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A3 - Timing belt question

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Daniel Knight, May 3, 2013.

  1. Daniel Knight

    Daniel Knight New Member

    Jun 12, 2012
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    Hi All,

    I have a 2008 1.9 TDi 105 A3 that has done 75,500 miles.

    I am unsure whether or not the timing belt needs changing. The service history isn't very clear and I have contacted the Audi garage that last serviced it but they have no record of whether the timing belt was changed or not. A friend of mine is a mechanic and he has checked for tearing (there is none) and the belt still has V.A.G written on it quite clearly. It was a company car before I got it so a lot of the miles were motorway miles, would this make a difference?

    Considering I am in doubt I should probably go ahead and change it but I don't really have the money right now and I need to drive from London to Cardiff (220 mile round trip) this weekend.

    Any advice?

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  3. J8TT X

    J8TT X Member

    Jan 2, 2011
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    I would get it done.

    I was in the same situation when i bought my A3, history was patchy and I decided to get the cambelt, water pump, DSG filter n oil changed along with a service.
    It cost a bit but the peace of mind was worth it.
  4. Lewis583

    Lewis583 Active Member
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    Mar 15, 2010
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    The rule of thumb I use is 5years/60000miles. Whichever comes first.

    If it were my car I would get it done. Having the belt changed is far cheaper than rebuilding the engine, should the worst happen.

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