VW and Audi recall SUVs for potential engine failure
volkswagen and Audi announced remember of four models to address potentially faulty engine components that may be prone to catastrophic failure. The campaign covers the period 2022-2023 VWAtlas and Atlas Cross Sport models with the 2021-2023 Audi Q5 and Q5 Sportsback. In total, the population is more than 74,000 vehicles. The VW/ Audi’s recall notice points to connecting rods produced for the base engine (VW’s ubiquitous 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder) as the culprit. Rods produced outside of factory specifications can cause unbalanced engine operation, which will likely result in catastrophic engine failure if not immediately addressed.
“Deviations in the mechanical production process of the connecting rods may have caused an increase in the presence of particles in the engine oil circuit, which can lead to significant wear and play and damage to the connecting rod bearings,” said the director. notice of default to NHTSA said. “A connecting rod bearing with continuously increasing bearing clearance results in excessive engine noise. If the excessive engine noise and engine warning light are ignored and the vehicle continues to be driven, this condition may lead to engine failure. loss of engine power, potentially resulting in loss of motive power while driving, and in rare cases loss of engine oil which may pose a risk of vehicle fire,” he said.
VW and Audi say all vehicles built after October 6 this year should be free of the defect, as new processes have been put in place to control quality at the supplier who builds the connecting rods for these engines. A test is being developed to identify failing motors before any symptoms appear, and the permanent fix (as described by the manufacturer) is a complete motor replacement. VW/Audi say all affected models are currently still under guarantee, so no reimbursement program is necessary. Notices to owners should be distributed in December.
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