The new belts a lot stronger then old ****ty ones on the 1.8t. Besides being wider. I recall they are made with kevlar too.
Years ago I went too long (still within spec, but apparently too long) to change the belt on my Audi. Valves and pistons collided in an unhappy way. Audi helped with 1/2 the bill, but it was a lengthy repair.
You know you have to do the belt soon anyway, so why wait? My two cents....
So my B6 is at the dealer for the timing belt, new water pump, oil and filter change, cam follower inspection(and hopefully replacement).
They gave me a base model 2012 Jetta 2.0 as a loaner. Even though this car is 6 years newer than my car, it feels so old and bad. No cruise control, nothing. The 2.0 really struggles keeping up with Dallas traffic. Hoping to get my car back today.
My point is: I did not know there were cars made in 2012 withotu cruise control!
I changed my cam follower as a preventive measure. $54 part, took about 30 minutes to change. Next time it will take about 15 minutes since I know exactly what tools to have handy.
The original (44k miles) cam follower looked OK, as did the cam lobe I could view.
VW dealer checked my VIN and said mine was not prone to failure, but for $54 I did it anyway.
Do others agree?
I can't get my dealer to swap my cam follower to save my life. Impossible without a code. They talk me out of it all the time. " Dude, you got a warranty extension until 120K. I wouldn't worry about that. You got another 40k to go".
Then when I say I may go to an independent shop to do it, then they are like " Why would you want to do that when VW has a warranty extension on it? And you don't want a non-dealer working on your car, etc, etc".
I don't think that is a good philosophy. If you just wait for it to fail, first of all you don't know what reason they dig out then to deny the claim. That would be a costly repair. I could also imagine that they don't give you a new engine, but just a new camshaft and HPFP. In this case, you can't be certain that parts of the follower and failed camshaft are not still somewhere in the engine, waiting to become dislodged and destroy something else.
Preventative maintenance is paramount.
Owning a VW is like having a hot girlfriend that's mentally unstable
Ok so this may just be an illusion, but I feel like my car pulls harder after the timing belt change and PCV valve replacement. It is like I have more boost and the car feels "newer".
Could it be possible that I could have had a small leak in my PCV valve all this time, or is it either broken or it isn't? No gray area like that I mean?