Alpine A110 recalled in Japan due to engine or exhaust malfunction

Renault Japon recalls 1,150 units of Alpine A110. The engine, exhaust and bonnet have a defect, and reported to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism a recall (recovery and free repair).

Alpine A110

In the case of the engine, the position of the solenoid valve that adjusts the oil pressure of the engine oil is improper, so fine metal generated inside the engine may enter the nozzle and stick the valve. As a result, the hydraulic pressure may be improperly adjusted, the hydraulic pressure warning light may be turned on, or abnormal noise may occur, and in the worst case, the engine may be damaged.

The target is 350 vehicles manufactured from February 1, 2018 to July 1, 2019.

As a remedial measure, all vehicles and engine control programs will be rewritten as countermeasure programs, and solenoid valves will be fixed at maximum hydraulic pressure. And also, check the engine oil hydraulic pressure in that state, and if the hydraulic pressure does not satisfy the specified hydraulic pressure, replace the valve with a new one.

Regarding the exhaust, the electric flap control wiring for switching the exhaust sound quality is improperly heat-insulated, so that the wiring may be damaged by the radiation heat of the muffler. Therefore, the wiring is short-circuited, the fuse is blown, and in the worst case, the engine may not start.

The target is 460 units manufactured from February 1, 2018 to March 14, 2019. As a remedial measure, heat-resistant materials will be attached to all vehicles and electric flap control wiring. If the wiring is damaged, repair the damaged part.

As for the bonnet, in the bonnet latch, tightening torque is insufficient due to improper management of bolt tightening work. Therefore, the bolts may loosen due to traveling vibrations, etc., and in the worst case, the bonnet may open during traveling.

The target is 340 units manufactured from February 1, 2018 to February 11, 2019. Tighten all vehicle and bonnet latch fixing bolts to the specified torque.

Neither malfunction nor accident has occurred. The recall was notified based on the information from the home country manufacturer.

Author: Nabeel K

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