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Tierra

New member
Joined
Apr 5, 2024
Location
Iloveaudis2
TDI
Q7 tdi
Hello, I have a 2014 Q7 TDI I have named Hans Diesel. I'm trying to be a good owner but finding local service shops has proven tricky. I'm in chico ca. Is it crazy to think I can do some of my own service work? Oil changes, filters, belts? Most of my experience is with classic America cars. I'm at 119k miles and debating selling him so he gets better care but if you guys know of good how to links I would appreciate it.
 

BobnOH

not-a-mechanic
Joined
May 29, 2004
Location
central Ohio
TDI
New Beetle 2003 manual
Hello, I have a 2014 Q7 TDI I have named Hans Diesel. I'm trying to be a good owner but finding local service shops has proven tricky. I'm in chico ca. Is it crazy to think I can do some of my own service work? Oil changes, filters, belts? Most of my experience is with classic America cars. I'm at 119k miles and debating selling him so he gets better care but if you guys know of good how to links I would appreciate it.
Yes, depending on your skill and confidence level. Same as your old chevy except the diesel (fueling). And of course the modern cars have a lot more electronics, makes it easier in some respects.
Audi SUVs (Q7 & Q5) and other V6 TDIs
 

oilhammer

Certified Volkswagen Nut & Vendor
Joined
Dec 11, 2001
Location
outside St Louis, MO
TDI
There are just too many to list....
The CNRB Q7 would not be my first choice of vehicles to get your European Diesel feet wet. They are quite complex.

But the basics like filter and fluid changes are not all that difficult.
 

T1MMBOJONES

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 10, 2020
Location
Milwaukee
TDI
03 ALH 01M wagon
oil changes, air and fuel filter changes are pretty straight forward. serp belt i assume isnt terrible but your audi is due for a timing belt and water pump aswell as what should be its 3rd tranny fluid and filter flush. these are not cheap if having to pay a mechanic and not exactly shade tree mechanic worthy either...that said with the right tools and time/patience i do feel most williing and able owners could perform these services...that said ive not actually owned or serviced an audi tdi.....
 

T1MMBOJONES

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 10, 2020
Location
Milwaukee
TDI
03 ALH 01M wagon
The CNRB has no timing belt. It has nothing in common with the ALH cars. Other than it uses diesel.
while i said nothing in regards to an alh, it shows how little i know about any audi diesels....i assume they need a water pump (maybe 2 for all i know) and some other major service items periodically regardless. if you consider them complex that is about all the OP really needs to know....
 

Tierra

New member
Joined
Apr 5, 2024
Location
Iloveaudis2
TDI
Q7 tdi
Thank you! Everyone been really helpful. I'm just driving along in the rain and the whole wiper arm snapped off so much fun! I think I'm gonna sell this Beast.
 

Nuje

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Feb 11, 2005
Location
Island near Vancouver
TDI
2015 Sportwagen; Golf GLS 2002 (swap from 2L gas); 2016 A3 e-tron
Yeah - wiper arm coming loose is a quick fix. I wouldn't toss a vehicle for small things like that; if you're having major problems (engine, transmission, etc.) and the repair is approaching the value of the vehicle....that's a different story.

If you have questions or want help, just ask in sub-forum, and the people here can be (and usually are) very helpful.
Audi SUVs (Q7 & Q5) and other V6 TDIs
 
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