How the service reminder system works

How the service reminder system works

Having a clear understanding of your Audi’s service due indicator is a great if you want to prolong the life of your Audi car. Although different models of Audi cars may have a slightly different warning signs, they are all similar. Some lights are not really “warning lights”, that’s why it’s a good thing to differentiate them and know when service is due for your Audi.

How the service reminder system works

Most recently manufactured Audi cars have an electronic computer system that indicates when service is due for the car. There is usually a wrench-shaped sign that shows at the dashboard to let you know it’s time to service the car. This is included in the car as a maintenance measure to help remind you when it is due. It helps to prolong the life of the car due to regular service.

Mileage reminder system for your Audi

Basically, the reminder comes up nit because the car has an issue that needs addressing. It comes up immediately a mileage threshold has been reached. Generally, the alarm system triggers w\once the car’s mileage has reached 10,000 miles. Although you could still continue using the car for more miles, it’s important to service the car as early as possible once the expected service mileage has reached.

However, remember that the mileage indicator does not put several other things into consideration. It doesn’t take into consideration weather conditions, towing, load weight, extreme driving conditions, and other factors that may have an impact on the oil life. So you may even consider taking the car for servicing before the due mileage has reached.

Expected mileage levels for car servicing and maintenance

The following is an illustration of how frequent you are required to change the oil and perform other servicing in the car.

What to do at 5,000 miles

  • Change filter and engine oil
  • Check wiper blades
  • Check tires for pressure and wear
  • Reset the TPMS (Tire pressure monitoring system)
  • Check and adjust fluid levels and break system

Maintenance at 15,000 miles

  • Check break system
  • Change oil and filter
  • Ensure that break system is effectively working
  • Check manual/automatic transmission
  • Check battery

At 25,000 miles

  • Repeat all you did at 5,000 miles

35,000 miles

  • Ensure that the break discs have not worn out
  • Replace worn spark plugs
  • Change Haldex clutch
  • Repeat maintenance routing at 25,000 miles

At 45,000 miles

  • Repeat maintenance routine at 5,000 and 25,000 miles


Although the indicator warning services as a reminder on maintenance, it should also be used as a yardstick for the driver when determining the lifespan of the car.

Remember that the life of any engine does not entirely depend on those maintenance checks alone. Factors such as recommended oil, age of vehicle, model, and the specific type of vehicle play their own role in determining the life of any vehicle.