Audi’s engines tend to defy the conventional logic: small displacement but big potential for power; temperamental yet reliable. While many of us are accustomed to the general care and maintenance “rules” that were based off of 1950’s Oldsmobile’s and Chevy’s, maintenance on your Audi is much different.
An oil change is an important part of your car’s maintenance regimen. Because of the synthetic oil used on many modern Audis, the recommended interval is 5000 miles. The B7 oil change is slightly more involved than the B6, but in many ways it’s more efficient, and most definitely less messy. It may seem daunting, but it’s quite an easy process. Europa Parts took advantage of a beautiful, warm March day to prepare a detailed DIY to help guide you through your first oil change on your 2.0T. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro! Some of the items are interchangeable; what’s listed is what we used.
An oil change is an important part of your car’s maintenance regimen. Because of the synthetic oil used on many modern Audis, the recommended interval is 5000 miles. Oil changes are very easy (albeit a bit messy if you’re not careful… like I was while doing this DIY), but may seem daunting to some because of how important they are. But fear not! Europa Parts Blog took advantage of a beautiful, warm March day to prepare a detailed DIY to help guide you through your first oil change. Before you know it, you’ll be a pro!
If you’ve ever installed new brakes (or even just new pads), you’ve undoubtedly seen the manufacturer state that you need to bed in your new brakes. Sure it gives you a procedure, but what does “brake bedding” actually refer to?
You’re driving down a dark country road on a cool, summer night, enjoying the sound of your turbo spooling as you power out of the corner. Suddenly, a deer jumps out in the middle of the road. You bury your foot in the brake pedal as the ABS pulses. What’s the ending of the story you may ask? That answer depends on how good your brakes are.
Suspension is an often overlooked but very crucial part of your car. Think about it. Every time you drive your car, the ride is cushioned by your suspension. For many people, the stock suspension on your vehicle is adequate for the daily slog to and from work. But for others, the enthusiasts (which, if you’re taking the time to read this post, probably means you), no stock suspension is good enough, even if it’s the factory sport suspension. Tracking the car or tackling your favorite section of windy road will highlight the deficiencies in the stock suspension. This blog article will cover the basics of suspension, why you may want to replace it, and some of the aftermarket options. Note: This article is meant to simply give you an overview of suspensions (I will uncover the topic in more detail in the future).
More likely than not, your Audi came with an awkward-looking front license plate holder from the factory. Lucky for you, Audi also makes a plate filler that replaces the part of the front grille that holds the front license plate with a part that is not made for a plate. This DIY will show you how install this license plate filler and clean up you car’s look in minutes. Remember: it is illegal to drive without a front license plate in many states so check with you local authorities before you do this.
The coil packs on the Audi A4 B7 2.0T have a tendency to fail and cause random misfires. Check with your Audi Dealer before purchasing new coils, as they may be covered under a recent recall. If you are not covered (or want/have to do it yourself), it’s much easier than you thought! Here is how.
If an air filter is doing it’s job, it will get dirty. As a filter gets dirty, the amount of air that can flow through it is reduced. Without the proper amount of air, the engine will not be able to produce the power it should; nor it will be as fuel efficient as it should be. On turbocharged engines, air filtration is particularly important as debris can damage or destroy a very expensive turbocharger.
The Audi RS4 B7 OEM rear sway bar is considered to be one of the best ‘bang for your buck’ suspension mods for Audi A4 B6/B7 (Sedan and Avant). The much larger, firmer 22mm bar from the RS4 will greatly improve handling characteristics by reducing the under steer and adding over steer. In other words, your A4 will handle better on tight corners, winding roads and even when changing lanes on the highway.