also affects fuel
it f or a few mi les/kilometers at light load in
consumptio n.
the low rpm range to allow it to cool down .
The amount of oi l used is related to engine
load and speed .
Driving on a track
It is normal f or the oil consump t ion of a new
Before you take your vehicle out on a track,
engine to reach its lowest value after a certa in
ensure that it is in perfect condition. For ex-
mileage has been driven.
ample, you should check the tire tread and the
brake pads. It is best to increase t ire pressure You must drive your veh icle about 3,000 mi les
by about 0.3 bar. (5,000 kilometers) before you can properly
assess oil consumpt ion.
When driving on a track, oil consumption may
be somewhat higher than in "normal" opera- This also applies to fue l consumption and en-
tion ¢ page 180. gine output.

You shou ld definitely inspect your vehicle af-


(D Note
ter subjecting it to severe condit ions. Are the
brake pads OK? Is there anything unusual - Have your veh icle ma inta ined properly
and in accordance with the service
160 Dr iv ing and e n vi r o nment

recommendations in your Warranty &


Maintenance booklet . Lack of proper
maintenance as well as improper use of
the vehicle w ill impair the funct ion of
the emission control system and could
lead to damage.
- Do not alter or remove any component of
the Emission Contro l System unless ap-
proved by the manufacturer.
- Do not alter or remove any device, such
as heat shields, switches, ignition wires,
valves, wh ich are designed to protect
you r vehicle's Emission Control System
and othe r important vehicle compo-
nent s.

(D Tips
The consumpt ion estimates as publish ed
by the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY(EPA) and Transport Canada may
not correspond to your actua l consump-
tion on the road, which will vary depend-
ing upon vehicle load and speed, road and
weather conditions, trip length, etc.

Trailer towing
Your Audi RB is not designed to tow a trailer.

Towing a trai ler with your Audi R8 is not rec-


ommended and can cause damage to the vehi-
cle . Damage caused by towing a tra iler is not
covered under warranty .
Cleaning a nd protec t ion 16 1

Cleaning and Care of exterior



protect ion Washing your vehicle •
General information The longer insect remains, bird dropp ings,
Regular core preserves vehicle value. t ree resin, road and indust rial dust, tar , soot
particles, road salt, and ot her aggressive de-
Regular and correct care will contribute to posits remain on t he vehicle surface, the more
maintaini ng the beauty and value of your Au- lasting their destructive effect will be. High
di. Furthermore, good care may be a condition temperatures, for example from intense sun-
for substantiating a warranty claim should light, intensify the corrosive effect.
corrosion damage or paint defects occur.
After the end of winter road salting, the un-
Your authorized Audi R8 dealer has a variety derside of the vehicle shou ld be thoroughly
of dedicated vehicle-care product s. Please washed .
make sure you apply them correctly .
Automatic car washes
A WARNING You must t ake the necessary precautions such
- Cleaning agents may be poisonous. Keep as closing t he windows and convert ible top
them out of the reach of children. before using an automatic car wash. If your
- Heed all caution labels . vehicle has special accessories - e.g. spoilers,
- Always read directions on the container radio antenna - it is best to speak to the oper-
before using any product. Follow the di- ator of the car wash c:>(D.
rect ions carefu lly.
Only use car washes where the vehicle re-
- Most chemical cleaners are concentrated
mains stationary and the cleaning equipment
and have to be diluted .
moves around the veh icle while washing and
- Use spot removing fluids only in well drying. It is not possib le to use car washes
ventilated areas. where the vehicle is moved forward on a con-
- Do not use gasoline, kerosene, diesel veyer c:>,& .
fuel, nail polis h remover or other volatile
fluids . They may be toxic, flammab le or It is preferab le to wash your vehicle in a
hazardous in other ways. Do not wash, brush less carwash .
wax or dry the vehicle wit h the ign it ion Washing with a pow er wa sher
on or the engine running.
- Do not clean the undersides of chassis, When washing your vehicle with a power
fenders, wheel covers, etc. w it hout pro- washe r, be sure to follow the operating in-
tecting your hands and arms . You may structions for the power washer. This applies
cut yourself on sharp -edged metal parts . particu larly to the pressure and the spraying
distance. Mainta in sufficient distance from
- Moist ure and ice on brakes may imp air
soft materials such as rubber hoses, sound
braking efficiency c:>page 153, Broking.
Test the brakes carefully each time you deade ning mater ial, and the park ing aid sen-
wash the vehicle. sors* that are located in the front or rear
bumper.
@) For the sake of the environment Do not use washers with a rotating jet or a
Select only environmentally friend ly clean- nozzle spraying a high pressure jet of wate r in
ing products . Leftover clean ing products any case. IJl,-

should not disposed of in the household


waste .
162 Cleaning and protection

Hand washing due to misuse of the vehicle or failure to


When washing your vehicle by hand, first soft- operate the vehicle in accordance with
the instructions of this Owner's Manual
en the dirt with copious amounts of water and
will not be covered under warranty.
rinse it off as best you can.
- Fold the exterior mirrors flat - there is a
Then clean the vehicle using a soft sponge, an risk of damaging the exterior mirrors .
auto glove or a low-pressure wash brush. Power folding exterior mirrors must not
Work from the top down to the bottom, start- be folded in or out by hand. Use t he pow-
ing with the convertible top ¢ page 163. Use er function!
a shampoo only for very stubborn dirt. - Do not wash the vehicle in direct sun-
Rinse the sponge or auto glove thoroughly at light. You may damage the paint.
frequent intervals. - Do not use sponges designed to remove
insects, rough kitchen sponges, or simi-
Clean the wheels, door sills and similar areas
lar products. You risk damaging the
last. Use a separate sponge for this.
paint surface.
- You should remove debris (such as in-
_& WARNING sects) from the headlight lenses on a
- Car washes with conveyors can damage regular basis, for example when refuel-
the vehicle tires, which could cause the ing your vehicle. Never clean the head-
tire to lose pressure suddenly while driv- lights with a dry cloth or sponge . Use a
ing and put you at risk for an accident. wet cloth or sponge . It is best to use
Do not use car washes with conveyors. soapy water.
- Switch off the ignition when you wash - Never clean tires using a nozzle that
your vehicle to avoid an accident. sprays water in a direct stream. Damage
- Protect your hands and arms from sharp can occur even with a relatively long
metal edges when you clean the under- spraying distance and for a very short
body, the inside of the wheel wells or the time.
wheel covers to avoid cutting yourself. - To avoid damaging your vehicle, always
- When washing your vehicle in the winter : make sure that there is sufficient dis-
Moisture and ice in the brake system can tance between the spray head and soft
affect the brakes. materials like rubber hoses, plastic parts
- Never wash tires with a jet that sprays and sound-deadening materials. Never
water in a direct stream . This could cause aim the spray head at the same point for
invisible damage to the tires and weaken a long time. This also applies to cleaning
them, even if the spray is from a relative - headlights and painted bumpers. Re-
ly long distance and for a short time . member: the closer the nozzle is to the
Damaged and weakened tires can fail surface of the material, the greater the
and cause accidents and personal injury. stress on the material.
- Never clean the convertible top using a
(D Note power washer.
- Never drive your vehicle through any au-
tomatic car wash that fails to provide ei- @) For the sake of the environment
ther sufficient clearance for your vehicle Wash your vehicle only at specially de-
or sufficient track width for your tires. signed facilities. They can prevent any dirty
Risk of expensive damage to the vehicle's water contaminated by oil from entering
underbody , tires, and rims! the waste water. In certain areas washing
- As described in your Warranty & Mainte- a car outside of such facilities is not per-
nance booklet, damage or malfunction mitted.
Cleaning a nd protec t ion 163

Convertible top care Waxing and polishing



The convertible top requires special core. Waxing •
Keeping your top looking great and making Wax ing pro t ects the paint. When water no
certain that it lasts a long time depend to a lo nger clearly beads on the clean pai nt you
great extent on proper use and care. Remove sho uld re new your vehicle's pro t ect io n by ap-
bird droppings as soon as possible, since the plying a good hard w ax polish .
corrosive chem icals in them will cause the Even if you regularly use a wa x process in the
rubber impregnat ion in your top to swell and ca r wash, we recommend protect ing the pa int
possibly allow the fab ric to leak. at leas t tw ice pe r year using har d wax.
With normal soiling, all you need to do is It is muc h eas ie r to clean insects and other
clear the top with a soft brush and clear wa- debris from freshly waxed paint.
ter. Always brush in the direction of the fabric
from front to rear. Polishing

If the top is very dirty and has spotted areas Polishing is necessary on ly if the paint on your
clean it with a brush us ing a convert ible top vehicle has lost its sh ine and if you cannot
cleane r. Always brush in the direction of the achieve any gloss with wax mater ials.
fabr ic from front to rear. Rinse w it h plenty of If the po lish you use does not contain any
clear wat e r, a nd a llow t he top t o air-dry. preservative ingredients, you will have to wax
Chamois are not su itable fo r d rying the top. the pa int afterwards.

Never use gasoline, spot remover, benzene,


pa int thinner or solvents to remove spots. We
A WARNING
-

Always read and heed all WARNINGand


recommend that you only use cleaners espe-
other Information ~ page 161.
cially fo rmu lated for use on convertible tops,
a nd that you follow the prod uce use directions
caref ully. Aut hor ized Audi deals can provide
CDNote
deta iled inf ormation. Do not treat matte anodized meta l trim,
plastic, or rubber parts with polish or wax.
A WARNING
Always read and heed a ll WARNINGS and Trim strips
the information on r:!;>
page 1 6 1.
For environmental reasons, Audi fabricates

CDNote the bright t rim str ips and trim pieces from
pure chromium-free al uminum.
Never use a high-pressu re power was he r t o
clean t he conver t ible top. Dirt and marks on the trim strips shou ld be
removed w it h a pH-balan ced cleani ng agent
(do not use a chrome cleane r). Pa int polishes
Wind deflector
are also not suitable for the ca re of decorative
Clea r the wind deflecto r with water or, if it is parts and tr im st rips. Alka line cleane rs wh ich
heavi ly soiled, a chemically neutra l cleaning are often used before en t er ing car washes can
solut ion. ca use du ll o r milky spots when t hey dry.

A WARNING
Autho rized Aud i dea le rs ca rry clean ing prod-
ucts which have bee n t ested for use on your
Always read and heed a ll WARNINGS and vehicle and are not harmfu l to t he environ -
the information on r:!;>poge161. ment.
164 C l eaning and protection

_& WARNING -
Windows

Always read and heed all WARNING and Clear vision improves traffic safety .
other Information c::>
page 161.
In order to maintain the perf ormance of the
windshield wiper blades, never clean the w in-
Plastic and vinyl dow glass with insect remover or wax.

