Elec­tronic en­gine oil dip­stick

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

For years it was a sim­ple task to dip the oil and check the level us­ing a tra­di­tional dip­stick. With ev­ery en­gine re­quir­ing a dif­fer­ent amount of oil, us­ing the dip­stick meant that even if the cor­rect quan­tity re­quired was not known, it could be worked out by pour­ing in a cou­ple of litres, then dip­ping and top­ping-up as re­quired.

For some rea­son it is now dif­fi­cult to get the cor­rect oil quan­ti­ties re­quired for VAG ve­hi­cles us­ing the oil com­pa­nies’ web­sites. When this 2017 Audi A4 Avant TFSI came in for its first ser­vice, none of our usual sources could tell us the amount of oil re­quired. As this A4 has no dip­stick, it would have meant wait­ing for the on­board in­di­ca­tor to sense the oil level at each top-up un­til the cor­rect limit was reached.

For­tu­nately, Au­to­data in­formed us that the cor­rect quan­tity is 5.2 litres.

The on­board sys­tem will give you the oil level, but the ve­hi­cle needs to stand for a while af­ter run­ning be­fore the sys­tem can read the level.

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