Audi cars are luxurious, beautiful machines. The German carmaker specializes in producing extremely comfortable, surprisingly nippy vehicles that stick to the road like superglue. All Audi owners know that maintaining their beloved car can be a little more expensive than, say, maintaining a Toyota. However, most of them will insist that it is worth it. Here are a few tips that can point you in the right direction when it comes to taking care of your new Audi. Remember to go to a professional for anything complex.
Checks You Can Do at Home
You can do several checks at home that will alert you to anything that needs to be fixed before it becomes a major issue. Regularly check the level and consistency of your engine oil, the tread on your tyres, and your brake fluid. Check your alternator belt for squealing and your exhaust for rattling.
Basic Engine and Steering Maintenance
Although most engine and steering maintenance has to be conducted by professional engineers, there are a few simple jobs that you can do at home to help keep your Audi engine in good running condition and your steering smooth and effortless.
Change The Air Filter
The air filter helps to stop particles of foreign matter from entering your engine and causing decreased efficiency. Unfortunately, after a while, the air filter on your Audi will get clogged up. This is a sign that it is doing its job! Changing your air filter is easy and can help your engine run more efficiently by making it easier for it to suck in air. Air filters typically cost less than 30 pounds.
Change The Power Steering Fluid
If you notice any juddering when turning the wheel of your car – especially when stationary – then you may need to change your power steering fluid. Use a small pump or a turkey baster to remove the old fluid from the well and replace it with fresh power steering liquid. Then, run your car for a few minutes to allow the liquid to work around the system.
Change Your Spark Plugs
Keep your Audi engine running on all cylinders by periodically replacing your spark plugs. Of course, you’ll need to buy a special wrench to complete this task – but with the right equipment changing your spark plugs is a walk in the park.
Audis are complex luxury cars that use plenty of specialist parts. For this reason, it is important to go to a specialist Audi garage when you need to conduct a full service. Search for ‘Audi service near me to find local specialists. Unfortunately, most garages won’t have a reservoir of spare Audi parts to hand, so it is important to foster a relationship with a well-stocked mechanic with a long history of servicing luxury German cars.
Most Audis come with luxurious leather interiors. These interiors require careful cleaning to avoid spoilage. Use a proper leather cleaning agent and remember to be gentle with your cowhide seating.