Use a clean, damp cloth or sponge to remove Rubber, oil , grease, or silicone residue can be
dust and light surface dirt. For other soil, use removed using a glass cleaner or a silicone re-
a lukewarm all-purpose clean ing solution or a mover. Wax residue, however, can only be re-
mild saddle soap for viny l trim. Paint care moved using a special cleaner. You can obta in
products are not suitable for plastic and vinyl. more information from your autho rized Audi
dealer.
_& WARNING - You should also clean the inside of the win-
Always read and observe all WARNINGS dow glass at regular interva ls.
and other info rmation c::>
page 161.
The cloth or chamois used on paint surfaces
contains wax residue. Use a separate cloth or
Carbon-fiber parts
chamois to dry the w indow glass.
App lies to vehicles: with carbon-fiber parts
Cleaning the rear window
The carbon-fibe r parts of your vehicle have a
painted surface. They do not require special Audi recommends clean ing the window using
care and are cleaned like ot her painted parts a soft cotton cloth and water mixed with
¢page 161. cleaning solution or window cleaner (1:1 mix-
ture). To avoid streaks, do not w ipe the w in-
Touch-up paint dow dry with paper towels.

Do not use any cleaning sol utions that contain


Your authorized Audi dealer has touch-up
ammonia, acids, silicone or fluoride or clean-
paint for minor scratches and stone chips. Mi-
ers that are abrasive or could cause scratches.
nor paint damages such as scratches or stone
Do not use any alkaline cleaning soluti ons.
chips should be touched up immediately to
prevent cor rosion.
_& WARNING
,_
The number for the or igina l vehicle paint can - The winds hield must not be treated w ith
be found on the vehicle ident ificat ion label wate r-repellent materials . They can in-
page 226 .
c::> crease glare unde r poor visibility condi-
However, if corrosion has fo rmed, you must tions such as wetness, darkness, or w hen
have this thorough ly removed by you author- the sun is low on the hor izon. I n addi-
ized Audi dealer or other qualified workshop. t ion, t hey can cause the w indshie ld w ip-
ers to chatter .
_& WARNING - Always read and heed all WARNI NGS and
ot her info rmation c::>page 161.
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and
the informa ti on c::>
page 161.
(D Note
- Never use warm or hot wate r to remove
snow and ice from w indows and mir rors.
This could cause t he glass t o crack.
- To prevent damage to t he wires of the
rear def ogger, do not place any adhesive .,.
Cleaning a nd protec t ion 165

stickers on the inside of the rear window Test the brakes carefully after each vehi-
over the wires. •
cle wash.
- To he lp prevent dirt from scratching the - Always read and heed all WARNINGSand •
window, always scrape in a forward di- the information c:;,page 161.
rection - pushing the scraper away from
you - never back and forth.
Exhaust tail pipes

Weatherstrips Road salt and other corrosive materials will


damage the material in the exhaust tail pipes
To seal properly, the weatherstrips around the if they are not cleaned regularly. Do not clean
front lid, doors, eng ine compartment lid, etc . the tail pipes with wheel cleaner, pa int polish,
must remain pliable . Spray the weatherstrips chrome polish or other ab rasive cleaners.
with silicone or coat them with talcum pow- Clean the tail pipes with car care products
de r or glycerine to retain t he flexibility of t he that are suitable for sta inless steel.
rubber and to protect them against free zing
in the winte r. Your authorized Audi dea ler can provide clean-
ing products that have been tested and ap-
A WARNING proved for your vehicle.
Always read and heed all WARNINGSand
the information ¢page 161. Care of interior
· Radio and navigation display
@ Tips
Keep silicone sprays off the windsh ield to The display may be cleaned with a soft cloth
avoid wiper smear in rain. and commercially-available "LCDcleaner".
The cloth should be coated lightly when the
cleaning solution when cleaning the display.
Wheels

Regular care is required to preserve the deco- (D Note


rative appearance of the wheels . Road sa lt To prevent scratches, only clean the dis-
and brake dust must be washed off regularly play when it is dry.
or the wheels will be damaged .
Use only special acid-free cleaning agents. You Plastic parts and imitation leather
can find proper wheel cleaner at authorized
You can clean plastic parts and imitation
Audi dea lers and specialty stores. Do not leave
leather with a damp cloth. If this does not re-
the cleaner on the wheels longer than speci-
move the dirt, you can t reat t hese parts only
fied. Wheel cleaners containing acid can dam-
with special solvent-fr ee plastic cleaning and
age the surface of the wheel bolts .
care produ ct s.
Paint polish or other abras ive materials must
not be used when caring for wheels. If the A
""'
WARNING
~
protective coating has been damaged, from Solvents can change the properties of
stones for example, touch up the damage as some plastics and make it harder for the
soon as possible . airbag to deploy.
- Never clean the instrument panel or the
A WARNING
- surface of Airbag modu les with cleaning
- Moisture and ice on brakes may affect products that conta in solvents.
braking efficiency- ¢page 153, Braking. - Products containing solvents will make
the surface of this part porous.
166 C l eaning and protection

- Serious injuries can result if plastic parts a dete rgent paste can be applied directly to
come loos e when the airbag is deployed. t he stain and worked into the fabric. After·
- Always read and heed all WARNINGS and wards, use copious amounts of clean water to
the informat ion ¢ page 161. remove the rema ining detergent. Apply the
water wit h a damp cloth or sponge and pat
(D Note the fabr ic dry with an abso rbent, dry cloth.

Clean ing agents containing solvents will Stains from choco late or ma keup sho uld have
attac k the material and can change the detergent paste (e.g. ox-gall soap) rubbed in-
way it behaves . to them. Afterwards, remove the soap with
water (damp sponge) .
Carbon-fiber parts Alcohol can be used to treat sta ins from
Applies to vehicles: with carbon-fiber parts grease, oil, lipstick o r a ballpoint pen . Melted
The carbon-fiber parts of your vehicle have a grease or dye must be patted off using ab-
pa inted surface . They do not requi re any spe· sorbent mater ial. It may be necessary to re-
cial care and a re cleaned like plast ic parts t reat t he areas with de t ergent paste and wa-
¢ page 165 . te r.

In the case of general soiling of the uphols-


Fabrics and fabric coverings te ry and cover mate rial, we recommend hir ing
a spec ia list t hat has the equipment to clean
Fabrics and fabr ic coverings (e.g . seats, doo r the seat cove rs and othe r fabr ic surfaces by
tr im pane ls, etc.) should be cleaned at reg ular shampooing a nd spray ext ra ction.
inte rvals with a vac uu m cle a ner . This removes
surface dirt particles which could become em·
bedded in the fabric through use. Steam
A WARNING
Always rea d an d heed a ll WARNINGS an d
cleaners shou ld not be used, because th e
the info rmation ¢ page 161.
steam tends to push the dirt deeper into the
fabric and lock it the re.
@ Tips
Normal cleaning Open Velcro fasteners on your clothing can
Gene rally, we recommend usi ng a soft sponge damage the sea t cover. Please make s ure
or a lint -free microfiber cloth to the clean fab · t hat Velcro fas t eners a re closed.
ric. Brushes should only be used for carpets
and floor mats, s ince other fabric s urfaces Natural leather
could be harmed by brushes. Applies to vehicles: with natural leather

Normal surface sta ins can be cleaned using a Audi mak es great efforts to maintain the
comm ercia lly available foam cleaner. Spread properties, natural look and feel of interior
the foam on the surface of the fab ric with a leather.
soft sponge and work it in gently. Do not satu·
General
rate the fabric. Then pat t he foam dry using
absorbent, d ry cloths (e.g . microfibe r cloth) We offer many d iffe ren t types of leathe r o n
and vacuum it afte r it has dr ied comp lete ly. our vehicles . Most a re d iffe rent types of nappa
leat her, which has a smooth surfa ce a nd
Cleaning stains comes in var ious colo rs.
Stains caused by beverages (e.g. coffee, fruit
The intensity of the color determi nes the visu -
ju ice, etc. ) can be treated with a mild deter-
al characterist ics and appea rance . If the su r-
gent solut ion . Apply the detergent so lution
face of the leather has a typ ica l natural look,
with a sponge. In the case of st ubbor n stains ,
t hen the leather is a napp a le at her that has .,.
Cleaning a nd protec t ion 167

been left in a re latively natural condition. This sunlight for long periods of time . If you
leather offers particularly good comfort and have to leave the vehicle parke d outside •
breathes well. Fine veins, closed grains, insect for long per iods, cover the leather to •
bites, skin folds, and subtle variations in color protect it from direct exposure to s un-
remain visible. These characteristics demon- light.
strate that the mater ial is natural. - Sharp objects on clothing, such as zip-
pers, rivets or sharp pieces on belts can
Natural nappa leather is not covered by a col-
leave permanent scratches or scrape
or finish. It is therefore more sensitive to soil-
marks on the surface of t he leather.
ing and wear, wh ich is something you need to
consider if children, animals or other factors
might prove to be particularly hard on the
@ Tips

leather. - After each time you clean the leather and


at regular intervals, use a leather preser-
By contrast, leather types that are covered by vative creme that contains UV-blockers
a colored finish layer are more durab le. This and t hat works into the leathe r. This
has a posit ive effect on the leather's resist- creme will nour is h and mo istu rize the
ance to wear and soiling in daily use. On the lea t her, helping it to breathe and st ay
other hand, the typical cha racte rist ics of natu- supple. It also helps to build up a protec-
ra l lea t her a re ba rely or no t apparent. Howev- t ive coating on the sur face.
er, this does not mean that the leather itself
- Clean t he leather every 2 - 3 mon t hs,
is of inferior quality .
and clean any areas that get soi led.
Care and handling - Remove fresh marks made by ballpo int
pens, ink, lipstick, shoe pol ish, etc. as
Because of the exclusive nature of the types of
soon as poss ible .
leather that Audi uses and the ir unique prop-
- Prese rve the color of the leather as need-
er t ies (such as sensitivity to oils, grease, so il-
ed by using a specia l colore d leathe r ca re
ing, etc.), you will need to be somewhat care-
creme to touch up areas of uneven color .
fu l with these leathers, and a certain type of
care is required . For examp le, dark clot hing
materials can discolor leather seats (especial- Cleaning and caring for leather
upholstery and trim
ly if such cloth ing is damp and was not dyed
Applies to vehicles : wit h natural leather
correctly). Dust and d irt part icles in pores,
folds, and seams can have an abras ive effect Natural leather requires special care and at-
and can damage the leathe r su rface as well as tention .
weaken seams.
Normal cleaning
The leather should be cleaned regularly as
.,.Clean soiled areas with a slightly moistened
needed . After having been used for a relatively
cotton or woo len cloth .
long t ime, your leather seats will acquire a
rich aged finish. This is a characteristic of nat- More stubborn dirt
ura l leather and a sign of true quality.
.,. More stubbor n dirt ca n be removed us ing a
In order to ma intain the va lue of th is natural cloth satu rated with a mild soap solut ion (2
product over the life of your vehicle, you t ablespoons mild liq uid soap).
should follow the recommendations below : .,. Never a llow t he soap sol ut ion t o saturate
t he leather, and make ce rtain that no water
«I) Note soaks into the seams .
- To keep your leather from bleaching out, .,.Wipe off the soap so lution with a soft, dry
do not allow it to be exposed to bright cloth. ..,_
168 C l eaning and protection

