Consumers have filed a total of 80 complaints related to Audi STEERING.
I was driving on city streets and steering became very difficult. Turning corners at slow speed was very tough and jerky. Control of the car was very difficult the slower the speed. Highway wasn't too bad but you it still took more effort than was normally expected/experienced. Firestone service noted a opening in the upper steering shaft. They spray lubricated the shaft and it appears to be back to normal, but since there the shaft is open to weathering this is not a permanent fix.
STEERING INTERMEDIATE SHAFT IS A KNOWN DEFECT ON EVERY MLB-PLATFORM AUDI MODEL. MY SQ5, LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHERS, HAS DEVELOPED A KNOWN DEFECT THAT CAUSES A SQUEAKING/CREAKING THAT CAN BE FELT IN THE STEERING WHEEL WHEN TURNING THE WHEEL. IT CAN ALSO BE FAINTLY HEARD. INSTEAD OF INITIATING A RECALL TO FIX THE ISSUE, AUDI HAS RELEASED TONS OF TSBS THAT ONLY COVER IN-WARRANTY CARS, EVEN THOUGH MAY CARS DEVELOP THIS PROBLEM WITH AS LITTLE AS 20,000 MILES. AT 53,000 MILES, MY CAR HAS THIS ISSUE NOW AND I?LL BE FORCED TO PAY HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS FOR A REPAIR THAT EITHER INCLUDES REPLACING PARTS OF THE STEERING SHAFT OR DISASSEMBLING PART OF THE STEERING SHAFT AND LUBRICATING IT. IT IS A BIT SHOCKING THAT 10 YEARS LATER AUDI IS STILL NOT RECALLING THESE CARS TO CORRECT THIS ISSUE ONCE AND FOR ALL. AS THIS ISSUE PROGRESSES, THE STEERING CAN PROGRESSIVELY GET HARD AND HARDER FOR THE DRIVER TO TURN POTENTIALLY INCREASING CHANCES OF AN ACCIDENT.
THE STEERING SYSTEM FROZE DURING OPERATION. SENSORS INDICATED CAR IS NOT SAFE TO DRIVE. THERE WAS HEAVY RAIN STORM PRIOR TO THE FAILURE WHICH ALLOWED WATER INTO STEERING RACK MODULE. THIS IS A REOCCURRING PROBLEM WITH Audi SQ5 BASED ON MY RESEARCH AFTER INCIDENT. MY CONCERN THIS SYSTEM FAILURE COULD HAVE CAUSED A CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENT IF FAILURE OCCURRED DURING HIGH SPEEDS AND HIGH TRAFFIC. ALSO, THE CAR HAD ITS REGULAR MAINTENANCE A FEW WEEK PRIOR TO INCIDENT.
As i was pulling off the interstate to use the restroom, my engine lost all power. I lost control of power steering and power brakes while in motion. I was able to come to a complete stop at the stop sign. I was able to restart the car temporarily and enough to pull into the gas station right off the interstate. I did not think there was anything wrong and went to use the bathroom. When i came back outside to the car it would not start. I had to use my insurance company roadside assistance to have the car towed to an audi dealership. The audi service department informed me that i had a turbo failure. There was scorching present when the sr tech viewed the turbo with a borescope. The car is known for this issue and hasn't been recalled. There are 2 tsbs that are related to turbo failure for these cars, tsb2044640/9. Thank goodness i had an extended warranty. I will have 2 new turbos, a new oil screen and pcv due to this issue and that is a 5 figure cost.
TL* THE CONTACT OWNS A 2018 Audi Q7. THE CONTACT STATED WHILE DRIVING AT 25 MPH, A WARNING MESSAGE INDICATING ?STEERING MALFUNCTION PLEASE VEHICLE? ILLUMINATED. THE CONTACT PULLED OVER, SHUT OFF THE VEHICLE AND ATTEMPTED TO RESTART THE VEHICLE, HOWEVER THE MESSAGE WAS STILL DISPLAYED. THE CONTACT LEFT THE VEHICLE AT A PARKING LOT OVER NIGHT. THE CONTACT HAD THE MANUFACTURER TOW THE VEHICLE TO A LOCAL DEALER BELL AUDI (782 US-1, EDISON, NJ 08817) WHO DIAGNOSED THE FAILURE AS A STEERING WHEEL SYSTEM ISSUE THAT WOULD NEED TO BE REPLACED. THE VEHICLE WAS NOT REPAIRED DUE TO COST. THE MANUFACTURER WAS MADE AWARE OF THE FAILURE. THE FAILURE MILEAGE WAS 60,328.