We reported on Audi’s recall with the internal code 42L1 last July. However, after the repairs were carried out, customers complained of uneven or premature wear on the rear tyres. The manufacturer has had to recall more than 100,000 cars again.
The original repair consisted of replacing a nut on the eccentric bolt of the rear-axle spring-link control arm, which may break due to stress corrosion and impair the car’s handling at high speeds.
However, the manufacturer’s work instructions for authorised workshops seem to have missed one crucial step: adjusting the wheel alignment after the repair. And customers soon felt the effect on the condition of their tyres.
Last year’s recall affected 149,561 A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, Q5, Q7, Q8 and e-Tron model series built between November 2019 and April 2021. Two-thirds of them must therefore return to the dealership for service under the new recall code 42L5.
Owners of Porsche Cayennes built in autumn 2020, of which 6,650 were also recalled last summer, are in the same position. The re-recall with code ANA1 affects 5,641 of them.
A report from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) cites “poor wheel alignment” as the reason for the recall, which “in extreme cases can lead to a loss of tyre pressure”. The wheels will be adjusted, and, if necessary, the rear tyres replaced at an authorised workshop. The repair should take between two and three and a half hours.
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