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Oil change intervals and Re: Help, I'm an idiot!?

A word of warning about the A4 and oil change intervals...

On Jet's A4 BBS, there has been much discussion about oil change intervals.
 The _unofficial_ conclusion has been to stick with Audi's recommended
change (at 7500 miles) for at least the first oil change.

Apparently, Audi is using a special break-in oil (I was unaware that
manufacturers still did this) from the factory.  An informal poll revealed
that people who drained this oil prior to 7500 miles were experiencing oil
consumption problems.

Again, just a word of warning...so beware if you changed your original oil
at 3000 miles.

- Josh Pinkert
- flush@radix.net
From: Kwong Lau contr <kwong_x_lau@amoco.com>
To: quattro@coimbra.ans.net
Cc: smaster@tminet.com
Date: Monday, June 09, 1997 1:55 PM
Subject: Re: Help, I'm an idiot!?

>>I was excited to do the first oil change of my A4 1.8TQ's short life.
>>I bought some high quality motor oil, and had the nearest Audi dealer
>>(two hours away) UPS me a couple of filters.  Then I crawled under the
>>car and was very embarassed to discover I had no idea where the drain
>>plug was.  The only obvious plug is in the bottom of the front
>>differential housing and requires a special tool.  The manual was no
>>help at all.  It made no mention of seperate lubricant so I thought
>>maybe the moter oil served two functions.  I called the dealer to ask
>>for the tool required to remove the oil drain plug.  The parts guy told
>>me that the tool was a 17mm wrench and the manual only says a special
>>tool is required to scare people away from doing it themselves.  So I
>>crawled back under the car but couldn't find ANYTHING that is 17mm.
>> BTW, six weeks into ownership I am loving my car.  I am getting used to
>>the transmission although I am still not thrilled with it.  The
>>Continental tires still suck, though.  Five weeks and counting until I
>>get my computer upgraded.
>I have a 1997 A4 1.8T no quattro.  Do you know where the oil filter is
>I haven't looked very hard but at first and second glances I don't seem
>find it anywhere.