This article will provide the necessary steps and information on how to change the engine oil on a 2007-2009 Audi S8 5.2 liter V10. We will also discuss the correct Audi S8 engine oil specification, the oil change interval, and the correct engine oil capacity.
Step-by-Step Audi S8 Oil Change Instructions
Although this procedure is demonstrated on a 2007 Audi S8, this will also apply to the following Audi models.
- 2007-2009 Audi S8 5.2L V10 Motor Oil and Filter Change (D3 Chassis)
- 2007-2011 Audi S6 5.2L V10 Motor Oil and Filter Change (C6 Chassis)
Audi S8 5.2L Oil Change Capacity
- 2007-2009 Audi S8 5.2L V10 Oil Change Capacity - 10 Liters (10.6 US Quart)
- 2007-2011 Audi S6 5.2L V10 Oil Change Capacity - 10 Liters (10.6 US Quart)
Audi S8 5.2L V10 Oil Change Parts Needed
- 10 Liters of Audi S8 engine oil quality specification VW 502 00
- 1 Audi S8 Oil Filter and Seals
- 1 Audi S8 Oil Pan Drain Plug (Optional)
- 1 Audi S8 Oil Pan Drain Plug Sealing Washer
Audi S8 5.2L V10 Oil Change Tools Needed
- Regular Screw Driver (Used for under-body protective plash pan.)
- 6mm 6-Point Hex Bit Socket (Used for oil pan drain plug.)
- 32mm Socket (Used to remove the oil filter housing cover.)
- Assorted Rachet Wrenches and Extensions to Accompany the Above Sockets
- Waste Oil Drain Pan Container
- Pouring Funnel (Optional)
- Protective Rubber Gloves
Disclaimer: Always refer to the owner's manual and factory service manual for Audi oil change instructions. Blauparts recommends having an A.S.E. certified Audi mechanic perform vehicle maintenance. Always wear safety gloves and wear safety glasses when performing engine oil and engine oil filter changes.
How To Step 1
Allow the engine oil to warm. This can be done by taking your Audi S8 V10 for quick 5-10 minute drive. This will allow the old motor oil to warm up for thorough drainage. Open your hood. Locate the oil fill cap and loosen it. Loosening it will minimize crankcase pressure creating an easier flow for the old oil to drain from the engine, minimizing oil splashing. The oil fill cap can just be loosened, not removed.
How To Step 2
Lift the vehicle using an approved automotive hoist, or a floor jack and jacks stands so that the vehicle is in a generaly level position. To confirm you are lifting the vehicle correctly refer to your factory owner’s manual for the proper vehicle lift point locations and procedures.
Important Note: Before lifting the vehicle, you will want to put the vehicles adaptive air suspension into the “Jacking mode”. This is done through the vehicles MMI computer system. For more details on how to do this you can see your owner's manual.
How To Step 3
Using a regular screwdriver, remove the Audi S8 V10 splash pan. There is a total of 10 fasteners holding the protective splash pan in place. 3 along the front side, 3 along the rear of the splash pan, 2 in the driver's side wheel well, and 2 in the passenger's side wheel well. Tip the splash pan down and slide it out toward the back of the vehicle. (Image 1 and 2)
How To Step 4
Place a suitable waist oil drain pan container just below the engine oil pan drain plug. Using a 6mm 6-point hex bit loosen and remove the oil pan drain plug. (Image 3 and 4)
How To Step 5
Allow the old oil to drain from the engine into the oil drain pan container. (Image 5)
How To Step 6
While the old oil is draining Inspect the drain plug sealing washer and replace if needed.
