NEW! Step-by-Step Audi Oil Change Instructions
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Wondering how to change the oil and oil filter on your Audi? Unsure what type of oil to use an Audi? What is the oil fill capacity on the Audi? Blauparts is here to help! Your Audi oil change questions are answered in the video and instructions below.
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.
Extended Audi Oil Change Intervals
There have been increased requirements for vehicle manufacturers worldwide to reduce emissions, minimize their carbon footprint, and improve fuel economy. A benefit associated with these international requirements is extended Audi oil change intervals. Modern Audi's are now designed to reach 10,000 + mile oil change intervals.
Extended Audi oil change intervals have been attained using advanced engineering technologies applied to the development and manufacturing of synthetic motor oils. Using the wrong motor oil will likely damage internal engine components, reduce fuel mileage, increase emissions, and can void applicable vehicle warranties. Consequently, it's imperative to use Audi oil that meets your corresponding Audi oil quality standards.
Most German automotive owners want only the best fluids. Blauparts also believes in only providing oils that are formulated and engineered to meet your car's stringent specifications. High quality Ravenol of Germany long life synthetic Audi oil formulations are the right choice!
Since 1946, Ravenol of Germany has been at the forefront of innovation, creating high quality oil formulations which meet advanced Audi engine demands. Classified as advanced high performance and energy conserving, Ravenol Audi oils contain the highest quality synthetic base along with proprietary additives that offer unique profile characteristics specifically formulated for the advanced engine requirements of European cars. Their oil is engineered and manufactured in Germany, the playground of high performance automobile manufacturers including Audi. All of this results in formulations that meet Audi oil quality standards and can be used to achieve long life Audi oil change intervals.
As an independent Audi and Audi service and part specialist we've performed hundreds of Audi oil changes over the last 23 years on both our own R&D product development test vehicles and customers' cars. We've seen Audi oils subjected to a wide variety of conditions. A few factors to take into consideration are geographic location, environment, and driving style. They all have a significant impact on how the Audi motor oil works within the engine. Below are several driving styles that should be considered when determining how often to change your Audi oil.
Short Distance City Driving
We define "city driving" as a lot of regular short distance driving. Continuous city driving is one of the most stressful types of driving to subject a Audi engine to. A considerable amount of time could be devoted to discussing the adverse affects of this type of driving on your engine. However, it's more important to understand how it affects your Audi engine's oil.
Those who drive short distances should change their Audi oil more often than the recommended service intervals. City driving accelerates and increases Audi oil contamination. The following are two reasons why:
- Short distance city driving typically doesn't allow the engine to reach full operating temperature. The majority of the trip is spent in a "warm up phase." When the engine operates in this "warm up phase" there's increased coefficient friction within the engine, which requires a richer (greater) amount of fuel.
When not at full operating temperature, and as a result of the engine's internal combustion process, there is an increase of engine "blow by." Engine "blow by" is when both burnt and unburned fuel gases (exhaust) slip past the piston rings during the combustion of each cylinder. When this happens, the escaped gases end up in the motor oil sump or oil pan and motor oil.
Repeatedly driving in the "warm up phase" (not allowing the engine to reach its normal operating temperature for a significant period of time) results in engine "blow by," accelerating the contamination of the oil sump and motor oil. Short distance city driving in colder winter temperatures compounds these problems.
- The repeated engine warming up and cooling down that takes place with short distance city driving creates condensation within the engine. This condensation is often significant, typically forming and coating the inside of the engine's valve cover and valve train areas. This condensation mixes and contaminates the motor oil, diluting it, and reducing the oil's ability to lubricate the engine properly.
An abundance of short distance city driving accelerates contamination of the Audi motor oil and shortens oil change intervals. Conversely, running the engine for longer distances at normal operating temperatures (for 20 minutes or longer) results in cleaner motor oil and longer oil change intervals. Blauparts recommends a shorter Audi oil change interval from 3,000-5,000 miles for short distance city drivers. Shorter oil change intervals should help extend your engine's life, making the best out of poor driving conditions.
Other Helpful Audi Motor Oil FAQs
PAGE DISCLAIMER: The information below is 'General Information' and should be used as a guide. The Audi motor oil information on these pages should not be used as a substitute for what your vehicle owner's manual, factory service manual, or authorized Audi dealer recommends. Consult your owner's manual for the correct type of Audi motor oil that is to be used for your specific Audi model.What are Audi motor oil quality
standards and are they important?
• Can I use non-approved oils that don't
meet Audi motor oil quality standards?
• Recommended Ravenol Audi motor oil
specifications and features.
• How to determine what Audi motor oil
weight to use in your specific model.
• How driving and environment conditions
affect Audi motor oil viscosity.
Audi motor oil recommendations, specifications, quality standards, and oil viscosity weight are specified in your owner's manual. If you have lost your owner's manual and are having difficulty determining what type of motor oil to use you may wish to refer to our BLAU® Audi Motor Motor Oil Change Kits, which match the correct Audi motor oil for your specific model.
- Audi A4 Oils
- Audi A6 Oils
- Audi Allroad Oils
- Audi A8 Oils
- Audi A3 Oils
- Audi A5 Oils
- Audi Q5 Oils
- Audi Q7 Oils
- Audi S4 Oils
- Audi RS4 Oils
- Audi S6 Oils
- Audi RS6 Oils
- Audi S8 Oils
- Audi S5 Oils
- Audi TT Oils
- Audi S7 Oils
- Audi RS7 Oils
Highway driving allows the engine to reach and maintain normal operating temperatures for a longer period of time. This results in less Audi oil contamination. At highway speeds, the engine operates at higher RPMs for a longer period of time, allowing for higher combustion chamber temperatures and more efficient fuel burn in each of the engine' s cylinders. Moisture in the form of condensation along with unburned gases have the opportunity to "burn off," thereby keeping the motor oil cleaner for optimum motor oil lubrication. With each operating revolution the engine runs cleaner and produces lower emissions, resulting in improved fuel economy.
