Audi is one of the most popular luxury car brands in the world, and with good reason — the company is committed to quality and cutting-edge designs. However, the brand has been plagued in recent years with a number of engine issues, with a number of recalls since 2015. Even if your Audi was not affected by a recall, those issues could make you nervous about your own vehicle and wonder how best to protect your vehicle’s engine.
One of the issues that many Audis that were involved in the recalls had were various oil leaks. As you may know, engine oil is essential to your vehicle’s operation — it not only lubricates the engine and helps keep everything moving properly, it also helps keep the temperatures where they should be and prevent overheating. If you notice your engine overheating or general performance issues, you may want to keep an eye out in your garage or driveway for evidence of an oil leak.
If you suspect you are leaking oil, bring your Audi to a mechanic as soon as possible. Because oil runs throughout your entire engine, there are a huge number of places the leak could be originating from, so it is important to have a professional help you determine the source before further damage is done.
Fuel Pump Problems
Another issue that some Audi owners were dealing with was fuel pump failure. This recall affected model years 2013-2018. If your vehicle was affected, Audi covers the replacement of the fuel pump at no cost to you, but if your car is not affected, it is still wise to keep an eye out for any symptoms of trouble with your fuel pump. Symptoms include:
- Engine sputtering
- Loss of power
- Lack of acceleration
- Poor gas mileage
- Engine fails to start
The best ways to prevent fuel pump failure is to try to avoid letting your fuel level get too low (below ⅛ tank) and to change your fuel filter on a regular schedule as recommended by your mechanic.
Coolant leaks are a problem that isn’t specific to Audis; it’s a fairly common issue that can arise in any vehicle, so it is important to know what to look for. If your car is leaking coolant, it is important to address the problem as soon as possible. Coolant, also known as antifreeze, helps to keep your engine at a consistent temperature, and prevents the formation of ice in winter weather. A coolant leak can occur due to a variety of factors, including a faulty radiator cap or hose, a cracked engine block, or even simply an old and worn-out gasket. Regardless of the cause, a coolant leak can quickly lead to engine overheating, as well as serious damage to other parts of the vehicle. Some symptoms to watch out for include an unexplained rise in engine temperature, sweet-smelling exhaust fumes, and low coolant levels in the radiator. If you suspect that your car is leaking coolant, be sure to take it to a mechanic as soon as possible for diagnosis and repair. In the meantime, you can help prevent further damage by keeping an eye on your engine temperature and avoiding driving in extreme weather conditions.
The best way to prevent a coolant leak is regular maintenance — while your mechanic is performing maintenance, they will check your hoses and gaskets, and will let you know if any look like they are worn or cracked and need replacing.
Trust Auto Assets with Your Audi
Your Audi is a luxury vehicle, and as such should be held to a higher standard than most. That means your mechanic needs to be held to a higher standard as well. At Auto Assets, we are prepared to meet and exceed your expectations when it comes to how your vehicle should be treated.
Located in Powell, OH, Auto Assets has been the premier European auto repair shop for surrounding areas including Columbus, Delaware, Dublin, New Albany, and Worthington for more than 30 years. We value quality over quantity, so we work with you to create the best maintenance plan for your car to help keep its engine healthy for as long as possible. Call or stop by today to get your Audi’s maintenance plan started!
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