Audi Q3 Owners & Service Manuals

Audi Q3: Checking the engine oil level

The engine oil dipstick varies depending on the engine type.

Checking and Filling
Fig. 148 Oil dipstick (example): checking the engine oil level

Observe the safety precautions.

  • Park the vehicle on a level surface.
  • Shut the engine off when it is warm.
  • Wait approximately five minutes so that the engine oil can flow back into the engine oil pan.
  • Open the hood.
  • Remove the oil dipstick fig. 146, wipe it off with a clean cloth and insert it all the way in again.
  • Remove the oil dipstick again and then read the oil level.
  • Slide the oil dipstick all the way in until it stops.
  • Add engine oil if necessary.

Areas on the oil dipstick fig. 148.

  1. If the engine oil level is just over the marking 1, then engine oil must be added.
  2. Do not add engine oil.


  • The engine oil level must not be below the marking 1, because this increases the risk of engine damage.
  • After adding engine oil, the oil level must not be above the marking 2 fig. 148, because this increases the risk of catalytic converter and/or engine damage. If the oil level is above the marking 2, drive to an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility immediately to have any engine oil extracted. Avoid high engine speeds, full acceleration, and heavy engine loads.


  • The engine oil consumption may be up to 0.5 quart/600 miles (0.5 liter/1,000 km), depending on driving style and operating conditions. Consumption may be higher during the first 3,000 miles (5,000 km). The engine oil level must be checked regularly.
    It is best to check each time you refuel your vehicle and before long drives.
  • Because of the lubrication and cooling of the engine, combustion engines consume oil. The oil consumption varies depending on the engine and may change during the service life of the engine. Engines generally consume more oil at the beginning during the break-in period. Then oil consumption stabilizes after the break-in period.
  • Under normal conditions, oil consumption depends on the quality and viscosity of the oil, the engine RPM, the climate conditions, and the road conditions. The dilution of oil from condensation or fuel residue as well as the age of the oil also play a role. Because engine wear increases with mileage, oil consumption will increase again over time until it may be necessary to replace worn components.
  • Because all these variables play a role, it is not possible to define an oil consumption standard. Therefore, the oil level must be checked regularly.
  • If you believe that your engine has increased its oil consumption, contact an authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility to determine the cause. Please note that an exact oil consumption measurement must be done with the necessary care and accuracy and may take time. An authorized Audi dealer or authorized Audi Service Facility is trained in accurately measuring the oil consumption.
  • You can find information on engine oil and engine oil capacities for the USA at, or for Canada at customer-area/care-and-maintenance/ audi-service-schedules.html, or call 800-822-2834.


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