Clean ing spot s - To avoid damage, have stubbo rn sta ins


.. Remove fresh water-b ased spots (such as removed by a commercial cleaning spe-
coffee, tea, juices, blood) w ith an absorbent cialist .
cloth or paper towel.
.. Remove fresh grease or oil-based spots Cleaning Alcantara ® (synthetic suede)
(such as butter, mayonnaise, chocolate) with Applies to vehicles: wit h Alca nta ra upho lste ry
an absorbent cloth or paper towe l, or use Removing dust and dirt
the cleaner from the leather care kit if the
spot has not yet penetrated into the surface .. Moisten a cloth, squeeze out excess water
of the leather . and wipe down the seat surfaces.
.. Use an oil/grease dissolv ing sp ray, if oil/ Removing stain s
grease spot s have dried on.
.. Remove spec ific kinds of spots (ballpoin t .. Moisten a cloth with lukewarm water o r
pen, felt ma rker, fingernai l polish, water - with diluted ethyl (rubbing) alcohol.
based paint, shoe polish, etc .) with a spot .. Dab at the stain. Start at the outside and
remover specifically formulated for leather. work inwards .
.. Once the sta in is no longer visible, use a soft
Leather care dry cloth or tissue to soak up the moisture .
.. Every ha lf yea r use an approved leather care Do not use leather cleaning prod ucts on Al-
product (available from your authorized Au-
cantara.
di dealer) to care for the leather.
.. Apply the prod uct very sparing ly. You may use a suitable shampoo for removing
.. Wipe it off with a damp cloth. dust and dirt .

If you have any questions abo ut cleaning and Dust and grit in t he po res and seams can
caring for the leather in your vehicle, it is best scratch and damage the surface. If the car is
left stand ing in the sun for long per iods, the
to contact your authorized Audi dealer, who
Alcantara covers should be protected against
will be glad to he lp you and tell you about our
direct sunlight to prevent it from fading.
full range of leather care products, such as:
Slight color variations will develop in normal
- Leather cleaning and care kit use and are not an indication of material dete-
- Cremes to care for colored leathe r rioration .
- Spot remove rs for ballpo int pe ns, shoe pol-
ish, etc. ([) Note
- Oil/grease dissolving spray - Never use chemical so lvents (e.g. lighter
- New and upcoming products. fluid, turpentine), waxes, shoe polish or
simi lar products on Alcantara ®surfaces.
A WARNING - To avoid damage, have stubborn sta ins
Always read and heed all WARNINGS and removed by a commercial clean ing spe·
the information ~page 161. cialist.
- Do not use brushes, stiff sponges or sim·
@ Note ilarly abrasive cleaning a ids.
- Never use chemical solvents (e.g. lighter
fluid, turpentine), waxes, shoe pol ish or Safety belts
similar products on the leather surfaces
Heavily so iled safety belts may not retract
in your Audi.
properly .

.. Keep belts clean.


Cleaning and protection 169

~ For cleaning, use a mild soap and water sol- you have the engine washed, the anti-corro-
ution . Let belts dry thoroughly and away sion treatment is almost always removed as •
from direct sun light. well. It is therefore essential to have a long- •
~ Do not allow inertia reel safety belts to re- lasting corrosion protection reapplied to all
tract before they are completely dry. surfaces, seams, joints and components in the
~ Check the condition of your safety belts reg - engine compartment.
ularly .
A WARNING
A WARNING Be aware: The engine compartment of any
Damaged safety belts can break in a crash. motor vehicle is a potentially hazardous
- Anything that might damage your safety area.
belts could mean that you and your pas- - Before working in the engine compart-
sengers would not be adequately pro- ment, be sure to read the information
tected in an accident. <=?
page 175.
- Safety belt performance depends on cor- - Before reaching into the front plenum
rect installation. Never remove belts panel, always remove the ignition key.
from the vehicle to clean them. Otherwise, the windshield wiper system
- Do not use chemical cleaning agents, could unintentionally be switched on,
bleach or dyes. They have corrosive prop- possibly causing persona l injury from the
erties which weaken the webbing. moving wiper linkage.
- When cleaning your safety belts, inspect - Never reach into the area around or
them for damage . If you discover dam- touch the radiator fan. The auxiliary fan
age, see your authorized Audi dealer. is temperature controlled and can switch
- Always read and heed all WARNINGSand on suddenly - even when the ignition is
the information <=? page 161. off.
- Do not wash, wax or dry the engine with
the engine running. Moving or hot parts
Engine compartment
could injure you.
Be especially careful when cleaning the en- - Do not clean the underside of the chas-
gine compartment. sis, fenders, wheel covers, or other hard
to reach parts without protecting your
Corrosion protection
hands and arms . You may cut yourself on
The engine compartment and transmission sharp-edged metal parts.
have been corrosion -protected at the factory . - Always read and heed all WARNINGSand
other information <=?page161.
Good ant i-corrosion treatment is very impor-
tant, particularly in the winter. If the vehicle
is frequently driven on salt treated roads, the
entire engine compartment and plenum panel
should be thoroughly cleaned at the end of
winter and retreated to prevent salt damage.
At the same time, the underside of the vehicle
should be washed as well.
If the engine compartment is cleaned at any
time with grease removing solutions 1>,or if

l) Use only the correct cleaning solutions. Never use gas-


oline or diesel fuel.
170 Fuel suppl y and filli n g your fuel tank

Fuel supply and filling ratings that can usually be found on the fi ll er
pump:
your fuel tank
- Premium Grade: 91 - 96 AKI
Gasoline
- Regular Grade: 87 - 90 AKI
Fuel supply
Explanation of the abbreviations:
Using the right fuel helps keep the environ-
AKI = Anti Knock I ndex = (R+M)/2 = (RON
ment clean and prevents engine damage .
+MON)/2
Fuel re co mm e ndation
RON= Research Octane Number
The fuel recommended for your vehicle is un-
MON = Motor Octane Number .
leaded premium grade gasoline . See also
¢ page 228, Data . Audi recommends using

TOPTI ER Detergent Gasoline with a minimum


(D Note

octane rating of 91 AKI (95 RON). For more - Do not use any fuel w ith octane rat ings
information on TOP TI ER Detergent Gasoline, lower than 87 AKI or 91 RON otherwise
please go to the officia l website (www.toptier- expensive engine damage w ill occur.
gas.com). - Do not use leaded gasoline! The use of
leaded gasoline w ill severely damage
The recommended gasoline octane rating for
your vehicle's catalytic converter and its
your engine can also be found on a label locat-
ability to control exhaust emissions .
ed on the inside of the fuel filler flap . This rat-
ing may be specified as AKI or RON.
Blended gasoline
Your veh icle may also be operated using un-
leaded regular gasoline with a minimum oc- Use of gasoline containing alcohol or
MTBE (m ethyl tertia ry butyl eth er)
tane rating of 87 AKI/91 RON. However, using
87 AKI/91 RON octane fuel wi ll slightly re- You may use unleaded gasoline blended with
duce engine performance. alcohol or MTBE (commonly referred to as
oxygenates) if the blended mixture meets the
Use unle ade d gasoline only. Unleaded gaso-
fo ll owing criteria:
line is available throughout the USA, Canada,
and in most European countries . We recom- Blend of g aso line met hanol (wood alcohol or
mend that you do not take your vehicle to methyl alcohol )
areas or countries where unleaded gasoline
- Anti -knock index must be 87 AKI or higher.
may not be available.
- Blend must contain no more than 3% meth-
For more informat ion on refue li ng your vehi- anol.
cle, see ¢ page 171. - Blend must contain more than 2% co-sol-
vents .
Octane rat ing
Blend of g asoline and etha nol (grain alcohol
Octane rating ind icates a gasoline's ability to
or eth yl alcohol )
resist engine damaging "knock" caused by
premature ign ition and detonation. Therefore, - Anti -knock index must be 87 AKI or higher .
buying the correct grade of gasoline is very - Blend must not contain more than 10%
important to help prevent possible engine ethanol.
damage and a loss of engine performance.
Blend of g aso line and MTBE
Gasoline most commonly used in the United
- Anti-knock index must be 87 AKI or higher. ll-
States and Canada has the following octane
Fuel supply and filling your fuel tank 171

- Blend must contain not more than 15% fuel systems clean, they are not equally effec -
MTBE. tive . •

Seasonally adjusted gasoline Audi recommends using TOP TIER Detergent
Gasoline. For more information on TOP TIER
Many gasoline grades are blended to perform
Detergent Gasoline, please go to the official
espec ially we ll for winter or summer driving.
website (www.toptiergas.com).
During seasonal change-over, we suggest that
you fill up at busy gas stat ions where the sea- After an extended period of using inadequate
sonal adjustment is more likely to be made in fuels, built-up carbon deposits can rob your
time . engine of peak performance.

(D Note Q) Note
- Methanol fuels which do not meet these Damage or ma lfunction due to poor fue l
requirements may cause corrosion and quality is not covered by the Audi New Ve-
damage to plastic and rubber compo- hicle Limited Warranty.
nents in the fuel system .
- Do not use fue ls that fail to meet the Fuel tank
specified criter ia in this chapter.
- If you are unable to determine whether Fuel filler neck
or not a particular fue l blend meets the The fuel filler neck is located on the right rear
specifications, ask your service station or side panel behind the fuel fille r flap.
its fuel supp lier.
- Do not use fuel for which the contents If the unlocking system should fail, you can
cannot be identified. still open the flap manually - for detailed in-
- Fuel system damage and performance structions see ¢ page 173.
problems resulting from the use of fuels You can find the fuel tank capacity of your ve-
different from those specified are not hicle in Technical Data ¢ page 228.
the responsibility of Audi and are not
covered under the New Vehicle or the The label on the inside of the fuel filler flap
Emission Control System Warranties. tells you the correct fue l for your vehicle. For
more information about fuel specifications,
- If you experience a loss of fuel economy
see ¢ page 170.
or driveability and performance prob-
lems due to the use of one of these fuel Your vehicle fue l tank has an on-board refue l-
blends, we recommend that you switch ing vapor recovery system. This feature helps
to unblended fuel. to prevent fuel vapors from escaping from the
tank and polluting the environment while you
Gasoline additives refuel your vehicle . In order to fill the tank
properly while protecting the environment,
A majo r concern among many auto manufac - please fo llow this refueling procedure careful-
turers is carbon deposit build- up caused by ly.
the type of gasoline you use.
Although gasoline grades differ from one _&.WARNING
manufacturer to another , they have certain Under normal operating conditions, never
things in common. All gasoline grades contain carry additional fue l conta iners in your car.
substances that can cause deposits to collect Gas canisters and other containers used to
on vital engine parts, such as fuel injectors transport f uel can be dangero us. Such con-
and intake valves. Although most gasoline tainers, full or empty, may leak and could
brands include additives to keep engine and cause a fire in a collis ion. If you must
172 Fuel supply and filling your fuel t a nk

transport fue l to use for yo ur lawn mower, Refueling procedure


snow blower, etc., be very careful and al- • Insert the fuel nozzle from the gasoline
ways observe local and state laws regard- pump into t he fuel fi lle r neck as far as it will
ing the use, transportat ion and storage of go .
such fuel containers . Make certain the con- • Select a med ium refue ling rate so that the
tainer meets industry standards (ANSI/ no zzle sw itches off automatically when the
ASTM F852 - 86) . tank is full.

