How to Check/Add Engine Oil Level Audi Vehicles
Updated Tuesday Mar 13, 2018
In this guide, you will learn how to check the engine oil level on Audi vehicles. If the oil level is below the MIN mark, you should add the recommended Audi engine oil immediately. On most Audi vehicles, you can check the engine oil level via the oil dipstick or the instrument cluster. In this guide, we cover both these methods to help owners of Audi vehicles including A3, A4, A6, A7 Q3, Q5, Q7.
Check the engine oil level on Audi is easy and takes less than five minutes. Have the recommended Audi engine oil ready. If the engine oil level is low, you will need to add oil to bring the level to the recommended range.
The first set of instructions apply to Audi that have an oil dipstick. If your Audi does not have an oil dipstick, you will need to check the engine oil level via the Multi Media Interface (MMI). Scroll down for instructions and video clip on how to check Audi engine oil level via MMI.
Check Audi Engine Oil Level using Dipstick
Park your Audi vehicle on a level surface and apply the parking brakes.
Turn off the engine and wait at least 3 minutes before you proceed to check the engine oil level on your Audi. This will allow the engine oil to return to the oil pan of your car and get a correct reading.
Open the hood of your Audi by pulling the hood realease under the dash. The hood release is on the driver's side.
Locate the oil dipstick on your particular engine. In the following picutre, the oil dipstick has a yellow handle.
Oil dipstick on an Audi A4 has a yellow handle and is located to the right of the engine (as pictured).
Oil dipstick on an Audi with 3.2L engine.
Remove the dipstick by pulling it up. Note the minimum (MIN or LOW) and maximum (MAX or FULL) marks before you reinsert the dipstick back into the engine block.
Use a clean cloth to wipe off any oil that may still be on the dipstick.
Insert the dipstick into the same tube to check engine oil level on your Audi. Make sure the dipstick is pressed all the way in. Remove the dipstick. The level needs to be between the min and max mark. If the engine oil level is below the min mark, you need to add engine oil to your car. Follow instructions as described in the next step. If the level is significantly above the FULL mark, you need to remove oil from the engine. If you overfill your Audi engine with oil you can cause engine and catalytic converter damage.
Check Audi engine oil level, NO dipstick
Newer Audi vehicles such as this Audi Q5 with a TFSI engine shown above, have no dipstick where you can check the engine oil level. If that is the case with your Audi as well, you can check the engine oil level via the instrument cluster. Watch the following video or follow the instructions below to learn how to check Audi oil level via the infotainment system.
Check Audi oil level via the dashboard MMI or voice system.
- Power on the car but do not start the engine.
- Press MENU in the center console.
- Go to CAR
- Go to Servicing and Checks.
- Check oil level.
- Wait a few seconds.
- Engine oil level OK will show on the screen with the level bar.
- Note that if the vehicle is tilted or not on a level surface the measurement will be inaccurate.
- If the sensor is defective or there is a malfunction you may get an error message stating: There is currently no information available on the engine oil level.
How to add engine oil to an Audi
Only use the recommended Audi engine oil as outlines on your owners manual.
Locate the oil filler cap. Unscrew the cap from the oil filler opening. Add recommended grade engine oil.
Add only half a quart at the time and check the level again. If the oil level is still under the MIN mark, add engine oil. Don't overfill the engine with oil above the MAX or FULL mark on the dipstick. Overfilling the engine with oil can cause engine problems or damage Audi catalytic converter.
Add 0.5-1 qt of oil at a time and recheck the oil level. Don't allow the oil to go over the MAX/FULL mark.
- Do NOT operate a vehicle if the oil light stays on when the engine is running. Pull over and turn off the engine immediately. Do not leave the engine idle.
- Note that the OIL LIGHT could turn on either due to low oil level or low oil pressure.
- Continuing to drive your vehicle with the oil light on can cause serious engine problems.
- If the oil light comes on you need to check the engine oil level immediately. If the oil level is low, you need to add oil.
- Always check that the oil dipstick is pushed in all the way and the oil cap is locked properly. Leaving the cap
- Don't allow the oil to go over the MAX/FULL mark. Add half a quart (or litter) of oil at a time and recheck the oil level.
- Wash your hands and skin thoroughly if it comes into contact with oil.
- Do not spill oil on engine components that get hot as this could cause a fire.
Added oil but the oil light stays on
If you add oil (and verify that the engine oil level is correct) but the oil light stays on, the problem can be the oil level sensor. Do not operate the vehicle but have a mechanic troubleshoot the problem. Driving your car when the oil light is on, can cause engine damage.