My car suffers badly from the wet braking problem that plagues the B5 platform A4 cars. After reading many postings concerning this topic on the AudiWorld A4 forum, I discovered that Audi has acknowledged this engineering flaw and has released two repair kits with the intent of resolving this issue. One repair kit (8D0 698 998) consists of replacement brake disk shields that attach to the wheel bearing housings and the second kit (8D0 698 998 A) consists of new plastic extensions that attach to the wheel well and engine belly pan. This article discusses the installation of the replacement brake disk shields.
The 8D0 698 998 repair kit contains the following:
one 8D0 615 311E (Left brake disk shield)
Digging into the Audi electronic parts catalog software ETKA, I discovered that these new shields are the same part number as the existing dinky little ABS sensor shields that they are replacing. This is common practice among manufactures to continually improve parts and supersede the older designs.
ETKA indicated that these shields fit the following models:
1998 - 2002 FWD and Quattro A4 or A4 Avant
If your car is still under warranty, Audi of America should cover the parts and labor to install this repair kit.
Disclaimer: I assume no liability or responsibility for any damages that may arise either directly or indirectly as a result of the application of the information provided herein. Please read instructions fully before attempting this modification.
· Floor jack and stands
One 8D0 698 998 repair kit from Audi dealer ($18.34 at my local dealer)
Just by shear coincidence, there was a torrential down pour
that dumped about three inches of rain while I was doing this install. Was the
wet braking problem eliminated?
eMail me if you have any questions about this install.