Disclaimer: Refer to the owner's manual and factory manual for Audi oil change instructions. Blauparts recommend having an A.S.E. certified Audi mechanic perform vehicle maintenance. Warning: Please be careful when handling hot engine oil. Always wear gloves and wear safety goggles when handling Audi fluids.
How To Audi A4 Oil Change Video DetailsVideo Demonstrated using 2003 Audi A4 Wagon 3.0L 6 Cylinder V6 30 Valve Engine
Although the video and pictures show a 2003 Audi A4, the oil change steps and procedures also apply to the following models:
2002 - 2005 Audi A4 Sedan w/ 3.0L 6 Cylinder 30 Valve Engine
2002 - 2005 Audi A4 Wagon w/ 3.0L 6 Cylinder 30 Valve Engine
2003 - 2006 Audi A4 Cabriolet w/ 3.0L 6 Cylinder 30 Valve Engine
Audi A4 Oil Change Parts Needed:
• 7 Liters Of German Ravenol Motor Oil - Audi motor oil quality standard 502 00 required for 3.0L gasoline engines.
• 1 Mahle Audi A4 Oil Filter
• 1 Oil Pan Drain Plug w/ Washer
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Audi A4 Oil Change Tools Needed:
• Regular screw driver for under-body plash pan.
• 19mm wrench for oil pan drain plug.
• Oil filter wrench for oil filter removal.
• Oil drain pan container.
• Pouring Funnel.
3.0L Audi A4 Oil Change Picture Instructions
How To Step 1Allow your engine oil to warm up. Drive your Audi A4 for approximately 5-10 minutes, allowing the older used motor oil to warm up for optimal oil flow and thorough drainage.
How To Step 2 - 1With a regular screw driver remove the A4 under-body plash pan.
How To Step 2 - 2This is typically held in place by several screws on the bottom side as well as screws in each wheel well.
How To Step 3Open your hood. Locate the oil fill cap and loosen but do not remove. This will minimize crankcase pressure creating an easier flow for the old oil to drain from the engine, minimizing oil splashing.
How To Step 4Place a suitable oil drain pan container just bellow the engine oil pan drain plug. With 19mm wrench loosen and remove the Audi A4 oil pan drain plug. Allow the oil to drain from the engine into the oil drain pan container. This is located on the driver side of the oil pan.
How To Step 5While the oil is draining, inspect the oil pan drain plug and sealing washer. If the threads on the plug look worn, replace the oil drain plug. Reinstalling a worn oil drain plug may lead to the damage of the internal oil pan's threads, causing replacement of the whole oil pan. A worn oil drain plug can also inhibit the factory torque causing a poor seal and possible oil leaks. If the washer looks crushed it should also be replaced. Failure to do so could allow for oil leaks. While the oil is draining, inspect the oil drain plug. Blauparts recommends a new drain plug and washer every 4-6 oil changes (depending on condition).
As an independent Audi service shop with over 25 years of hands-on experience, we've seen many mechanical breakdowns. Experience has shown that changing your Audi's fluids is the single most important preventive maintenance routine you can perform to avoid problems. Yet, for many Audi owners, this seems to be one of the most neglected areas of maintenance. Thoroughly flushing your fluids at the proper intervals can help your Audi reach 150,000 miles and beyond!
Shop BLAU® KitsBLAU® Oil Change Kits which includes the correct amount of VW 502 00 spec Audi A4 oil and Mahle filter. Ravenol Audi oils carry Formal Factory approval and features CleanSynto technology; maximizing your Audi A4 engine life span.
Ravenol is revolutionizing motor oil with CleanSynto technology! Superior quality synthetic base stocks and advanced German engineered additive packages out perform other brands and provides maximum lubrication during extended mileage oil change intervals. Special CleanSynto technology improves engine cleanliness thus maximizing the engine's life span.
