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Reasons for Your Audi’s Heavy Oil Consumption

Audi is irrefutably one of the best vehicles in the market in terms of performance. Over the years, the German manufacturer has made it their business to produce some of the most exemplary cars that offer luxury, comfort and excellent performance rolled into sleek and stylish automobiles. While the Audi is all this and so much more, it is also notorious when it comes to oil consumption. This is because most users testify to the fact that the car consumes a lot more oil than other cars would need to cover certain distances.

Fuel consumption varies from model to model, and for each of them there is an acceptable range that is considered to be normal. Engines have continued to evolve so that they require less oil in between changing periods even after covering several thousand miles. In many Audis, this may not be the case because many drivers constantly find that they have to top up their oil levels even before the recommended changing times. This is mostly experienced by Audis that have the 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

Why it Happens

Some of the main reasons why the engine in your Audi might be consuming excess oil include:

Wear and tear

As the engine components are almost always in motion as long as the car is in use, they are increasingly prone to wear and tear. This can happen faster than the manufacturer anticipated when recommending the servicing intervals. The most commonly affected parts include the spark plugs, the catalytic converter as well as the valves that control the amount of oil that is allowed into the engine.

Leakage

This can be as a result of the above mentioned wear and tear, or cracks in the engine components. If oil is not injected into the engine, it is probably leaking into other parts of the car and as a result burning from the overheated engine parts. Noticing pools of oil under your car when parked or smoke coming from under the hood all point to this problem. If the oil leaks, you will definitely need to refill it more often than the manufacturer recommended.

Excessive residue deposits

Over time, the continuous use of the car will lead to clogging in the exhaust of the car. This clogging results from the soil, dust particles and tiny stones that may find their way into the oil and form a slurry residue that blocks the valves. This blockage affects the flow of oil and compromises the overall fuel efficiency of the car.

Tips to Improve Oil Consumption

While it is correct to say that Audi drivers will more likely than not experience heavy oil consumption, they can still try to maintain lower oil consumption in their cars. This can be achieved by using chemical engine flush in the process of changing the oil. This will combine with old oil and dissolve the residue and ensure that all of it is removed during the change.

Once the engine is completely clean, adding a fuel system cleaner into the fuel tank will prevent the deposits that cause blockages from forming. By breaking down the deposits, the oil is able to be atomized and burnt efficiently. In addition, you can add friction-reducing additives in the engine to reduce the wear and tear. This will counter the friction that makes the components faulty, cause leakage, and reduce oil efficiency.

Go to the Pros

Keeping the engine well lubricated and free of residual blockage will go a long way towards ensuring that your Audi consumes acceptable amounts of oil to cover Audi Oil Drainage reasonable miles before needing a change. Increasingly topping up oil after driving over short distances can be a nightmare to the driver.

In order to prevent this, you need a genuine servicing partner that understands the needs of your Audi’s engine. This is because they will not only help you with the oil changes, but they will also put in measures that will go a long way to ensure that your Audi literally goes a long way before you require a top up of oil.

For Audi owners in and around Tucson, AZ, you no longer have to worry. This is because Group One Motorwerks has an experienced and dedicated team that is ready to sort out your engine problems and improve your car’s oil consumption. Give us a call today to get started!

Audi RS 3 Tail Light

Reasons Behind Failed Tail Lights in an Audi

Truly representing the very top level of design work, Audi is known for its sleek, stylish, and yet timeless cars. A marriage of design perfection and trusted German engineering, means Audi vehicles turn heads whenever they hit the road. However, simple elements, like a failed tail light, can become instantly noticeable upon an otherwise top-tier motor. In this article we’ll be clearing up, and explaining the reasons behind a failed tail light and how best to seek repairs.

A Little Bit About Tail Lights

Tail lights and brake lights are located within the same cluster at the rear of your vehicle. Tail lights are illuminated when you switch your car lights on. Brake lights illuminate only when you press your brake pedal, indicating to drivers that you’re vehicle is slowing or stopping.

In Audis, the tail lights are comprised of LEDs, which stands for Light Emitting Diode. Older cars, and some manufacturers tend to use CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Light. LEDs represent a more superior lighting system, as they are more efficient, and environmentally friendly, release little heat, and offer longevity, usually lasting within a vehicle for 50,000+ hours, compared to a CFL bulb at round 10,000+ hours.

Reasons the Tail Lights have Failed

There are four key reasons why LED tail lights may fail: the battery, a cracked casing, a blown fuse, or a faulty or broken bulb. You can identify which one of these may be the problem using some simple troubleshooting methods.

1. Battery Problems

This is basically the car equivalent of checking if an electrical appliance is plugged in. It may seem obvious that your lights wont work if there’s no power going to them, but when diagnosing any issue its best to start with ruling out the basics. To check your batteries performance, all you need to do is honk your vehicle’s horn. If it sounds as normal, then this is a clear indicator that your car’s’ battery is performing as normal.

2. Cracked Casing

The electronic components in LED light are sensitive to water. If, when you’re checking your vehicle over and you notice cracking or damage to the seal of the tail light casing, then this is most likely the reason for the LED’s failure, or sign that a failure may not be too many more drives away, as it will mean the casing is no longer watertight allowing moisture to reach the bulbs. One simple tip you can implement to avoid cracking, is to avoid jet washing the casings when you clean your car, opt instead to wipe them over manually.

3. Checking the Fuse

As with electrical issues in your home, checking and replacing the fuse of a failed electronic can often be cheaper than replacing the bulb, or item itself. To do this you’ll need to find the control panel on your car, this houses the fuse box. On Audis this is usually located on the driver’s side of the dashboard, though on older models this may be found near the driver’s door. Locate the fuse labelled ‘tail lights’ and replace it. Hopefully this should be the end of your worries.

4. Replacing the Bulbs

Finally, if other troubleshooting methods fail, then your problem is probably the lights themselves. The only solution here is to replace the burnt out bulbs for new ones. First you’ll need to remove the tail light casing, making sure to keep the screws safe for reattachment. Next you’ll need to pry open the LED casing, this can be tricky, and its best to take your time so as not to damage it. Then you can remove the LED strip and replace it. If you’re not confident with repairs, or lack a delicate touch, this may be best done by a professional.

Seeking Professional Help

For complete peace of mind and long lasting results, Audi Mechanic it’s always best to seek a quality mechanic to mend your prized vehicle. If you’re in Tucson, Arizona or any of the surrounding areas, then come on down to Group One Motorwerks.

Both knowledgeable and passionate about German engineering, we know the ins and outs of Audis, and with years of experience, and highly skilled mechanics, we’ll have your car in perfect running order, and turning heads once more in no time.

* Audi RS 3 Tail Light image credit goes to: rvolkan.

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