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Just had my march 2010 Q5 in for new hatchback door seal. It was leaking in the top coners near to the roof. Audi have issued a note to their dealers so there is an issue they know about!!!

Second issue is that the front driver side wiper blade rubs against the bonnet and has rubbed right through to the metal. I have been told by one other owner that he got a new bonnet after a year as the wiper had gone right through the weld/fold and the bonnet split. I too will wait and get a new bonnet so the stone chips get replaced after a year. It is a classic design flaw. Have a look---- you need a small mirror to see the damge on the dge of bonnet

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PS car doing ave of 42mpg for first 2600 miles and can get 46 if driving like old lady
 

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That is an unbelievable design flaw (wiper/bonnet) - I will check mine tonight when I get home as the wipers were in use yesterday.

Plenty of chance to check the leaking hatchback this weekend as I see we are in for a typical Bank Holiday here in the UK - RAINING !!!!
 

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Hi,

Just got home to check my bonnet clearance..... and there's a great big chunk taken out by the wiper blade arm

It's completely through to the bare metal.
I feel a trip past the garage at the weekend coming on......

Someone in the Audi design team is going to get some grief from the management once they find out it's a common issue !!!

I'll let you know what the outcome is next week.....

Cheers,

Mike.
 

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Just checked mine (got a facefull of screenwash in the process
) and although the clearance is "minimal" - the blades do not contact the bonnet, thankfully.

I can only imagine that the blade arms have not been pushed down far enough onto the motor spline, as an increase in distance up the shaft of only a couple of mm, would have the arm impacting on the paintwork?
 

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Hi,

Well, I took the car round to Aberdeen Audi yesterday. They looked, took photos of the rear edge of the bonnet and the wiper arm, and they're going to send the pics to Audi for their comments. The arm is actually hitting the bonnet in two separate places, right back to the bare metal
They also checked that the wiper was properly seated on the spindle, which it was.
I'm now waiting for them to get a reply from Audi....

As an aside, I also asked the price of a Space saver spare wheel, which i missed off my original order. The price quoted..... ?528
Where the chuff do they get THAT price from when the factory fit is ?110. I'm going to stick to the foam....

Cheers,

Mike.
 

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If the wiper arm is fully on the spindle and assuming that the motor assembly is a fixed position, it sounds as if the bonnet alignment may be out?

The tolerance is very tight, but still, either a fundamental car design or assembly error in this day and age !!

Hope it all gets sorted quickly for you.
 

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It shouldnt happen with modern design sofware which checks clearances automatically, but of course humans make mistakes.....this is clearly one of them.

I dont like our chances of a permenant fix though, they are going to have to redesign the wiper arms to clear better.
 

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It seems odd that it only affects "some" cars though (fortunately not mine at the moment) - which leads me to think it is an assembly, rather than design error?
 

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Hello all,

I have been a ?lurker? on here for some time, but now is a good time to post..!

I have 2.0TDI S-line (Sept ?09 build) with the ?wiper / bonnet? problem. Just have others have indicated the driver?s side wiper was hitting the bonnet in two places, one mid-way on the sweep and the other at the sweep end-point. Now I have a complete and utter distrust for anything to do with garages, so I decided to fix investigate it myself (engineers do that sort of stuff).

The problem is due to the wiper-arm securing nut being cross-threaded during assembly! The nut has an integral washer that should hold the wiper arm perpendicular to the spindle, when the nut is cross-threaded the nut sits slightly misalign to the spindle, the wiper arm then is off-perpendicular to the spindle and wiper hits the bonnet.

I removed the cross-treaded nut, replaced it with a new one, fitted it properly and guess what no wiper/bonnet contact (and back to approximately 3mm clearance).

So, in conclusion it seems Audi engineering and their tolerances are fine but the man on the production line has problems aligning his nuts
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Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Lee.
 

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Lee - pretty much as I thought - they were probably just getting ready to jog off for a Bratwurst sarnie on the badly installed ones?
 

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Lee - pretty much as I thought - they were probably just getting ready to jog off for a Bratwurst sarnie on the badly installed ones?
lol,they better ban the bratwurst sarnies before they build mine.if they didnt stop for lunch they could build them quicker!!!
 

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Hello all,

I have been a ?lurker? on here for some time, but now is a good time to post..!

I have 2.0TDI S-line (Sept ?09 build) with the ?wiper / bonnet? problem. Just have others have indicated the driver?s side wiper was hitting the bonnet in two places, one mid-way on the sweep and the other at the sweep end-point. Now I have a complete and utter distrust for anything to do with garages, so I decided to fix investigate it myself (engineers do that sort of stuff).

The problem is due to the wiper-arm securing nut being cross-threaded during assembly! The nut has an integral washer that should hold the wiper arm perpendicular to the spindle, when the nut is cross-threaded the nut sits slightly misalign to the spindle, the wiper arm then is off-perpendicular to the spindle and wiper hits the bonnet.

I removed the cross-treaded nut, replaced it with a new one, fitted it properly and guess what no wiper/bonnet contact (and back to approximately 3mm clearance).

So, in conclusion it seems Audi engineering and their tolerances are fine but the man on the production line has problems aligning his nuts
.

Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Lee.
Good work Lee.

First thing I'll check when mine arrives.

Cheers,

Kev
 

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Hi,

Bad news and good news....
I took my car in to get the wiper / bonnet issue sorted. I had 2 nice chunks taken out of the back edge of the bonnet by the driver's side wiper.

The bad news was that after 3 days, they returned the car to me in excatly the same state as it was when i gave it to them

It had been nicely valeted, but the two dmaged areas of the bonnet were still showing bare metal !!!
I think the wiper alignment had been sorted, but the paintwork hadn't been touched !
Straight back into the garage, where apologies were gushing. Aparently, the bodyshop manager swears "the work was done", but it obviously hadn't been.
So, another 2 days later i finally got my car returned and this time they've done a proper job. Nice paint job and no sign at all of where the wipers had been hitting.

The good news was that the courtesy car they gave me for the full period my car was with them was a 3.0 A6 S-Line
It was very nice for the week, but I must admit... I missed my Q5


Cheers,

Mike.
 
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