Haik's German Autohaus
310 E. Cota Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 965-0975

Audi Repair and Service Santa Barbara

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Specializing in the Maintenance of all Audi Models
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No matter which model or year Audi you drive, we can service and repair your car.

A3 | A4 | A4 Quattro | A5 | A6 | A6 Quattro | A7 | A8 | A8L | Q5 | Q5 hybrid | SQ5 | Q7
R8 | RS4 | RS5 | RS6 | RS7 | S4 | S5 | S6 | S8 | Allroad | TT | TTS | TTRS

Audi Auto Repair Santa Barbara

All major & minor Audi car repairs & services

No job is too big or small, from the simplest to the most complex auto repair or service. Whether you need an oil change, a light bulb replacement, wiper blades, a brake service, an engine repair or transmission overhaul, we do it all.

Over 35 years of automotive experience servicing and repairing Audi vehicles gives us the edge over most car service repair shops. Specializing in Audi, we know the cars well. We are familiar with the strengths and the weaknesses.

Whichever model Audi you drive, be assured your car will be in good hands at Haik’s German Autohaus.

Master automotive technicians Haik Hakobian and Kurt Richter perform all repairs and services.

The sport elegance of the German-engineered Audi is now among the top class of cars in the world, and Audi owners are proud of that distinction. We hope to gain your trust and see you in our shop when your car needs the care it deserves.

Please contact us.


Audi Maintenance

Auto Repairs and Services

Maintenance of your automobile consists of both repairs and services.


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Audi Auto Services We Provide

Car Check and Inspection Services

Car Check | Service Engine Soon | Vehicle Inspection | Check Engine Light Diagnosis | Trouble-Shooting | Diagnostics | Pre-Purchase Check | Safety Check |

Audi Services

Air-Conditioning Service | Air Filter | Battery Service | Belts | Brake Fluid Flush | Cabin Filter | Coolant Change | Diesel Service | Differential Service | Engine Service | Fuel Filter | Car Noises | Oil Change | Power Steering Flush | Spark Plugs | Transfer Case Service | Transmission Service | Tune-Up | And More…


Audi Auto Repairs We Perform

By Symptom

Running Problems | Starting Problems | Warning Lights | Check Engine Light | ABS Light On | Brake Warning Light | Tire Monitor On | Service Light On | SRS | Dead Battery | Overheating | Air-Conditioning Not Cold | Shifting Problems | Car Noises | Oil Leaks | Shaking | Windows Not Operating | And More...

Audi Repairs

Air Bags | Air-Conditioning | Alternator | Battery Replacement | Body Repair | Brakes | Catalytic Converter | Computer Controls | Cooling System | Diesel Repair | Door Locks | Engine Repair | Electrical Repairs | Electronic Computer Repairs | Exhaust System | Key Ignition Lock | Leaks | Light Bulbs | Lighting | Mirror Replacement | Muffler | Noises | Oxygen Sensors | Power Steering | Radiator Replacement | Seat Belts | Shock Absorbers | Starter | Thermostat | Tire Replacement | Transmission Repair | Transmission Replacement | Water Pump | Window Lifters | And More...


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Warning Lights | Electrical Functions | Mechanical Functions | Starting Problems | Running Problems | Car Noises


Maintenance Schedules

Service maintenance schedules are designed to maintain the entire vehicle by performing service and inspection of various service items at certain time or mileage intervals.

We Offer Both Factory and Custom Maintenance Schedules.


Factory Maintenance Schedules

See Below


Haik’s Custom Maintenance Schedules

Three levels to choose from: Major, Mid-Level, Minor

See Services page.

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Audi Factory Services

For Audi Factory Service Schedules, see below.

Audi Repair Skills

Skills, Tools and Information

Today’s Audi is a very sophisticated machine. Virtually every system from engine, transmission, braking to air bag, adaptive chassis control, steering are electronically monitored and controlled. State-of-the-art electronics and highly advanced automotive systems require high-level skills to maintain and repair. Today’s mechanic must have electronic skills along with the mechanical skills. In addition, he/she must have sophisticated test equipment such as a scanner (scan tool) for diagnosing electronic and mechanical problems. The mechanic must also have up-to-date technical information on each model car for each job performed. *For Scan Tool information see our Repairs page.

Diagnosis

The first stage of every repair is diagnostics. Accurate diagnosis is always prerequisite to repair. Mis-diagnosis leads to repair failure, lost time and extra expense. While good test equipment is vital, even the best test equipment does not replace the operator of the equipment. It is the mechanic who must ultimately find the source of the problem and repair it.

