MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed


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    MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    I just had the coolant expansion tank strap recall service performed. Took about an hour.

    The issue is the coolant expansion tank is made from two pieces that, over time, can separate. The strap is metal and wraps around the edge seal of the tank, holding it together to reduce the risk of separation.

    The technician first tried to attach the strap while the expansion tank was inside the engine compartment. That didn't work -- the strap is just long enough to reach and he couldn't get the ends to meet for the connecting screw. He drained the tank, removed it from the car, and completed the strap attachment on the bench. Went very quickly.

    For others getting this done, I would recommend that you tell the technician to remove the tank and do it on the bench from the start. The whole job will probably take no more than 30 minutes -- probably 20.
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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    Thanks for the headsup. I will make sure that's mentioned to my service advisor to pass the message to the R8 tech.
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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    When they did mine, the tech just released the tank from its support bracket without disconnecting any hoses.

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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    getting mine done tomorrow.

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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    Found some more photos here:

    https://www.r8talk.com/forums/5-gene...on-tank-8.html

    It appears that the rest of the world has already done it for the past couple of years and Audi of America is finally doing it.
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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    My wife had a Land Rover that had a similar design flaw for the coolant tank - and yes, it cracked... twice. I can't believe someone thought this design was sound for holding coolant!

    The strap also seems like a bandaid. A newly designed tank would be ideal.
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    Do we need to run our vins for the recall or is every r8 under those years eligible ?

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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisfc923 View Post
    Do we need to run our vins for the recall or is every r8 under those years eligible ?
    The dealer will ask for you VIN, but the recall does affect all first Gen R8's.

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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    Just had the strap replaced under the recall notice on my 2014 V8 R8. Seemed to take about 45 minutes.
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    Re: MY 2008-2015 Coolant Expansion Tank Strap Recall Completed

    Well this is kind of bothering me. I called the Audi dealer regarding the expansion tank recall. They said that the manager would call me back to schedule. I waited a day or so and then called back. I was told that I didn't need to do the tensioning strap. They had checked my VIN and it wasn't included in the recall. 2010 V10. I asked why I got the recall notice if I didn't need to do the recall. They said that it went out to all owners of the R8 for model year 2008-2015 but it was only for certain cars and mine wasn't one of them. Hmmmm....

    Has anyone else been told they didn't need to do this? I'm not totally believing that I got a "new improved" tank while others didn't. I'm going to certainly make a note that they told me I didn't need to do this so when the tank blows up all over the place they can replace it and clean my car up for free.

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