After Audi recently announced a Q8 recall in the United States over a potential oil leak, its Australian division has issued a recall for the A4, A5, A6, and A7. It affects the models equipped with the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine fitted with a mild-hybrid system and sold during the current 2020 model year. This new recall is much smaller than the 531 SUVs recalled in the US as only 29 cars could have this issue. These cars were all manufactured between May 2017 and March 2020.
The culprit is a gap in the housing of the starter-alternator, which could allow moisture to pass through and cause the component to overheat. In a worst-case scenario, the affected component could ultimately catch fire, which would obviously represent a danger for those inside the cabin and nearby pedestrians.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued the following advice: “Consumers who notice a smoldering smell while the vehicle is moving should park the vehicle safely outside as soon as possible and contact an Audi dealer. As a precaution, consumers should park their vehicles outside only (avoid parking undercover) and not wash the engine until the component has been replaced.”
Audi Australia is already in contact with those 29 owners, notifying them about the affected vehicles part of the recall. Those who haven’t been contacted by the company are advised to get in touch with their nearest Audi dealer and set up an appointment to fix the issue as soon as possible.
A 24-hour toll-free number has been provided by Audi Australia, at 1800 50 2834. To see if your car is on the list of affected vehicles, the ACCC has published a document with all 29 VINs. You can check it out here.
Thankfully, Audi Australia says no incidents related to this potential fire risk have been reported so far by owners.