(D Note Putting the fuel cap back on

Never d rive your vehicle unti l the fuel ta nk • After f illing your tank, twist the fuel filter
is completely d ry. The irreg ular s upply of cap clockw ise until you hear a definite click.
fuel can ca use misfir ing. Gasoline cou ld • Close the fue l filler flap.
e nte r into t he exhaust system and damage
To avoid fuel s pilling or evaporating from t he
t he cata lytic conve rt er.
fuel tank always close fuel filter cap properly
and completely . An improperly closed fuel fill-
Refueling er cap may also cause the MIL lamp ¢ page 21
to come on.

A WARNING
Imp roper refue ling or handling of fuel can
cause fire, explosion and severe burns.
- Fuel is highly flammable and can cause
severe burns and other injur ies .
- Failure to shut the e ngine off while refu-
eling and/or to insert the pump nozzle
Fig. 135 Driver's doo r: Unlocking fuel f iller flap
fu lly into the fuel filter neck could cause
fue l to spray out of filler neck or to ove r-
f low. Fue l spray and overflowing fuel can
cause a fire.
- Never use a ce llu lar telephone whil e re-
fue ling . The e lect romag net ic radiat io n
can cause sp ar ks th at can ignit e fuel va-
pors an d cause a fire.
- Neve r get back into yo ur vehicle whi le re-
f ue ling. If in excep t ional circumstan ces
Fig. 136 Fue l cap hooke d on th e opened fu e l filler flap
you mus t get back in your vehicle while
When adding fue l, the ignition and any cellu- ref ueling, make ce rtain that you close
lar phones in the vehicle must be sw itched the door and touch metal to discharge
off . static electricity before touching the fill-
er nozzle again . Static e lectr icity can
Taking the fuel cap off cause sparks t hat can ignite fuel vapors
• To open the fuel filler flap, press the button re leased d uring refueling .
fig. 135.
r:> - Never smoke or have an open f lame any-
• Unscrew fuel filler cap counter-clockwise where in or near your ve hicle when refu-
and hang it on the fuel filter flap ¢ fig . 136 . eling or fi lling a portable fue l conta iner .
Fuel supply and filling your fuel tank 173

- For your safety, we strongly recommend overflow when it becomes warm and pol-
that you do not travel with a portable lute the environment.
fuel container in your vehicle. The con-
tainer, full or empty may leak and could a) Tips
cause a fire , especially in a crash . - Running your engine while refueling may
- If, under exceptional circumstances, you cause vapors to escape or even fuel to
must transport a portable fuel container, spill out of the tank. This would then
please observe the following: shut off the fuel nozzle before the tank
- Never fill a portable fuel container is full.
while it is anywhere in or on the vehicle - Do not refuel your vehicle with the igni-
(for example, in the luggage compart- tion switched on. The fuel gauge may
ment, or on the trunk) . Static electrici- otherwise not indicate the correct fuel
t y can build up while filling and can ig- level after refueling .
nite fuel vapors causing a fire .
- Always place a portable fuel container Unlocking the fuel filler flap by hand
on the ground before filling .
You can open the fuel filler flap by hand if the
- Always keep the filler nozzle complete-
power locking syst em should fail .
ly inside the portable container before
and during filling.
- If filling a portable container made of
metal, the filler nozzle must always be
in contact with the container . This will
help prevent static electricity from dis-
charging and cause a fire.
- Never spill fuel inside the vehicle or
luggage compartment. Fuel vapors are
highly flammable.
Fig. 137 Engine compar tm ent : loosening the fue l filler
- Always observe local and state/provin-
flap cable
cial laws regarding the use, storage
and transportation of fuel containers
- Make certain the fuel container meets
industry standards (ANSI/ ASTM
F852-86).

(D Note
If any fuel has spilled onto the car, it
should be removed immediately to prevent
damage to the paint. Fig. 138 Engine compar tm ent: re leas ing t he fue l fille r
flap using the emerge ncy release
@ For the sake of the environment
You can release the fuel filler flap using a red
As soon as the correctly operated nozzle
emergency release loop . It is located in the
switches off automatically for the first
right side of the engine compartment.
time, the tank is full . Do not try to add
more fuel because fuel may spill out. In .. Open the engine compartment lid.
addition, the expansion space in the fuel .. Loosen the fuel filler flap cable from its
tank will be filled - causing the fuel to mount @ on the crossmember c:>fig . 13 7. liJJ,,
174 Fuel supply and filling your fuel tank

• Pull the red loop in the direction of the ar-


row until the fuel filler flap opens
¢ fig. 138 .
• Once the fuel filler flap is open, secure the
cable on the crossmember again.
• Close the engine compartment lid
¢ page 176 .
Checkin g and fillin g 175

Checking and filling @ Tips

Engine compartment An emergency release can be used if the


engine compartment lid cannot be re-
lid
leased with the button @ i:> page 177.
Releasing the engine compartment lid

The engine compartment lid is released from Working in the engine compartment
inside the vehicle. Be especially careful whenever you work in
the engine compartment!

Whenever you m ust perform any wo rk in the


engine compartment, for examp le checking
and filling the different flu ids, there is a risk
of inju ry, burns and accidents . To prevent per-
sonal injury always observe the following
WARNINGS. The engine compartment of any
vehicle is a hazardous area' i:> A .
Fig. 139 Driver's side: releasing the engine compart-
ment l id _& WARNING
,.;;

To help avoid injury, before you check any-


Requirement: The ignition must be switched thing under t he engine compa rtment lid:
on. - Switch off the engine.
• Make sure the rear spoiler is retracted - Remove the ignition key.
9 page 152 . - Apply the parking brake.
• Pull the @ button. The engine compart- - Move selector lever of R tronic to "N"
ment lid opens slightly. (Neutral); put manual transmission in
• Open the engine compartment lid 9 .&,. Neutral.
- Always let the engine cool down. Hot
_& WARNING components w ill burn skin on contact.
Hot engine coolant can burn you. - To reduce the risk of being burned, never
- To reduce the risk of being burned, never open the engine compartment lid if you
open the engine compartment lid if you see or hear steam or coolant escaping
see or hear steam or coolant escaping from the engine compartment. Wait un-
from the engine compartment . Wait un- til no steam or coolant can be seen or
ti l no steam or coolant can be seen or heard before carefully opening the en-
heard before carefully open ing the en- gine compa rtment lid.
gine compartment lid . - Keep child ren away from the engine com-
partment.
(D Note - Never spill fluids on hot engine compo-
nents. They can cause a fi re.
To prevent damage to t he vehicle, only
- Never open the coolant reservoir cap
open the engine compartment lid when
when the engine is still warm. The cool-
the convertib le top storage bay lid is
ant system is pressurized and hot cool-
closed.
ant could spray out.
- Protect your face, hands and arm from
steam or hot engine coolant by placing a ""
176 Checking and filling

thick rag over the cap when you open the California to cause cancer and reproduc-
coolant reservoir . tive harms. Wash hands after handling.
- If work on the fuel system or the electri-
cal system is necessary: @ Note
- Always disconnect the battery . When adding fluids, always make sure that
- Never smoke or work near heaters or they are poured into the proper container
open flames. Fluids in the engine com- or filler opening, otherwise serious dam-
partment could start a fire . age to vehicle systems will occur.
- Keep an approved fire extinguisher im-
mediately available. @ For the sake of the environment
- To avoid electrical shock and personal in- To detect leaks in time, inspect the vehicle
jury while the engine is running or being floor pan from underneath regularly. If
started, never touch: you see spots from oil or other vehicle flu-
- Ignition cables ids, have your vehicle inspected by an au-
- Other components of the high voltage thorized Audi dealer.
electronic ignition system.
- If you must perform a check or repair Closing the engine compartment lid
with the engine running:
- First, fully apply the parking brake, ... Make sure that the rear spoiler is retracted
move selector lever of R tronic to "N" ~ page 152.
(Neutral); put manual transmission in ""Pull the engine compartment lid down until
Neutral. the pressure from the struts is reduced.
.., Press the engine compartment lid closed
- Always use extreme caution to prevent
clothing, jewelry, or long hair from get - c::>
&.
ting caught in the radiator fan, V-belts
or other moving parts, or from contact- A
,_
WARNING
ing hot parts . Tie back hair before A engine compartment lid that is not com-
starting, and wear no clothing that will pletely latched could fly up and block your
hang or droop into the engine. view while driving.
- Minimize exposure to emission and - When you close the engine compartment
chemical hazards ~ &. . lid, check it to make sure the safety catch
has properly engaged . The engine com-
.&_WARNING partment lid should be flush with the
California Proposition 65 Warning: surrounding vehicle body parts .
- Engine exhaust, some of its constituents, - If you notice while driving that the en -
and certain vehicle components contain gine compartment lid is not secured
or emit chemicals known to the State of properly, stop at once and close it.
California to cause cancer and birth de-
fects and reproductive harm. In addition,
certain fluids contained in vehicles and
certain products of component wear con-
tain or emit chemicals known to the
State of California to cause cancer and
birth defects or other reproductive harm .
- Battery posts, terminals and related ac-
cessories contain lead and lead com-
pounds, chemicals known to the State of
Checkin g and fillin g 1 77

Engine compartment lid emergency .. Make sure the rear spoi le r is retracted
release ¢ page 152 .
.. Pull the loop forward to release the engine
The emergency release loop is located under
compartment lid . The engine compartment
the right trim panel near the front passenger
lid opens sligh t ly.
seat.
.. Open the eng ine compartment lid ¢ in &
Releasing the engine compartment lid on
page 175.

(D Note
To prevent damage to the vehicle, on ly
open the eng ine compartment lid when
the convert ible top storage bay lid is
closed .
Fig. 140 Front pas senge r footwe ll: emer gency release
loo p

Engine compartment

These are th e most important items that you can check.

