Audi India would be recalling around 382 units of its flagship SUV Q7 due to faulty brake system in the country. This recalling process is under company's global exercise which includes recalling of over 70,000 units of sedans A4, A5, A6, A7 and SUVs Q5 and Q7 to check and replace the vacuum line in the brake system. In India, the Q7 SUVs, in-housing a 3.0L TDI engine, manufactured between March and December 2012 would be called back.
The company has sold over 5000 units of Q7 SUV in India, ever since the SUV was launched. The company official said, "Our dealers will get in touch with 382 Audi Q7 customers across India. They will arrange for an appointment at their workshop for vacuum line replacement. The process will take approximately half-an-hour and will be carried out free of charge." Audi India started a service campaign on September 25 and if the company sources are to be believed, it has replaced the faulty parts in 197 Q7 SUVs so far. The company said a defective vacuum line may allow the engine oil to enter the brake system, which can damage the diaphragm in the brake and affect its efficiency.
The brakes would still work but require a lot more pressure on the pedal. Audi said the technical issue of the brake is limited to the 3.0 litre diesel engine of Q7 and does not affect other diesel or petrol variants. To resolve the problem, Audi dealers will inspect the vacuum line with the non-return valve for possible leakage of engine oil and replace the vacuum line in case any leakage is detected. Dealers will also inspect the brake booster system for oil contamination. If there is oil contamination, additional components may be replaced.