While Audi is known for high-end luxury and performance vehicles, they are also known to be expensive to repair when things go wrong. This can be a major concern for Audi owners who wonder what they can do to mitigate the possibility of high repair bills in the future.
While adhering to your owner’s manual on service intervals is a good start, it can also be beneficial to learn more about how variations in driving style and environment can change when maintenance ought to be performed so you’re ahead of the curve in keeping your Audi in good shape. So what should you be thinking about when trying to maintain your Audi under budget?
Maintenance Items for Audi
There are several aspects of routine vehicle maintenance that can help extend a vehicle’s life in the long run.
- Oil changes: Often car manufacturers of modern vehicles recommend oil changes every 10,000 miles. This varies by specific make and model, but it is often recommended to do this sooner. This is because oil is technically the lifeblood of your Audi (and any internal combustion engine), and contaminants within it can cause engine damage. It’s advisable to change oil every 5-7,500 miles, depending on the car itself and type of oil used. If you have a performance or sports car Audi, you should opt for every 5,000 miles (or even sooner depending on how you drive the car) for oil changes, as performance engines are naturally under more stress and strain than economy engines. Further, using full synthetic oils means you will need to change the oil less frequently than if you use conventional oil.
- Air and cabin filters: Usually these filters are recommended to be inspected every 20,000 miles, but it’s best to look at them any time you have your Audi serviced. This ensures dirty filters can be replaced or cleaned if reusable filters are installed. The air intake should be as clean as possible to reduce the chance of dirt and debris being sucked into the engine. Note that if you live in a particularly dusty area, it’s likely you will need to change filters more often than someone living in a region with less dust.
- Brake fluid: Brake fluid is generally to be replaced every 30,000 miles or 3 years, whichever comes first. You should do this sooner, however, if you drive a performance Audi, especially if you drive it hard, such as at a track or other automotive events.
- Coolant: Coolant is often replaced every 40,000 miles. However, if you have any part of the coolant system replaced, such as the radiator, hoses, thermostat, etc., it’s important to go ahead and replace said coolant to avoid contamination.
- Tire rotations: Rotations should be done every other oil change, unless your Audi is a crossover or SUV, in which case it ought to be done every service.
- Spark plugs and timing belts/chains: For spark plugs, it is best to consult your owner’s manual for the recommended intervals. The same is true for timing belts, which are often recommended around 80-90,000 miles. Timing chains, however, do not usually need to be replaced at regular intervals. They can, however, show signs of needing replacement such as your check engine light illuminating or a clicking sound from the engine bay. If you notice these, have the Audi serviced as soon as possible to prevent damage.
- Transmissions: Check your owner’s manual for the interval for your Audi. Do not neglect this vital component as it’s essential to getting your car in gear, literally!
Monitoring the fluids, timing, and ignition components regularly help ensure your Audi is in good shape and can warn of impending trouble. These are aspects of a regular maintenance schedule that when attended to prevent catastrophic damages and high repair bills in many cases.
Euro Plus Automotive for Audi Services
At Euro Plus Automotive, we have been providing service to German and Japanese vehicles for over 30 years. We only hire individuals with expertise in specific makes and models, so you can be confident your vehicle is being attended to by an expert.
We provide year-round maintenance services from ASE certified technicians and do so at a fraction of the usual costs. Euro Plus Automotive can be found at 7107 Canoga Ave in Canoga Park, California 91303. We also serve the nearby areas of Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, and Los Angeles County, CA. Our hours are 8:00AM-5:30PM, Monday-Friday. Call us at 818-710-8244 to schedule a convenient appointment!
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