Fig. 14 1 Typical layout for conta iners , engine oil dipst ick and e ng ine oil filler cap

(D Power steering fluid reservoi r


(@) . . . . . . ... . ... ... ...... . 154
{!) Tips
The coolant expansion tank is located un-
@ Eng ine oil filler cap ('l=r.) ..... 180
der the convertible top storage bay lid
® Engine oil dipstick 180
¢ page 183 .
A WARNING
-
Before you check anything in the engine
compartment, always read and heed all
WARNINGS¢ .&. in Working in the engine
compartment on page 175 .
178 Chec k ing and filling

Engine oil Oil containe r labels may carry the specifica -


tion sing ly or in combination with othe r desig-
Engine oil specifications nations and oil quality standa rds.
The engine oil used in your Audi needs the Viscosity
right kind of oil.
Engine oil s are graded accord ing to their vis-
The engine in your Audi is a sophisticated cosity . The proper viscosity grade oil fo r you r
powerplant that was built to exacting specifi- engine depends on clim actic or seasonal con-
cations. This engine needs the right kind of dit ions where you drive. You can use oil wit h a
engine oil that meets specificat ions regarding viscosity grade of SAE SW40 across all tem -
quality and viscosity so that it can run perature ranges for norma l driving conditions.
smoothly and reliably . Choosing the righ t oi l
However, if engine oil viscosity grade SAE
and changing oil with in the time and mileage
SW40 is not available, you can also use viscos-
interva ls printed in your vehicle's Warranty &
ity grade SAE SW-30 or SAE OW-40 as long as
Maintenance book let matters a lot more to -
it meets Audi oil quality standard VW 502 00
day than it did years ago. Audi has developed
specificat ions.
a special quality standard for engine oil that
will help assure that your veh icle's engine will Because engine oil t hat meet s the Audi oil
get the l ubrication it needs for proper opera- standard may not be availab le everywhere
tion . when you need it, we strong ly recommend
t hat you always carry with you an extra quart
Modern engine lubrication has taken a quan-
(liter) of oil that expressly conforms to the
tum leap in the last few years. Many synthetic
VW 502 00 specification, in case you have to
oils available today provide better engine lu-
top off the oil while on the road.
brication that can outlast traditiona l petrole -
um-based oils, making them a smart choice Only if the level of the oil is at or below the
for use throughout the life of you r Audi . min imum ma rk on the oil dipstick - and no oi l
that expressly conforms to Audi oil standard
Whether you use synthetic or petroleum-
VW 502 00 specifications is availab le - may
based engine oil, the oil that you use must
you top off with a high quali ty engine oil, pref-
conform to Audi's oil qual ity standard
erably synthet ic-based, that meets ACEAA3,
VW 502 00 to help keep your veh icle's engine
ACEA AS or ACEA BS or API SL specifi cat ions,
running smoo t hly and help prevent t he fo r-
but even t hen, only in viscosity grades SAE
mati on of harmfu l deposi t s, somet imes called
SW-40, SAE SW-30, or SAE OW-40 . However,
"s ludge," that over t ime can lead to expensive
during the entire time between oi l change in-
repairs.
te rvals, never top off with more than a tota l
At the time of pr int ing, engine oils availab le in of 0 .5 qt/liter engine oil that does not con-
the U.S. and Canada t hat meet the exact ing form to Audi oil specification VW 502 00.
specifications of Audi oil standard VW 502 00
For more information abo ut engine oi l that
are synthetic engine oils . This does not mean,
has been approved for your vehicle, please
however, that every synthetic engine oil wi ll
contact either your authorized Audi dealer or
meet Audi oil standard VW 502 00. So always
Audi Customer Relations at 1 (800) 822-2834
be sure that you use an approved oil.
or visit our web site at www.audiusa.com or
To help prevent the formation of harmful de- www .aud icanada.ca. Here you w ill also find a
posits use only oi l with the fo ll ow ing specifi - current list of oils (manufacturers, bra nd
cations printed on the oil container : names etc.) that conform to Aud i oil standa rd
vw 50 2 00.
Audi oil standard VW 502 00
Changing the engine oil
Checkin g and fillin g 179

The engine oil and oil filter must be changed Engine oil consumption
according to the mileage (kilometers) and •
The engine in your vehicle depends on an ade- •
time interva ls specified in your vehicle's War-
quate amount of oil to lubricate and cool all
ranty & Maintenance booklet. Do not exceed
of its moving parts .
these intervals - harmful deposits from old
engine oil can reduce engine performance and In order to provide effective lubrication and
can lead to expensive engine repairs. cooling of interna l eng ine components, all in-
Changing the oil at the recommended inter- te rnal combust ion engines consume a certain
vals is so very important because the lubricat- amount of oil. Oil consumpt ion varies from
ing properties of oil decrease gradually during engine to engine and may change significan tly
normal vehicle use . If you are not sure when over the life of the engine. Typically, engines
you have your oil changed, ask your author- with a spec ified break-in period (see
ized Audi Service Advisor. page 158) consume more oil during the
c::>
break-in period than they consume afte r oil
Under some circumstances the engine oil consumption has stabilized.
should even be changed more frequently.
Change oil more often if you drive mostly Under normal cond itions, the rate of oil con-
short distances, ope rat e the vehicle in dusty sumption depends on t he quality and viscosity
areas or mostly under stop-and-go traffic con- of the oil, the RPM (revolut ions per minute) at
ditions, or when you use your vehicle whe re which the engine is operated, the ambient
temperatures stay below freezing point for temperature and road conditions. Further fac-
long periods. tors are the amount of oil dilut ion from water
condensa t ion or fue l residue and the oxida-
Detergen t add itives in t he oil will make fresh tion level of t he oil. As any eng ine is subject to
oil look dark after the eng ine has been run- wear as mileage builds up, t he oil consump-
ning for a short time . This is norma l and is not t ion may increase over time until repla cement
a reason to change the oil more often than of worn components may become necessary.
recommended.
Wit h all these variables coming into play, no
Damage or malfunction s due t o lack of standard rate of oil consumpt ion can be es-
maintenance t ablished or spec ified . There is no alte rnative
It is essen t ial that you change your oil at the to regular and frequent checking of the oil lev-
recommended inte rvals using only engine oil el, see Note.
that complies with Audi oil standard If the yellow engine oil level warning symbo l
VW 502 00. Your Limited New Vehicle War- in the instrument cluster 1\11 lights up, you
ranty does not cover damage or malfunctions sho uld check the oil level as soon as possib le
due to failure to follow recommended mainte- page 180 . Top off the oil at your ear liest
c::>
nance and use requirements as set forth in convenience c::>page 180 .
the Audi Owner's Manual and Warranty&
A
Maintenance booklet . Your autho rized Audi
deale r will have to deny warranty coverage un-
less you present to the dealer proof in the
- WARNING
Before you check anything in the engine
compartment, always read and heed all
-

form of Service or Repair Orders t hat all


WARNINGSc::>& in Working in the engine
sched uled maint enance was performed in a
compartment on pag e 175.
time ly manner .

(D Note
Drivingwith an insufficient oil level is like-
ly to cause severe damage to the engine. .,.
18 0 Che ck ing and filling

.. Allow the warm engine to run for abo ut two


@ Tips
minutes at idle.
If you have the impression your engine .. Shut the eng ine off and wa it two minutes .
consumes excessive amounts of oil, we .. Check the oil level on the engine oil dipst ick
recommend that you consu lt your a uthor- ¢fig. 143 .
ized Audi deale r to have the cause of your
concern properly d iagnosed . Keep in m ind Oil leve l within range (v
that the accurate measurement of oil con - .. Do not add oil.
sumpt ion re qui res great care and may take
some t ime. Your author ized Audi dealer Oil level within range @
has ins t ructions a bo ut how to meas ure o il .. Add 1 quart (l lit er) of o il c;, page 180 . Af-
consumption accurately . terwards , the oil leve l sho uld be with in
ra nge ~ .
Checking the engine oil level
Depend ing on the way the vehicle is dr iven
and the ope ratin g cond itions, o il cons umption
can be up t o 1 quart per 600 miles (1 liter per
1,0 0 0 km) . Consump t ion may be higher with-
in the f irst 3,000 miles (5,000 km) .

Adding engine oil~

Fig. 142 Ins t rume nt clus ter: Engine oil te m perat ure
dis play

Fig. 144 Engine compa rt ment: Oil filler cap locat ion

Befo re you check a nyth ing in the eng ine com-


partment, always read and heed all WARN-
Fig . 14 3 Markers on oil dipstick INGS ¢ A in Working in the engine compar t -
men t on page 175 .
Before you check anything in the eng ine com-
.. Unsc rew the cap~ to the eng ine o il filling
pa rtment, alway s read and heed all WARN-
hole c;, fig. 144.
INGS c;, A in Working in the engine compart-
.. Carefully top off with the a ppropr iate oil
ment on page 175 .
¢ page 228 .
Determining oil level .. Check the oi l level again ¢ page 180 .
.. Top off the oil again, if necessary .
.. Wa rm up the engine by driving unt il t he in-
.. Screw the cap back on the fi lling hole and
strument cluster d isplay shows an oil t em -
slide the oil dipstick in as far as it w ill go.
perature of 210 °F (100 °C) to 230 °F
(110 °C) ¢ fig. 142 @ .
.. Park your vehicle so that it is hori zonta lly
level.
Checkin g and fillin g 181

,~A
Coolant additive
WARNING •
The percentage of the coo lant add itive de-
- While topping off, the oil must not come •
pends on the climatic cond itions in wh ich t he
in contact with hot engine pa rts - fire
vehicle is operated . If the percentage of
hazard!
freeze protection in the coo lant is too low, the
- The oil filler cap must be properly se-
coolant can freeze, leading to a failure of the
cured to prevent oil from being sprayed
cooling and heating circuit.
on the hot engine and exhaust system
when the eng ine is running - fire hazard! The percentage of coolant addit ive has al-
- If your skin has come in contact w ith the ready been adjusted at the factory for the ve-
engine oil, yo u must subsequently hicle's climatic conditions.
cleanse it tho roughly.
The m ix rat io for USA models is SO% wa t er

