The 2010-12 Audi A3 TDI models are being recalled for a potential fuel line leak at the second fuel injector
. Per the NHTSA recall notification
--and just as with recalled Volkswagen TDI models
--the fuel injection pulses could coincide with the natural frequency of injector line number two under certain engine load conditions, creating additional stress in the high pressure fuel line leading to the second injector.
This additional stress may be sufficient for the injector line to crack and leak, resulting in a spill of diesel fuel within the engine compartment. In the presence of an ignition source, this spilled fuel could pose a fire risk.
Only Audi A3
TDI models built between September 2009 and September 2011 are affected by this recall. Audi dealers will inspect and replace the fuel injector line for the second cylinder when the recall begins in November. Dealers will also install vibration dampers on the fuel injection lines to prevent reoccurrence.
Owners with questions or concerns can reach Audi’s customer service at 800-367-2834, or they may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 for the latest information on this recall.