Audi Maintenance and Repairs: The Most Important Factors
Luxury cars depreciate fast, and, in a 2020 study, the Audi A6 ranked 4th among the vehicles with the highest depreciation. You might still want to resell your Audi at some point, but you want to get your money’s worth out of it first. That’s why your Audi needs regular auto repairs and maintenance to keep it running well for as long as possible.
When getting your Audi serviced, you need to consider a number of factors like its mileage and the qualifications you should look for in an Audi car repair shop. Read on to learn about the most important ones.
Regular Maintenance Tasks
Just like any other vehicle, your Audi needs regular auto maintenance. Here are the most common.
Your Audi’s engine oil should be changed every 5,000 to 10,000 miles, and every 7,500 to 15,000 miles if you’re using fully synthetic oil. This will keep the internal parts lubricated and prevent wear and tear.
You should also bring your vehicle in for repairs as soon as possible if the engine oil warning light turns on as there could be a leak causing low oil pressure.
Tire rotations aren’t necessary, but they help lengthen the tires’ lifespan and improve your driving experience. Rotations are also quick and you only pay for labor costs. How often you should get a tire rotation depends on the manufacturer, but typically, you should rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles.
Your Audi’s braking system is vital to your safety and should be checked regularly. This can be done every time your tires are rotated. Brake pads should be replaced every 20,000 to 60,000 miles, depending on their wear.
You’ll need to have your car battery replaced every 3 to 5 years. Some signs that your battery is failing include electrical components not being fully powered, clicking sounds when you turn the key, and a slower crank.
Audi Repair Maintenance Costs
Like other luxury brands, running an Audi costs more than standard vehicles. On average, repairs and maintenance costs $200 to $300 every 10,000 miles. Here are a few common services and their costs:
- Brake pad replacement: $365 - $400
- Oil change: $130 - $145
- Tire replacement (all 4): $775 - $1,450
- Air filter replacement: $90 - $130
- Battery replacement: $300
- Electrical service: $230 - $1,200
- Spark plug replacement: $170 - $220
- Ignition coil replacement: $250 - $380
- Valve cover/gasket seal replacement: $135 - $260
You may also have to get more expensive repairs and replacements like a catalytic converter replacement which would cost $1,590 to $1,650. However, you can minimize wear and tear on your Audi’s parts with shorter mileage intervals between maintenance.
You’ll need to make a few major service visits during certain mileage milestones.
30,000 to 40,000 Miles
During your car’s first 15,000 miles or so, you won’t need to worry too much about anything beyond regular maintenance. Once you hit 30,000 miles, however, you should start considering your first major service visit. You’ll likely need new brake pads, an air filter, tires, and a transmission fluid change.
60,000 to 70,000 Miles
This is when you’ll need a second major service visit. You’ll need much of the same services you got during your last visit plus spark plug, hose, valve, and timing belt replacements.
90,000 to 100,000 Miles
At 90,000 miles, you’ll want to consider selling your Audi. At this point, you’d have gotten enough out of it to justify the cost of purchasing it, and its resale value will get much lower.
If you’re keeping your Audi, then you’ll soon need to make your third major service visit. You’ll need a comprehensive vehicle inspection to identify any and all problems. This will also help you assess whether you want to keep it or not. You’ll also need to transition to high-mileage fluids which have ingredients that help protect engine parts.
At this point, the wise decision will be to keep your Audi, as you’re not likely to get much money out of it compared to what you’ve invested. Be sure to follow your recommended service schedule. Once it’s nearing the 200,000 mark, it will be time to replace it.
The ASE Blue Seal of Excellence
Your Audi was a significant investment, so you can’t just go to the nearest auto shop because it’s convenient. You need to do your research and pick an Audi car repair shop that has ASE-certified mechanics and has the ASE Blue Seal of Excellence, which is granted to only the best auto shops.
Look no further than Auto Works of Brandon. We’ll keep your vehicle in good condition and help you maximize its lifespan with our auto care services. We’re confident in our skills and back our services up with a 3-year or 36,000-mile warranty.
Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (813) 381-5002, emailing us at [email protected], or by filling out our contact form.