Audi Scheduled Factory Maintenance
Audis are precision machines and benefit from regularly scheduled factory maintenance. Once we get your vehicle registered we can set you up on schedule to keep your Audi running optimally. At the bottom of this page are resources to help you figure out when your next service interval is. If you have any questions, or if you’d like us to help figure it out for you call
Decades of Experience Working on Audis
We have extensive experience working on a complete line of Audi vehicles along with high-end diagnostics to troubleshoot common and unusual problems alike. Feel free to inquire about our history with Audi repair.
Audi Dealers vs Independent Shops
Dealers struggle with a few common recurring problems no matter where you go. Due to the volume of repairs they have to make, your vehicle is often not maintained by the same person each visit. Due to a combination of repair staff turn-over, hastily made notes, and rotating service personnel, it’s difficult to get personalized service for your vehicle. The more your drive your vehicle, the more unique it becomes, and the more useful a repeat service becomes. Much you like you create a persistent relationship working with the same person, so does a technician with your vehicle. This isn’t to say that dealer service is bad, but there are benefits to creating a history and personalized service. Not to mention, our diagnostic tools are industry standard, and we pride ourselves on staying connected with new trends as a matter of interest and habit. Feel free to inquire about our expertise.
We use OEM Parts
Audis are precisely made vehicles and benefit greatly from use of OEM replacement parts. All vehicles benefit from parts specifically made for them but some makes are extra sensitive to non-OEM parts due to variance in tolerances and improper materials.
Common Audi Problems
Most often from valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioners.
Ignition Component Failure
Most often from spark plugs, ignition wires, or ignition coils causing engine misfires.
Check Engine Light: Fuel Pump
Failed High Pressure Fuel Pump can cause a hesitation due to a failed high pressure fuel pump.
Keeping a Close Eye on Timing Belt and Water Pump
Although they can operate smoothly with no issues, frequent checks can lead to proper preventative care.
Check Engine Light: Faulty Torque Converter
The vehicle can surge forward although this issue does not generally need to be fixed immediately.
Due to ABS control module failure.
Due to incorrect oil filter replacements common at cheap oil service places.
CV Boots and Joints Wear
Common wear parts depending on driving habits and climate which are important to check on at every service.
Convertible Mechanism Failure
Due to hydraulic fuel leaks this mechanism can fail. Sometimes the mechanism will gradually lose function and can be addressed before failure.
Check Engine Light: Catalytic Converter
A common Audi problem resulting from build-up in the catalytic converter. Signs can show as engine misfires, emissions problems, performance changes, lowered fuel economy, and rattling sounds.
Check Engine Light: Oxygen Sensor
Symptoms include rough idle and bad gas mileage resulting from fuel delivery and combustion systems being thrown off.
Check Engine Light: Engine Carbon Build-Up
Common in models like the A4 due to direct injection, gasoline does not naturally clean the intake system.
Premature Multi-Link Suspension Wear
This can cause steering alignment issues and uneven tire wear. Tricky to diagnose due to noises not being distinct.
Erratic Turn Signal Operation
Flasher relay failure can cause your turn signals to behave strangely.
Popping Sounds From Rear of Vehicle
Due to a worn valve which stays open preventing pressurization of the fuel tank. Can cause strange vibrations and long cranks over 30 seconds.
Electrical Component Failure
Audi’s have long had many electrical features and components and as such are more likely to have electrical issues than simpler vehicles. Common issues include digital display issues, flashing lights, and burned out tail lamps. Using our electrical diagnostic tools we can effectively isolate and fix issues with OEM parts.
2020 Maintenance Intervals Gas and Hybrid Models Full Schedule
Audi Maintenance Recommendations
Most manufacturers have lengthened oil change intervals in order to claim lower cost of ownership figures. Although Audi recommends changing your oil every 10,000 miles, we recommend intervals of 5000 miles for improved lubrication. We consider this cheap insurance to lengthen the life of engines and turbos.
Bend, Oregon is a dusty place. Although dust doesn’t get much of a chance to get into your tank, some does build up over time. Furthermore gas quality can also have an impact. Your fuel filter is designed to eliminate particles. That said the more it filters, the more often it should be replaced. Audi recommends replacement every 20k miles for all TDI models. We inspect the state of your fuel filter carefully upon replacement and make adjustments going forward.
Your Audi’s brake fluid should be flushed and changed every 30k miles or every three years, whichever comes first. For performance models, or if you drive you Audi more aggressively we recommend shorter intervals. Brake fluid breaks down over time due to pressure and heat.
Air and Cabin Filters
As you can imagine filtering is highly dependent on how much is being filtered. Lifestyle and geography play a significant role in determining how often these filters should be replaced. For this reason we inpsect your filters at every service interval and replace accordingly. When air is restricted due to dust, debris, or residue, the system has to work harder which prematurely wears out parts and reduces the effectiveness of your air filtration system.
Coolant is typically replaced every 40k miles. We also inspect your coolant system to make sure coolant is flowing properly, and parts such as the thermostat, radiator, hoses, and clamps are in good condition. It’s important to spot and replace parts at risk of failure to ensure proper preventative care.
Although very important, replacement is only required at 80k or 90k depending on engine. Timing chains only require replacement on failure. Typically chains are built to last the life of the engine.
Importance of Fuel Quality
We recommend you stick to brand name gas considered higher quality. These brands have more to lose in terms of reputation and tend to maintain stricter quality control standards. Lower cost fuel tends to have more ethanol which reduces BTU output.
Pay Attention to Your Audi!
If you think something weird is going on, it probably is! Human beings are surprisingly tuned in to what is normal. If you think you’re hearing a strange sound, or if it feels like your Audi isn’t running normally, you are probably sensing a change that warrants inspection. Proper care pays dividends with Audis.