How To Step 7
Clean any excessive old oil from the oil pan drain plug area. Install the Audi S8 oil drain plug and washer. Using a 6mm 6-point hex bit socket and torque wrench, torque the oil pan drain plug to 18ft/lbs. (Image 6)
How To Step 8
Locate the oil filter housing just behind the intake manifold. Another reference to the oil filter housing location is between the intake manifold and the fire wall. You will have to remove the plastic decorative engine cover that is located on the top backside area of the intake. To remove the plastic decorative engine cover, pull directly upwards on each side of the cover. This will release the mounting tabs. You might also have to move some of the hoses in the oil filter housing area to the side in order to allow for better oil filter and oil filter housing cap clearance. Be careful not to damage any of the hoses or wiring plugs. (Image 7, 8, and 9)
How To Step 9
Loosen and remove the oil filter housing cover using a 32MM socket. Before removing the oil filter and oil filter housing cover allow the oil filter to sit and drain. This can greatly minimize oil spillage down the backside of the engine. When sliding out the oil filter housing cover the old oil filter should come along with the oil filter housing cover. It is best to have several rags or a small waist oil container near to minimize dripping on the engine. (Image 10 and 11)
How To Step 10
On a work bench remove the old oil filter from the oil filter housing cover by firmly pulling directly upwards. It is best to pull straight up while rotating the oil filter. Do not remove the oil filter from the oil filter housing cover by pulling at a horizontal angle. Pulling the two pieces apart at a horizontal angle may result in breaking the oil filter housing cover. (Image 12)
How To Step 11
Remove the old oil filter housing O-ring noting its grooved location on the oil filter housing cover. (Image 13)
How To Step 12
Lightly lubricate the new oil filter housing O-ring with fresh motor oil. Install the new O-ring on the oil filter housing cover. Confirm the new O-ring is seated in the proper oil filter housing groove area as noted in the previous step. (Image 14)
How To Step 13
Firmly pop the new oil filter into the oil filter housing cover with the oil filter nipple facing outward as pictured. (Image 15 and 16)
How To Step 14
Thread the oil filter housing cover back onto the housing. Confirm that you do not cross thread the oil filter cover and that the oil filter housing O-rings are sealed and mated properly. Tighten the oil filter housing cover to 25Nm (18 ft. lb.) and wipe any oil residue from the area. (Image 17 and 18)
How To Step 15
Fill the engine with VW 502 00 spec motor oil. This is the only oil specification that should be used in the Audi S8 V10. The motor oil capacity of the 5.2L V10 Audi S8 engines is 10 Liters (10.6 US Quart). (Image 19 and 20)
How To Step 16
Re-install the oil fill cap, start and run the engine for about 30 seconds. This will allow the S8 oil filter housing to completely fill. Turn the engine off. With the vehicle on a level surface, make a final oil level inspection with the oil level dip stick. Add more oil as needed. For the best engine performance and longevity, it is best to have the oil level on the dip stick just to the top of the hash marks on the metal area of the dip stick. Keep in mind after the engine and engine oil warm the oil level will increase or expand. Never exceed the max indication on the engine oil level dip stick. (Image 21 and 22)
How To Step 17
After the engine has been run and before re-stalling the lower protective engine splash pan observe the oil drain plug and oil filter housing areas to confirm you have no leaks.
How To Step 18
Use a regular screwdriver to re-install your Audi S8 splash pan. It's easiest to slide in one of the front splash pan lower bumper cover corners and work your way around the front. Tip the back side of the splash pan up while securing it with the 3 mounting fasteners. Then secure the front side of the splash pan with the 3 mounting fasteners, followed by the 2 fasteners in the driver's side wheel well, and 2 fasteners in the passenger's side wheel well. (Image 23 & 24)
How To Step 19
If you did lifted the vehicle with an approved automotive hoist or floor jack and jack stands you can lower the vehicle as highlighted and referenced in your factory owner’s manual. Confirm the correct vehicle lift point locations and procedures as highlighted in your factory owner's manual.
Once the vehicle is on the ground you will not have to remove the suspension out of the adaptive air suspension “Jacking mode”. The vehicle will automatically default to the standard suspension setting upon driving.
How To Step 20
Using an oil change interval tag, log and note your next oil change service and date. The proper 5.2L V10 Audi oil change interval is every 10,000 miles or once a year whichever occurs first. The 10,000 mile or once a year oil change interval for the Audi S8 V10 applies only when using the factory Audi approved VW 502 00 motor oils. You may also wish to reset the vehicles oil change interval system for future oil change alerts. Keeping detailed service records is a must for proper vehicle maintenance and good future vehicle resale value.
How To Step 21
Dispose of your used engine oil responsibly by taking it to a certified recycling collection center.
Side Note: It is good to note in your records the current mileage at the time of your front axle differential fluid change, as well as, when you might want to change it next. We also recommend keeping detailed service records to keep track of your vehicles true condition. Keeping good vehicle maintenance records can help improve your vehicle resale value.