Proper Repair

At Haik’s we have all the speciality tools, mechanical skills and factory information required to maintain your model of Audi, including the latest. The scan tool we use for diagnosing electronic and mechanical problems is of the highest quality. The expertise of our mechanics guarantees that your car will be serviced and repaired to the highest standards of automotive excellence. All work is performed to factory specifications or above.

Audi Factory Service Schedules

Factory Maintenance Schedule Intervals

Every Audi model and year has a different service schedule. Though the service schedules are very similar, the following is for 2008 models. There is not enough room here for all of them.

Factory services are performed every 10,000 miles: at: 5K 15K 25K 35K 45K 55K 65K 75K 85K 95K 105K etc.

5K, 25K, 45K, 65K, 85K, 105 Maintenance

  • Oil and Filter change
  • Wiper blades check
  • Wiper/Washer/Headlight Washer check adjustment and function, add fluid if necessary
  • Tires and Spare check wear, damage and pressures
  • Wheels rotate (at 5K only)
  • Service Reminder Display reset, Brake System check for damage, leaks, pad thickness, fluid level

Find the Audi Factory Maintenance Interval for Your Model & Year online.

15K, 55K, 95K Maintenance

  • Oil and Filter change
  • Wiper blades check
  • Wiper/Washer/Headlight Washer check adjustment and function, add fluid if necessary
  • Tires and Spare check wear, damage and pressures
  • Wheels rotate (at 5K only)
  • Service Reminder Display reset
  • Brake System check for damage, leaks, pad thickness, fluid level.
  • Cooling System check level add if necessary
  • Exhaust System check for damage and leaks
  • Engine On-Board Diagnostics check fault memory
  • Engine Compartment check for leaks
  • Battery check and replace if necessary
  • Dust-Pollen Filter replace
  • Automatic Transmission Final Drive check for leaks
  • Manual Transmission Final Drive check for leaks
  • Front Axle check for excessive play, check dust seals of ball joints and its rod ends
  • Lights check all lights, check headlight adjustment
  • Drive Shaft Boots check
  • Doors lubricate hinges, check straps, and hood latch
  • *Spark Plugs replace (model specific)
  • Air Cleaner clean housing, replace filter element
  • Ribbed Belt and Tensioner check condition and replace if necessary
  • Snow Screen for Air Cleaner clean
  • Underbody check for damage and leaks
  • Road Test check braking, kick-down, steering, electrical, heating and ventilation systems, air-conditioning, ASL Automatic Shift Lock and power accessories
  • Rear Lid Hinges lubricate
  • Horn check function.

Find the Audi Factory Maintenance Interval for Your Model & Year online.

35K, 75K Maintenancee

  • Oil and Filter change
  • Wiper blades check
  • Wiper/Washer/Headlight Washer check adjustment and function, add fluid if necessary
  • Tires and Spare check wear, damage and pressures
  • Wheels rotate (at 5K only)
  • Service Reminder Display reset, Brake System check for damage, leaks, pad thickness, fluid level.
  • Cooling System check level add if necessary
  • Exhaust System check for damage and leaks
  • Engine On-Board Diagnostics check fault memory
  • Engine Compartment check for leaks
  • Battery check and replace if necessary
  • Dust-Pollen Filter replace
  • Automatic Transmission Final Drive check for leaks
  • Manual Transmission Final Drive check for leaks
  • Front Axle check for excessive play, check dust seals of ball joints and its rod ends
  • Lights check all lights, check headlight adjustment
  • Drive Shaft Boots check
  • Doors lubricate hinges, check straps, and hood latch
  • *Spark Plugs replace (model specific)
  • Air Cleaner clean housing, replace filter element
  • Ribbed Belt and Tensioner check condition and replace if necessary
  • Snow Screen for Air Cleaner clean
  • Underbody check for damage and leaks
  • Road Test check braking, kick-down, steering, electrical, heating and ventilation systems, air-conditioning, ASL Automatic Shift Lock and power accessories
  • Rear Lid Hinges lubricate; Horn check function.
  • Haldex Clutch change oil
  • Front Sunroof Drains (where applicable) open sunroof to check for water drain and clean if necessary (US only)
  • Continuously Variable Transmission (Multitronic) change ATF
  • Ribbed Belt replace
  • Brake Discs check thickness
  • Lights check all lights via instrument cluster, check license plate light from the rear of vehicle
  • Interior Lights check all interior lights, glove box illumination, control lights and MMI (if applicable)
  • S Tronic change oil and replace filter element.

