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Old 10-27-2013, 06:54 PM   #1
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I've always changed the oil in my vehicles but can I change the oil myself in my 2014 Q5/ 3.0. Is there a drain plug or does the oil need to be sucked out? Is there reasonably easy access to the bottom of the engine to do this?
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I've always changed the oil in my vehicles but can I change the oil myself in my 2014 Q5/ 3.0. Is there a drain plug or does the oil need to be sucked out? Is there reasonably easy access to the bottom of the engine to do this?
I'm the same way about changing my own oil. I changed the oil in my 2013 Q5 Hybrid at 1k miles to flush out manufacturing debris like silicon.

When I took off the cover under the engine, I found the drain plug at the front of the oil pan. I think the bolt was a hex socket rather than a hex bolt head.

I'd suggest you get under the front end and start taking the covers off. The one you probably need to remove for an oil change is the panel nearest to the front. You'll also get a good look at the suspension and other mechanical components.
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I've always changed the oil in my vehicles but can I change the oil myself in my 2014 Q5/ 3.0. Is there a drain plug or does the oil need to be sucked out? Is there reasonably easy access to the bottom of the engine to do this?
It's easy. There's a large plastic panel to remove, but that's really the only thing that's worth commenting about. Nothing out of the ordinary. It will probably take 45 min the first time you do it, and 30 min thereafter.
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It's easy. There's a large plastic panel to remove, but that's really the only thing that's worth commenting about. Nothing out of the ordinary. It will probably take 45 min the first time you do it, and 30 min thereafter.
And I bet the filter is on top of the engine like my 3.2
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I've always changed the oil in my vehicles but can I change the oil myself in my 2014 Q5/ 3.0. Is there a drain plug or does the oil need to be sucked out? Is there reasonably easy access to the bottom of the engine to do this?
Here you have a good video instruction

http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/20...and_oil_filter
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I change my oil myself as well ('11 2.0T). Make sure you know how much oil the engine takes and then just dump that much in - there is no conventional dipstick to measure with unless you buy one that will work.
I also find the oil filter location very odd - upside down on the very top of the engine right above the accessory belt...
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Just changed the wife's Q oil this weekend. Easiest oil change I've ever done. Sucked it out with a MITYVAC via the dipstick tube and removed the oil filter right on top. Filled with Mobil 1 0w40 European formula, checked with dipstick from my S5 and it took 7 quarts.

Don't have a VAG-COM yet, therefore "SERVICE DUE" is still lighting up.

Amazon is currently offering 6 qt. case for $51 with a $12 rebate and included MOBIL 1 oil filter. I use OEM filter on Audi but took an oil filter for my Silverado.
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Just changed the wife's Q oil this weekend. Easiest oil change I've ever done. Sucked it out with a MITYVAC via the dipstick tube and removed the oil filter right on top.
Which model of Mityvac do you have? How do you know that you've sucked out all the oil? Thanks.
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Which model of Mityvac do you have? How do you know that you've sucked out all the oil? Thanks.
The MITYVAC is model MV7400. Once it started sucking out bubbles and no more oil, I checked it with the dipstick and it showed empty. Sure it's better letting it drain out the bottom, but its a hassle taking out the plastic underbelly and crawling underneath. That would be fine if the filter were underneath, but with the filter on top. This is too clean, easy and fast.

BTW: The dealer in my area, suck it out also. Car was never lifted (except at 5k for tire rotation) when I took it in for 4
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I never saw the oil filter before. Is the video correct, with the three filter pieces plus o-rings? Wow that is quite the contraption. So used to seeing the spin-on type oil filter.

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I never saw the oil filter before. Is the video correct, with the three filter pieces plus o-rings? Wow that is quite the contraption. So used to seeing the spin-on type oil filter.

Glad I have AudiCare.
The video is out of date. Current (2013+) have a canister oil filter, not a replaceable filter element.
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The MITYVAC is model MV7400. Once it started sucking out bubbles and no more oil, I checked it with the dipstick and it showed empty. Sure it's better letting it drain out the bottom, but its a hassle taking out the plastic underbelly and crawling underneath. That would be fine if the filter were underneath, but with the filter on top. This is too clean, easy and fast.

BTW: The dealer in my area, suck it out also. Car was never lifted (except at 5k for tire rotation) when I took it in for 4
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I'm really skeptical that a suck-out oil change removes all the residue in the oil pan like pulling the drain plug.
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I'm really skeptical that a suck-out oil change removes all the residue in the oil pan like pulling the drain plug.
Why? As long as the tube reaches the bottom of the pan, it should do fine.
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I have the multi part plastic canister type on my 2006 A8 and on a 2010 Mini S. Some faux enviro idea gone bad I think. Takes far more solvent and oil soaked rags or paper towels to deal with than the spin ons, so it really isn't environmentally friendly to my mind. I was glad to see a simple spin on design back again.
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The video is out of date. Current (2013+) have a canister oil filter, not a replaceable filter element.
Are you sure??

Audi spare parts catalog says otherwise

MY2013 3.0

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MY2014 3.0

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MY2013 2.0

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PS There is only one engine version 2.0 engine code CHJA which has a different oil filter
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Default Keep looking, but yes a different motor.

we both have Hybrids, so a 2.0T variant to start. OP has a 3.0T, but replies in thread are for a variety of Q5 motors.
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Replacement oil filter for models:

4-cyl. diesel engine 2.0 ltr. TDI common rail
6-cyl. diesel engine 3.0 ltr. TDI common rail
4-cyl. petrol engine 2.0 ltr. TFSI
6-cyl. petrol engine 3.0 ltr. TFSI, 3.2 ltr. FSI

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Replacement oil filter for models:

4-cyl. diesel engine 2.0 ltr. TDI common rail
6-cyl. diesel engine 3.0 ltr. TDI common rail
4-cyl. petrol engine 2.0 ltr. TFSI
6-cyl. petrol engine 3.0 ltr. TFSI, 3.2 ltr. FSI

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Thanks for posting this, very informative. Apparently only the 2.0 TFSI uses a cartridge oil filter, and the rest use a replaceable filter element. Audi should have kept the same oil filter configuration across the line.
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Thanks for posting this, very informative. Apparently only the 2.0 TFSI uses a cartridge oil filter, and the rest use a replaceable filter element. Audi should have kept the same oil filter configuration across the line.
Model 2.0TFSI has types 1 and 2
-Installing oil filter cartridge: Type 1
-Changing oil filter element: Type 2
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Model 2.0TFSI has types 1 and 2
-Installing oil filter cartridge: Type 1
-Changing oil filter element: Type 2
I know I have a cartridge filter - I've changed it.

So I can get a housing with a replaceable filter element instead of the cartridge filter? Aside from being more environmentally friendly, a filter element should be cheaper.
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