Engine Oil Leaks on Audi A6

Engine oil leaks are common from the valve cover gaskets and camshaft chain tensioner gasket.

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Average mileage: 119,722 (85,000–174,000)
Engines affected: 2.8L V6, 3.2L V6
4 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2006
12 people reported this problem
8 people shared problem details
2001 Audi A6- 2.8L V689,000
oil is leaking but not very serious, I am planning to get it repaired when it get worse
2000 Audi A6- 2.8L V6129,500
Value Cover Gaskets and camshaft issues as discussed. Local Audi deal wanted 2x what the German specialty mechanic wanted. Very frustrating for such a known problem.
1999 Audi A6- 2.8L V6
replaced gaskets , expensive labor
2001 Audi A6- 2.8L V6132,000
valve cover gaskets leaking oil and producing smoke in the engine compartment
2006 Audi A6- 3.2L V696,000
We would have our oil changed on regular intervals at the local dealership only to have the "Oil Level Low" light to come on within the first 1000 miles. After having this happen 4 times, we had an import auto repair shop look at it and showed us that the Valve cover gasket, Oil filter gasket, valley gasket, and tensioner pulley gasket were all leaking. The only reason we didn't see the amount of oil on the garage floor was the oil would leak when the car was moving and the under engine cowl was catching most of the oil. We're still trying to find the leak in the power steering pump as well.
2000 Audi A6- 2.8L V6174,000
My wife's A6 has smeeled like it was burning oil forever. I took it to 4 dealerships while under warranty and they all said it was in the oil pan and it was not a problem. After the warranty expired, then it becvame a gasket leak and could be replaced for big bucks.
1999 Audi A6- 2.8L V685,000
Oil Leaks From Camshaft Chain Tensioner and Valve Cover Gaskets.
2000 Audi A6- 2.8L V6147,000
Cam shafts seals and caps and valve gaskets replaced caps keep blowing out.
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