Audi A8 Recalled For Stalling
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Audi Recalls 9,000 A8s To Fix Possible Stalling Problem

Audi has recalled 9,102 2010-13 A8s to fix a coolant valve problem that could lead to stalling and an increased risk of accidents.

More than 9,000 2010-13 Audi A8 sedans have been recalled to fix a problem that could leave a driver stranded in traffic. Volkswagen, Audi’s parent, announced the recall late last week.

Audi Stalling Problem Detailed?

The cause of the problem is a faulty cooling system valve. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said there is a possibility that the valve may not have been correctly sealed. In turn, the unsealed valve might allow engine antifreeze/coolant to leak, affecting the engine control module (ECM). The ECM is the master engine computer system that has overall responsibility for proper operation and vehicle fault code generation and storage.

If your A8 is one of those with this problem, it could lead to, among other things:

  • Switching to “limp-home” mode
  • Stalling

“Limp-home” mode is your A8’s way of assuring that you can get home or to a service area if your car has a problem. When it occurs, the ECM sends out a message shutting down most systems. The systems that remain, usually one or two forward gears and, possibly, reverse, keep you rolling so your car doesn't get stuck in the middle of anywhere. Stalling can cause an A8 to stop suddenly. If it happens at speed, you run the risk of an accident. Even at low speeds, if your A8 stalls in the middle of an intersection, you face an increased risk of an accident.

You will have ample warning that there is a problem as two warning lights will illuminate on the instrument cluster, the malfunction indicator signal and the cooling system warning light.

Stalling Problem Audis Identified

The recall includes Audi A8s built between May 15, 2010 and May 12, 2012. The automaker will mail recall notices to owners of the affected cars beginning Oct. 19. The recall notices tell owners to take their A8s to dealerships for service. The repair, which is free of charge, consists of replacement of the coolant valve and an inspection to see if there is any further related damage.

For more information, you can contact Audi customer service at 800-253-2834. Or, you can call the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4237. The campaign to inquire about is 16V619000.

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