Audi maintenance tips

10 Audi maintenance tips

Audis are known for their reliability and durability. They also come equipped with advanced technologies such as anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC) and traction control (TC). However, if you want to get the maximum out of your Audi, you should take care of it properly. After all, a well-maintained car will last longer than a poorly maintained one. This article provides some useful information on how to ensure that your vehicle runs smoothly.

 

Importance of routine Audi service

Problem prevention

Keeping your Audi in good shape helps prevent problems from happening later on. For example, if you notice one of the warning lights turn on while driving, it might indicate a problem with the transmission fluid level. A simple checkup can help you determine whether or not there is a leak, and fix the issue before it becomes worse.

Long-term cost savings

Routine maintenance of your Audi can save you money in the long run. This includes repairs, oil changes, tire rotations, and much more. As the owner of an Audi, you want to make sure you are getting the most value out of your investment.

Increased safety

You should regularly perform maintenance checks on your Audi in order to keep it safe. Many things can go wrong in a car at any time, which can be dangerous. In order to prevent your Audi from becoming a danger to you and others around you, you need to have it regularly checked.

Maintenance tips to keep your car running smoothly

 

How often should an Audi be serviced?

Audi maintenance schedules are generally similar across models, although there may be slight differences. A service interval recommended by the manufacturer includes minor maintenance, such as brake pad checks, oil changes, inspections, and tire repairs. Generally speaking, these are performed every 10,000 miles.

Standard maintenance consists of major components like brakes, steering, and suspensions. This involves inspecting the entire vehicle and performing routine tasks such as replacing fluids, changing filters, checking battery voltage, and adjusting lights and wipers. Some of these tasks are done every 20,000 miles, while others are done every 2 years.

Dust and pollen filters are replaced every 2 years. Brakes require fluid changes every 40,000 miles, and spark plugs must be changed every 6 years or 40,000 miles. Transmission fluid needs to be replaced every 60,000 miles. Air filters need to be replaced every 2 years or 20,000 miles.

 

10 Audi maintenance tips

Oil change

Oil changes help protect against wear and tear, and lubricate moving parts within your Audi. This is especially true for the critical components inside your engine. If your oil gets too old, it could become thick and gummy, causing problems with performance, fuel economy, and emissions.

Coolant fluid

Your Audi uses coolant fluid to regulate temperature throughout the entire cooling system. Coolant fluid helps maintain the optimal temperatures needed for efficient operation. When your coolant breaks down, it causes overheating, leading to potential damage to your engine. In fact, even small leaks in your coolant system can cause major issues.

Battery power

Another key component of your Audi is the battery. A fully charged battery provides power to start your Audi and generate electrical energy to operate the car’s electronics. Over time, batteries lose capacity, which leads to less power and shorter longevity. To ensure that your Audi continues to function optimally, you need to check your battery regularly.

Transmission fluid

Your Audi utilizes transmission fluid to move the gears within automatic transmission. Transmission fluid keeps the gears lubricated, allowing smooth shifting and preventing excessive friction or the need for additional transmission repairs. As your transmission ages, it becomes harder to shift gears, resulting in jerky acceleration and poor gas mileage.

Anti-rust treatment

Although Audi care packages and the maintenance service they provide are good, there are some things that a service center simply will not do when it comes to maintenance plans. This includes rust proofing your vehicle. Applying an anti-rust treatment to your Audi is an extremely effective preventative maintenance tip that will protect your car from any kind of rust-related damage.

Rustproofing services

Timing belt and chain

One of the most important items on the maintenance agenda is the timing belt that runs inside the crankcase. This system ensures the correct rotation of the crankshaft, relative to the pistons and valves. If the timing belt fails, it could lead to serious engine damage. However, there are many things you can do to prevent this type of problem occurring. Most Audi vehicles come with a basic maintenance schedule that covers everything except the timing belt, so this is something you will need to keep on top of. The timing belt needs to be changed every 80,000 to 90,000 miles.

Check spark plugs

Audi recommends changing spark plugs every 30,000 miles. This is based on the fact that most engines use four spark plugs per cylinder bank. If you change plugs every 60,000 miles, you’ll still get the same life expectancy. However, it’s important to note that some engines require a longer interval. For example, VW Jetta 2.0T models require a 50,000-mile interval.

Rotate your tires

The best way to ensure that you are getting the most out of your car’s tires is to rotate them regularly. This practice ensures that every tire gets equal wear, and prevents uneven wear across different parts of individual tires. A properly rotated set of tires will help your car perform better, increase fuel efficiency, and prolong the life of your tires.

Clear sunroof

The sunroof drain system is part of the car’s ventilation apparatus. This system allows air into the cabin, when the weather is hot, while keeping out moisture and debris. Sunroof drains are located along the roofline near the top of each side window. They are generally covered with rubber gaskets and sealed shut. Because manufacturers don’t typically suggest routine cleaning of the drains, many people assume it isn’t necessary. However, regular cleaning helps prevent leaks, and keeps the drains clear of dirt and debris.

Air and cabin filters

Audi suggests replacing air and cabin filters every 20,000 miles. While this seems like a good idea, there are several factors to consider. Variables such as geography, seasonality, climate, and your personal driving habits may dictate whether you need to replace your filters more frequently. Additionally, it is recommended that you inspect the status of your vehicle’s filters at each service appointment.

 

Rust protection services

Audi maintenance packages offer standard maintenance services such as roadside assistance, brake service, and diagnostic service. While these are helpful, they do not cover everything that a car needs such as  rust proofing. The experts at Antirouille Champlain offer rustproofing services. Our technicians apply a rust proofing treatment to your vehicle to protect both the body of your Audi as well as its underbelly.

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