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Old 04-26-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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I bought a 2013 Audi Q5 2.0T in March 2013 and have since driven about 1,650km. Mostly city driving and I have been following the break-in instruction posted online.

When I checked my oil level indicator via MMI today, it is about half full. I remember when I first got the car, it was FULL. so after only 1,650km it is half full?

I know new cars tend to use more engine oil, but is half normal? How much is half? 1L gone?

Also, I took the car in today because I heard a slight hissing/humming noise coming from the passenger side. After digging thru pages and pages of responses, finally found the sound may be related to the infamous "fuel filter". Once the engine warms up, I could hear a faint noise (sounds like someone is blowing whistle behind your back). It's the most audible when you get to the fuel pump area. It's not super loud but for a person like me who has sensitive hearing, it is bugging me.

Anyways, the mechanic said he couldn't hear nothing and claimed that it was the sound from the engine. We took the car for a spin and I could clearly hear the humming/hissing noise and he said all he heard was engine noise and said it is normal. He asked me to try another q5 on the lot, and that CAR doesn't have the NOISE. But he still said its the engine noise. So without any conclusion, i left.

Anyways, he said just wait until 8,000km for the first service and mention about the noise again. How should I get them to replace the fuel filter?
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I do not know about the fuel filter issue.

But I can speak about the oil burning issue. My car in 5k miles went thru two quarts of oil (So the gauge went to low once...i filled up and it went back to low.) I got it serviced at 5k miles and now I am at 8k miles and the car has barely burned any oil. I think in the first few thousand miles the car will go through more oil and then settle in.
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I do not know about the fuel filter issue.

But I can speak about the oil burning issue. My car in 5k miles went thru two quarts of oil (So the gauge went to low once...i filled up and it went back to low.) I got it serviced at 5k miles and now I am at 8k miles and the car has barely burned any oil. I think in the first few thousand miles the car will go through more oil and then settle in.
Thank you for the information. I am not sure with the rate of my current oil burning, if it will last until my first service at 8,000km.
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Old 04-26-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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I had a 2012 Q5 2.0T for a year and 14k miles and didnt really get any oil consumption. I was worry about it but it looked great. I pushed it hard in the mountians. I was at like 3/4 maybe half when I traded it in. Was looking great.

Now Im looking at the oil consumption on the 3.0T..... Hope for the best....
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I have a '13 q5 2.0T and observed no major oil consumption (full mmi reading) at 5k service. I've driven 6k additional miles and still have the full bar. I really hope there are no issues with this car. I had a '09 a4 and consumed a quart every 1300 miles or so. Service said that rate was normal. Huh?
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I have about 4500 miles on my 13. Just checked the oil level today and it's down a quarter. I'm assuming this is normal for new engines as the rings seat themselves? I will be having the 5k service done shortly.

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pkalltheway -

I have a question... When you say "I have been following the break-in instruction posted online.", does this mean Audi's instructions in the user's manual (vary the RPMs, not more than 75% of red line for 1500 miles (?)), or the controversial online instructions about "wide open throttle redline for a few seconds, a few times per day, with a cool down period between"?

I really do NOT want to open an old scabbed-over thread about which method is better, but I am curious if you are using the controversial method. :-)
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pkalltheway -

I have a question... When you say "I have been following the break-in instruction posted online.", does this mean Audi's instructions in the user's manual (vary the RPMs, not more than 75% of red line for 1500 miles (?)), or the controversial online instructions about "wide open throttle redline for a few seconds, a few times per day, with a cool down period between"?

I really do NOT want to open an old scabbed-over thread about which method is better, but I am curious if you are using the controversial method. :-)
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i have been following the break-in instruction from the manual...varying the RPM and etc...sorry for the confusion...
not sure if my oil consumption is normal as i think my car has "drank" two blocks of oil (as indicated in the MMI)...i assume two blocks means two litres...

i am only at 1,700 kms....

and i am still hearing that darn faint whistling noise (as if someone is blowing to a can)...Audi tech insisted it's the engine that's making sound....
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hi,
i have been following the break-in instruction from the manual...varying the RPM and etc...sorry for the confusion...
not sure if my oil consumption is normal as i think my car has "drank" two blocks of oil (as indicated in the MMI)...i assume two blocks means two litres...

i am only at 1,700 kms....

and i am still hearing that darn faint whistling noise (as if someone is blowing to a can)...Audi tech insisted it's the engine that's making sound....
i could only hear it when the engine is at "running" temp...when the car is idling....i popped the hood and tried to figure out where the faint noise is coming from, but the engine noise drowns the noise...

it's really only audible when i am sitting in the car when there isn't really any other noise besides the faint noise....it's not the AC or DASHBOARD noise...i thought it came from fuel filter, but i wasn't sure...
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hi,
i have been following the break-in instruction from the manual...varying the RPM and etc...sorry for the confusion...
not sure if my oil consumption is normal as i think my car has "drank" two blocks of oil (as indicated in the MMI)...i assume two blocks means two litres...

i am only at 1,700 kms....

and i am still hearing that darn faint whistling noise (as if someone is blowing to a can)...Audi tech insisted it's the engine that's making sound....
As been discussed many times,The MMI display reflects (1) liter of oil. It is very normal to consume part of a liter during the first 8K kms. Also discussed many times is "coincidence" of folks babying their cars during break-in and then consuming excessive oil, while folks that used their engines "spiritedly" after full oil warm up use no oil whatsoever.
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hi,
i have been following the break-in instruction from the manual...varying the RPM and etc...sorry for the confusion...
not sure if my oil consumption is normal as i think my car has "drank" two blocks of oil (as indicated in the MMI)...i assume two blocks means two litres...

