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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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1997 Audi A4 brakes problems

brakes problem

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1997 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 032007

A4 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Braking performance seems to be dramatically reduced in wet, and especially wet and cold, conditions. This happens often, but does not happen regularly, and always after prolonged high-speed driving without brake application. The reduction in performance seems much more dramatic than would be expected from typical reduction in brake performance in these conditions.

- Cleveland, OH, USA

problem #8

Dec 302001

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
In wet weather, the effectiveness of the brakes is greatly reduced. There is about a 3 second delay before brakes begin to grab.

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #7

Apr 152001

A4 4WD

  • miles
Control arm bushing started squeaking indicating failure - did not know that the vehicle's instability at higher speeds and inability to track in a straight line were also due to worn control arm bushings. Searched www.audiworld.com site of Audi owners, found that numerous owners report driveablilty issues with worn control arm bushings. Audi of America and Audi dealer states that bushing problem is not a safety issue, however based on the numerous reports on audiworld.com, this is not true. Owners report having to change control arms every 35K miles or so at a cost of approximately $1,500 for each side since ther are 4 control arms on each side that cost approximately $300 each plus labor. Based on ntsa search, there are a number of complaints of this same problem; what will it take to get a recall of this potentially serious problem? brake problem is only when driving in wet conditions. Brakes do not respond normally - apparently water comes in contact with rotors easily. This problem could easily lead to an accident and there are numerous complaints about this in the ntsa database as well. The idle air control valve problem is a reoccurring one where the engine will stall at idle, or will not idle at all. With a manual transmission, this is especially dangerous as the engine sometimes dies when the clutch is depressed as you prepare to stop. Obviously this results in a loss of power braking and steering which could cause an accident. Please feel free to contact me regarding any or all of these potentially dangerous conditions affecting my car. Obviously I would like to see recalls on all three issues and will provide whatever assistance I can to ensure that this happens. Thanks.

- Dayton, MN, USA

problem #6

Dec 211999

A4 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Wet braking. Brakes failed to grab in a timely fashion, major delay in braking action led to my hitting the brake harder causing vehicle to skid sideways on a slippery roadway into another vehicle.

- Manhasset Hills, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 202001

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
Wet braking delay. Brake rotors seem to gather water on highway -even in light rain, and cause delayed stopping. When the pedal is pushed down it can take a couple seconds for the brakes to repond, causing an unsafe condition in emergency situations.

- Clarkston, MI, USA

problem #4

Jan 062001

A4 4WD

  • miles
The brakes don't grab when driving in rain, snow, sleet etc. There's a "lag" of a second or two before the car begins to stop. This happens every time you attempt to stop the car in these conditions regardless of speed. There are no brake backing plates on the front rotors from the factory. The rotors are obviously getting glazed with water and the pads are ineffective until the rotors are cleared of water. Makes for a very dangerous driving condition in inclement weather!

- Sandwich, MA, USA

problem #3

May 262000

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Significant braking delay under wet conditions.

- Westford, MA, USA

problem #2

Nov 151999

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
Lack of stopping when brakes are wet. At 1000 mi replaced all pads with german spec oem pads. Wet braking problems neglable. Did not need to wash underware as often.

- Nashua, NH, USA

problem #1

Apr 171999

(reported on)

A4 4WD

  • miles
Very poor initial braking in wet conditions, ex. Rain or snow.

- Woodsboro, MD, USA

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