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    Big bill on way!!

    Took my 02 plate A3 1.8T to my local dealer this morning for a new toothed belt expecting around the Ł400 mark until i got a call saying that there was a fault code showing Timing chain tensioner fault. It has done 145k so it was probably only a matter of time until i had some drama. Now been told to expect a bill close to Ł1100, great. Apparantly the timing tensioner parts are Ł200 and then theres 4 hrs labour! Really looking forward to picking up the tab for this one , not. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsdown.gif[/img]

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    Re: Big bill on way!!

    145K in 4 years! Have they started the work? I'd tell them you couldnt afford it at the moment and take it to an independant that has a lower labour charge.

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    Re: Big bill on way!!

    Go directly to the Independant dealer, get another quote, save a heap of cash.. Belt/pulley/tensioner/waterpump must come in circa Ł400 all up outside of Audi....Check out the FAQ section about servicing...

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    Re: Big bill on way!!

    Definately find a good independent specialist. With that sort of mileage you really are throwing good money after bad using Audi dealers at Ł90+ per hour labour and overly inflated parts pricing. Before I saw the light I had just the cam belt done at a dealer on my 2.8Q and they charged me Ł800. Subsequently found they didn't replace the water pump so had to have the whole lot done agian the following year. Luckily found a really good VAG specialist in that time and they did the whole job properly for Ł425.
    Audi dealers are really only interested in warranty work and company cars.

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    Re: Big bill on way!!

    Had this done under warranty thank god but the bill would have been around that price they also said they have to change a belt which i cant remember what it was but its saved me paying for it on my next service so will be interesting when they say its due and i tell them it aint, whilst im on when does the water pump need changing.

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    Re: Big bill on way!!

    I got a belt, tensioner, rollers and waterpump from GSF, all oem parts for Ł110! Fitted it myself, one engine mount bolt is a pain, but you can do it, took me, a none mechanic less than 2 hours for the the drive in drive out job.

    So parts cost and 4 hours is a load or crap I reckon!

    There are two tensioners one the proper cam belt tensioner with a hydraulic auto tensioner, there is another tensioner they sometimes change on the drive belt for the air con and alternator.That's a massive spring loadedthing and is only Ł60 from VAG,so it cannot be that. Oh, it takes 10 mis to fit too!
    At 145k miles, get your parts from German and Sweedish and get a competant local mech to fit it all!

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    Re: Big bill on way!!

    i have 2 spare low milage chain tensioners in stock at work.

    not a really bad job to change.

    not Ł1100 though!

    Andy
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