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Perfect Storage Place for Engine Oil

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by RobinA3, Feb 11, 2007.

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    [Feb 11, 2007]
    Last weekend i had to stop off at some services on the M40 for some engine oil as the warning light came up on the dash, i got hammered with a bill of £16.99 for a litre of oil!!!

    So the next day i went to Halfords and bought another bottle of the same stuff for £11.69 (using my trade card) and because i aint got the pouch thing in the boot which i should have got i had to find somewhere to put it

    So i tried the drivers seat cubby hole and it fitted perfectly, the high of the bottle was the just right so it doesn't move around when cornering!!!

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    [Feb 11, 2007]
    I didn't even know there was a cubby hole there. Unless there isn't on a 2004 A3, I'll have to read the manual...
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    Great place to put it if you ain't got a First Aid kit ;)
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    you wouldn't catch me putting a bottle of oil in there... no way.... that leaks and it will go everywhere! and it will not clean up!

    ps RobinA3 you need to get that car cleaned! it is an absolute disgrace!!!!
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    I'm with steve184 on this, I wouldn't trust the cap to seal it properly and not leak. It's for this reason that I make sure my pouch is upright in the boot.

    As for the storage space in the seats, if you have the storage pack then there's one on the passenger's seat too, otherwise it's just the driver's. I have just the driver's and it's occupied by my first aid kit.
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    You guys just scared me so i went out to check and it wasn't leaking, also if it were to leak then it would be contained in the cubby hole as there are no holes so its all good!
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    Until you open the door to it... then it will pour out...
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    [Feb 11, 2007]
    you would be surprised - oil manages to get everywhere thats its job!
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    It's a good idea Robin but I wouldn't be too keen. Maybe one of those plastic sealable bags around it?
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    [Feb 11, 2007]
    Personally I use the black zip pouch with 'velcro' on the back provided by Audi and fix it to the side panel in the boot. Keeps the bottle upright as well!
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    [Feb 11, 2007]
    You'd be better to keep it upright. The seal on those containers isn't very good.
    Just moved my spare oil pouch from the floor of the boot yesterday and velcro'd it back onto the side wall of the boot. Had to give the pouch a good wipe inside though, as the oil had been leaking a bit. None on the carpet, thankfully.
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    I'll vouch for that - the guy that has m A3 complained to me that the 5l oil container in the boot leaked, a month after I gave him the car... Idiot just left it in there, 3/4 full rolling around instead of taking it out and putting it somewhere safe. I told him it was there when I gave him the keys... at least the bootfloor wont rust!!!!
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    ah i think i forgot to tell you that the bottle of oil hasn't been opened and is still factory sealed, when the oil light came on it required the whole 1 litre to bring the oil level to the correct level.

    therefore next time i will be probably putting the whole bottle in there again.
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    [Feb 12, 2007]
    It's cheaper to buy the oil in a 4 litre container than individual 1 litres bottles. Halfords stock both.
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    [Feb 12, 2007]
    You might want to check the oil more regularly with the dipstick, the oil light is not really a top up indicator and you're playing a dangerous game by waiting for it to illuminate before topping up.
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    [Feb 12, 2007]
    as i mentioned above on my post that the bottle fits perfectly and doesn't move around hence no rattling

    you guys wanna lighten up a bit on here

    its almost like being in an old peoples home sometimes!
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    [Feb 12, 2007]
    :) :) :)

    I'm sure it's a perfectly safe place to keep it, but that cubby hole is a place I find much more useful to store things that I need to get at more frequently than oil.
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    [Feb 12, 2007]
    looks a great place to store it... just wish the 8L had a pouch under the seat :)
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    Exactly. And there's enough room left over for my spare incontinence pants and viagra tablets!
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    Your right those bottles are ****.. mine leaked all over my boot. Took ages to clean and the boot floor still has some oil in it... need a replacement. Wouldn't store it in the car no way!
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    [Feb 15, 2007]
    Hang on, when I had the S3 I always bought the litre of oil from Audi and it was around £10-£12 and always came in the black leather look pouch with velcro on it, also with a plastic glove and cardboard filler funnels.

    Just like this http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/OIL-POUCH-AUD...ryZ10372QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

    Bought this at both Cardiff Audi (old one on Hadfield Road) and Sinclair in Swansea.

    Do they not do the Litre of oil with the pouch anymore?
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    Yes, they still do it, I had one in A3 when I picked it up at the end of December (didn't pay extra for it though)
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    [Feb 15, 2007]
    I've got a huge ice-cream tub (about a foot cubed I'd guess) in the back corner of my boot which I've put sticky velcro strips on the bottom. It's great for emergency bits you don't want sliding around, like an oil bottle, a torch, loose screwdrivers and a bottle of screenwash. Any leaks end up in the tub too :icon_thumright:
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    I've got a good place to keep oil too.....

    I keep 4l of oil in my sump. That way, it can't leak onto the interior and it doesn't make a noise going around corners....

    And as I regularly keep an eye on the dipstick level (and top it back up to full whenver it starts dropping down towards "low"), there's no need to keep any other oil in the car either....
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