fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,660 miles

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1996 Audi A4 steering problems

steering problem

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1996 Audi A4 Owner Comments

problem #4

Oct 212002

A4 6-cyl

  • 66,642 miles


The tie rods of both front wheels were damaged. The rubber cap was broken on both and the tie rods had a lot of play at the joint underneath. The power steering pump failed causing noise when turning the steering wheel. The right front brake lamp failed.

- West Hollywood , CA, USA

problem #3

Nov 102002

(reported on)


  • miles
Audi of North America recalled their 1999 model A4S for failure of the tie rods. I own a 1996 A4 with tie rods that failed and Audi of North America and the dealership refused to repair the damaged tie rods under the recall notice even though the failure was exactly as outlined in the original recall notice sent to all Audi dealers. I read recently in the los angeles times that an owner with a 1998 A4 experienced exactly the same problem. It appears the recall should cover all model years of the A4. I requested and saved the damaged tie rods if you would have interest in seeing them. I believe this problem presents a severe danger to operaters of this vehicle and that this problem should be addressed immediately by Audi.

- West Hollywood, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 152002


  • miles
Control rods loose according to Audi dealer. Confirmed by independent repair shop. Indpt shop also noted that tie rods were also so loose they were hazardous and indicated on receipt to show Audi

- East Moline, IL, USA

problem #1

Jun 272000


  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Inner tie rods were loose and worn out which could eventually cause loss of steering. Recall for this problem, but this vehicle not included.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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