Monster MotorsportBadger5
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    52

    Fan belt replacement cost

    Hi guys

    Took my car into Slough Audi today due to engine management light being on. Diagnostics cost £100 and to fix the problem (part of the exhaust blocked) will be another £230

    I also reported a noise I noticed when the engine is ticking over which sounded like the fan belt. They've told me one of the rollers needs replacing. They also asked if the fan belt has ever been replaced (it hasn't). I've had my 07 reg S3 from new. They told me it should be replaced every 5 years/75k miles (I have 50k miles on mine).

    They've told me the fan belt (and water cooler which will be replaced at the same time) is on sale atm (shock) and would cost £660 inc parts and labour (reduced from £850). I'm not very knowledgeable at all on these things. I'm assuming this price is pretty high? Should I be getting this done at an independent garage rather than Audi dealer? How much should I be paying to replace these items and is it right I need to change them now (coming up to my 6th year)

    Thanks a lot

    Karl

  2. # ADS
    ADS
    Join Date
    Always
    Posts
    Many
     
  3. #2
    leeds2592's Avatar
    When I grow up, I want a 964!

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    1,184

    My Social Networking

    Visit leeds2592's Instagram Channel
    My A3's just ticked over 70,000 miles, is a 56 plate and my belt hasn't been changed yet. It will be done soon though. They're right that it's best to get the water pump done at the same time but that price is ridiculous!

    Go to a decent VAG specialist Indi garage, it'll be much cheaper than getting it done by Audi.
    Black 2007 2.0 FSI Sport
    2011 Glossy Black RNS-E |AP Coilovers | 18" 7 Spoke OEM BE Alloy Wheels | H&R Trak+ Spacers 8mm (Front) 12mm (Rear) | MY11 Rear Lights | S Line Spoiler | Retrofitted MFSW | Retrofitted Cruise Control | Interior LED Light Pack | OEM LED Numberplate Bulbs

  4. #3
    Lewis583's Avatar
    4th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Posts
    872
    By fan belt, do you mean the Auxilary drive belt? The one that drives the alternator.

    Or (more likely from your description) do you mean timing/cam belt?

    My general rule of thumb is 5years/60,000miles for timing belt. I always recommend changing the water pump along with the timing belt whilst it is readily accessible.

    As for the Auxilary drive belt it's whenever it's slipping or is cracked.
    2008 E92 BMW 335i M-sport
    1990 Golf GTi w/ a 20v heart BUILD THREAD
    Full VCDS

    2006 A3 2.0T quattro S-line R.I.P. You will be missed.

    ** Breaking - 8L 1997 Audi A3 1.8T. **

  5. #4
    MrLapou's Avatar
    5th Gear

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Lincoln
    Posts
    1,209
    Take it to Fountain Motors in Iver Service Centre - Fontain Motors Iver Buckinghamshire

    Just for comparison, I'm having a 2008 TT cambelt, water pump, pulleys and aux belt (fan belt) changed for £365 from local independent here in Lincoln.

  6. #5
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Fife
    Posts
    59
    Hey Karl,
    First of all, what part of the exhaust is causing a blockage?
    I'm guessing you can hear a "squeltching" noise from the engine bay? By a roller i would imagine it would be the Aux belt tensioner or the Altenator pulley.
    Also, sounds a lot like (as others have said) that they are reffering to the timing belt (it is actually a chain) Needs replaced at 5years or 60k (I think)
    I recently paid £730 to have all oils (engine, haldex, brake fluid) Filters, Spark plugs, Timing belt, water pump, Cam follower, Alternator pulley and Aux belt replaced. This was at Dunfermline VW dealer. (a friend of a friend) I got quoted £998 from Audi Edinburgh!
    Hope this helps.
    Guy

  7. #6
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    Fife
    Posts
    59
    Independant is ALWAYS going to be cheaper....its all about the stamp im affraid



    Unless the indepeendant is taking you for a ride obviously!

  8. #7
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    52
    Quote Originally Posted by GuyJ View Post
    Hey Karl,
    First of all, what part of the exhaust is causing a blockage?
    I'm guessing you can hear a "squeltching" noise from the engine bay? By a roller i would imagine it would be the Aux belt tensioner or the Altenator pulley.
    Also, sounds a lot like (as others have said) that they are reffering to the timing belt (it is actually a chain) Needs replaced at 5years or 60k (I think)
    I recently paid £730 to have all oils (engine, haldex, brake fluid) Filters, Spark plugs, Timing belt, water pump, Cam follower, Alternator pulley and Aux belt replaced. This was at Dunfermline VW dealer. (a friend of a friend) I got quoted £998 from Audi Edinburgh!
    Hope this helps.
    Guy
    Actually no, there's no noise from the exhaust that I've noticed. The engine management light has come on and back off again a few times over the last few months so I went to get it checked out. TBH they caught me a bit off guard so I'm struggling to remember the exact details they gave when they called but I think they said a cylinder was blocked linked to the exhaust. I have paid the £100 diagnostics charge and so I'm guessing I may as well get them to fix the exhaust now (at a cost of a further £200) so that I don't pay another amount for diagnostics at an independant.

    I'm speaking to them again 1st thing (to confirm what work I want done). I will get them to explain again exactly what work is required for both the exhaust and the fan belt (or whatever exactly it is)

    Thanks for the recommendations of independants - I will have a good ring around once I've spoken to Audi again

  9. #8
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    58
    Hello mate, like the guys said, do some shopping around of independent vw/ Audi places, they should be able to help you, as for paying 100 was that just to scan it? If so that is disgraceful! If anything appears on your dash again please try and get in touch with someone on here who has vcds, they will be able to do it for a help of a lot less or beer tokens, you will see how easy it is when they do it!
    Good luck
    Cheers

  10. #9
    Neutral

    Status
    Offline
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    52
    Spoke to the dealer again this morning to get clarity on the issues

    (1) Diagnostic charge was £96 which has been paid
    (2) Engine management light which was coming off and on was caused by the ACF canister being blocked and breaking up causing the pipes to block aswell. New cannister and couple of pipes/hoses required. Cost £315.16 inc parts labour and VAT
    (3) Noise from engine (requires stripping to confirm where noise is coming from exactly, suspect it's rollers for cambelt causing the noise. Cambelt replacement was due last year - cost to replace cambelt and water pump = £660 (currently on sale from £850+ woohoo!). Not sure if replacing the cambelt involved replacing the rollers too?

    Sorry for the confusion with me saying it was the fanbelt. Am ringing around some local VAG specialists (Bucks/High Wycombe) including the ones mentioned by everyone above

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. Help - Auxiliary belt replacement cost
    By benr in forum A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)
    Replies: 16
    Last Post: 21st November 2008, 16:29
  2. fan belt tensioner needs replacing
    By khalil in forum A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 5th September 2008, 15:38
  3. Cam belt replacement
    By nlldavies in forum Diesel forum
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 5th October 2006, 22:10
  4. Cam Belt change ( Cost ? )
    By topscaff in forum A6/S6/Allroad forum (C5 Chassis)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 27th September 2006, 12:45
  5. Cam belt replacement - when due?
    By adamhill in forum A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)
    Replies: 15
    Last Post: 16th August 2006, 09:02

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Single Sign On provided by vBSSO

Garage Plus, Vendor Tools vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.

Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO