Today, our experts at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora want to provide you with helpful tips for proper Audi maintenance. Although much of what keeps your Audi running smooth has to do with the design and build of this great car, proper care and maintenance are required to keep it in tip-top shape so you can enjoy all the features it has to offer.
It Starts with the Engine
If you want to make sure that you don’t have any timing belt issues, have the necessary parts changed while the belt in your Audi is serviced. This makes it easier because the components are already being accessed, making them readily available. The items that you may want to consider replacing include o-rings, seals, the snub mount, and the Loctite thread locking components.
Another helpful item to check off your list is to determine if your water pump may be leaking. The easiest way to do this is to remove the splash pan. You will notice a coolant trail between the lowest spot on the engine and the pump if the water pump is leaking.
One of our most important tips for proper Audi maintenance is to make sure you’re brakes are road ready. Brake fluids need to be changed every 3 years or 30,000 miles, whichever time frame occurs first. If you want to save yourself money, hassle, and time, change the fluids at the same time you are having the brake pads or rotor replaced.
Heed the Audi brake pad warning light. It will indicate that the front rotors and/or brakes should be replaced. The warning light illuminates when this maintenance needs to happen in the next 3,000 miles. There is no sensor for the rear brakes, but if you feel a vibration while braking or hear a metal on metal sound when using the brake, then the rear brakes are in need of repair.
Suspension and Steering
If you want to determine whether your wheel bearing is in need of replacement, listen for a change in the humming pitch while your Audi is running at different speeds. If you hear a low humming when driving between 25-35 mph which shifts to a higher pitch when traveling faster, then your wheel bearing may need to be replaced. The faster the speed, the higher the pitch.
If you are experiencing handling issues, you will want to check your ball joints. They may need to be replaced immediately. The ball joints should be checked yearly regardless of how your Audi is handling. Changing your power steering fluid every 30,000 miles, particularly in hot climates, will help prevent hydraulic issues and potential damage to the components.
Driveline and Transmission
If you experience difficulty shifting, have the transmission fluid and filter replaced. This may resolve the issue. Transmission fluid should be replaced every 30,000-60,000 miles. Instead of replacing the entire drive shaft as part of your maintenance routine or if you are experiencing issues, you may be able to have only the outer CV joints replaced. The inner CV joints typically don’t wear very much.
Now that you have some great tips for proper Audi maintenance, be sure to contact us at Shaus Motorsport in Aurora for your next maintenance or repair service. We would be happy to help you keep your Audi running smoothly.