Keep Your Audi V8 Quattro’s Engine Running with These Maintenance Tips
Audi's philosophy of advancing its automobiles through technology is evident in one of its most popular models—the Audi V8 Quattro. The V8 Quattro is the first sedan to combine its world-famous "Quattro Technology" and a 32-valve all-aluminum, DOHC V8 engine, which is capable of producing 462 horsepower @ 5800 rpm. Due to its engine's power and technology, the V8 Quattro won back-to-back titles at the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (DTM) in 1990 and 1991. It was the first luxury/touring sedan to win two consecutive titles in a prestigious automobile sporting event. Owning and driving such a vehicle needs proper care. Here are some useful tips in keeping your vehicle's engine running efficiently.
- Inspect the engine's ignition parts.
Audi built an engineering marvel and your sedan's engine is a fine example of what a world-class engine should be. However, even the best car engines in the world also need thorough inspection, especially their ignition parts. Inspecting these parts is an important step in preventive maintenance. Start by checking the ignition system's rotor and distributor caps. Since these were made from plastic materials, they are prone to damage or wear over time. If these parts crack, moisture would start to set in and corrode their contact points. Rusty contact points would result in hard starts or engine misfires. Damaged or cracked distributor caps should be replaced immediately. Aside from the distributor cap and rotor, check the spark plugs and their tension wires. Since these are responsible for helping your engine ignite the fuel and air mixtures, they should be checked for any signs of wear. Worn-out tension wires and corroded spark plugs could lead to an unresponsive engine and rough idling. Spark plugs and tension wires need replacement every 30,000 miles to ensure the engine is performing at peak capacity.
- Avoid pushing the "red line" to its limits.
Pushing the "red line" means revving your engine to its limits. Car owners all have the need for speed, and it's tempting to push the engine to its limits. However, this is a bad driving practice, which you should need to correct. Over-revving the engine while it's parked could lead to a damaged connecting rod. Heat generated from an over-revved engine could damage your engine's essential moving parts. Never push the red line's limits to keep your engine running smoothly.
- Use the correct type of oil for your sedan's engine.
Oil is the lifeblood of any vehicle, including your V8-powered sedan. Engine oil helps lubricate all the engine's moving parts to reduce friction and keep the engine cool. If these parts lack proper lubrication, they would grind against each other and get worn out prematurely. Always check the engine oil's level daily to see if it's still within the recommended levels. Add motor oil if necessary. Aside from checking the oil levels and adding engine oil, changing the oil and oil filter is also important. If the oil is dark and murky, change it immediately to avoid contaminating the engine. Review the vehicle owner's manual to see the suggested oil change intervals. Follow Audi's recommendations when changing the oil and filter.
- Fill your sedan's gas tank with the right kind of gasoline.
Each car follows a certain octane rating when it comes to choosing the right kind of gasoline. Audi recommends that you fill your sedan's gas tank with at least 95 RON (Research Octane Number) unleaded gasoline. Filling it up with a lower or higher octane gasoline could affect both the engine's fuel efficiency and performance. This could also lead to expensive engine overhauls and repairs. It's better to spend more on fuel rather than on costly repair bills from your mechanic.
Preventive engine maintenance is the key to your Audi V8 Quattro's longevity. Don't forget these tips and take note of them. Owning an Audi is an honor and it should be kept that way.