CDNote and SO% coolant addit ive, for Canadia n mod-


els 40% water and 60% coolant additive. This
- The oil level must not be above range G) mixture both ass ures the necessary frost pro -
- danger of converter or eng ine damage! tection (-31 °F/-3S °C for USA models,
Contact an authorized Audi dealer to -40 °F/-40 °C for Canada models) a nd protects
draw off oil, if ne cessa ry. metal components in the engine's cooling sys -
- Audi does not recommend the use of oil tem from corrosion and scaling. It also ra ises
additives. They may damage the engine t he boili ng poi nt of the coo la nt.
and adverse ly affect your New Vehicle
Warran ty. Summer time
Do not reduce the concentrat ion of the cool-
@) For the sake of the environment ant in the summer by adding pla in water. The
- Under no circu mstances ca n the oil come proportion of coolant additive must be at
in conta ct wit h the sewage network o r least 50 % but not more than 60 % t o main-
the soil. ta in an t ifreeze pro t ectio n a nd cooling eff icien-
- Observe and fo llow lega l regu lations cy.
when d isposing of empty oil con ta ine rs.
A WARNING
-
Engine cooling system Before you check anything in the engi ne
compartment, a lways rea d and heed a ll
Coolant WARNINGS~ .&. in Working in the engine
The coolant provides cooling for the engine. compartment on page 175.
The percentage of the coolant additive deter-
mines the freeze protection of the coolant in CDNote
the winter. - Before winter sets in, have the coo lant
checke d to see if the coolan t additive in
The cooling system has been filled at the fac -
your vehicle is sufficient to meet the cli-
tory with a permanent coo lant which does not
mate conditions. This is especia lly impor -
need to be changed. The coolant consists of a
tant if you live in a region where t he win-
mixture of water and the manufacturer's gly-
ter is extreme ly cold. If necessary, in-
col-based coolant additive Gl2++ ant ifreeze
crease the propo rtion of coo lant add itive
with ant icor rosion add itives (SO% fo r USA
to 60% .
models; 60% for Canad ian models).
- Only Gl2+ +, an additive meeting specif i-
cat io n "TL-VW774G" may be used as a
coolant additive. Oth er coo lant add itives IJJ,
182 Che ck ing and filling

may seriously degrade the corros ion pro- Bringing the closed convertible top into
tection. The resu lting damage can cause the service position
loss of coo lant and subsequent ly lead to .,.Switch t he ignition on.
se rious engine damage. .,. Pull and ho ld the convertib le top switch.
- The coolant additive Gl2++ must not be .,. Press and hold the rear window switc h too
mixed wit h other coo lant add itives. until the convert ible top moves into the
- Do not add any type of radiator leak sea l- service pos ition c:::>fig. 145 .
ant to your vehicle's engine coo lant.
Adding rad iator repair fluid may adve rse- Bringing th e open convertible to into the
service position
ly affect the function and performance of
your cooling system and could result in .,.Switch t he ignit ion on.
damage not covered by your New Vehicle .,. Press and hold the convert ible top switch.
Limited Wa rranty. .,. Press and hold the rea r window switc h too
until t he convert ible top moves into the
Checking the engine coolant level service pos it ion c:::>fig. 145.

Proceed carefully when checking the coolant . Opening the coolant expansion tank cover
.,.Stop the engine a nd a llow it to cool.
.,.Switch t he ignit ion off .
.,.Carefully remove the bolts in the cover (D
using a sc rewd river and remov e t he cover.
The coolan t rese rvoir is located be low
fig. 146 .
c:::>

Checking the engine coolant level


.,. Place a rag or cloth on the cap of the coolant
Fig. 14 5 Convertible top: service position expansion tank a nd turn the cap carefully t o
the left (counte r-cloc kwise) c:::>.&_.
.,. Read the coolan t leve l inside t he coolan t ex-
pa nsion t ank c:::>fig. 14 6. Wit h a cold eng ine,
it must be above the "m in" mark . With a hot
engine, it can be a litt le above the indicated
range.

To obtain an acc urate reading, the engine


must be sw itched off.
Fig. 146 Convertible top sto rage bay: coolant expa n- The expansion ta nk in your vehicle is eq uipped
s ion tank
with an electr ic coo la nt level senso r
page 32 . We sti ll rec om mend you check the
c::>
Before you check anything in the eng ine com-
coolant leve l from time to time.
pa rtment, alway s read and heed all WARN-
INGS c:::>,&. in Working in the engine compart - Coolant loss
ment on page 175.
Coolant loss may indicate a leak in t he cooling
The coolant expa ns ion tank is located in the system. In t he eve nt of cool ant los s, the coo l-
right s ide of t he co nvertib le top st orage bay ing system should be inspec t ed immedi ately
under t he round metal cover c::>fig.146 . The by your a uthorized Audi dea ler. It is not
conver t ible top must be in the servi ce position eno ugh mere ly to add coo lant . ll-
to check the coolan t leve l c:::>fig. 145 .
Checkin g and fillin g 183

In a sealed system, losses can occur only if With a major loss of coolant, you shou ld add
the boiling point of the coolant is exceeded as the coolant only when the engine has cooled. •
a result of overheat ing. In this way you prevent engine damage. •

A WARNING A WARNING
- The cooling system is under press ure. Do - The cooling system is unde r pressure and
not open the cap of the coolant expan- can get very hot. Reduce the risk of
sion tank when the eng ine is hot. You scalding from hot coolant by followi ng
risk being scalded . these steps .
- The coo lant add itive, and therefore the - Turn off t he engine and allow it to coo l
coolant itse lf, is hazardous to health. down.
Keep the coolant additive in the origina l - Protect you r fa ce, hands and arms from
conta iner out of the reach of children. It escaping fl uid and steam by covering
is a poison hazard. the cap with a large, th ick rag.
- Turn the cap s lowly and very carefully
CDNote in a counter -clockwise direction while
Do not add any type of rad iator leak seal - applying light, downward pressure on
ant to your vehicle's eng ine coolant. Add- the top of the cap.
ing radiator repair f luid may adve rsely af- - To avoid being bu rned, do not spill an-
fect the fu nction and performance of your tifreeze or coolant on the exhaust sys -
coo ling system a nd could res ult in damage tem or hot engine pa rts. Under certain
not covere d by your New Vehicle Limited cond itions, the ethylene glycol in en-
Warranty . gine coolant can catch fire .
- Antifreeze is poisonous . Always store an-
Adding coolant tifreeze in its origina l container and well
out of the reach of children .
Before you check anything in the engine com- - If you dra in the coo lant, it must be
partment, always read and heed all WARN- caught and safely stored in a proper con-
INGS ¢ & in Working in the engine compart- taine r clearly marked "poison" .
ment on page 175 .

.. Add coolant . CDNote


.. Twist the cap on again tightly. - Coolant pollutes the environment and
.. Tighte n t he cap (D ¢ page 182, fig. 146 cou ld cause an engine fire. Excess cool-
again . ant will be forced out through the pres-
sure relief valve in the cap w hen the en-
Replacement engine coolant must conform to
gine becomes hot .
exact specifications ¢ page 181, Coolant . If
- If, in an eme rgency, o nly wate r can be
the coolant additive Gl2 ++ is not available in
added, the correc t ratio between wa ter
an emergency, you must not add any other ad-
and antifreez e ¢ page 181 must be re-
d itive . In th is case, use only water and restore
stored as soon as poss ible.
the correc t mix ratio wit h the specified cool-
ant add itive as soon as possib le. @) For the sake of the environment
Always use new engine coolant when ref illing . Dra ined coola nt sho uld not be reused. Al-
Do not fill coolant above the "MAX" mark. Ex- ways d ispose of used coolant while observ-
cess coolant will be forced out through the ing a ll environmental regula t ions.
pressure relief valve in the cap when the en -
g ine becomes hot .
184 Chec k ing and filling

Brake fluid (D Note


Notice Brake fluid will damage the paint of you r
vehicle .
Have the brake fluid changed by an experi-
enced technician . @ For the sake of the environment
Brake fluid abso rbs moisture from t he a ir. If Because of the prob lem of prope r disposal
the water content in the brake fluid is t oo of brake fluid as well as the spec ial too ls
high, corrosion in the brake system may result required and the necessary expertise, we
after a per iod of t ime . The bo iling po int of the recommend that you have the brake fl uid
brake fluid will also decrease considerably and changed by your authorized Aud i dea le r.
dec rease braking performance.

Therefore, the brake flu id must be changed Battery


every two years. Always use new brake fluid
General information
which confo rms to Fede ral Motor Vehicle
Standa rd "FMVSS 1 16 DOT 4". All work on the battery requires technical
knowledge.
Brake fluid is rep laced according to the Audi
maintena nce service schedule . Your author- The battery is located behind the cover in the
ized Audi dealer is equipped with the necessa- luggage compa rtme nt. Remove the cover by
ry special tools and rep lacement parts , has pushing it to the left and lift ing it out.
the necessary expe rtise, and ca n d ispose of
The battery is practically maintenance-free
the used fluid .
and is checked as pa rt of your ve hicle's main-

& WARNING tenance se rvices .

- Brake fluid is po isonous. It must be sto r- You are we ll advised to replace a battery t hat
ed on ly in the closed orig inal container is older than S years .
out of the reach of children!
Disconnecting the battery terminal s
- Brake fa ilure can result from old or inap -
propriate brake fluid . Observe these pre- Some vehicle functions (power window reg u-
caut ions: lators, for example) are lost if the battery te r-
mina ls are disconnected . These functions have
- Use only bra ke fluid that meets SAE
to be relearned after the battery termina ls are
specifi cation J 1703 and co nfo rms t o
connected again . To prevent th is, the battery
Federal Motor Vehicle St a ndard 116 .
shou ld only be disco nnected from the ve hicle
Always check with you r a uthorized Aud i
electrica l system when abso lutely necessary
dea ler to make s ure you are using the
for repai rs.
correct brake fl uid. The correct type of
brake fluid is a lso indicated on the Vehicles not driven for long periods
brake fluid reservoir.
The battery becomes d ischarged due to quies-
- The brake fluid must be new. Heavy use
cent current consume rs even when the vehicle
of the brakes can cause a vapor lock if
is not used . With extended pe riods of non-use
the brake fl uid is left in the system too
in the cold season, you should have the ve hi-
long . This can ser ious ly affect the effi-
cle battery removed by an autho rized Audi
cie ncy of the bra kes as well as your
de aler or qu a lified workshop and stored in a n
safety. This could result in an acc ident .
frost -free place. This preven t s t he battery
from "freezing" and thereby being dest royed.
During the warmer seasons it is eno ugh to liJ>
Checking and filling 185

disconnect the battery negative terminal. Oc- - Always wear eye protection. Do not let
casionally charge a disconnected battery. •
battery acid or any lead particles get on
your skin or clothing. Shield your eyes. •
Winter operation
Explosive gases can cause blindness or
The cold time of year places a special strain on other injury.
the battery, resulting in reduced starting pow- - Battery acid contains sulfuric acid. Sulfu-
er. So before the cold weather starts, have the ric acid can cause blindness and severe
battery inspected and charged as necessary. burns.

