How Often Does Your Audi Need an Oil Change?


Your Audi is a technological dream machine capable of incredible feats on the open road. But ensuring it purrs like it did on your test drive is dependent on several factors, and one of the most important of those is committing to regular oil changes.


If you're not sure when to bring your Audi in for its scheduled maintenance, don't worry as your Audi will tell you. The service indicator light resembling a wrench will activate when you reach the next required service interval. This occurs every 10,000 miles or one year from your last maintenance. The Service Due light is not the same as a Check Engine light and simply means it's time for your regularly scheduled service appointment.


There is also an Oil Minimum indicator light that resembles an oil can with a drop of oil on the spout and will display the letters "MIN". This doesn't mean you're due for maintenance, but rather that your Audi is running low on oil. This is not unusual, and you can simply top it off and continue on your way.


Every gasoline and diesel engine use a certain amount of oil during its normal operation. Oil use varies from engine to engine and may even change during the life of the engine. Many factors contribute to the rate of oil used:

 • Use may be higher within the first 3,000 miles, a common occurrence during an engine's break-in period.

• Driving habits, towing, oil quality, oil viscosity, engine rpms, outside temperature, road conditions, oil dilution caused by condensed water or fuel residue, oxidation of the oil, viscosity breakdown, etc. can also cause an increase in the amount of oil used.

• Oil use may increase with engine wear over time, until replacement of worn engine parts may become necessary.


It's important to keep an eye on your oil by checking the color on your dipstick every month. This simply requires you to remove the dipstick from your engine, wipe it off, and put it back in. When you remove it again, if you can see the stick through the oil, the fluid is fine. However, if it's thick and dark, schedule an oil change right away.


There are a few more signs to look for regarding your oil level and quality.

Loud engine noise and knocking - this occurs when you oil is no longer doing its job of protecting against metal-on-metal contact and should be addressed immediately.

Exhaust smoke - seeing exhaust vapor in colder weather is common, but if it is dark or being emitted during warmer months this cold indicate faulty engine parts and requires a professional diagnosis.

Oil smell in the cabin - Smelling oil inside the cabin is a big warning sign that something is wrong and there may be a leak. It could also be a sign that your Audi is overheating, and oil is burning into the exhaust area.



2019 Audi Maintenance Schedule for All Models 


Minor Maintenance are service requirements performed every year and are meant to keep your Audi in exceptional condition for years to come. These services include:

  • Brake system - Check the thickness of the brake pad
  • Engine oil and oil filter - Change oil and replace filter
  • Multi-point inspection - Complete
  • Service reminder indicator display - Reset display
  • Tire repair kit - Check and record the completeness and expiration date (if equipped)

Understanding the importance of regular oil changes and the signs you might be in need of one, are the key to keeping your Audi performing exceptionally for years to come. If you think you might have an oil issue or just aren't sure when you're due for maintenance, the service team at Audi San Juan will be happy to help you set a starting point for all future scheduled maintenance. Just give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!

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