• Improved MPGs
• Quieter Engine Operation
• Reduces Engine Sludge
• Improves Engine Clealiness
• Maximizes Engine Life
Formal Factory O.E. Approvals
Ravenol carries approvals from many of the world's leading manufacturers, such as:
• Audi / VW (VAG)
The Ravenol brand has become firmly established in virtually all forms of European Motorsport. Ongoing technical support is provided to several series, in particular the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, where Ravenol is the official partner. Today they're used by an ever increasing number of race and rally teams and series: ADAC Formel Masters, GT Masters, Procar, WTCC, Sports and Saloon Car Racing, Rallying, Truck Racing, and Motocross. Ravenol and European Motorsport was the founding in 2014 of a general partnership with Hockenheimring GmbH!
Blauparts is pleased to offer Mahle Original Audi air filters. Mahle is an Official O.E. oil filter manufacturer and has been supplying oil filters to the German automakers for years. Since the late 1920's Mahle has set the standard in filtration as Germany's premier automotive filter manufacturer. Mahle's continuous engineering and innovation is driven by performance. Every Mahle Audi oil filter is built for an exact engine application. Mahle filters use the latest generation in oil filter designs and filtration media. All of this results in guaranteed long-lasting engine health and performance for your Audi.
How To Step 6Place the oil drain pan container in the area under the oil filter. Use an oil filter wrench loosen the Audi A4 oil filter in a counter clockwise direction. Remove oil filter minimizing oil glugging or splashing. The oil filter as well is located on the driver side of the oil pan.
How To Step 7Clean any excessive old oil from the oil pan. Install the Audi A4 oil drain plug and washer. Torque drain plug to 21 ft. lb.
How To Step 8With the 3.0L V6 Audi A4, now is a good time to inspect the oil cooler to engine sealing o-ring area. After some years the Audi A4 oil cooler to engine sealing o-rings take a set and can weep or leak oil. If there is some weeping noticeable simply tighten the oil cooler glan nut with a 27mm socket to 20 ft lbs. This will allow the oil cooler sealing o-ring to take a new set and seal properly for years to come. If the weeping or leak will not stop replace the oil cooler sealing o-ring.
How To Step 9With new oil lightly lubricate the new oil filter seal.
How To Step 10Thread on the new Audi A4 oil filter back into place. Hand tighenthe filter, don't over-torque! Over-torquing can make the removal of the oil filter during future Audi extremely difficult.
How To Step 11Remove the oil fill cap and begin filling with approved VW 502 00 Audi A4 oil. In most cases it is best to use a funnel to minimize oil splashing and spill over onto and under the decorative engine covers.
How To Step 12Fill the engine with 0.5 liter to 1 liter LESS then full capacity. Using the dipstick check the Audi A4 oil level, being careful not to over fill the engine. Add the oil until the proper oil level is obtained on the dip stick. The oil level should never be above the maximum oil level indicated on the dipstick. When the engine oil is overfilled, excessive engine oil burn and damage to the catalytic converters can occur. If the oil level is over the max dipstick level, the excess oil needs to be removed from the engine. [The Audi oil capacity on a 2003 Audi A4 3.0L V6 is 6.6 liters.]
How To Step 13Install the Audi oil fill cap. Start and run the engine for about 30 seconds. This will allow the oil filter housing to completely fill with oil giving you the opportunity to check for oil leaks. Observe the A4 oil filter and oil drain plug sealing areas for leaks. Turn engine off. If no leaks are found, install the under-body splash pan.
How To Step 14With your Audi A4 back on a level surface, make a final oil level inspection. Add more Audi approved oil as needed.
NOTE: The oil level should never be above the maximum oil level indicated on the dipstick. When the engine oil is overfilled, excessive engine oil burn and damage to the catalytic converters can occur. If the oil level is over the max dipstick level, the excess oil needs to be removed from the engine. [The Audi oil capacity on a 2003 Audi A4 3.0L V6 is 6.6 liters.]
How To Step 16Dispose of waste oil responsibly by taking it to a certified recycling collection center.
Note in your records the current mileage at time of oil change, as well as, when you'll need to change your oil next. For help determining the correct Audi oil change interval for your vehicle, see our "How driving style can affect your Audi oil change intervals" section. You may also wish to reset the vehicles oil change interval system for future oil change indication. Keeping detailed service records is a must for proper vehicle maintenance and future resale value.