Porsche and Audi recall cars to fix first recall

It’s never a good feeling when you have to take your car for an encore job. This feeling is even worse if you’ve spent quite a bit of money on a fancy car that’s been recalled. Admittedly, some high-end car recalls are quite limited, as one Bentley Flying Spur owner can attest. The latest recall from Porsche and Audi, however, affects a number of cars and SUVs. And to complicate matters, it’s a callback to respond to a previous callback.

Audi and Porsche issue second suspension-related recall because first one not done properly

Large number of Porsche Cayenne SUVs gathered for emissions-related recall work | JAN WOITAS/DPA/AFP via Getty Images

Now, recall-related “whoopsies” are not uncommon in the automotive world. For example, Subaru is currently facing a class action lawsuit over some alleged BRZ engine recall issues. Luckily, this new Porsche and Audi recall suite isn’t quite as potentially catastrophic. Nevertheless, this is still a recall repair.

In mid-2021, Porsche and Audi issued recalls for several passenger cars and SUVs due to possible suspension faults. The brands have received multiple incident reports from the field of steering wheels suddenly losing alignment or vehicles pulling to one side. It turns out that a large number of rear axle trailing arms of Porsche and Audi models were assembled with defective lock nuts. Under repeated stress, the nuts broke, messing up the rear axle alignment and increasing the risk of a crash. Fortunately, there have been no reports of accidents or fatalities, consumer reports said.

To solve the problem, Porsche and Audi installed new, stronger lock nuts on approximately 42,500 vehicles. Job done, right? Well, not quite.

Since the recall involved suspension tuning, Porsche and Audi technicians had to give the affected cars wheel alignments. But although this is common practice even for non-recall jobs, the recall instructions do not specify this, CR Explain. Thus, some technicians performed an alignment, and others did not. And a misaligned axle can lead to uneven tire wear, a vibrating and pulling steering wheel, and potentially an accident.

Thus, the second Porsche and Audi recall.

Which Audi and Porsche vehicles are affected by this new recall?

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The first suspension recall affected a host of Audi vehicles as well as the Porsche Macan and Cayenne. As of this writing, the Macan appears to be left out of this redo recall. Also, not all 42,500 vehicles and changes from the first recall are part of the second. But that still leaves, according to NHTSA reports, 31,058 Audis affected and 1,241 Cayennes afflicted.

On the Porsche side, the recall only concerns the Cayenne 2021-2022. Audi, on the other hand, has a wider range of cars and SUVs to browse. This array includes the following models:

  • 2020-2021 A4 Allroad and Sedan
  • 2019-2021 A5 Sportback
  • Coupe and Convertible A5 2020-2021
  • 2020-2021 A6 Allroad and Sedan
  • 2020-2021 A7
  • 2020-2021 A8
  • 2020-2021 Q5
  • 2021 Q5 Sportback
  • 2021 Q7
  • 2021 Q8
  • 2019-2021 RS5 Sportback
  • 2021 RS6 Front
  • 2021 RS7
  • 2021 RS Q8
  • 2019-2021 S5 Sportback
  • 2020-2021 S5 Coupe and Convertible
  • 2020-2021 S6 Sedan
  • 2020-2021 S7
  • 2020-2021 S8
  • 2020-2021 SQ5
  • SQ5 Sportback 2021
  • 2021 SQ7
  • 2021 SQ8

A fix is ​​coming soon, but try not to drive an affected car in the meantime

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If you are unsure whether your Porsche or Audi is part of this new recall, you can enter the VIN on the NHTSA website. Both brands will also be mailing recall notices shortly.

As for the repair, it is essentially a good alignment of the wheels. But while the recall job isn’t extensive per se, as always, bring or tow your car to your local Porsche or Audi dealership. Do not attempt to do the recall work yourself. It is technically possible to drive a car with a misaligned rear axle, but it is neither recommended nor safe. So unless you absolutely have to, park your car and have it towed.

On that note, if you’ve already repaired your Audi or Porsche due to misalignment, the companies will reimburse you. Technicians will also inspect and replace prematurely worn tires free of charge.

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