Clogged drains can allow rainwater to accumulate in the plenum tray (at the base of the windshield). The water may leak into the vehicle's interior, brake booster, or electrical components, which can lead to major problems. Our technicians recommend keeping the tray clear of leaves, pine needles, and other debris.
Car Problem Reports
Audi A4 Rainwater May Accumulate in Plenum Tray Due to Clogged Drains
Audi A4 Problem
Average Mileage: 109,075 mi (76,000 mi - 169,000 mi)
Visitor, 1998 Audi A4, 169,000 mi
water leaks on passinger side of console
Visitor, 1998 Audi A4, 103,673 mi
notce water on passenger side of vehicle, so said to myself I must myself I forgot to close passenger
window and a week latr afte heavy rain I notice about an inch of water on passenger rear floor board
and now I can"nt reset airbag light and no seatbelt warning or doors open messge
After a fairly significant rainstorm, my Audi had water throughout the interior with more water leaking in on the floor of the front passenger area (all windows and sunroof closed tight). When the car was started, it initially started operating only to stall and no longer go into gear. After it was towed to dealer, they could not figure out what was happening. After I did some online research and reported the drain clog issue that so many people have apparently experienced, the dealer then acknowledged the issue of the drain and said that perhaps the water had damaged the transmission module . . . after another day, dealer reported yes that the drain was clogged, the transmission module was fried and they would now fix the drain, replace all interior carpet and the transmission module for a mere $4,800. Since we bought the car used (1 month ago) and a fairly low value, we just got liability insurance so unless I can get Audi to do the repairs free for a know defect, we are out more than we paid for the car to do the suggested repair. Has anyone out there found success in getting Audi to fix the damages caused by this known defect?
I had this problem a few months ago after I left my car in the garage for a few months. Had to replace it.
Visitor, 2005 Audi A4, 76,000 mi
In the last few days when I leave for work in the morning the brakes are as hard as a roc,they will not go down at all so needless to say the brakes do not work when they do that but after awhile it will go back to normal,very frustrating and scary.