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Re: change oil in 1.8T with synth myself???

At 01:56 PM 3/6/98 EST, you wrote:
>Hey fellow Q heads!
>I just hit the 3000 mile mark on my A4 1.8t, and was thinking about changing
>the oil with Mobil 1 this weekend myself.  Audi doesn't want to change my oil
>until 5500 miles, and i don't like waiting that long on a new turbo engine.
>Any reason I should not do this on a new car, or will Audi not approve of me
>changing the oil myself?

Change it!  You've waited long enough.  I use Mobil 1 10w/30 winter; 15w/50
summer in my 1.8tq.  There are those who say synth won't allow proper
break-in so don't use it too soon, but I disagree.

>I also plan on bringing 4 quarts of MObil 1 to the Audi dealer every time
I go
>in for the scheduled oil changes...do you think AUdi will have a problem with

Depends on your dealer.  Some may, some may not.  How will you verify they
used it, anyway?

Be aware, changing the oil filter on the 1.8t is a PITA, at least compared
to the I5.  If you haven't found it yet, it's on the driver's side of the
engine, towards the firewall.  You have to access it from top, rather than
underneath.  I removed the intercooler-to-intake hose to get access, and
then hacked off a good chunk of an oil filter wrench handle to make it
short enough to fit back there.  When you remove it, it then spills dirty
oil all over your nice clean block/trans, leaving an oogy mess.  Why did
Audi make this so hard????............SLM

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