Problem Description and Possible Solution
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.
Average mileage: 110,425 (50,000–169,000)
19 people reported this problem
I became aware of the problem when I heard water sloshing around in the right rear floor area. Next, brake warning lights, then trouble shifting. Audi dealer estimated damage to "control modules" over 8,000.00 Insurance evaluated as total loss due to design flaw. Not the first design flaw in this car.
First my abs, ESP and suspension light came on. Then my check engine. Soon after that I noticed the tranny slipping and shifting hard. Then the almighty brake light came on and kept flashing. I researched it and I did see notes about water getting in, burning didn't think that was the case. Until later that afternoon when I stopped suddenly and I heard the sloshing. I had about 3 inches of rain water. It was the drain over by the battery. Filled with leaves and various debris. We unclogged it drained the water. But low and behold the car filled back up on the passenger side. As we speak I am stuck in a parking lot as my tranny will only allow me to go about 40 mph
The interior of my car filled with several feet of water during heavy rains. I found out that water accumulated in the plenum tray due to clogged drains from leaf debris that had accumulated. It took a month and $6k for the dealer to repair. They refused to cover it with warranty. Audi later lost a class action lawsuit due to the matter. I am done with Audi.
Had the same problem with the sloshing on the passenger side of the car - ABS, ESP, and brake light on dash flash. Tried drying it out for 2 weeks - still having the same problem. Replaced ABS module, ESP module and ECU. Still having the problem - New ECU needs to be programmed and don't have the SKC- very frustrating. I think I will try to check with my car insurance. Ready to give up. ABS module lost it's programming.
I discovered water in my cabin area (left hand side) front and rear after there had been a large hail storm. There was approx 20cm of water sloshing around and I could not work out how ir had got there as all the windows and sunroof were shut. After some web searched I found that this was due to the drain blocked due hail which caused the heavy rain to flood into the cabin area.