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If you’re an Audi driver, you’ll know that your car offers great reliability, provided that you take care of it properly.
One of the most important things you can do for your car is to ensure you always get your Audi scheduled maintenance on time.
Scheduled maintenance ensures that your car gets the tune-up it needs exactly when the manufacturer thinks it most needs it. By following the schedule, you can keep your Audi in top condition for years.
Want to know more about Audi scheduled maintenance? Read on as we take a look at some practical tips.
1. Miles vs Months
How do you know when it’s time for your next scheduled maintenance?
There are two ways. The first is based on the number of miles you’ve driven. Depending on the age of your vehicle, your maintenance will fall due when you hit each 5,000 or 10,000 miles. We’ll take a look at this in more detail later on.
The second way is based on the amount of time between your last scheduled maintenance. You should be working on a twelve-monthly cycle.
With two methods to go by, which do you choose? Well, it’s fairly simple. You go by whichever comes first. Let’s say you’re due your next maintenance at 10,000 miles or 12 months. If you hit 10,000 miles before the 12 months is up, you should book in. If 12 months pass and you haven’t hit 10,000 miles, you should still book in.
That way, you can be sure you’re always getting your Audi maintained exactly when it should be.
2. Alternating Between Minor and Standard
You don’t need to completely overhaul your Audi every time you have maintenance.
The official Audi schedule alternates between minor maintenance and standard maintenance. Your first maintenance will be a minor one, and the next a standard one, and the next a minor one, and so on and so on. If you forget which one you have coming up next, just check your maintenance documents.
What’s the difference between the two types? A minor service usually looks for any issues via a vehicle inspection and diagnostic checks. It will also involve a change of fluids. A major service is far more thorough, going much deeper in the inspection and testing of the components of your car.
Think of the minor maintenance as a quick check-up and the standard as a full medical.
3. Your Schedule Depends on the Age of Your Audi
Your exact schedule will depend on how old your Audi is.
That’s because Audi changed the schedule for cars sold in 2017 and later. That means a new Audi will have a different maintenance schedule than an older one.
If your Audi is a 2017 model or later, then your maintenance will fall on the 10’s. That means your first minor maintenance will be at 10,000 miles, or 12 months, whichever comes sooner. Your first standard maintenance will be at 20,000 miles, your next minor maintenance at 30,000 miles, and so on.
Older Audis (2016 models or earlier) will have their scheduled maintenance on the 5’s. That means the first minor maintenance will be after 5,000 miles. The first standard maintenance will be at 15,000 miles. The next minor maintenance is at 25,000 miles, and so on.
If you lose track of your mileage, don’t panic. Just make sure you book your car in for maintenance as soon as you can.
4. Additional Maintenance Items
There are some maintenance jobs that fall outside of the minor/standard maintenance 10,000-mile schedule. These are jobs that don’t need service regularly but do need looking at on occasion.
- Air filter replacement
- Front differential fluid change
- Dust and pollen filter replacement
- Sunroof drainage checks
- Spark plug replacement
- Transmission fluid change
- Fragrance cartridge change
For details of exactly what the additional maintenance items are for your model of Audi, and how often they need service, refer to your car’s manual.
5. Visit an Audi Specialist
It’s not enough to get your car regularly maintained; it also needs to be done well.
That’s why you should always choose to get your car maintenance done by technicians who have expertise and experience with Audis. Every car is different, and European cars can have quirks that some technicians may not have come across before.
By using an Audi specialist, you can be sure that your car is being maintained by someone with a track record of looking after cars just like yours.
6. Use the Recommended Parts and Fluids
The final thing that you should keep in mind is that your Audi is a finely tuned machine. That means it deserves the finest parts and fluids to keep in top condition.
It can be tempting to opt for cheaper third-party parts or to choose something other than the recommended fluids. This is a false economy, however. If your cheaper parts or fluids cause an issue with your Audi, you could be facing an expensive repair bill that far outweighs any savings you made.
Stick to official parts and recommended fluids, and your Audi will thank you for it.
Are You Ready for Your Audi Scheduled Maintenance?
If it’s time for your Audi scheduled maintenance then we’re here to help.
Our technicians are ASE certified. That means that they’ve achieved the Automotive Service Excellence standards required to achieve certification. You can be completely confident that your technician has been educated, tested, and certified. ASE technicians also have to take ongoing exams to ensure that they’re up to speed with all the latest technological developments in your car.
We’re specialists in European luxury vehicles. We’ve been servicing European cars for more than 45 years so your Audi will be in safe and knowledgeable hands.
Contact us, for your scheduled maintenance today.