A WARNING
- Always wear gloves and eye protection.
Do not tilt the battery because acid
- All work on the battery requires technical could leak out of the ventilation open-
knowledge. Please contact an authorized ings.
Audi dealer or another authorized facility - If you get battery acid in your eyes or
for questions about the battery - danger on your skin, immediately rinse with
of acid burns and explosion hazard! cold water for several minutes and get
- The battery must not be opened! Do not medical attention.
try to change the battery's liquid level, - If you should ingest any battery acid,
otherwise detonating gas will escape seek medical attention immediately.
from the battery - explosion hazard! - Do not expose the battery to an open
flame, electric sparks or an open light.
Working on the battery - Do not smoke.
- Do not interchange the positive and neg-
Always wear eye protection. ative cables.
- When working on the battery, be sure
Battery acid contains sulfuric not to short-circuit the terminals with
acid. Always wear gloves and eye tools or other metal objects. This would
protection. cause the battery to heat up very quickly,
No which could lead to damage or explosion
- sparks and personal injury.
- flames - When a battery is charged, it produces
- smoking. hydrogen gas which is explosive and
When a battery is charged, it pro- could cause personal injury.
duces hydrogen gas which is ex- - Always keep the battery well out of the
plosive and could cause personal reach of children.
injury. - Before work is done on the electrical sys-
tem, disconnect the negative ground ca-
Always keep the battery well out
ble.
of reach of children.
- Before performing any work on the elec-
The following WARNINGS are very impo rtant trical system, switch off the engine and
when working on the battery: ignition as well as any electrical equip-
ment. The negative cable on the battery
A WARNING
- must be disconnected. If you are just go-
Whenever working on the battery or on ing to replace a light bulb, then it is
the electrical system, there is the risk of enough to switch off the lights.
injury, accident and even fire. Read and - Before disconnecting the battery, switch
heed the following WARNINGS: off the anti-theft alarm system! Other-
wise you will set off the alarm .
186 Checking and filling

- When disconnecting the battery, first Charging the battery


disconnect the negative cable and then
Connections for charging the battery are lo-
the positive cable.
cated in the luggage compartment.
- Before reconnecting the battery, make
sure all electrical consumers are switch-
ed off. Reconnect t he positive cable first
and then the negative cable. Never inter-
change the cables - this could start a fire!
- Never charge a frozen or a thawed-out
battery. It could explode! If a battery has
frozen, then it must be replaced. A dis-
charged battery can freeze over at 32 °F
(0 °C).
Fig. 147 Luggage compartment: battery cover
- Make sure the vent hose is always attach-
ed to the opening on the side of the bat-
tery.
- Never use batteries which are damaged.
Danger of explosion! Always replace a
damaged battery .

.&, WARNING
California Proposition 65 Warning:
- Battery posts, terminals and related ac- Fig. 148 Luggage compartment: connectors for a
cessories contain lead and lead com- charger and jump start cables
pounds, chemicals known to the State of
California to cause cancer and reproduc- Do not connect the negative cable directly to
tive problems. Wash hands after han- the negative terminal on t he battery. Connect
dling. it to a jump start pin instead c:, fig. 148.

.,.Always read and heed all WARNINGS c:, A


(D Note in Working on the battery on page 185 and
- Do not disconnect the vehicle battery ¢ A-
when the ignition is switched on or when ...Switch off the ignition and all electrical con-
the engine is running, otherwise, you will sumers .
damage electronic components in the .,.Open the luggage compartment lid
electrical system. c:>page42 .
- If your vehicle is going to stand for a .,. Remove the battery cover c:, fig . 147.
long period of time without being driven, .,.Connect the terminal clamps from the
protect the battery from "freezing", oth- charger to the batt e ry terminal (red= "posi-
erwise it will be damaged and will then tive") and the jump start pin c:, fig. 148
have to be replaced . (black or brown= "negative") as specified.
.,.Only now plug the mains lead for the charg-
ing equipment into the wall outlet and turn
it on .
.,.When the battery is fully charged: Turn the
charging equipment off and remove the
mains lead from the wall outlet .
.,. Now remove the clamps for the charging
equipment.
Checking and filling 187

~ Install the battery cover. - Battery acid that may spill during charg-
~ Close the luggage compartment lid •
ing should be washed off with a solution
¢ page 42. of warm water and baking soda to neu- •
tralize the acid .
When charging at low voltages (e.g. with a
trickle charger), the battery cables do not
have to be disconnected first. Before charging
@ Note

at high voltages, i.e. "fast charging", you Never use a fast charger as a booster to
must disconnect both cables. In either case, start the engine. This will seriously dam-
follow the instructions from the manufacturer age sensitive electronic components, such
of the charger . as control units, relays, radio, etc ., as well
as the battery charger .
Fastcharging a battery is dangerous ¢ .&. in
Working on the battery on page 185 . It re- (D Tips
quires special charging equipment and the
- The vehicle battery must not be charged
knowledge to go with it . We recommend hav-
with a standard small charger that plugs
ing your battery fast charged only by a quali-
into the cigarette lighter or outlet .
fied workshop.
- Only charge the battery through the con-
A discharged battery can freeze at tempera- nections in the luggage compartment.
tures of only 32 °F (0 °C). Allow a frozen bat -
tery to thaw completely before attempting to
Replacing the battery
charge it ¢ ,&.. However, we recommend not
using a thawed battery again because the bat- The new battery must have the same specifi-
tery casing can be cracked due to ice forma- cations as the old one.
tion and can leak battery acid.
Your vehicle is equipped with an intelligent
Do not open the battery caps when charging energy management system for distributing
the battery. electricity ¢ page 155 . The battery charges
better in vehicles with the energy manage-
_& WARNING -
ment system than in vehicles without the sys-
Charging a battery can be dangerous. tem. To ensure that the additional power is
- Never charge a frozen battery . It may ex- available after replacing the battery , replacing
plode because of gas trapped in the ice. with the same type of battery from the same
Allow a frozen battery to thaw out first. manufacturer (like the battery that was deliv-
- Do not reuse batteries which were fro- ered with the vehicle) is recommended. An au-
zen. The battery housing may have thori zed dealer mus t code the battery in the
cracked and weakened when the battery energy management control module .
froze. The new battery must have the same capacity,
- Charge the battery in a well ventilated voltage (12 volts), current and design and it
area. Keep away from open flame or elec- must be sealed with plugs. The battery must
trical spark. Do not smoke. Hydrogen gas conform to the standards TL 825 06 (from Oc-
generated by the battery is explosive. tober 2006) and VW 7 50 73 (from August
- To reduce the danger of explosion , never 2001).
connect or disconnect charger cables
Since t he vehicle battery is difficult to reach,
while the charger is operating.
we recommend having the battery replaced by
- Fast charging a battery is dangerous and
an authorized Audi R8 dealer or other quali-
should only be attempted by a compe-
fied workshop . ..,.
tent technician with the proper equip-
ment.
188 Che ck ing and filling

The windshield washer container O is located


(D Note
in the luggag e compartment. You can find the
- Your vehicle is equipped with a specia l page 229.
reservo ir capacity in the table in c::>
battery. Installing a different type of
battery can cause prob lems in the vehi- Clean water should be used when filling up. If
cle electrical system. When replacing the possible, use soft water to prevent scaling on
vehicle battery, always install one with the washer jets . Always add a glass cleaner
the same spec ificat ions as the original solution (with frost protection in the winter) .
batte ry.
- Make sure that the gas venting hose is
(D Note
always connected to the original open ing - Do not mix engine coolant antifreeze or
on the battery side. Otherw ise gasses or any other additives to fill up the wind-
bat te ry acid cou ld leak out . shield washer reservoir.
- Battery ho lder and term inals a lways - Do not use g lass cleaners conta ining
have to be secured cor rectly. pai nt so lvent; you risk damaging the
- Read and follow the warnings under paint.
9 page 185, Working on the battery be-
fore performing any work on the batte ry.

@ For the sake of the environment


Because of the problem of proper disposal
of a battery, we recommend your author-
ized Audi dealer change the batte ry for
you . Batter ies contain s ulfuric ac id and
lead and must always be disposed of prop-
erly in compliance with all environmenta l
reg ulations. Disposing of vehicle batteries
improperly is very dangerous to the envi-
ronment. Make sure that the removed bat-
tery ca nnot overbalance, otherwise sulfu-
ric acid might escape!

Windshield washer
container

Fig. 149 Luggage co mpa rtment : Winds hield washer


fluid reservo ir
Tire s an d wheel s 189

Tires and wheels New tires



New ti res have t o be broken in ~ & .
Tires •
The tread depth of new t ires may vary, accord-
General notes ing to the type a nd make of t ire and the tread
Tires may be the least appreciated and most patte rn.
abused parts of a motor vehicle.
Hidden damage
Tires may be the least appreciated and most Damage to tires and rims is ofte n not readily
abused parts of a motor vehicle . Tires are, visible . If you notice unusual vibrat ion or the
however, one of the most important parts of a vehicle pulls to one s ide, th is may ind icate
vehicle, particularly considering the compara - that one of the t ires has been damaged . The
tively small patch of rubber on each tire that ti res m ust be chec ked immed iate ly by an au-
assures that a ll-important contact between thorized Audi dea le r or q ua lified wor kshop .
you, you r vehicle and the road.
Unidirectional tires
Maintaining the correct tire pressure, mak ing
sure that your vehicle and its tires do not have A un idirectional tire can be identified by ar-
to carry mo re weight than they can safely han- rows on the sidewa ll, that po int in the direc-
d le, avoiding damage from road hazards and tion the t ire is designed to rotate. You must
reg ularly inspect ing t ires for damage includ- fol low the specified di rection of rotation . This
ing cuts, slashes irregu la r wear and ove rall is necessary so t hat these t ires can develop
condition are the most important things that their optimum characteristics regarding grip,
you can do to he lp avoid sudden tire failure in- road noise, wear and hydrop laning resistance.
cluding tread separat ion and blowouts. For more information ~ page 216.

Avoiding damage A WARNING


-
If you have to d rive over a curb or similar ob- New tires or t ires that are old, worn or
stacle, drive very slow ly and as close as possi - damaged cannot provide maximum con-
ble at a right angle to the curb. trol and braking ability .
- New tires tend to be slippery and must
Always keep chemicals incl ud ing grease, oil,
be broken in. To reduce the risk of losing
gasoline and brake fluid off t he t ires .
control, a collision and ser ious personal
Inspect the t ires regularly for damage (cuts, inj uries, d rive with special ca re for the
cracks or blisters, etc.). Remove any fo reign fi rst 350 m iles (5 60 km).
bod ies embedde d in the treads. - Driving with worn or damaged tires can
lead to loss of control, sudden tire fail-
Storing tires
ure, including a blowout and sudden de-
Mark tires when you remove them to indicate fl ation, cras hes a nd se riou s personal in-
the direction of rotation . This ensures you to juries . Have wo rn or damaged t ires re-
be ab le to mount them correctly when you re- placed immediate ly.
install them . - Tires age even if they are not being used
When removed, the whee ls or t ires should be and can fail sudden ly, especially at hig h
sto red in a cool, d ry and preferably dark place . speeds. Tires that are more than 6 years
old can only be used in an emergency
Store tires in a vertical pos ition if they are not and then w ith special care and at low
mounted on rims, in a horizontal pos it ion if speed.
they are mounted on rims .
190 T ire s and w heel s

- Never mount used tires on your vehicle if - If you notice un usua l vibration or if the
you are not sure of their "previous histo- veh icle pulls to one side when driving, a l-
ry." Old used tires may have been dam- ways stop as soon as it is safe to do so
aged even though the damage cannot be and check the wheels and tires for dam-
seen that can lead to sudden tire failure age.
and loss of vehicle control.

