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Old January 2nd, 2010, 02:11   #1
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I have a 2009 TDI Jetta Sportswagen.

Everytime we clean the windshield we have the added benefit of clearing our sinuses! The smell is really strong. I've never experienced this with another car (this is my first vw) Is this normal?
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 02:38   #2
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On my 2010 Jetta i get the same thing. When you activate the washer fluid you get the smell in the car. IDK! Never had this happen before either.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:24   #3
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When my recycle air is not off, I get it. I have had it on every car I have owned the same way from my 1965 Sumbeam Imp to my 2002 NB TDI. It does change with different brands of washer fluid.

I wonder if your case may be a result of a clogged drain for the area under the grill right in front of the windscreen or a blocked drain to the heater core area?
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:26   #4
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When my recycle air is not off, I get it. I have had it on every car I have owned the same way from my 1965 Sumbeam Imp to my 2002 NB TDI. It does change with different brands of washer fluid.
+1 I figure it's just the intensity of the fluid odor.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 04:56   #5
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I spray the windshield just to freshen the air in the car. LOL I am afraid of what will happen when it runs out. I've heard you can't buy the stuff.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:19   #6
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I spray the windshield just to freshen the air in the car. LOL I am afraid of what will happen when it runs out. I've heard you can't buy the stuff.
Sure you can - comes as a concentrate (as far as I know), you just mix with water. Last bottle I got came from World Impex.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:36   #7
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I have noticed it too every time I use the washer. No clogged drains...totally normal...this "factory" fluid just has a more intense odor to it. If you don't like it, you can easily change washer fluids.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:36   #8
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Get it in my 09 also. Been so long now I don't even think about it any more, but when it was new I thought it was odd.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 05:55   #9
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This was posted VERY recently:

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=266600

Yesterday, in fact. Yes, it applies to the newer cars (A5s-A6s).
The location of the air intake is similar, but the filter is inside the cabin.

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Old January 2nd, 2010, 09:12   #10
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I really like the smell of the factory washer fluid. In fact I want to preserve it. Is the stuff from Impex the same stuff? I might have to try it.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 19:00   #11
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I really like the smell of the factory washer fluid. In fact I want to preserve it. Is the stuff from Impex the same stuff? I might have to try it.
I miss it too. Mine kind of smelled like lemon scented alchohol or after shave. I purchased the VW Audi fluid from a VW dealer and was disapointed that it wasn't the same as the factory stuff, it smelled like amonia.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 19:26   #12
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You may dilute the existing solution my adding some water. This will "evaporate" the smell and keep your sinuses close.
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Old January 2nd, 2010, 21:15   #13
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I thought this was weird too, but hey the stuff works great.
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 09:11   #14
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You guys might find it interesting that the car actually closes the fresh air vent when you activate the windshield washers. It does take a second to fully close so you will get a hint of the washer fluid smell in the cabin. The air handler goes back to outside air a second or two after you stop using the washers. The OEM washer fluid is potent stuff and does have a definite odor to it, but it's an odor that I actually think smells good!
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Old January 3rd, 2010, 10:55   #15
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The stuff gives me a headache. I changed fluids and because the VW dealer automatically fills it every time I go in for service, I have written on the cap "VW DO NOT FILL".
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