This article explains the Audi part numbering system. The parts numbering system used by Audi dates back to the 1930s and the original designs created by Ferdinand Porsche. It may look daunting, but once you learn to “speak the language,” you’ll find that the system is completely consistent and its use becomes second nature.
In addition to Audi, this part numbering system is applicable to the entire Volkswagen Group, which includes brands like Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, SEAT, Skoda and Volkswagen. Understanding Volkswagen Group part numbering system will allow you to reference parts across various brands and models.
Whether it’s for your brand new dream car or trustworthy daily commuter, finding the right Audi parts can be a hassle, raising many questions in your mind. Should you go directly to the dealer or order parts online? What is the difference between Genuine OEM, Generic OEM, and Aftermarket? Why are some parts so much more expensive than others and some parts so much cheaper?
Read on to find out the difference between Genuine OEM, Generic OEM, and Aftermarket parts. We will also explore different options in terms of place of purchase.
Rookie wrencher replaces the front pads and rotors using only 1.5 hands, well, sort of
To bring you the latest write-up we answered the call of a damsel in distress. Yes, we just did the brakes on the allroad about a month ago and yes, we should have taken pics then, but we were too tired and had too much stuff going on at the time. So, when a female forum member put out an SOS about her A4’s brake wear indicator, we felt obligated to help her out and finally get this write-up done for you folks. The catch — I recently got my hand caught in an attic fan and have two broken, splinted and stitched fingers on my right (yes I’m a righty) hand. Hmmm, this should be interesting…
Oil analysis is a quick, nondestructive way to gauge the health of an engine by looking at what’s in the oil. People use oil analysis for different reasons: to see if there are any problems developing, to see if their oil is working well in the engine, and to see if they can run longer oil changes.
Oil analysis reveals that my eight year old motor with 64,000 miles is in perfect operating condition! Oil analysis is a fantastic, inexpensive tool and well worth the $25 to alert you to any underlying issues before they become catastrophic. It also underscores the importance of changing your oil frequently to prolong the motor’s life and increase reliability.
Thou Shall Not Fear the Pinch Bolt
So your allroad has the dreaded death knell and is bowing to the air spring gods. No need to worry, as this is one of the easiest DIY’s to do on this car. And if you’ve done any suspension work at all, I assure you this repair is 10 times easier.
Why a $60 piece of polyurethane is so important
Untie your shoes and loosen them up a bit. Ahhh, that’s a bit more comfortable now, isn’t it? Ok, good. Now try sprinting to the other side of the room. How’d that go? I’m guessing you eventually got going, but maybe we should snug up those laces and try this little exercise again. I’ll bet you got going much more quickly this time.
Engine mounts, transmission mounts and the snub mount are much like your sneakers. Untied they are comfy, but when it comes to getting up and going, it’s best to have them on nice and snug. OEM mounts are designed for comfort, soft and spongy. They keep the motor in the engine bay, but still allow plenty of power train movement so you and your passengers don’t feel the vibrations of the motor. The trade-off, of course, is that it detracts from throttle response. This is why Drive Train Stabilizer (DTS) bars and engine mounts are often upgraded. However, the snub mount is often overlooked.
So easy, a 4-year-old can do it!
$120 for an oil change? You have to be kidding me, especially if you do it every 5,000 miles with synthetic oil. Now, I know Audi says you can go 10,000 miles, but that idea dates back to the time when Audi had to pay for maintenance, and most agree synthetic oil is on its last legs after 5,000 miles, especially in a twin turbo motor. For about 50% cheaper and just 30 minutes, you can change your oil by yourself, or train your kid to do it for you in exchange for a box of animal crackers.
Nothing lasts forever…
As the C5 platform ages, the Tiptronic transmissions can become troublesome. Audi claims the transmission is filled with “lifetime” fluid and does not recommend service of any type. That being said, the term “lifetime” is subjective and it’s naive to think that the fluid can maintain its lubrication properties indefinitely. If you have 1) over 60,000 miles on your car or 2) are experiencing hard shifts or hesitation, you may want to consider this service. This can be done solo, but there are several steps where an extra set of hands will come in handy.
Unleash the hidden power and make your presence known
We just finished installing the STaSIS exhaust and 034Motorsport high-flow catalytic converter in our A4 B7 2.0T Manual Avant and are VERY pleased with the results. In fact, we strongly believe this exhaust/HFC combo is the best one currently available for the Audi A4 B7 2.0T cars. It produces a deep (not obnoxious) tone and the quality on both pieces is second to none. Additionally, we are happy to report strong gains across the entire power band. The car already had the STaSIS ECU upgrade and installing this combo felt like the car got chipped again. Here is the quick and dirty DIY with photos. It’s totally doable as a DIY but you have to be brave Enjoy!