i am only at 1,700 kms....

and i am still hearing that darn faint whistling noise (as if someone is blowing to a can)...Audi tech insisted it's the engine that's making sound....
As rdA4 said, the entire bar graph range is only 1L, so your car has only consumed 250-500 mL of oil. Also, many have found the electronic dipstick to have suspect accuracy. IMO, it's too early to be concerned. If it were me, I'd add 250 mL of oil and see what the level is. CT sells Euro formula Castrol Syntec 0W30 in 1L bottles which meets the required VW502 standard.
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As rdA4 said, the entire bar graph range is only 1L, so your car has only consumed 250-500 mL of oil. Also, many have found the electronic dipstick to have suspect accuracy. IMO, it's too early to be concerned. If it were me, I'd add 250 mL of oil and see what the level is. CT sells Euro formula Castrol Syntec 0W30 in 1L bottles which meets the required VW502 standard.
Thanks you guys. Yes I was concerned because Audi Q5 is my first Audi. And yes, I have done searches but 99% of the threads are about 2012 or earlier model. Thought 2013 would be great and I guess not.

Also thank you for letting me know the MMI is only showing 1L of oil. I guess I don't have to worry about unless I get a warning message saying that oil is low.
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i could only hear it when the engine is at "running" temp...when the car is idling....i popped the hood and tried to figure out where the faint noise is coming from, but the engine noise drowns the noise...

it's really only audible when i am sitting in the car when there isn't really any other noise besides the faint noise....it's not the AC or DASHBOARD noise...i thought it came from fuel filter, but i wasn't sure...
Turbos do whistle....
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Turbos do whistle....
Hi Bob, so turbo whistles when idling as well? i thought turbo isn't supposed to whistle unless you are revving up, no? plus i hear the whistling from inside the car though (without ac, without driving, only turning the engine on)...
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Turbo's only pump up and then whistle some under load. I would look for a small vacuum leak, though with modern cars it can be a motor driven noise or in the electronics.

Unfortunately some manufacturers are also now into phony sound pumped into the cabin, led by BMW with various sound pipes and other gimmicks; my Mini has it (or rather had it, til I removed the excess pounds of plastic). Hopefully Audi hasn't engaged in this.
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Turbo's only pump up and then whistle some under load. I would look for a small vacuum leak, though with modern cars it can be a motor driven noise or in the electronics.

Unfortunately some manufacturers are also now into phony sound pumped into the cabin, led by BMW with various sound pipes and other gimmicks; my Mini has it (or rather had it, til I removed the excess pounds of plastic). Hopefully Audi hasn't engaged in this.
Thanks for the feedback. I brought the car in last week (brand new with only 1,700km ODO) and the chief mechanic at the Audi dealer said it's just engine noise....he told me not to worry...even though i told him i can hear the faint whistling sound from inside the car, but he insisted he only heard the engine sound.....

i felt unsatisfied with his answer, but i couldn't prove that faint noise i was hearing wasn't coming from the engine....even though i thought i heard it near the fuel pump area, and he said fuel pump/filter does make noise..


he also said since my car is so new, he suggested that i wait until my first service and bring it up again...i don't think they are gonna do anything about it...

the reason why i was so picky is because tiny issue leads to bigger issue later on...especially after 4 years when the warranty has expired...

for now, i guess i will have to learn to live with it.
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Unfortunately some manufacturers are also now into phony sound pumped into the cabin, led by BMW with various sound pipes and other gimmicks; my Mini has it (or rather had it, til I removed the excess pounds of plastic). Hopefully Audi hasn't engaged in this.
I'm not sure about sound specifically in the cabin itself, but VAG does use sound modification in the engine bay and exhaust system; the bi-turbo 3.0 TDIs (such as RoW SQ5) I know use this on the Audi side of the fence and the GTI's been using it for years from what I've seen.
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I'm not sure about sound specifically in the cabin itself, but VAG does use sound modification in the engine bay and exhaust system; the bi-turbo 3.0 TDIs (such as RoW SQ5) I know use this on the Audi side of the fence and the GTI's been using it for years from what I've seen.
the noise i am hearing is quite irritating and it can be only heard under the following conditions:

1. engine is warmed up (don't hear it when the engine is first started and still cold)

2. from inside the car with AC, MUSIC off (not wind noise)

3. when the car is in low throttle below 30km/h or idle/

4. it's not as noticeable when there are passengers sitting in the rear.

couldn't really pinpoint where the sound is coming from. tried the engine and the only sound i hear is the tick tick sound which it's normal...

i think it could be from fuel pump area as I could kinda hear it when i in that area....

when i turn the engine off, the noise immediately goes away from both inside and outside of the cabin...

not sure exactly how i would categorize the noise (it's kinda sound like very faint whistling/air leak)..
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1.3K miles ODO only, and now the MMI oil reading down to 1/3....should i ask the dealer to do a oil consumption? is it too early? 3.7K miles til my first service??

2013 audi q5 2.0t..

i have 99% sure now that faint whistling noise is coming from the fuel pump area...

as the noise can be heard from inside and outside the cabin..
inside-rear seats (both sides)..
outside (more audible near the fuel filter area)...

if i have passengers sitting on the rear, the noise isn't as audible compare to empty seats...i guess it's normal to hear the pump is working???
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ODO - 2,555km
MMI oil level - 1/4 quart
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