When the majority of driving is done on the highway, Audi oil intervals can be anywhere from 6,000-15,000 miles (depending on the manufacturer's recommendation). Extended Audi oil change intervals are only recommended when using high quality synthetic Audi oils. Some synthetic Audi oils are designed for extended oil drain intervals and can be ran for up to 15,000 miles. If your Audi oil recommendation is for extended long life oil change intervals, always use Audi oil that complies with the manufacturer's oil quality standards.
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Spirited performance driving or racing is when high RPMs, revving, "red line" conditions, and above normal operating engine temperatures are common. Often, aftermarket engine modifications significantly enhance the horsepower of spirited driver's vehicles. Some engine performance modifications can put arduous stress on internal engine components. These types of modifications and driving styles subject normal motor oil beyond its intended use, causing it to break down quickly. Off the self conventional motor oils shouldn't be used under these conditions. A higher weight or viscosity (i.e. racing) oil is recommended. Racing oils are engineered and formulated for extreme loads and high temperatures.
With race and spirited driving conditions, it's recommended to change the oil more frequently. Typically the oil change interval is around 1,500-4,000 miles, or after each race competition.
Ravenol racing motor oils are fully synthetic and produced from the highest grade PAO (Polyalphaolefins) base stocks combined with unique additive packages. These formulas are specifically engineered to lower friction under extreme high RPM racing conditions to increase reliability. European race teams have successfully used Ravenol RSS Audi racing motor oil to gain the competitive edge.
Ravenol RRS Application: Manufactured in Germany to exacting quality standards and utilizing advanced German oil refinement processes, Ravenol RRS (Racing Rally Synto) 5W-50 can be used for on and off road race car applications. It is also excellent for high performance street vehicles that are either partially or highly modified and see occasional track time.
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: Be careful when handling hot engine oil. Always wear gloves and wear safety goggles when handling Audi fluids!
Example Vehicle 2003 Audi A4 3.0L
Audi 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
How To Step 1Allow your engine oil to warm up. Drive it for approximately 5-10 minutes, allowing the older used motor oil to warm up for optimal oil flow and thorough drainage.
How To Step 2With a regular screw driver remove the under-body plash pan.
This 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 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).
How To Step 6Place the oil drain pan container in the area under the oil filter. Use an oil filter wrench loosen the 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 engine oil drain plug and washer. Torque drain plug to 21 ft. lb.
How To Step 8With the Audi 3.0L V6 , now is a good time to inspect the oil cooler to engine sealing o-ring area. After some years these 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 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 Audi VW 502 00 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 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 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 the vehicle 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 waist 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.
No, it's not recommended. Old petroleum-based motor oils are a thing of the past. Audi engine designs are too technologically advanced. All modern Audi engines are designed, engineered, and manufactured to exact tolerances using unique materials (alloys) to meet target performance requirements. Newer models also use advanced fuel injection systems that are lubricated using specific motor oil formulations to ensure optimal system reliability. These advanced engine and fuel injection systems must meet stringent emission requirements focusing on improving fuel economy without compromising engine performance. Therefore, exact Audi oil specifications were designed, are required, and should be used.
It's also important to consider that many Audi oil change intervals are 10,000 miles or higher. Audi oil must provide maximum lubrication and performance. Providing stable long-term lubrication protection for extended Audi oil change intervals can only be achieved when the designed and designated Audi oil quality specification is used.
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Using conventional motor oils that do not meet Audi motor oil quality standards is very risky. Using the wrong motor oils will likely damage internal engine components, reduce fuel mileage, increase emissions, and can void applicable vehicle warranties. Consequently, it's imperative to use Audi motor oil that states that it has been approved or meets your corresponding Audi motor oil quality standards.
Approved Audi motor oil is key to ensuring engine reliability, optimal fuel economy, and the demands of meeting today's emission standards. Consider the following examples:
- 2005-on Audi A4 and 2006-on Audi A3 models equipped with the 2.0 Liter Turbo engine, with FSI (fuel straight injection), have a fuel pump that is driven directly off the engine camshaft and is lubricated with engine motor oil. Failing to use approved Audi motor oil in these models causes premature engine wear. Over time, a ticking noise in the engine's upper valve train area will develop. This engine ticking noise is most noticeable after the engine has warmed up to operating temperature. To avoid this problem, be sure to use the approved Audi motor oil type Audi 502 00. Blauparts' Ravenol HPS 5W-30 oil meets Audi motor oil quality standard Audi 502 00.
- 2010 - on Audi A3 TDI and 2009 - on Audi Q7 TDI models equipped with what is called a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF). This filter catches diesel exhaust particles in the exhaust system and burns any black soot like material, which results in very clean emissions. There is a strong possibility of increased oil consumption (burns more oil) when using non-approved Audi motor oil. Consumption of non-approved TDI motor oils can lead to premature clogging of the TDI Particulate Filter (DPF), which is very costly to replace. Many DPF reliability problems can be avoided by simply using a motor oil that meets Audi 507 00 TDI oil specifications. Blauparts' Ravenol VMP oil meets Audi motor oil quality standard Audi 507 00.