Leaking Oil and Excessive Usage in my Audi
Audi owners, have you notice that your car seems to be experiencing a drop in oil pressure? Have you seen oil spots in your driveway or on the street after you’ve been parked? Does it seem like your Audi is burning through a lot of oil? More than normal? Oil consumption in Audis has become an issue for some owners. It may seem to them that their vehicles are consuming more oil when compared to other cars they’ve owned.
If you suspect that this is happening with your Audi, there are a number of possible reasons. If you have low oil this could be due to a defect in the sender of the low oil gauge or maybe the regulator valve in the oil pump is worn out or has become stuck. It could also be due to a clogged pump screen outlet, a bad driveshaft or a crappy oil filter than needs replacing.
Unfortunately, German made cars like Audi have a reputation for high oil consumption, but is this a fair assessment? The introduction of synthetic oil means that drivers are going longer between oil changes and the proliferation of high performance turbo-charged engines can also contribute to the perception that more oil is being consumed. Audi owners who do a lot of city driving, which is generally considered “stop and go” driving, will burn more oil than vehicles that do most of their driving on the highway. That said, Audi has acknowledged that their vehicles that feature a 2-liter turbocharged engine, such as the A4, A5, A5 Cabriolet and Q5 models produced between 2009 and 2011 can burn excessive oil.
A few things that you can look out for to determine if your car is burning off oil is too pay attention to the exhaust. After accelerating from a standing position, see if you notice smoke coming from the tailpipe. You can also place cardboard under your car overnight and inspect it for oil stains the next morning. Also, if you are having to replace the oil more frequently than in the past, this is a pretty obvious sign of increasingly excessive oil consumption which may be a sign of more serious engine trouble.
A repair specialist will first make the determination of whether the car is in fact burning more oil than normal. They will also do a diagnostic check to make sure the low oil sender is not sending false signals. If your VW is in fact burning too much oil, then they can address the problem. A mechanic may decide to replace the pressure regulating valve installed on the crankcase. As well, they may also replace the front crankshaft seal.
If your Audi is experiencing an issue with excessive oil consumption, you should bring it in to a local Audi service technician. The German Car Depot is a trusted Audi service in the Miami area. Located in Hollywood, FL, we will save you money over a dealership and we can do the repairs in less time too. Contact us today for an estimate.