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The Most Commonly Asked Audi Questions for Drivers

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 3 years ago

5 min read

  • Advice
  • Audi
  • tips
Audi A3

Audi, or Audi AG as it is more formally known, is a world-renowned German automobile manufacturer.

Audi not only design their vehicles, they also engineer, market and proudly distribute them too. The company is a member of the prestigious Volkswagen group and has been producing luxury vehicles for well over 100 years.

WhoCanFixMyCar not only has Audi specialists in its garage network, we also have a host of Audi drivers on board too. In fact both the A3 and the A4 are amongst the top 20 most popular vehicles our drivers own.

Therefore, to aid our vast and ever-growing Audi community, we have compiled our pages for each individual vehicle into one big Audi FAQ and maintenance guide.

Audi A1 - Audi A3 - Audi A4 - Audi A5 - Audi A6

Audi Tyre Pressure

Regardless of the model, recommended Audi tyre pressure values will be noted in your owner’s manual as well as on the tyre placard on your driver’s door interior.

You can check the tyre pressure of your Audi either at a petrol station (at the designated tyre pump point), by a mechanic during a service or at home with the use of a handheld pressure gauge. These cost around £10 and gathering tyre pressure readings from them is a simple process.

To check your Audi’s tyre pressure with a gauge:

  • Remove tyre valve cap

  • Place pressure gauge onto the valve stem, press down until hissing sound disappears

  • Your gauge should show a reading, make a note of this then remove gauge and reattach valve cap

  • Repeat this process for all four tyres

To reset Audi TPMS warning light:

  • Turn ignition on, but do not start the engine

  • Press car function button on the MMI control panel, choose systems control button

  • Select “Servicing and Checks”, then “Tyre Pressure Monitoring”

  • Now choose “Store Tyre Pressures”, then “Yes, Store Now” to confirm

Audi Warning Lights

The warning lights in your Audi utilise a traffic light colour system.

Thereby, a red warning light indicates urgency. If a red warning light shines on your dash, you should stop as soon as is safe.

An amber/yellow warning light signposts an issue that is not yet severe, but requires attention.

Blue or green warning lights act primarily as informational alerts for the driver.

Engine Management Warning Light

This warning light indicates a fault/issue with your emissions system.

If the light flashes, you have a more urgent issue on your hands such as a faulty catalytic converter.

If this is the case, have your vehicle looked at by a mechanic as soon as possible.

Oil Pressure Warning Light

This is one of the most important warning lights on your Audi dashboard.

If this light (which resembles a dripping oil can) illuminates red, stop your engine immediately and consult your vehicle’s handbook.

You may just have to top up the oil level to extinguish the light. Still, if it remains on there could be a much more serious issue at hand that a mechanic is needed to investigate.

Anti-Lock Braking System

In the case of illumination of the ABS warning light; avoid sharp braking as much as possible and stop your car as safely as possible, allowing for a longer braking distance.

Seek assistance from a mechanic promptly to have this component inspected thoroughly and to avoid extensive damage.

Audi Service Intervals

Audi recommend a full service for your vehicle every 12 months or 12,00 miles; whichever milestone falls soonest.

Standard car maintenance schedules should be adhered to (which apply to all vehicles) such as annual oil changes, coolant and fluid level check.

If you undertake an extremely high mileage (e.g. you drive for work, and often in urban areas) Audi would also recommend an interim service every 6 months, in between full services.

Audi Oil

The best oil to use in your Audi is fully synthetic motor oil, with the grade 5W-40 or 5W-30. Fully synthetic oil is recommended for high performance in both petrol and diesel Audi cars for optimum function and the smoothest ride. The oil capacity of your Audi vehicle will be noted in your car owner’s handbook as it varies model to model.


Audi Car Battery

Like most other manufacturers, the lifespan of your Audi car battery is around 3-5 years. The replacement/maintenance schedule of your car battery will be noted within your owner’s handbook. However, despite taking the utmost levels of care, your battery can still die prematurely and indeed unexpectedly.

There are a number of signs you can look out for that signpost battery failure. Allowing you to prep or indeed save for a replacement.

Symptoms of car battery failure:

  • Corroded battery connectors and a swollen or misshapen battery case

  • Battery warning light illuminated on dashboard

  • Headlights dimmer than usual

  • Engine cranks slower than usual

  • Issues with electronics, such as power windows

  • A clicking noise when you turn car keys

Audi Common Questions

Alongside our main service categories, our Audi drivers have a number of queries that we want to help provide the answers to…

High oil consumption is common with Audis, how do I combat this?

You can preempt and thus reduce this issue by going in for a regular oil change. If you drive more frequently short distances then this comes especially recommended. High quality synthetic oil will also give you a better performance, and is the most cost-effective way to run your car.

Are ignition coil issues common with Audis?

Audi have recognised the relatively common issue their vehicles are encountering with the ignition coils. They state that the best thing to do if you’re experiencing issues with yours is to replace it before it fails completely.