Glossary of tire and loading terminology

Accessoryweight Curb weight


means t he comb ined we ight (in excess of means the we ight of a motor vehicle w ith
those standard items which may be rep laced) standard equipment includ ing the max imum
of R t ron ic, powe r stee ring, powe r brakes, capa city of fuel, oil, and coolant, a ir cond i-
power w indows , power sea ts , rad io, a nd hea t- ti on ing a nd addi t ional weig ht of option al
e r, to the extent that these it ems are available equipmen t.
as facto ry-installed equipment (whether in-
Extra load tire
stalled or not).
means a t ire designed to operate at higher
Aspect ratio
loads and at highe r inflat ion press ures tha n
means t he ratio of the heigh t to the w idt h of the cor responding standard t ire . Extr a load
the tir e in percen t . Numbers of 55 or lower in- t ires my be ident ified as "XL", "xl", "EXTRA
d icate a low sidewall fo r improved st eer ing re- LOAD", or "RF" on t he sidewall.
sponse and better overall handling on dry
Gross Axle Weight Rating ("GAWR")
pavement.
means the load-carry ing capacity of a s ingle
Bead
axle system , measured at the tire-ground in-
means t he pa rt of the t ire that is made of te rfaces .
steel wires, wrapped o r re inforce d by p ly cords
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating ( "GVWR ")
and that is shaped to fit the rim.
means the maximum total loaded we ight of
Bead separation
the vehicle.
means a breakdown of the bond between
Groove
components in the bead.
means the space between two adjacent tread
Cord
ribs .
means the st rands forming the plies in the
Load rat ing (code)
tire .
me a ns t he maximum load that a ti re is rated
Cold tire inflation pressure
to carry fo r a given inflation press ure. You
means t he tire pressure recommended by the may not fi nd this information on all tires be-
ve hicle manufacture r for a tire of a designated cause it is not required by law.
size that has not been dr iven for more than a
Maximum load rating
couple of miles (kilometers) at low speeds in
the three hour period before the tire pressure me a ns t he load rati ng for a t ire at t he maxi-
is measu red or adjusted. mum perm issib le inflation pressure for that
ti re.
Tires and wheels 191

Maximum loaded vehicle weight Recommended inflation pressure



means the sum of: see ~ page 190, Cold tire inflation pressure.

(a) Curb weight Reinforced tire
(b) Accessory weight
means a t ire designed to operate at higher
(c) Vehicle capacity weight, and
loads and at higher inflat ion pressures than
(d) Production options weight
the corresponding standard tire . Reinforced
Maximum (permissible) inflation pressure ti res my be ident ified as "XL" , "xl", "EXTRA
LOAD",or "RF" on the sidewall.
means the maximum cold inflation pressure
to which a tire may be inflated. Also called Rim
"maximum inflation pressu re."
means a metal support for a tire or a tire and
Normal occupant weight tube assembly upon which the tire beads are
seated.
means 150 lbs. (68 kilograms) times the
nu mber of occupants seated in the vehicle up Rim diameter
to the total seating capacity of your vehicle.
means nom inal d iameter of the bead seat. If
Occupant distribution you change your wheel s ize, you w ill have to
purchase new tires to match the new rim di-
means distribution of occupants in a vehicle .
ameter.
Outer diameter
Rim size designation
means the overa ll diameter of an inflated new
means rim diameter and width.
tire.
Rim width
Overall width
means nom inal distance between rim f la nges.
means the linear distance between the exter i-
ors of the sidewalls of an inflated tire, includ- Sidewall
ing e levations due to labeling, decorations, or
means that portion of a tire between the
protective bands or ribs.
tread and bead.
Ply
Speed rating (letter code)
means a layer of rubber-coated para llel cords.
means the speed at which a tire is designed to
Production options weight be driven for extended periods of time. The
ratings range from 93 mph (150 km/h) to
means the comb ined weight of those installed
186 mph (298 km/h) ~ page 200 . You may
regular production options weighing over 5
not find this information on all tires because
lbs . (2 .3 kg) in excess of those standard items
it is not requ ired by law.
which they replace, not previously considered
in curb weight or accessory weight, including The speed rating letter code, where applica-
heavy duty brakes, ride leve lers, roof rack, ble, is molded on the tire sidewall and indi-
heavy duty battery, and specia l trim . cates the max imum pe rm issib le road speeds
~ .&.in Winter tires on page 204.
Radial ply tire
Tire pressure monitoring system
means a pneumatic t ire in which the ply cords
that extend to the beads are laid at substan- means a system that detects when one or
tially 90 degrees to the centerline of the more of a veh icle's tires are underinflated and
tread. illuminates a low tire pressure warning tell-
tale.
192 Tires and wheels

Tread tire meets a ll federal standards. The next two


numbers or letters indicate the plant where it
means that portion of a tire that comes into
contact with the road. was manufactured, and the last four numbers
represent the week and year of manufacture.
Tread separation For example,
means pull ing away of the t read from the tire DOT ... 2210 ...
carcass .
means that the tire was produced in the 22nd
Treadwear indicators (TWI) week of 2010. The other numbers are market-
ing codes that may or may not be used by the
means the projections within the principal
tire manufacturer . This information is used to
grooves designed to give a visual ind ication of
contact consumers if a tire defect requires a
the degrees of wear of the tread . See
recall.
~ page 198, Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) for
more informat ion on measuring tire wear. Vehicle capacity weight
Uniform Tire Quality Grading means the rated cargo and luggage load plus
150 lb s. (68 kilograms) times the vehicle's to-
is a tire information system developed by the
ta l seating capacity as listed on the label lo-
United States National Highway Traffic Safety
cated on the driver's side B-pillar.
Administration (NHTSA) that is designed to
help buyers make relative comparisons among Vehicle maximum load on the tire
tires. The UTQGis not a safety rating and not a
means that load on an individua l tire that is
guarantee that a t ire will last fo r a prescribed
determined by distributing to each axle its
number of mi les or perform in a certain way.
share of the maximum loaded vehicle weight
It simply gives tire buyers additional informa-
and dividing by two.
tion to combine with other considerations,
such as price, brand loyalty and dea ler recom- Vehicle normal load on the tire
mendations. Under UTQG,tires are graded by
means that loa d on an individua l tire that is
the tire manufacturers in three areas: tread-
determined by distributing to eac h axle its
wear, tract ion and temperature resistance.
share of the curb weight, accessory weight,
The UTQGinformation on the tires, molded in-
and normal occupant weight (distributed in
to the sidewalls .
accordance with tab le below ~ page 192)
U.S. DOT Tire Identification Number (TIN) and dividing by two.
This is the tire's "serial number" It begins
with the letters "DOT" and indicates that the

Occupant loading and distribution for vehicle normal load for various designated seating
capacities

IDesignated seating capacity, Vehicle normal load, Normally loaded vehicle,


number of occupants number of occupants occupant distribution

2 2 2 in front
Tires and wheels 193

Cold tire inflation pressure

Tire pressure affects the overall handling, performance and safety of a vehicle.

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COI.OTIREPRESSURE SEEOWNER'S
- KPa.- PSI MANUA LFOR n
-
_
KPa,-
KPa,.
PSI ADDITTONAL
PSI INFOl<lMATION u
Fig. 150 Tire pressure label: located on driver's side B· Fig. 151 Tire pressure label
pillar

Tire pressure generally refers to the amount The recommended tire pressures for your Audi
of air in a t ire that it needs it to do its job and depend on the kind of tires on your vehicle
safely carry the combined load of the entire and the number of passe ngers and/or amount
vehicle and its contents. Tire pressure is of luggage you will be transporting.
measured in kilopascals (kPa), the interna-
The tire pressure label located on driver's side
tional measuring unit and in pounds per
B-pillar on your Audi lists the recommended
square inch (PSI). Tire pressure is based in
cold tire infl ation pressures for the vehicle at
part on the vehicle's design and load limit-
its maximum capacity weight and tires that
the greatest amount of weight that th e vehi-
were on your vehicle at the time it was manu-
cle can carry safely and the tire size. The prop-
factured.
er tire pressure is frequently referred to as the
"recommended cold tire inflation pressure." If you wish to improve comfort when operat-
Air in the tires expands when the tire heats up ing the vehicle at normal load (up to 2 occu-
because of internal friction when it flexes in pants), you can adjust tire pressures to those
use. The tire pressure is higher when the tire specified for normal vehicle load . Before oper-
has warmed up than when it is "cold ." It is the ating the vehicle at maximum load, you must
inflation pressure in a "cold" tire that counts. increase the tire pressures to those specified
Therefore, you should never let air out of a for maximum vehicle load 9 .&.
warm tire to match "cold tire inflation pres-
Bear in mind that the tire pressure monitoring
sure" recommendations. The tires would then
system can only monitor the tire pressures
be underinflated and could fail suddenly .
that are stored. The system does not recog-
Maintaining proper tire pressure is one of the nize the load condition of your vehicle.
most important things you can do to help
See the illustration,:;, fig. 150 for the location
avoid sudden t ire fa ilure. Underinflated tires
of the label on driver's side B-pillar (color of
are a major cause of sudden tire failure. Keep-
the actual label and exact location on the ve-
ing tires at the right pressure is also impor-
hicle will vary slightly).
tant for safe and responsive vehicle handling,
traction, braking and load carrying . Tire pres- Note that the following table is accurate at
sures are particularly important when the the time of going to press and is subject to
vehicle is being driven at higher speeds, and change. In the event of discrepancies, the tire
then especially when heavily loaded even pressure label on driver's side B-pillar always
within the permissible load-carrying capaci- ta kes precedence. ..,.
ties approved for your vehicle.
194 T ire s and w heel s

The table below lists the recommended cold cle's capacity weight and the tire sizes instal-
tire inflation pressures for the Audi model led on the respective models as original
covered by your Owner's Literature at the vehi- equipment, or as a factory option.

Engine Tire designation Tire pressure front Tire pressure rear


(dis- normal load full load normal load full load
place- condition condition condition condition
ment in
liter ) PSI kPA PSI kPA PSI kPA PSI kPA

a -cylin- 235 / 3 5 R19 9 1 V XL 45 310 45 310


der 295 / 30 R19 100V XL 280
4 .2
305 / 30 R19 10 2V XL 41 280 41 280
235 / 35 R19 91 V XL
inder 295 / 30 R19 100V XL 41 280 41 280
5.2
305 / 30 R19 102V XL 280
XL= reinf orced

Because tec hnical changes may be made to


vehicle equipment dur ing the model year, al-
.&_WARNING
ways compare the tire size designation on the Overloading a vehicle can cause loss of ve-
tire pressure label on you r vehicle w it h the hicle cont rol, a crash or other accident, se-
tires on your vehicle. Make sure that the ti re rious personal injury, and even death.
size information on the vehicle label is the - Carrying more we igh t than your vehicle
same as the size of the tires on the vehicle. was designed to carry wi ll prevent the
This is especially important if the vehicle be- vehicle from handling properly and in-
longs to someone else or you bought the vehi- crease the risk of a loss of vehicle con-
cle with different rims/tires or you bought the trol.
vehicle as a previously owned vehicle. - The brakes on a vehicle that has been