When driving an Audi, you expect high-performance, sleek design, and reliability. These features and more are what Audi presents each of its drivers.
To ensure their vehicle remains in this optimal condition, the owner has to keep up a proper maintenance schedule. When determining the best maintenance schedule for your Audi, you also have to take into account the electrical system.
Audi has been known to have electrical issues that occur randomly during the lifespan of the vehicle. Of course, not every single Audi will have electrical problems, but it is helpful to be aware of the type of issues that can arise.
The electrical problems listed below will indicate to you what you can potentially expect with your Audi and when it is time to have your Audi serviced.
A majority of electrical issues in your Audi stem from battery issues. The Audi battery is designed to last about two years, but this lifespan can be significantly decreased depending on the climate that you live in or if the battery was faulty at the factory.
The battery terminal is often exposed under the hood, so the harsh climates will cause corrosion. The more corrosion that builds up, the more likely it is that the battery will fail. The corrosion will interrupt the current flow and can eventually lead to your Audi not starting at all. Just as the engine plays a crucial part in the startup, so does the battery.
When the battery is nearing the end of its life, you will start to hear a clicking noise when attempting to start the engine. You may also experience slow cranking. Both of these signs indicate that the battery is having a difficult time responding to your turn of the key in the ignition.
If the corrosion is mild, then it can be cleaned off with some water, baking soda, and an old toothbrush. But this should be avoided if you don’t feel comfortable doing it. Always let your trusted mechanic address Audi electrical issues so you do not put yourself in danger.
Water damage is another issue that will lead to electrical problems in your Audi. The Multi-Media Interface (MMI) is in control of many entertainment features, the navigation system, and other electrical entertainment components. This interface is unfortunately located under the cup holders in all of the modern Audis. As you can guess, water or other liquids can leak through minuscule cracks in the cup holders and onto the interface.
Liquid spills or leaks lead to the entire system burning out. From there, a complete interface replacement is required for the electrical entertainment systems to function again. The best way to avoid this electrical problem is to properly seal all drinks that you bring into your Audi.
Faulty Window Motor
One last electrical problem to be aware of is related to the window motor. Audi now makes its vehicles with electrical windows. When you push the button to lower or raise a window, an electrical signal is sent to the window motor and regulator. With electrical commands, there is always a chance that the windows will not respond when you push the button. This can trace back to battery issues, as mentioned above, or to a blown fuse.
Having tinted windows will also negatively affect the window motor over time, because it makes the window heavier. Eventually, the window motor and electrical command system can fail.
Fixing the Electrical Problems
Keeping your Audi in the best condition possible is how you extend the life of your Audi. When electrical issues occur, essential functions are negatively affected. The best thing to do is to bring your Audi to your trusted mechanics at Auto Imports of Denver in Denver. CO.
When you arrive at your previously-scheduled appointment time, one of our trained and certified technicians will use the latest and most up-to-date diagnostic tools to determine the cause of the electrical issue. Once that has been identified, high-quality parts are used to fix all electrical issues.
You will be happy that you brought your Audi to us for repairs and maintenance. We will get you safely back on the road, driving your vehicle with confidence. Call us today to make a convenient appointment.
* Audi S5 Car image credit goes to: Bobislav.