If you drive an Audi vehicle, chances are you’ve reflected on how fortunate you are. Audis are one of the top-selling luxury imports in the world, and are known globally for their impeccable design. The engineering behind Audi vehicles is sound; however, they certainly can run into their fair share of issues—much like any other vehicle on the road today. It is critical that your Audi receives the care it needs, and deserves, throughout its lifetime otherwise you’re likely to see more issues than you wish to anticipate along the road.
With the recent advancements in technology, Audi spark plugs rarely wear out or malfunction prematurely, and while they’re designed to withstand hostile engine conditions, not extensively so. There are a few different reasons why your Audi spark plugs fail or malfunction, and it’s important to stay on top of the preventive and specific maintenance procedures that the manufacturer recommends for various Audi models to avoid any issues.
Symptoms to look out for
When diagnosing spark plug problems, it’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms your Audi presents, as this will help your trusted Audi specialist know where to begin. Furthermore, you can get an idea of how severe the problem is based on the severity of the symptoms. Most of these symptoms are concerning for any driver, let alone an Audi driver who expects high standards in performance. An Audi specialist should address these symptoms immediately.
Lowered acceleration performance
There are a few reasons why acceleration might be compromised due to a faulty spark plug. This is because spark plugs consist of many different smaller components that help the spark plug reach a high enough temperature to start the ignition process. Whether it’s a failing sensor or smaller spark plug component, the driver will likely notice a decrease in acceleration power.
Starting issues, along with a few of these other symptoms, are common in vehicles that could be experiencing any number of problems, including spark plug malfunction. If your Audi won’t start, the problem could be traced back to failing spark plugs that are either worn-out or not getting hot enough.
A misfiring engine is possibly one of the most concerning symptoms to an Audi driver, as the vehicle’s performance is noticeably failing and it’s becoming increasingly more unreliable. Ignition issues are usually the culprit when it comes to engine misfiring, and the spark plugs could be the main source.
Reduced gas mileage
There are several factors that could contribute to diminished fuel efficiency, including the driver’s individual driving habits and typical driving conditions. Reduced gas mileage is noticeable in Audi vehicles, as their projected gas mileage is typically good, especially for a performance vehicle. Spark plugs are a common source of gas mileage reduction and should always be assessed as a potential problem area when drivers notice an increase in fuel consumption.
Potential causes of spark plug issues
Spark plugs typically don’t need to be replaced very frequently; however, certain engine conditions can contribute to the rate at which they wear out or fail. Audi ignition systems lend themselves well to spark plugs lifetimes, but they aren’t immune to failure under the right conditions.
Compromised by oil
Your spark plugs should not come into contact with motor oil, as this can damage their ability to function well. When oil leaks into the combustion chamber and makes contact with the spark plugs, it can cause your spark plugs to malfunction or fail all together.
Wear from overheating
Your Audi’s engine must be kept at the right temperature in order for the various parts to remain working properly. Particularly when the temperature gets too high, issues can arise with the spark plugs. There are several reasons why your car’s internal temperature, and therefore that of the spark plugs, is too high.
How we can help
At Foreign Automotive, we dedicate ourselves to serving the wide range of Audi drivers in the areas of Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge, ON. Keeping your Audi in optimal condition through preventive care is the best way to guarantee a positive driving experience at all times—this includes ensuring reliability. At Foreign Automotive, we specialize in Audi care and commit ourselves to performing thorough, accurate diagnoses to save our clients time and money. If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned concerning symptoms, please contact our shop to schedule an appointment. We vow to get your Audi in, out, and back on the road safely and affordably.
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