Audi A4 Engine Problems

What oil does a 2004 Audi A4 use in the engine?

Answered by CarsGuide 16 Sep 2020

I’d go for a fully synthetic engine oil with a viscosity rating of 5W-40. The turbocharged 1.8-litre engine in that model is a pretty hard-working unit and quite a complex engine, so frequent oil changes are critical to its longevity. The brand of oil is not so important, provided you use a quality brand and not the Brand-X stuff sold at supermarkets and some online clearing houses. Don’t forget to change the oil filter at the same time; putting clean, fresh oil through an old, dirty filter makes no sense at all.

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High oil consumption in A4

Answered by CarsGuide 24 Feb 2017

At 1 litre per 1000 km your engine was already consuming too much oil, at double that rate of consumption it is way too much. VW/Audi engines have a reputation for using oil and need to be checked regularly to ensure you don't inadvertently cause damage by letting it run low. You could try appealing to their sense of goodwill and ask Audi to cover part of the cost of repairs, but as your car is seven years old I don't believe you have much chance of success.

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A4 servicing issues

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Jul 2016

It's possible that the chain broke due a loss of oil, but there are a number of possible reasons it could have happened. You won't know until it's pulled down and a mechanic can assess the damage and determine the cause. VW engines, that means Audi, are renowned for using some oil, but to determine if it is excessive you need to do a proper consumption test, which was about to be done when the engine failed. Your best option is to work with the dealer as they investigate the problem and take note of anything you're told by the dealer that might help you later on when you try to claim against Audi for the cost of repairs.

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2010 Audi A4 using excess oil

Answered by CarsGuide 28 Sep 2015

That's no great distance so it's fine for a while yet. If you feel like a change — but to the same size and style of car — take a test drive in the latest Mercedes-Benz C200. It's our current Car of the Year and a great choice.

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Audi A4 timing chain

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Mar 2012

No, I don't think it is asking too much given its age and low kays. What Audi has done by covering part of the cost is pretty much industry practice, but it's hard to swallow in some case when there has been such a catastrophic failure like yours. I would press your case, even consider taking it to the consumer affairs people in your state.

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Audi A4 using alot of oil

Answered by CarsGuide 6 Sep 2011

VW/Audi engines are known to use oil from new, but they usually settle down once the engine is run in. The rate of oil usage Audi has quoted you is about what you would expect. A litre per 1000 km is too much, however, and it would seem Audi accepts as much given they are prepared to do some rework on the engine. Have the work done as the company recommends and keep track of what oil is used after the rework.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Audi A4 engine flooding

Answered by CarsGuide 19 Apr 2011

It’s most unusual for a fuel-injected car to flood, but if it is flooding as you say I would check the fuel injectors, one or more could be worn and leaking.

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Ask Smithy Xtra Wobbly Audi A4

Answered by CarsGuide 27 Jul 2010

The dealer is in the best position to determine the cause of the problem and rectify it. I wouldn’t be too concerned, even brand new cars can have problems, and hopefully yours will run reliably again once it’s repaired.

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