More than 84000 Volkswagen Passat diesels are a subject to a recall. In fact, this recall applies to Volkswagen Passat vehicles of the model year 2012-2014, which come with direct-shift transmissions. The automaker takes this step to fix the vehicles’ heat shields, which aren’t long enough to protect half-shafts. Because of this defect, vehicle occupants may face a fire risk. It may occur when grease gets hot enough to run and comes in contact with a hot surface.
Actually, in July 2016 the car maker became aware of the fires, which damaged the vehicles’ half-shaft grease boot pipes. According to the information provided by the engineers, a heat shield was too short. That’s why it failed to protect the right half-shaft grease boots. As a consequence, the grease may leak from the boots. This may become the reason of fires.
Details concerning Volkswagen Passat recall
Engineers also discovered that the overheating of diesel particulate filters occurred because they were overloaded with soot. It happened because of the upper boost hoses’ failures. Thus, Volkswagen found out Passat vehicles up to July 2012 had higher failure rates of the upper boost hoses. This means that the failure of hoses may cause compressed air from the turbo charges to escape prior to entering the combustion chambers. In fact, it may lead to the injection of more fuel than needed. It can result in buildup of soot.
What to do if you own one of the affected vehicles?
You are probably wondering, ‘’what to do if I own a 2012-2014 Volkswagen Passat vehicle?’’Here is what you should know. The recall will start in July 2017. So, as soon as you get a recall notification by email, you had better turn to your local dealer. In this way, you can get a replacement of the drive shaft free of charge. In other words, the dealer will replace the driveshaft heat shields with longer ones. Your dealer will replace the upper boost hoses as well if needed. Did you already use your financial means to cover the repair costs? In this case, you can turn to the automaker and ask for reimbursement program. Do you still have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the car maker using the following number: 800-893-5298. You also have the option of contacting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.