Instruction book AUDI A6 Versión year 2014
Audi A6  Service and care  Care of Audi A6 and cleaning
For cleaning and care of individual components on the Audi A6, please refer to the tables below. These are recommendations only. If you have special questions or certain components are not listed, please ask your qualified workshop. Please also refer to the notes WARNING!.
(A) Component
(B) Situation
(C) Remedy
(A)
(B)
(C)
Wiper blades
Dirt/deposits
Link
Headlights/
rear lights
Dirt/deposits
Soft sponge with mild detergent1)
Sensors/
camera lenses
Dirt/deposits
Sensors: soft cloth with solvent-free cleaning agent
Camera lenses: soft cloth with alcohol-free cleaning agent
Snow/ice
Small brush/solvent-free de-icer spray
Wheels
Road salt
Water
Brake dust
Acid-free cleaning agent
Tailpipes
Road salt
Water; suitable stainless steel cleaning product if necessary
Ornamental trim/
mouldings
Dirt/deposits
Mild detergent1); suitable stainless steel cleaning product if necessary
Paintwork
Paint damage
Refer to the Audi A6 data sticker for the paint no. and touch up using a paint pen Link
Fuel overflow
Rinse with water without delay
Surface rust
Surface rust remover, apply wax afterwards; contact your qualified workshop with any questions
Corrosion
Have it removed by your qualified workshop
Water no longer pearls off clean paintwork
Apply wax (at least twice a year)
Paint has lost its shine, gloss cannot be restored by waxing
Treat with a suitable polish; finish with wax coating if polish does not contain wax compounds
Residues, e.g. insects, bird droppings, resinous tree sap, road salt
Remove immediately using water and a micro-fibre cloth
Fat-based stains, e.g. cosmetics or sun lotion
Remove immediately using mild detergent1) and a soft cloth
Carbon parts
Dirt/deposits
Same treatment as painted parts Link
Table  Cleaning the exterior
(A) Component
(B) Situation
(C) Remedy
(A)
(B)
(C)
Windows
Dirt/deposits
Glass cleaning agent, then wipe dry
Ornamental trim/
mouldings
Dirt/deposits
Mild detergent1)
Plastic parts
Dirt/deposits
Damp cloth
Heavier dirt/deposits
Mild detergent1); solvent-free plastic cleaning agent if necessary
Displays
Dirt/deposits
Soft cloth with LCD cleaner
Controls and displays
Dirt/deposits
Soft brush, then soft sponge with mild detergent1)
Seat belts
Dirt/deposits
Mild detergent1) (allow to dry before retracting)
Fabrics,
leatherette,
Alcantara
Surface dirt
Vacuum cleaner
Water-based stains, e.g. coffee, tea, blood, etc.
Absorbent cloth and mild detergent1)
Fat-based stains, e.g. oil, make-up, etc.
Apply mild detergent1), dab off dissolved grease or colour particles with absorbent cloth; if necessary treat with water
Special dirt/stains, e.g. ballpoint pen, nail varnish, dispersion paint, shoe cream, etc.
Special stain remover (dab off with absorbent fabric); if necessary treat with mild detergent1)
Natural leather
Fresh dirt/stains
Cotton cloth with mild detergent1)
Water-based stains, e.g. coffee, tea, blood, etc.
Fresh stains: absorbent cloth
Dried stains: stain remover suitable for leather
Fat-based stains, e.g. oil, make-up, etc.
Fresh stains: absorbent cloth and suitable stain remover for leather
Dried stains: grease removal spray
Special dirt/stains, e.g. ballpoint pen, nail varnish, dispersion paint, shoe cream, etc.
Stain remover suitable for leather
Care of Audi A6
Regularly apply leather-care cream with ultra-violet protection and impregnating compound; if necessary use special colour leather cream
Carbon parts
Dirt/deposits
Same treatment as plastic parts
Table  Cleaning the interior
WARNING!
Do not use water-repellent coatings on the windscreen. In bad visibility conditions such as light rain, low sun or when driving at night these coatings can cause increased dazzle, which is a serious safety hazard. Such coatings can also cause the wiper blades to judder.
Caution!
  • Headlights/rear lights
    • Never clean the headlights/rear lights with a dry cloth or sponge.
    • Do not use cleaning agents containing alcohol. This could cause the glass to crack!
  • Wheels
    • Do not use paint polish or other abrasive agents.
    • If the protective paint coating on the wheel rim is scratched or damaged by stone chips etc., the damaged area should be touched up without delay.
  • Sensors/camera lenses
    • Never remove snow and ice from the camera lens using warm or hot water - danger of cracks appearing on the lens.
    • Never clean the camera lens with cleaning agents which are abrasive or contain alcohol – danger of scratches and cracks appearing.
  • Windows
    • Remove snow and ice from windows and exterior mirrors with a plastic scraper only. To avoid scratches, the scraper should only be pushed in one direction and not moved to and fro.
    • Never use warm or hot water to remove snow and ice from windows and mirrors. This could cause the glass to crack!
    • To avoid damaging the heating element, do not put stickers on the inner side of the rear window.
  • Ornamental trim/mouldings
    • Do not use chrome cleaning agents.
  • Paintwork
    • The Audi A6 must be free of dirt and dust before applying polish/wax – otherwise the paintwork may be damaged.
    • Do not polish/wax the Audi A6 in direct sunlight – this can damage the paint!
    • Do not attempt to polish out surface rust deposits – this can damage the paint!
    • Remove cosmetics and sun lotion immediately – otherwise the paintwork may be damaged.
  • Displays
    • Displays must not be cleaned with a dry cloth – this can scratch the display!
  • Control consoles
    • Do not let any liquid get inside the control consoles – risk of damage!
  • Seat belts
    • Do not remove the seat belts to clean them.
    • Do not use chemical cleaning agents, corrosive liquids, solvents or sharp instruments to clean the seat belts or their components – this can damage the belt webbing!
    • If you find any damage to the belt webbing, the belt fittings, the belt retractor or the buckle, have the belt in question replaced by a qualified workshop.
  • Fabrics/leatherette/Alcantara
    • Do not use leather care products, solvents, wax polish, shoe cream, stain removers, or any similar products on leatherette/Alcantara fabrics.
    • To avoid damage, stubborn stains should be removed by a qualified workshop.
    • Never use steam cleaners, brushes, hard sponges or similar utensils.
    • Do not use the seat heating* to dry the seats.
    • Sharp-edged objects on clothing, such as zip fasteners, rivets or belts, can also damage the surface of the fabric.
    • Please make sure you close any velcro fasteners, e.g. on your clothing, as these could otherwise damage the upholstery.
  • Natural leather
    • Do not use solvents, wax polish, shoe cream, stain removers, or any similar products on leather fabrics.
    • Sharp-edged objects on clothing, such as zip fasteners, rivets or belts, can also damage the surface of the fabric.
    • Never use steam cleaners, brushes, hard sponges or similar utensils.
    • Do not use the seat heating* to dry the seats.
    • Avoid exposing leather to direct sunlight for long periods, otherwise it may tend to lose some of its colour. If the car is left for a prolonged period in the bright sun, it is best to cover the leather.
Note
  • It is much easier to remove dead insects if the car has been waxed recently.
  • Regular waxing can help protect against surface rust.
1) Mild detergent: not more than two tablespoons of pH-neutral detergent to one litre of water

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