Find the Audi Factory Maintenance Interval for Your Model & Year online.

Additional Service Items by Time and Mileage

Additional Services by Time

  • Brake Fluid replace every 2 years regardless of mileage
  • Cloth Top check function and rollover protection every 2 years regardless of mileage (Cabriolet)

Additional Service by Mileage

Engine Timing Belt Replacement:
  • 75K Miles 1.8T; 3.0L; 2.7L turbo; A8 4.2
  • 110K Miles 2.0L
  • 130K Miles 2.0L TDI

Audi Repairs & Services

See our Services page

See our Repairs page.

*Or give us a call at 965-0975 for a free personal consultation.*

Pre-Purchase Check

Complete Vehicle Inspection.

For more details see our SERVICES page and scroll down to "Inspection (Car Check).

Audi Diagnostics

We Offer Complete Auto Diagnostics.

When a failure occurs in one of the systems in your car, the solution is not always apparent. In some cases, we can see or hear the problem. Other times we must dig further to evaluate the source of the problem before attempting to fix it.

Audi Innovations

  • FSI (direct injection)
  • TFSI (direct injection with turbo)

Some Unique Audi Features

Among the German car lines, Audi (as well as VW) is somewhat unique and requires different skills to maintain the vehicles.

Front Wheel Drive

One of these features is front wheel drive rather than rear wheel drive. This means that the differential is integrated with the transmission and sits in the front of the car between the front wheels. In front wheel drive vehicles, the front wheels act as propulsion for the vehicle. The benefit of front wheel drive is superior road handling. Front wheel drive cars outperform rear wheel drive cars, especially in snow and ice. Four-wheel drive cars perform even better. .

Timing Belt

The use of a timing belt rather than a timing chain is another feature. The timing belt has the benefit of running quieter than a timing chain, is cheaper to produce and is lighter in weight, but it must be replaced at regular intervals.

Front Bumper Service Position

All VW/Audi V6 cylinder cars since the 90’s require the front bumper to be removed and the radiator with its support to be pulled forward in order to have access to the front of the engine where many vital engine parts, including the timing belt, are located. This process adds two hours to the job. It is therefore pennywise to perform all the repairs at once in that area when the car is in the service position.

The Audi 4 cylinder engines, 1.8Turbo, 2.0, or 2.0Turbo, sit transverse in the vehicle and do not require the bumper to be pulled into the service position.

Some Unique Audi Problems, Symptoms and Repairs

  • Engine would not turn off when ignition key was turned off and pulled out of switch. Engine continued to run on. 1999 A6
  • Clattering Engine on 1.8T. (See my blog for more details on Audi VW 1.8T Clattering Engine)
  • Engine cranked, but would not start. Ignition, fuel delivery and fuel injection were in order. No vacuum leaks were present.
  • Broken Timing Belt. Replaced complete cylinder head. The 1.8T is an interference engine. See post on my blog re: VW Audi Interference Engine.
  • Engine cranked but would not start (engine had spark and fuel). Timing belt was broken.

Torn CV (constant velocity) Boots

A disadvantage of front wheel drive cars is more frequently torn front outer CV (constant velocity) boots. The rubber or plastic CV boots are protective covers for the flexible axle bearings called constant velocity joints. Due to the fact that the front wheels steer the vehicle, the front outer CV boots which are right at the wheels, flex with every wheel turn. This frequent flexing causes the boots to wear out and crack much faster than rear wheel drive CV boots.

Audi Specific Terminology

  • Dynamic Ride Control Suspension
  • Dynamic Steering (allows vehicle to vary steering ratio electronically using a Harmonic Drive planetary gear set)
  • Electromechanical Power Steering
  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) *See Electronic Stability Control (ESC) on our Repairs page.
  • FSI (Fuel Stratified Injection) (This is Volkswagen AG’s proprietary direct fuel injection system used on VW and Audi brands.) *See Fuel Stratified Injection on our Repairs page).
  • Multitronic Transmission (with gear-lever or fingertip paddle-shift controls) based on the continuously variable transmission (CVT)
  • Multitronic Transmission control unit is called “Dynamic Regulating Program” (DRP)
  • EQuattro (all wheel drive) (AWD)
  • RS adaptive air suspension
  • S Tronic
  • Start-Stop System
  • Secondary Collision Brake Assist
  • TFSI (Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection) This is a combination direct fuel injection with forced induction supercharging or turbocharging)
  • Tiptronic Transmission

Audi’s Similarity to Volkswagen

Audi is owned by the Volkswagen Group. This is why most Audi bodies styles and engines have similarities to VW models. The A4 and the Passat, for example, are nearly identical. Audis also use the same engines as Volkswagens. Despite the similarities, the Audi brand is considered Volkswagen’s sporty car version.

