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Thread: Was wondering if it's time for changing chain/belt and water pump or NOT? 99k Mileage

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    Was wondering if it's time for changing chain/belt and water pump or NOT? 99k Mileage

    Hi guys, as the title says was just wondering if it's the right time to change the belt/chain and water pump or not...

    Since bought the car (sometime before Xmas) the car hasn't given me any trouble, never let me down since then... and I always prefer to pay in front for servicing...

    However my car has FSH, most of them with Audi, last one was inspection and oil change...
    But I don't think thw dealer bothered too much for what type of oil etc...

    Since new the belt/chain and water pump hasn't been changed, so not sure if I should give it a more time or time for changing right before causes any damage...

    Mileage 99k, it was 92k when bought, 7k miles with no prob at all, starts, drives nice and smooth, however bear in mind I don't do stupid high revs 5000+ rpm etc...

    It's a 1.8 TFSI 160 BHP, (looking to remap it to 200 and get non-res miltek exhaust on too)

    What do guys think ?
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    Deffo needs to change the cambelt every 75k to be safe mate so your over due a change mate get it done asap before it snaps
    plus if your going to put more power through the engine then you must change it as 99k is a little high mate
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    Get it changed chap! Cam belts life is about 60 to 70k. I've just bought a 2.0 tdi with full Audi service history its on 118k and never had a belt! Which is pretty slack on audis part! Obviously if it goes its pretty much bye bye engine! Haha im getting mine done tomorrow!!

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    Yeah mate that's what i tought...
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    Coz it's a TFSI engine I believe it runs on chain as opposed to cambelt...

    So does that still matters...?!? Thanks

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    If it is definatly chain driven then you just need to get the tensioners replaced amd tightened as chains can still jump cogs and screw up the engine, trust me i know my bmw 116i had that same problem chain jumbed 2 cogs and bent a valve i had to have full engine rebuild
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    As you have written waterpump make sure you have that done aswel as it normally starts leaking and causes problems after a new cambelt its only a few quid so get that done aswel, i would personally be scared to drive the car if the belt hasnt been changed
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    It's a timing chain on the 1.8 TFSI engine not a cambelt. I know because I have this engine also and have had it checked myself. Usually you need to look at the chain at around ~100,000 miles.

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    Hi guys, thanks for the replies...

    Just asked AmD Tuning and it's something they offer to service, but they said it's waste of money as if I'm NOT currently having any problem with it then shouldn't be thinking of changing them...

    What do you guys think, I'm more concerned about the water pump as they car has covered 99k with fsh, but haven't had the water pump changed yet and I've heard they usually cause problems...

    So don't really want to risk it coz of £213 changing both chain and water pump!?!

    What do you guys rekon?!? currently the car runs/drives fine and smooth, the only reason being want to avoid any risk... as 99k is quite a high mileage...

    what other service should i consider if I was about to change water pump and chain, just to reduce the labour cost, so kind of doing lot major service...

    Any help would be appreciated!
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    My S3 2.0 TFSi has just reached 60,000 seen threads like this where people recommend changing at 60k or 75k. But looking in the service manual it lists "Replacing toothed belt - 114,000 miles (180,000km)"

    So is it wise to replace earlier?
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