Luxurious, stylish, and high-performance delivering, your Audi is the envy of other car owners. However, unlike vehicles from its Japanese rival automobile manufacturers, Audis are only sometimes known for their reliability. As an Audi owner, you will pay more for trips to the repair shop over its lifetime being a premium car manufacturer. Car brand aside, there are just some parts designed to wear down or run out as they perform their tasks, as well as exterior parts that are subject to the trials of everyday driving.
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OEM vs. Aftermarket Audi Parts
While shopping for Audi auto parts, you will inevitably come across these terms used to describe the components for sale, "OEM" and "aftermarket." OEM or Original Equipment Manufacturer parts are original parts used by car manufacturers. On the other hand, "Aftermarket" parts are made by third-party manufacturers that are usable in the vehicle.
OEM and aftermarket parts each fulfill their purposes, but with some differences. OEM parts are manufactured to the high standards set by Audi and usually come backed with an extended warranty. On the other hand, aftermarket parts can come in more styles outside the default factory options, making them great if you're looking for a (possibly) cheaper option with greater variety and customizability.
With that said, we recommend investing in OEM parts if you're hoping to return your Audi to its previous level of performance. You'll likely pay for more replacements in the long run without the same quality control if you choose aftermarket parts. Not to mention, it is entirely possible that installing an aftermarket part can void your Audi's warranty and, in some cases, even damage your vehicle. Finally, aftermarket parts are not always guaranteed to be cheaper than OEM parts, so you might be paying less for better fit and quality.
What Are the Most Important Parts in Your Audi?
The most important parts of your Audi are those needed to make it move and those that ensure your and your passengers' safety. Sending your Audi for regular maintenance is the best way to prevent it from developing potentially expensive problems. However, if you haven't managed to avoid issues and fixes are already required, you should prioritize the following parts first.
The engine is your Audi's main power source, burning fuel to produce the mechanical energy to drive your Audi. It is arguably the most expensive and complicated part to fix. Any repairs are notorious for their incredibly high cost due to the need for replacement parts and specialized manpower. If you have a malfunctioning engine, visit your trusted automobile professional to see if a replacement engine is the most economical route for your Audi to return to the roads.
For both the automatic and manual, the transmission of your Audi transfers power from the engine to the wheels while using gear ratios to keep the engine in its power band. It is this that allows it to run efficiently.
The transmission sees constant usage on every drive, resulting in high wear and tear. As with the engine, repairing this complicated piece of equipment can be more than buying a replacement.
Your lights are vital as they help you see, be seen, and convey your driving intentions to others on the roads. Ensure you replace damaged lights or blown bulbs to keep yourself, your passengers, and others safe on the road.
The brakes on your Audi will slow your vehicle down or bring it to a safe and complete stop. Brake parts such as brake pads and rotors wear down faster than others, so they will need replacing more frequently. Other brake parts that may require replacing less regularly include the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders which are known to develop leaks and cause poor braking. You can easily buy these parts individually when the need arises.
Your Audi relies on its battery to get started, so it's vital that you keep a lookout for any slow cranking of the engine and an illuminated battery warning light that can indicate that your battery is on its way out.
Which Audi Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
"Consumables" refer to the parts and materials that run or wear out naturally with use over time. These include engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, and wiper blades. Some would also class tires and the battery under this same category. Be aware of the warning signs that signal these parts are at low levels or worn down and need replacing.
The water pump perpetually pumps the coolant from the radiator to the engine to flush heat away from the engine's various parts. Due to its constant use, it requires changing sooner than other parts. In general, the water pump has a lifespan of around 60,273 miles.
Your Audi's suspension should last longer if most of your driving has been on well-maintained roads, with regular weighted cargo, and not over-clocking the miles quickly.
Usually, you can get ten years out of your suspension if you have been treating your vehicle well. Otherwise, the period can range from five to eight years. You'll know if your suspension is faulty as you'll feel it while driving, even over the slightest bumps. If that's the case, you'll have to replace the suspension in your Audi to ensure you no longer experience bumpy rides.
Are Audi Parts Expensive?
Unfortunately, Audis are more expensive up front, and with that comes more costly parts. Audi parts come with a higher price tag because of the relative scarcity, so be prepared for a larger bill than if you owned a Japanese car.
Where to Buy Genuine Audi Parts Online
As Audi is one of the most famous car manufacturers globally, you can find brand-new, genuine parts through authorized Audi dealers and OEM parts retailers in your country.
However, if you want to spend less on replacement parts, you can find genuine second-hand Audi parts in excellent condition with us here at BE FORWARD!