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Aux Air Heater Element Recall

Mario Mar 5, 2018

  1. Mario

    Mario Active Member Audi A4 quattro TDi S tronic S-line owners group Manual

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    So found out from Audi today that our B8.5 2.0TDI requires the Aux Air Heater Element Recall that was mentioned on here a few months back. I originally thought they were not fitted to cars in the UK, but it appears they are indeed fitted to most, if not all, diesel engine A4's and some petrol ones also.

    So, has anyone else had this done? Seems like the problem is due to poor electrical connectors which can corrode over time, in turn causing high resistance on connections which carry high current & can eventually cause a fire.

    Looking at ElsaWin the job doesn't look too bad and apparently Audi quote 2 hours, but I have read that most dealers say the job takes more like 4-6 hours.

    Appears that a lot of trim in the passenger foot well area has to come out and not sure if my car will return squeak & rattle free (as it currently is).

    So if anyone else has had this done, how have you gotten on? Any issues afterwards?

    Thanks

    Link to the recall on the DfT / DVSA website.... https://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/apps/re...1F76BC3403802581F4003DB023&freeText=Blank&tx=
     
  2. 777GE90

    777GE90 Member

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    Just noticed my 2014 B8.5 has the recall too. Did you go ahead with this Mario? Would be interested in knowing how it went / what arrangements Audi made. Does Audi offer a free courtesy car for these sort of things? I work full time so will be difficult otherwise.
     
  3. Mario

    Mario Active Member Audi A4 quattro TDi S tronic S-line owners group Manual

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    Not done it yet, so can't help I'm afraid. Only found out about the recall on Monday myself.
     
  4. gregpot2000

    gregpot2000 Member

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    Had mine done while in for a service a couple of weeks ago....

    No difference to how the car works or runs.
    I now have a rattle in the MMI screen silver frame, but....before it went it, I had a long term rattle somewhere in the passenger side, it was driving me mad and I couldn't find it! Now it's completely gone with them taking it all apart and putting it back together again. The MMI trim is also very easy to take off yourself and solve. So overall very happy. In my previous B8, I had a rattle there, I just lifted up the MMI trim and stuck some blu-tack underneath and pushed it back.
    So replaced one loud rattle I couldn't get to the bottom of, passenger side as well, so impossible to place where it is when driving! With one I can fix myself in 2mins!

    If you already have rattles, taking it apart and screwing it back together tightly may actually be a positive thing!
     
  5. 777GE90

    777GE90 Member

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    I have a rattle in my MMI trim currently, usually I can stop it by just putting my hand on the trim and applying pressure for a few seconds. It had a problem with a dashboard rattle since new, Audi took the whole thing apart and put it back together to fix but if I pay close attention I can see certain parts of the interior panels don't line up properly anymore.

    Wonder how many of these reworks Audi has done, I certainly don't want to be the first one.

    EDIT: Out of interest, does anyone know exactly what the Aux heater does? I see an option in my MMI under "AC" which says "Supp. heater" and I can either set it to OFF or Auto. I guess this is what they are talking about? My car usually blasts hot air within a couple of minutes of starting up the engine, so I guess this must be the Aux heater kicking in?
     
  6. Mario

    Mario Active Member Audi A4 quattro TDi S tronic S-line owners group Manual

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    The Aux heater is a supplementary electric heater. Diesel engines take very long to warm up compared to petrol engines, so it takes longer to get hot air into the car if relying on heat from the engine alone.

    The aux heater allows instant heat to be generated the moment the ignition is turned on without having to wait for the engine / coolant to get up to operating temps. That's all it does.

    Looking at ElsaWin, to do this repair they basically remove the glove box, remove a lot of brackets and trim behind the glove box and pull back some carpet that in the passenger side near the transmission tunnel in order to access an earth cable and then they can remove the old unit and fit a new one.

    So it's not a full dash out job, but still not something where you want your car to be done first as mentioned above.

    I only found out by accident when looking at the MoT history online, there is a bit that mentions recalls and it said my car had one outstanding, then after a bit of digging and live chat with an Audi rep on their website they confirmed the recall. Think I will first wait for Audi & VOSA / DfT to send a letter to say it needs done, and even then, I'll wait a bit before actually taking it in.

    The Audi rep said the recall was dated 19th Feb 2018, so it's still very new and will take a while for Audi / VOSA to get letters out to everyone. Hopefully by then the dealerships will be more up to speed and better at doing these swap outs.
     
  7. Neil Clarke

    Neil Clarke New Member

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    we received our letter from Audi the other day.
    Hoping I can get it done without having the emissions update done at the same time.
     
  8. 777GE90

    777GE90 Member

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    Already have the emissions update on mine, it's not that bad, although DPF regen seems a little more frequent.

    Contacted Audi earlier today, said they will call me back but could lend me a loaner car if I pay £15 insurance, they want the car for a whole day. The guy I spoke to said he was experienced with doing these updates. Think I may go ahead with it, I thought this recall has been known about since Nov 2017 - I guess it only came into the UK quite recently.
     
  9. 777GE90

    777GE90 Member

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    Booked in for end of April now, that was the earliest availability so seems they are quite busy. Loan car is free after all as it's a recall.
     
  10. Jon B

    Jon B New Member

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    Just checked the MOT history website and mine is now showing due a recall from Audi also.
     
  11. A4A4

    A4A4 Well Groomed Audi Team Daytona

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    @777GE90 Try this 30 second job to fix the dash rattle https://www.audi-sport.net/xf/threa...the-mmi-screen-on-the-dash-of-a4-b8-5.295874/

    Also how did you (or anybody) get on with the 'Replacement Heater Element Recall'

    Not had mine done yet - Don't want my creaking dash BACK !
     
  12. Jon B

    Jon B New Member

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    Mine is booked in for early July
     
  13. feva

    feva Well-Known Member

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    Had mine done. No creaks or rattles

    Sent from my Note 8 using Tapatalk
     
  14. Thingy

    Thingy New Member

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    Got mine done last week by Sunderland Audi, no new noises.
    Car picked up from work in the morning returned for me finishing work all washed and vacuumed.
    free health check done at the same time, brake fluid change required £65.00 + Vat , A/C regas required £79.99 + Vat and one tyre down to 3mm Michelin £159.53, Hankook £122.69, Kumho £91.19 225x50x17.
    Going elsewhere for tyre and regas.
     
  15. feva

    feva Well-Known Member

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    Told them "do not wash or hoover mine, don't bother with the health check as I won't get the work done here anyway, but I'll have a free coffee and cake thanks"
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