Timing Belt

Audis and Volkswagens use timing belts rather than timing chains. The timing belt’s purpose is to connect the crankshaft to the camshafts in order to time the pistons and valves in accordance with each others movements. The timing belt is made of a tough neoprene rubber with nylon cords embedded in it. Despite the advantage of being quieter, lighter in weight and cheaper to produce, belts wear faster than chains. Timing belts last a fair amount of time, but when that time is over, the belt becomes increasingly fragile and can break with serious consequences. Best to heed the factory recommendation and replace it on schedule.

Timing Belt Replacement

Replacing the timing belt is one of the most critical services performed on Audi and Volkswagen engines. If the timing belt breaks, the resulting engine damage is massive. The last broken timing belt job we repaired on an Audi TT 1.8T cost the customer $5,500. The engine needed a new cylinder head. *(Keep in mind, this can be avoided by replacing the timing belt at its recommended interval.)

Interference Engine

Most Audi (and VW) engines are interference engines. This means that when the crankshaft pushes the piston up to top of the stroke and the camshaft pushes the valves down to down to their open position, the piston and valves will smash into each other if the crankshaft and camshafts are not timed properly. When the timing belt breaks, there is no more timing.

*Note: Not all VW/Audi engines are interference. One might ask, then why make interference engines? The reason is higher compression as the piston comes up higher in the cylinder and gives better performance.

Timing Belt Replacement Intervals

Volkswagen of North America recommends replacement of the timing belt at regular intervals. This is a critical service that should not be overlooked.

Engine Timing Belt Replacement:

  • 75K Miles - 1.8T - 3.0L - 2.7L turbo - A8 4.2
  • 110K Miles - 2.0L
  • 130K Miles - 2.0L TDI

Complete Timing Belt Job

When the timing belt is replaced on Volkswagen/Audi engines there are other parts replaced at the same time for a complete job. The timing belt, belt tensioning roller and idler roller are a part of the repair.

The water pump is also replaced at that same time. The water pump is driven off the timing belt, and will have the same amount of mileage on it as the belt. If the water pump bearing wears out, the timing belt could slip or break resulting in serious engine damage. Even if no other engine damage occurred, or if the water pump just developed a leak, the water pump would have to be replaced. Since the water pump job alone is about the same amount of labor time as replacing the timing belt, it would be a terrible waste of money for the customer to have to pay for the whole job over again.

In addition, we also replace the thermostat and plastic thermostat cover. Other parts to consider replacing are the coolant hoses, coolant reservoir, spark plugs, valve cover gaskets, accessory belt and tensioner.

The entire timing belt job with water pump is approximately six to nine hours long, depending on model. It is the most costly major service expense the vehicle requires on a routine basis.

Visual inspection does not always reveal a worn or damaged belt

Sometimes the timing belt shows no sign of damage or wear, so it is wise to replace it at the designated interval.

One Audi was towed to our shop because the engine would not start, even though it cranked freely. The customer stated he heard no noises when the engine stopped running. Ignition, fuel delivery, fuel injection were in order. There were no vacuum leaks. The timing belt felt tight. We pulled the spark plugs and ran a compression test. Compression was zero is all cylinders. Removing the timing belt revealed teeth on the belt which had been sheered off at the bottom of the crankshaft gear where it couldn’t be seen with the belt on. The crankshaft was turning, but the camshafts were not. It is a mystery how the customer could not have heard the noise when it happened, but the valves were all smashed.

It is wise to be safe and heed the replacement intervals for the timing belt job. It costs considerably less than replacing the cylinder head if the belt should break.

Audi Historical Note

Did you know…?

The four interlinking rings of the Audi badge stand for the merger of four automobile companies in 1932: Audi, Horch, DKW and the Wanderer, to form the Auto Union AG, Chemnitz. The Auto Union only displayed the four interlinked rings on its racing cars. The four automobile company brands continued using their own names and emblems.

Did you know…?

The Audi automobile company’s inception date is August 25, 1910. It was a successful automobile brand until 1939 when the name disappeared from new car sales market for two and a half decades, when it was revived by Volkswagen AG.