Audi plans to recall 342,867 vehicles in the United States. Also, 1.16 million globally, equipped with the 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine for a faulty coolant pump. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the pump can short circuit, overheat and possibly start a fire. There’s also a chance that the pump can get clogged with debris and overheat, too. Audi tried to remedy this problem in 2016 with a software patch but was apparently unsuccessful.
Audi plans to replace old pump with a new pump
Affected vehicles include the 2014-16 Audi A4, 2013-16 A4 Allroad, 2013-17 Audi A5, 2012-15 A6 and 2013-17 Q5 crossover with the 2.0-liter turbocharged FSI engine, which in Audi-speak is the EA888 Evo2. Audi plans to replace your old pump with a new pump equipped with a “pressure compensation element” to keep moisture away from the all-important electrical parts of the electric coolant pump.
Audi starts mailing out recall notices “on or before” June 11. If you get the recall notice, Audi will repair the vehicle free of charge. If you happen to have one of these 2.0-liter Audis and don’t get a notice, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to at least run your VIN through the NHTSA recall search tool or call your local dealership.