The Audi Q3 first arrived back in 2011 and has been continuously popular with drivers all over the world as a part of the ever-expanding market of subcompact luxury crossover SUVs. The first generation of vehicles spanned from 2011 to 2017, during which time a number of variants were introduced, including the RS Q3.
While it was first released in other territories, it arrived in North America somewhat later, in 2015 to be precise. In a happy coincidence, that was also the year in which it received a critical facelift, which made it even more popular. The current second generation was released for the 2018 model year and continues to this day.
Audi Q3 runs on a range of engines from 1.4L gasoline up to 2.0L diesel options, paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 6- or 7-speed dual-clutch S-tronic transmission. Its main dimensions are as follows:
- Wheelbase – 105.5 inches
- Length – 176.6 inches
- Width – 73.1 inches
- Height – 62.4 inches (61.3 inches in the Sportback version)
While the Q3 is clearly a popular SUV, there are still many who are unaware of its proper manufacturer-recommended service schedule. The team here at Beach House Imports has prepared a summary of the most important features of the typical Q3 service schedule.
The first wave of basic service maintenance should come at 10,000 miles or 1 year, and includes the following things:
- Engine oil and oil filters
- Brake system check
- Tire pressure check
If you don’t cover 10,000 miles in your first year, you should still visit an Audi service center to get your Q3 checked on at least the above things at the 1-year mark. For all of these matters, after the first check, they can be subsequently checked every 20,000 miles or two years. For your tires, a pressure check and overall tire health check at 10,000 miles or 1 year, followed by intervals of 20,000 miles is certainly workable, but consider getting your tires rotated at around the 5,000-mile or 6-month marker.
Brake fluid is another area of simple/minor maintenance but with a critical role (obviously) in the safety of your Audi Q3. Make sure that you have your brake fluid checked every 2 years regardless of the mileage you have covered during that time.
Another milestone for 20,000 miles or 2 years is the Q3 battery. Make sure to have the battery’s health checked, and inspected especially for any signs of corrosion where the connectors are. If there are any signs of damage, then the battery may need to be replaced, but it’s unlikely in the first few times of getting the battery serviced.
Standard maintenance checks are listed below, and are recommended by Audio to be carried for the first time when you hit 20,000 miles (2 years) and then in 20,000-mile intervals after that. Standard maintenance for these milestones includes:
- Body/chassis visual inspection for paint damage and corrosion
- Brake checks looking for leaks and condition of brake hoses
- Door hinges and door latches checked and lubricated if needed
- Engine cooling system checked for freeze protection and coolant level
- Engine, transmission and steering visual inspection for signs of leaks or other damage
- Front and rear lights are checked
- Horn function checked
- Instrument cluster warning lights checked
- Interior lights inspected
- Road test
- Safety equipment check – e.g., seat belts
- Tire tread checked for wear and tear
- Undercarriage checked for damage
- And more…
Additional Milestone Maintenance
On your Q3, your air filter will have to be replaced every 60,000 miles. That’s true for all Audi models, in fact. On the Q3 in particular, however, the AWD clutch will have to have its fluid changed every 3 years regardless of mileage.
Next, the dust and pollen filter needs to be replaced every 20,000 miles or 2 years, and in the same timeframe, your panoramic sunroof system needs to be checked (assuming you have one).
Audi Q3 spark plugs need replacing at 80,000 miles or every 6 years, especially on the Q3 45 TFSI model.
Audi Q3 Repair
One of the best effects of conducting all the maintenance according to the schedule above is that it should remove the need for urgent Audi Q3 repair work. Things can still go wrong unexpectedly, however, and you might still need help with a dead battery, faulty alternator, squeaky brakes, a slipping transmission or something else.
It’s important to look out for any signs that your Audi Q3 is experiencing trouble such as loss of acceleration strength, difficulty starting, strange noises or smells, or any signs of leaks. When you see these problems, it’s important that you seek Audi Q3 repair services as soon as possible.
Audi Q3 Servicing in Costa Mesa
As a team made up of Audi-certified and ASE-certified technicians, we’re confident that we know Audis and their service schedule pretty well, and the Q3 is no exception. We bring more than two decades of experience to every single Q3 service and maintenance job that we perform. If you think it has been rather a long time since you last had your Audi checked out properly by an expert, then come visit us here in our Costa Mesa location, or give us a call today.