Audi re-recalls 343K vehicles to replace coolant pumps

EPA-EFE  REX  Shutterstock The company logo of Audi AG is seen on an Audi A6 50 TDI quattro model's grill prior to the balance news conference at their headquarters in Ingolstadt Germany 15 March 2018

Specifically, Audi found defects in the 2013-16 A4, 2013-17 A5, 2012-15 A6, and 2013-17 Q5 crossover.

These vehicles, equipped with 2.0l Turbo FSI engines, have an electric coolant pump that can either become blocked with debris from the cooling system causing it to overheat or can short-circuit from moisture within the pump. Of those, 342,867 units are in the United States that include the 2013-2017 A4 sedan and Allroad, 2013-2017 A5 coupe and cabriolet, 2012-2015 A6 and 2013-2017 Q5 crossover SUV equipped with the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The German automobile manufacture says the electric coolant pumps in several cars and SUVs can "overheat and possibly cause a fire". Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-253-2834. No reports of fires are listed. The new component new part that apparently incorporates a "pressure compensation element" that keeps moisture out. As of now, the dealers will install the new version of the current pumps until the newly redesigned pumps are available. In January 2017 the brand recalled the same group of vehicles in the United States in order to update the software to ensure that the pump would be deactivated if the pump were to be blocked by debris. Of those cars, close to 343,000 are located in the U.S, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing.

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