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    Thread: at what mileage should i replace the timing belt?

    1. Member teejers's Avatar
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      09-18-2012 10:31 PM #1
      I am asking because I have had three people tell me four things (you read that right). 50k, 60k, 75k, 100k. The 100k seems a little out there in my opinion. so, what is the official mileage?
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    2. 09-19-2012 01:35 AM #2
      For the BPY 2.0T FSI engine in my '06 GTI, the official interval is every 110,000mi. In the '05 Audi A3 with the same engine, the interval started out at 75,000 miles, but Audi retroactively changed the interval to 110,000miles. I'm planning on changing mine this weekend, and I have 106k miles now.

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      09-19-2012 10:41 AM #3
      I would say its also environment related.

      I live in FL where it gets hot and terrible, but I would say back home in Cleveland where it freezes / thaws constantly would be even worse for belts and I would change it out sooner.

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      09-19-2012 10:51 AM #4
      From what I recall, the suggested route is to check it at 60k and 80k (replace if needed), and then replace at 100k regardless of wear / damage.

      If you're over 60-70k miles and you're going in there for an upgrade / repair, you might as well do the timing belt at the same time to save yourself the trouble.

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      09-19-2012 11:06 AM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by lumpypumpkin View Post
      From what I recall, the suggested route is to check it at 60k and 80k (replace if needed), and then replace at 100k regardless of wear / damage.

      If you're over 60-70k miles and you're going in there for an upgrade / repair, you might as well do the timing belt at the same time to save yourself the trouble.

      I am at about 55k right now and was thinking about doing it soon but I am not going to be doing any upgrades or modifications anytime soon (a lotto win may change that). I, in all honesty, do not know what a timing belt in need of change would look like (other than it being frayed but I think that there would be other indicators too). I think I may wait until I have a covered place to do it because I may take two days total to do get it done ( I have heard it can be an 8 hour operation for a first timer).
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      09-19-2012 11:07 AM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by xtravbx View Post
      I would say its also environment related.

      I live in FL where it gets hot and terrible, but I would say back home in Cleveland where it freezes / thaws constantly would be even worse for belts and I would change it out sooner.
      I live in Texas and it does get incredibly hot but it only gets really cold (below freezing) 4 or five times a year.
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      09-21-2012 04:28 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by teejers View Post
      I live in Texas and it does get incredibly hot but it only gets really cold (below freezing) 4 or five times a year.
      an arid, hot, desert like climate is harder on belts. I will always err on the side of caution and replace mine every 80-85k.
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      09-21-2012 04:35 PM #8
      yeah, i think i am going to shoot for an 75k replacement just to be safe.
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    9. 09-23-2012 09:13 PM #9
      I would do it at 60k, i have seen a lot break

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      09-23-2012 11:50 PM #10
      I am doing mine at 75k. If it breaks before that I guess its going to get one heck of an upgrade power wise. I got 6k to go...........

    11. 09-24-2012 09:23 AM #11
      I did mine at 90k. I'll have to think long and hard when the car reaches 180k. There are lots of people who say they put over 200k on the belts before snapping. Investing $1000 into a 180k mile car is going to be hard.
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      09-24-2012 09:30 AM #12
      $1000? Did you have it done at a shop?

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    13. 09-24-2012 11:43 AM #13
      Yeah. I did. My dealer has an awesome mechanic.

      I've replaced them before on older 2.0 8Vs but I wasn't feeling up to the FSI. Call me lazy, call me maybe.....
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      09-24-2012 11:54 AM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by StuMacLean View Post
      Yeah. I did. My dealer has an awesome mechanic.

      I've replaced them before on older 2.0 8Vs but I wasn't feeling up to the FSI. Call me lazy, call me maybe.....
      No, I dig that. The fsi replacement looks looks like a PITA. Maybe I will have the $$$ when it comes time to get it replaced.

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    15. 09-24-2012 02:52 PM #15
      Opinions differ, but you're supposed to unhook the axle on one side, and disconnect the exhaust too. A lot of folks don't choose to do this. And that's fine.

      I wanted to do unhook these things, and didn't feel like I was up to all of this, plus the motor mount and everything else that makes this job a challenge.
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      09-24-2012 03:27 PM #16
      I just did mine at 90K showed no sign of wear on the belt or water pump. I'm sure it would have gone to 110K without a problem

      PS talk to your dealer, mine charged 599.00 for labor,I supplied the Kit. total labor with an oilchange plus tax was 629.00 with a 15 % discount coupon.

      Also the 60 k belt change was for older VW engines.
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    17. 09-25-2012 08:37 AM #17
      I hear ya. But if you assume $600 in labor, plus about $300 in parts We're already at about $900.

      They did a lot that day. I was charged about $1400 total I believe. Including a new PCV (working on recouping that from VW under a warranty claim) a CV joint boot replacement, oil change, and the timing belt service.
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      09-25-2012 11:00 AM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by teejers View Post
      I am at about 55k right now and was thinking about doing it soon but I am not going to be doing any upgrades or modifications anytime soon (a lotto win may change that). I, in all honesty, do not know what a timing belt in need of change would look like (other than it being frayed but I think that there would be other indicators too). I think I may wait until I have a covered place to do it because I may take two days total to do get it done ( I have heard it can be an 8 hour operation for a first timer).
      I replaced mine at about 95k. The belt wasn't very worn, but the water pump was beginning to leak.
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    19. 09-25-2012 12:27 PM #19
      I did my t-belt and water pump at 107k miles. The belt did not look worn at all. There is a huge difference between the 2.0T FSI engines and previous VW/Audi engines. 1.8T's and 3.0 V6 timing belts look horrible at 100k. I just finished a 3.0 V6 belt from a '04 A4 with 102k miles, and it looked to be about a mile from snapping - cracks nearly all the way through. Those belts are due at 75k, and with good reason.

      I also replaced my thermostat since we're starting to see a few fail open recently, preventing the engine from fully warming up.

      My opinion is that the 2.0T belt does not need to be replaced before Audi's recommended 110k mile interval.

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      09-25-2012 05:50 PM #20
      Regardless of when you change your belt etc.. make sure you change it yourself!!!

      I was quoted 1100 usd by two dealerships.. one in maine one massachusetts.

      Holy explicit words from above-that's like more than 10 percent the vehicles value for my 07 fsi passat wagon..



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      09-25-2012 05:59 PM #21
      So I'm gunna. Check on the belt.. if okay gunna push for 110 k miles.. she stock and I. Only drive it..

      $tarring danger in the face .

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      10-03-2012 04:51 PM #22
      Did mine around 89k. Noticed very small cracks straight across. I'd do it before 100k but yeah different parts of the country, different results as posted above.

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