Install A Real Dipstick Into Your Audi A4, A5, S4, S5, A6, A8, Q5


As technology increases and more and more is placed in the hands of computers, usability is advertised to improve.  However, in 2018 we can all say we’ve been let down by technology.  When it comes to engine oil, many enthusiasts would prefer to have a little more control than to blindly rely on a sensor.  I’m talking specifically about the lack of dipsticks in newer Audi models.  It doesn’t have to be that way.

As it turns out, with the right dipstick you can simply remove the plug and replace it with a manual device to allow you to read the oil level at a glance, as well as get a good look at how your oil is doing.  Pretty cool right?

This A4 2.0’s dipstick tube has be converted to a functional device! (also check out those sweet red top coils)

Depending on the engine type you will have different dipsticks, one does not fit all.  This is because the tube length and oil pan differences.  Using the wrong one will result in incorrect oil level readings, and that sort of defeats the point.

It’s important to note that these dipsticks will end up coming very close, if not barely touching the hood insulation.  There is a specific dimple that you will notice now with your hood up meant to clear the dipstick on these cars (even ones that didn’t come with one), but even still the clearance is very close.  Some customers have chopped the ring section in half to allow more clearance, but that’s up to you.  If your engine mounts are in good shape there shouldn’t be an issue.

First is the 2.0t Audi dipstick

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Ditch the plug!

This dipstick will replace the plug on 2008-2012 Audi A5 2.0T and 2009-2012 Audi A5 2.0T.  Some sites have this dip stick fitted all the way up through current, but don’t be fooled. The engine generation changed slightly (as VW/AUDI does), and even through this will technically fit all manners of 2.0 TFSI engines up to current, the reading will be slightly off, about 7mm.

  • 2009-2011 2.0 TFSI and TFSI Hybrid
  • 2012 2.0 TFSI with specific engine codes CDHA, CDHB, CDNB, CDNC, CFKA

2012 and later (minus the codes above) and 2013 have a different length dipstick and this cannot be used.  Right now an OEM solution does not appear to be available.  Some customers have installed this into the newer cars and made a mark on the dipstick after getting a dealer oil change.

Second is the V6 Audi Dipstick

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This is part number 06E115611HH, which would be the correct Audi dipstick for the majority of V6 late model’s, including the B8 chassis Audi S4.  It is similar but not exactly the same.  Again, it’s important to use the right dipstick or you risk getting a bad reading.   Luckily, the fitment is a little easier on the V6.  Here’s the fitment and the link below:

  • 2009- Audi A4 Quattro 3.2l V6
  • 2009- Audi A5 Quattro 3.2l V6
  • 2010-2016 Audi S4 Quattro 3.0T
  • 2009- Audi S5 Quattro 3.0T
  • 2012-2017 Audi A6 Quattro 3.0T
  • 2013-2017 Audi A8 Quattro 3.0T
  • 2009-2017 Audi Q5 3.0T and 3.2L

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