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.
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.
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 release under the dash. The hood release is on the driver's side.
Locate the oil dipstick on your particular engine. In the following picture, 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 the 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.
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.
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.
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.