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The Achilles Heel of Audi

What to Know About Carbon Build-Up

Throughout the world, Audi vehicles have been the envy of many auto enthusiasts. Known for their futuristic, tech-oriented design and quality performance, Audi is one of the most sought after luxury vehicles in the market today. But all quality vehicles have a weakness, and Audi’s weakness is carbon build-up, which could harm the vehicle’s performance and your driving experience. At Central Import, we believe the best way to prevent the issue is to know everything about it. Here’s everything you need to know about carbon build-up and how you can prevent it!

Why It Happens

Since all Audi’s utilize a direct injection engine, they are much more susceptible to carbon build-up as they lose a lot of efficiency as the miles start to pack on. Over time, fuel is injected directly into the cylinders and due to the direct injection, fuel and it’s cleaning additives aren’t allowed in to help clean the valve and port. This is what leads to carbon build-up, and it’s why Audi owners may experience a rough running engine or a complete misfire.

How to Prevent It

The best way to prevent carbon build-up? Routine preventative maintenance services with a qualified professional. We’re talking about three services in particular:

Oil Changes: a routine oil change, which should occur around every 5,000 miles, can help maintain quality performance from the intake valves.

Spark Plug Replacement: this simple service can help reduce the amount of unburned fuel in the chamber and cylinders, which will also help prevent the valves from sticking.

Fuel Injector Cleaning: this service, which helps the injector spray correctly, should be performed every 15 – 16,000 miles on Audi’s (pending engine size). When spraying correctly, it should help prevent carbon build-up.

If you’re looking to prevent carbon build-up in your Audi vehicle, or if it’s already going through a build-up issue, make sure to schedule an Audi service with Central Import in Toronto, Ontario! We work hard to rid your Audi of any carbon build-up, so you can continue to enjoy its quality performance and precision!


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