[A4] new owner of 2000 A4 2.8Q...help!

Brian J White brian at bjwhite.net
Tue Jan 13 09:51:16 EST 2004

At 06:47 2004-01-13, F550V12 at aol.com wrote:
>After thoroughly and repeatedly reading my owner's manual, I'm still 
>unclear on one subject.  After I start my car, when I put it in gear, my 
>trip computer reads "Service!" then goes away (to display the temperature, 
>radio station, etc.).  However, at the top in yellow, the trip computer 
>reads "OK."  Does this mean I need service or not?  And if so, what kind 
>of service do I need?

Service usually means that you need an oil change...or maybe one of the 
scheduled service intervals.  These intervals are listed in the Maintenence 
booklet that came with your manual.

Regarding the ok, that's the check system that says "hey..you have 
coolant...hey your bulbs work...hey....your oil is not low...etc..etc..etc.."
It finds no faults there.    The car still probably needs an oil change though.

>I'm quite opposed to taking my car to a dealer unless absolutely 
>necessary, as their service is generally expensive and requires a long 
>wait.  I also didn't purchase my car from my local dealer, so I'm sure I 
>won't be provided a loaner car.  Anyone have good advice for me?  Thank you.

You will not be provided with a loaner car.  That's part of life.

An Independant Audi service shop can do the work just fine and they'll also 
have the computer (or VAG-COM) to reset the service indicator.

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