Brake Foundation Components Problems of Audi A4

Audi A4 owners have reported 9 problems related to brake foundation components (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Audi A4 based on all problems reported for the A4.

car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1996 Audi A4 1
Failure Date: 12/25/2002

The brakes are not functional, can hardly stop the car, within the first 150 feet when initially applied in wet conditions. This condition reappears each time after the vehicle goes for 1 to 2 miles without reapplying brakes to dry it.

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car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1996 Audi A4 2
Failure Date: 09/16/2002

Brake failure in wet conditions. I was driving on 95n in providence. As I was changing lanes, I lost steering abilities. When I braked I did not get a response and crashed into the jersey barrier then bounced off it and went into a 180 degree spin across 4 lanes. I was stopped by the guard rail.

car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1997 Audi A4 3
Failure Date: 09/26/2001

Vehicle had brake work completed.

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car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1998 Audi A4 4
Failure Date: 05/20/2000

In heavy rain conditions, brakes become unresponsive for appx 1-2 seconds, regardless of pedal pressure. I have been driving for 18 years and can attest that this is not a case of normal 'reduced effectiveness' associated with wet conditions. In certain conditions, the car will travel for 20-50 feet without any noticeable brake effectiveness. Yes, I do pump my brakes frequently under these conditions to clear excess water from the pads/rotors.

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car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1999 Audi A4 5
Failure Date: 01/01/2000

Wet braking performance is miserable! and dangerous- many second delays.

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car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1998 Audi A4 6
Failure Date: 06/17/1999

Vehicle experienced steering wheel and brake lock up. Mjs.

car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1998 Audi A4 7
Failure Date: 02/01/1998

Brakes do not work in wet conditions!.

car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1999 Audi A4 8

After traveling for several minutes on freeways in rain storms the first application of the brakes does not slow the car. There is a 1-2 second delay before there is any barking force regardless of pedal pressure. This isn't merely the typical lack of initial bite on wet brakes as with wet brakes the brake force will increase with increased pedal pressure. When this happens, instincts are to press the brake harder and when the water is finally shed the car will pull sharply in reaction to which ever of the brakes 'dries' first. Audi has designed and sells a plastic wing that fits around the inside of the wheel well at the underbody/wheel well interface to combat this but it only makes a marginal improvement. In addition, the 2002 Audi A4 comes equiped with this same shielding in an apparent awknowledgement of the issue.

car image   Brake Foundation Components problem of the 1998 Audi A4 9

When parallel parking noticed difficulty in the steering, later noice broken wires at front of engine. Brakes have always required extra effort and performed poorly.




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