Routine maintenance is essential to ensuring your Audi's safe, efficient, and long-lasting performance. And oil changes, as basic as they may seem, are the foundation of every proper service schedule. But why are they so important? And is it a good idea to go to an Audi dealer for the service?

Why are regular oil changes so critical?

Engines contain many metal parts that rapidly slide against each other. However, due to the high friction coefficient of metal, those parts won't readily move without a little help. Friction between the parts causes them to wear down and reduces efficiency as energy is lost to heat. And in extreme cases, friction's effects can be intense enough to cause irreparable failure. Motor oil creates a thin film between the parts that allows them to slide freely, mitigating friction heat and excessive wear.

Beyond lubrication, oil also helps remove contaminants by transporting them to the oil filter. Over time, however, high engine heat causes oil degradation, and oil filters will reach their capacity. If left unchecked, the oil loses its lubrication ability, and the excess particles can accelerate engine wear. Routine oil changes ensure your engine always runs at maximum efficiency and that contaminants don't have a chance to build up and damage internal components.

How often should I have my Audi's oil changed?

Thanks to advancements in engine and oil technology, modern vehicles can go much farther between changes than in the past. Under "normal" conditions, Audi recommends changing the oil every year or 10,000 miles. However, it's important to heed any warning indicators in the driver information display, as extreme operating conditions may necessitate more frequent oil changes. Examples include daily driving on gravel roads in Leesburg, VA, or a particularly hot or cold month of commuting in Hagerstown.

Why should I go to the Audi dealer for service?

Certified Audi dealerships like Audi Frederick have specific expertise, equipment, OEM parts, and information that generic lube shops don't. Every visit to our Audi service center includes a complimentary multi-point inspection by highly trained techs that know your vehicle inside and out. Not only do they know things like which oils comply with Audi standards, they also have the latest information regarding Audi best practice updates and recall information.

Schedule Audi service near Martinsburg

If your Audi is due for a maintenance visit, we've made it easy to schedule Audi service online. We offer quick and convenient curbside drop-off and pick-up. And if you can't find time in your busy schedule to come to us, we can arrange to come to you. Just choose Service Valet pick-up and delivery when making your appointment. Our valets will come to collect your vehicle, bring it back to our dealership for service, and return it to your location when work is complete.

Don't forget to check out our latest service discounts to save some money on your next appointment. And if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us online or by phone at your convenience. We'll be happy to assist you.

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