Audi Motor Oils - Information Page
Blauparts is here to help! Everything you need to know about Audi motor oil on one page. As an independent Audi service garage with over 25 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!
What are Audi motor oil quality standards and why are they important?
When changing your Audi motor oil it's imperative to use the proper Audi motor oil type for your specific engine!
Understanding a little history regarding the advancements of motor oils may help you make the right choice. Before automobile manufacturers began establishing their own oil quality standards (1990s), many owner's manuals referenced oils per SAE and API standards. These sanctioning bodies, such as SAE (Society of American Engineers), API (American Petroleum Institute), and ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) are still responsible for establishing oil standards for motorized vehicles.
Worldwide there has been increased requirements for vehicle manufacturers to reduce emissions, minimize their carbon footprint, and improve fuel economy. It was around the late 1990s and early 2000s that more demanding standards began taking hold. As a result, new advanced internal combustion engine designs have been engineered to meet emission requirements and fuel mileage demands.
Motor oil plays a crucial key role in meeting emission and fuel economy requirements. Thus, new advanced cutting-edge synthetic motor oil formulations were created. Around this time (late 2000s), manufacturers (e.g. VAG) began to establish their own unique oil quality standards rather than relying solely on API and ACEA standards. Manufacturers wanted very specific motor oil formulas for their engines. Developing and using their own oil specifications helped to ensure optimal performance. 2000 - onward Audi models require a motor oil that meets a specific Audi quality standard or specification.
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 motor oil specifications were designed, are required, and should be used.
It's also important to consider that many Audi motor oil change intervals are 10,000 miles or higher. Audi motor oil must provide maximum lubrication and performance. Providing stable long-term lubrication protection for extended Audi motor oil change intervals can only be achieved when the designed and designated Audi motor oil quality specification is used.
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.
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 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
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VW 500 00 [ Superseded to newer
VW 502 00 oil specification ]
- VW 501 01 [ Superseded to newer
VW 502 00 oil specification ]
- VW 502 00
- VW 503 00
- VW 503 01 [ Superseded to newer
VW 504 00 oil specification ]
- VW 504 00
- VW 505 00
- VW 505 01
- VW 507 00