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Overview Of How To Change Audi Oil

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.


As an independent Audi service garage with over 27 years of hands-on experience, we've seen many mechanical breakdowns on vehicles. Experience has shown that changing your fluids is the single most important preventive maintenance routine you can perform to avoid vehicle breakdowns. 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 car reach 150,000 miles and beyond!

Basic Overview On How To Change Audi Oil

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 change Audi oil Step 1

How To Step 1

Allow 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 change Audi oil Step 3

How To Step 2

With a regular screw driver remove the under-body plash pan.
How to change Audi oil Step 4


This is typically held in place by several screws on the bottom side as well as screws in each wheel well.
How to change Audi oil Step 5

How To Step 3

Open 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 change Audi oil Step 6

How To Step 4

Place 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 change Audi oil Step 7

How To Step 5

While 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 change Audi oil Step 7

How To Step 6

Place 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 change Audi oil Step 7

How To Step 7

Clean 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 change Audi oil Step 7

How To Step 8

With 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 change Audi oil Step 11

How To Step 9

With new oil lightly lubricate the new oil filter seal.
How to change Audi oil Step 12

How To Step 10

Thread 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 change Audi oil Step 13 - Filling Audi oil

How To Step 11

Remove 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 change Audi oil Step 13 - Max Oil Fill

How To Step 12

Fill 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 change Audi oil Step 15

How To Step 13

Install 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 change Audi oil Step 16 - Checking Audi oil level

How To Step 14

With 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 change Audi oil Step 17

How To Step 16

Dispose 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.
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  • Questions & Answers (4)
  • January 23, 2016
    Question/Comment from:
    Paul K
    How many liters of oil are required for a change (oil and filter) for my 2016 Q5 DTI?
    Answer from Huri of the blauparts technical team:
    In the question to us you referred to a 2016 Q5 DTI? I’m thinking you meant to type TDI? If you have the 3.0L TDI V6 the oil capacity is 8.3 liters. 9 liters should do the job for you. Also on a side note, make sure you are using the VW 507 00 oil specification oil as this is compatible with the diesel exhaust particulate filter system. Ravenol VMP 5w30 has VW 507 00 approvals and is a premium choice for TDI oils.
  • January 14, 2015
    Question/Comment from:
    John R
    Hi Guys, when will you get oil filters and service parts for the Audi S3 8V? Is there a filter from an older generaton engine which is the same?
    Answer from Huri of the blauparts technical team:
    Don’t believe we have S3 models in the U.S. at this time, Yet.
  • December 16, 2014
    Question/Comment from:
    James O
    May I ask why you recommend the 5W-SW30 and not the SW40? Usually the manuals come with the recommendation of the SW40 fully synthetic even as far as 99 AUDI and it does state of course that they should be 502-00 (in the case of 99) I was just wondering why SW30 semi-synthetic and not the fully synthetic SW40. We called AUDI and they repeated to us to use the 40... but if you have more info as to why choose 30, whether it’s the semi-synthetic or fully synthetic, I would like to know. I also see that the same car but the 2.7 (as opposed to 2.8) has a different oil. Is the 2.7 diesel or why is the oil so different if it’s the same year and all. Unfortunately none of the sites coincide with the oil type. When we called Audi they told us to use a simple 502 00 5W-SW40, with no further additives for a 99. They said additives sometimes are for newer cars or for cars with more HP... it’s very confusing b/c everyone says something different and some sites don’t even have the option to put 2.8; they only show the 2.7. Furthermore, the same companies that Audi recommends show different choices on their site; for example if one that Audi says you should get for argument’s sake I’m making this brand up: Brand Acme 50200 SW40 called Ultra; the site will tell you to get another one called Max, which is not on the Audi list, or even one that is SW30 that may or may not say Ultra in it. Thanks! PS We have a ’99 Audi A6 Quattro Avant 2.8 Li
    Answer from Huri of the blauparts technical team:
    I think what your saying by your comments is that everyone has an opinion and there’s no end to them regarding what type or brand of oil to use. Here’s ours based on our 25 years of Audi Vw service. 1) Use any weight you prefer as long as (and here is the important point to remember) the oil either meets Vw 502 00, or has the formal Vw 502 00 factory approval. Formal factory approval is preferred recommendation (It will say ¨Vw 502 00 Approval¨ on the bottle. The weight of oil is NOT as important as the the oil having the Vw 502 00 approval. Use only oil that meets or has Vw 502 00 approval. Vw 502 00 is an engineering specification for V.A.G. vehicles that ensures the oil is of high quality and suitable for the engine design. For your vehicle, use any weight of oil that carries ¨Vw 502 00 Approval¨ and your good to go regardless of oil weight.
  • May 19, 2014
    Question/Comment from:
    Gab
    how long do I need to use my audi q4 before. oil change
    Answer from Huri of the blauparts technical team:
    If your question was.. how many miles should I run my motor oil before I change it? To answer that question correctly please click on and read the linl entitled ¨How often should I change my Audi oil?¨ at this page>. http://www.blauparts.com/audi-oil-change/how-to-change-audi-oil.html
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