Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Changing engine oil

Audi recommends having the oil changed at an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility.

Observe the safety precautions.

The engine oil must be changed at the intervals specified in the Warranty & Maintenance Booklet.

This is very important because the lubrication function of the oil gradually declines during regular vehicle operation.

The engine oil should be changed more frequently under certain circumstances. Have the oil changed more frequently if you often drive short distances, your vehicle is predominantly in stop-and- go traffic situations, is in very dusty environments, or is operated for long periods of time in temperatures below zero.

Cleansing additives in the oil make fresh oil appear darker after the engine has run briefly. This is normal and no reason to change the engine oil more frequently than recommended.

Because correctly disposing of engine oil is difficult and special tools and technical knowledge are needed for an oil change, Audi recommends having your engine oil changed by an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility.

If you change the engine oil yourself, please note the following important information:


If you change the engine oil on the vehicle yourself, the following precautions must be followed:

  • Wear protective eyewear.
  • Due to the risk of scalding, allow the engine to cool down sufficiently.
  • Maintain enough distance when you are removing the oil drain plug. While doing this, keep your forearm parallel to the ground to reduce the risk of hot oil dripping down your arm.
  • Drain the oil into a container designed for this purpose that is large enough to hold the full amount of oil in your engine.
  • Engine oil is poisonous. Always store out of reach of children.
  • Prolonged contact of used engine oil with the skin may cause skin damage. Always wash oil off immediately with soap and water to protect your skin.


Do not mix any additives with the engine oil.

Additives may cause engine damage that is not covered by your New Vehicle Limited Warranty.

For the sake of the environment

  • Before changing the engine oil, make sure you can dispose of the used engine oil correctly.
  • Engine oil must always be disposed of correctly.

    Do not dump it in the yard, in the forest, or in open water, river channels, or sewers.

  • Have your used engine oil recycled by bringing it to a used oil collection site or contact a gas station.


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