Things We Should/Must Know About Our Audis In Case Of Emergency

For an Audi Specific Problem – is a great place to find a solution, but you must know how to search for your problem.

If you own 2008+ Audis, you can access in case of emergency if you don’t have one in the car, you need a VIN# to use.

***Never jump start on any Audi by connecting jumper cables directly on the battery terminals – This will kill the ECU – Always Positive (RED) to the + of the battery and the Negative (BLACK) to a body chassis (GROUND) – Normally Audi cars should have a Negative POST next to the battery (A8) or jumper posts in the engine bay (A6 & Q7) – Make sure the service people know when they come to rescue your car stranded anywhere.***

A8 D3 Fuse Box (passenger side)

A8 D3 Fuse Box

2013-03-02 For A8 D3 (04-10), there is no jump post in the engine bay, it’s in the trunk. In case of dead battery with key stuck in the ignition, trunk doesn’t open (since we can jump start through the engine bay), read this post.

To jump or charge the battery on the A8 D3 (2004-2010), never hook up the negative end directly to the battery negative post, only on the car negative pole just like the picture below.


Serpentine or Ribbed belt

One good thing/bad thing about Audi cars is most of them only have 1 drive belt for everything beside the Timing belt. This belt will drive alternator, power steering pump, etc… Sometimes when the belt broke, we should know how to replace the belt on our car. It’s a good habit to have a spare in the trunk on a long trip. Since the belt drives so many pulleys, it’s good to know the diagram of the belt mounted and rotation. All serpentine belts have the belt tensioners need to be released to remove the belts.

Remove and install serpentine belt for Q7 3.6 L FSI.

Remove and install serpentine belt for 2006 A8L 4.2L.

Remove and install serpentine belt for 2004 A4 V6 3.0L

q7 3.6L ribbelt

Audi A6 V6 2.8L Ribbed Belts

remove and replace ribbed belt V6 2.8L

V6 2.8L configurations

Audi transmission is in Safe (Limp) Mode: Operates in 3rd gear only.

We should learn all Audi switches and buttons.

Sometimes, in case of emergency like needing a jump on battery or tow, we or our spouse may not know where all these important stuff are. These are the little things we should/must know about Audi cars.
* If we have a Quattro (All Wheel Drive) Audi, we need a flatbed to tow our cars. When we take the car to get smog check, most or all of the time, the tech should know we don’t need to test on rollers because it’s AWD.
* Most of Audis have batteries placed any where but front engine bay, except our 04 A4 Cabriolet, so when we need a jump from another car when the battery is dead or low, we need to locate the jump posts in front or battery itself if it’s in the trunk.

* Power steering fluids are mineral (green oil), the safe one is Pentosin 11s, so don’t just put any power steering fluid in it. The best is to get one of these cans on line because we may need it sometimes, especially if the car is over 100k miles.

* Locate the fuse box on Audis cars: A4, A6 is on the left of the dashboards, A8 is on the passenger footwell right (there is a screw knob), and Q7 are on both left and right of the dash board just like the A6

a6 fuse box location

a6 fuse box location

a6 fuse box cover and tool

* We have 4 cars that have all batteries placed in all Audi possible locations, so they can be a great examples for Audi’s owners.

2004 B6 A4 Cabriolet

battery bay A4 battery

A6 battery under the seat

A6 Battery under the rear bench seat

96 A6-The battery is under the rear passenger bench seat, therefore, it has the jumper cable posts in the engine bay. If we need to replace the battery, we just have to remove 2 screws holding the seat to the floors and lift the seat up.

A6 Jumper Posts Positive and Negative locations

The most important thing when putting jumper cables on the car, RED (+ positive) and BLACK (- negative) on both cars while making a jump. Lift the black plastic cover, we should see a metal terminal where we can clip the RED positive cable on to it.

Positive terminal post

Negative Terminal Post

98 A8 D2 battery is placed in the trunk on the right handside. Since the battery is easily accessible, there’s no engine jump terminals that we know of, so when we need a jump for our battery, we use the battery location for jumper cables.

A8 D2 Battery Location

Again, most terminal post should have a plastic cover to avoid accidental short from metal objects to the ground (negative) terminals. The Ground (Negative) terminal is exposed, this is where the black jumper cable should clamp on to in case of battery jumping.

Positive-Negative terminal posts

Positive Terminal is where the RED clamp should be on.

A8 D2 Positive Terminal

We need to locate all the fluids indicators and stick to check. The coolant is red (we use prestone red coolant instead of the dealer’s), power steering is green (pentosin 11s), and the engine oil dipstick is orange (our little ring broke off).

fluids locations

Again, Our Q7 battery is placed under the seat. Since the battery is NOT easily accessible, there are engine jump terminals for jumper cables.

Q7 Positive and Negative Terminals Location

Q7 Positive and Negative Terminals Location

Q7 coolant reservoir is on the passenger side and the cap needs to be removed to check for the level. The coolant has to go up to the max mark.

Q7 coolant check

Again, most positive terminal posts should have a plastic cover to avoid accidental short from metal objects to the ground (negative) terminals. The Ground (Negative) terminal is exposed, this is where the black jumper cable should clamp on to in case of battery jumping.
We should know about our cars even though we may not need to use these emergency services ever… 🙂 idog


  • Hey guys, I live in Australia and am insured with full comprehensive insurance(NRMA) for those who know.

    I have a Audi A6 2006 3.0 Litre TDI Quattro

    Last Saturday night I got the the guy to come from NRMA to jump start my Audi A6 and he put the leads on the wrong the first time and started to smoke from the terminals and he realized and quickly took them off and used another set which were fine and started the car, after he left I noticed I couldn’t use my CD player(The screen on the dash does not turn on, and the lights for the volume and the return button and the buttons around it do not work.) Every other light works on the dash and around the gear changer(automatic).

    Any information regarding what the problem is and how to solve it would very much be appreciated.

    • Check the big fuses in the trunk area

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