Audi A4 Blog: Audi Clean!

Orange Audi A4 1997

Orange Audi A4 1997

Well, after a period of prolonged illness which is now subsiding slowly but surely it’s got me thinking about germs. Furthermore, perhaps that as the Audi hasn’t had a clean inside or outside for about nine months, that maybe I should address that and get rid of anything that might be causing an irritation to the ol’ lungs.

Orange Audi A4 1997

Orange Audi A4 1997

As my innards are not fully fixed as yet, I decided to take the car to our local hand car wash. Now, our local guys are particularly brilliant and they are real hard workers. For five Great British Pounds the exterior of the car is worked on thoroughly. Starting with a degrease spray, the car is then jet-washed with a spray that could be used to overturn tanks should it ever be necessary. Once completed, the car is then shampooed top to bottom – including wheels – before being fully rinsed.

Next comes the wheel treatment whilst another guy hand dries the car. Guy number three appears momentarily armed with a window spray gun and all the exterior glass is polished. Once the wheels are done, it’s time to tackle the door shuts, and these are all wiped down whilst back-to-black is simultaneously pasted around the tyre walls. Oh, and you get a free air freshener and once you have collected five of these, you get a free wash too. All for five quid, amazing

Being my Shed, the Audi has never had such glorious treatment. In fact, I time myself when washing the trusty A4 and try to beat the previous effort; we are comfortably into single digits on the minute hand.

1997 Audi A4 Interior Beige

1997 Audi A4 Interior Beige

But today, its having a pamper session so I handed the guys an extra fiver and they get to work on the interior too. A complete vacuum (including boot) ensues, along with cleaning of all dash plastics and polishing the inside of all the glass.

The Audi did need a good clean to be honest and the difference is remarkable. Although I normally pride myself on having a fully-fledged shed, whose job it is to only be a shed, the exterior orange paintwork hides all manner of road dirt very well ordinarily, but now clean it positively shines. The interior has come up lovely, as best a 171,000 mile workhorse can do at least. The plastics are shiny black once again and there isn’t a speck of dust anywhere. It smells lovely too.

Coincidentally I’ve also found a more comfortable driving position after accidentally adjusting the height mechanism on the seats. We’ll see how that fares on the next long distance commute, scheduled for a few weeks’ time.

That aside, nothing major to report. It has hardly been used for about a month now due to this disease that just won’t let go but trusty Audi still starts first time. A small top-up of oil was required and the standard bi-weekly top up of water before taking it out and we are good to go once again.

MOT time soon though (I don’t know when, I must check this!) and I’m expecting a few things might crop up on there. I’ll keep you posted.