$120 for an oil change? You have to be kidding me, especially if you do it every 5,000 miles with synthetic oil. Now, I know Audi says you can go 10,000 miles, but that idea dates back to the time when Audi had to pay for maintenance, and most agree synthetic oil is on its last legs after 5,000 miles, especially in a twin turbo motor. For about 50% cheaper and just 30 minutes, you can change your oil by yourself, or train your kid to do it for you in exchange for a box of animal crackers.
As the C5 platform ages, the Tiptronic transmissions can become troublesome. Audi claims the transmission is filled with “lifetime” fluid and does not recommend service of any type. That being said, the term “lifetime” is subjective and it’s naive to think that the fluid can maintain its lubrication properties indefinitely. If you have 1) over 60,000 miles on your car or 2) are experiencing hard shifts or hesitation, you may want to consider this service. This can be done solo, but there are several steps where an extra set of hands will come in handy.
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.
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.
All the air that enters your car, when the windows are up, comes through the cabin filter (a.k.a. dust and pollen filter). A lot of air goes through the filter each day for months and even years at a time. Although the cabin filter does its best to filter out pollen, dirt, debris, bits of trees, and rodents, it eventually gets clogged. Although the recommended change interval is 12K -15K or 1 year on most Audi and Volkswagen models, many enthusiasts recommend replacing the filter twice a year, during the Spring and Fall seasons. It’s a 5 minute job and does not require any tools! What could be easier?