Service Tip: How to Change Your Audi Internal Fluids


Jesse Pastor Informs Us Why Checking Your Audi Fluids Periodically is Imperative

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Jesse Pastor, Service Advisor, provides us with great service tips on getting an oil, power steering fluid, and brake fluid change and why these are important for your vehicle!

How Do I Check if I Need an Oil Change?
When you don’t get an oil change, metallic shavings and other engine wear and tear particles shorten the lifespan of your engine, creating sludge that hinders the oil from circling in the engine the way it’s supposed to.

  1. Get the vehicle to operating temperature in about 3-5 minutes
  2. Pull out, clean, then re-insert the dipstick
  3. Make sure it goes all the way in
  4. Pull it out again. Be cautious as it may oil may be warm
  5. Oil level should be between in marks. If it’s too high/low, the oil level should be corrected.
  6. Oil needs change if the rug you used on the dipstick gets dirty and rusty 

How Do I Check Power Steering?
Look in your Audi Owner’s Manual for location, type of fluid, and if your engine should be running or turned off; sometimes you must also turn the steering wheel in either direction several times while the vehicle idles. 

  1. Unscrew cap on the pump and check if fluid reaches full mark on the dip stick
  2. Examine color: good power steering fluid will be clear, amber or pinkish in color. If color is otherwise, it means you are seeing bits of rubber from hoses, seals, or O-rings
  3. A Certified Technician should examine to determine if any of the power steering systems need to be replaced as well as fluid
  4. Never overfill your power steering fluid: as it heats up, it expands to do its job 

How Do I Check Brake Fluid?
Find the reservoir. Its location depends on the type of Audi you have. The brake booster is on the driver’s side of your vehicle, usually up near the firewall. Just in front of that, sitting on and connected to the brake master cylinder, is the brake fluid reservoir, usually a plastic canister

  1. Clean the top of the reservoir carefully. A small amount of dirt falling into the fluid can cause the internal seals of the master cylinder to fail.
  2. Open the top of your brake fluid reservoir.
  3. Keep the can tightly closed until you’re ready to use it.
  4. Look to see where the fluid level lies; make sure the brake fluid level is within half an inch or so of the cap.
  5. If the level isn’t high enough, add the proper brake fluid for your vehicle. If the brake fluid reservoir is empty when you check it, you may have to schedule an appointment to bleed the brake system.
  6. Check the color of your brake fluid.
  7. Because brake fluid deteriorates with use, it should be replaced by a mechanic if it’s dark in color.

Keep in mind:

  • All fluids above are toxic, so take used items and fluids to a toxic waste center for proper disposal.
  • Don’t get any fluid on anything that’s painted because these fluids eat paint, especially the brake fluid. If you spill any, wipe it up immediately and dispose of the rag ecologically!
  • Don’t get grease or oil in your brake fluid; either one may ruin your hydraulic brake system.

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