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Grim Fairy Tale - If A Job Needs Done, For Pete's Sakes Do It

steamship Feb 6, 2013

  1. steamship

    steamship Active Member

    A little tale of woe and a warning to all.

    I knew my A4 needed the timing belt done and had sought advice here (thanks to all here). Was contemplating driving all the way to London to get Chris to do it but wanted to check if there were any local independants who could do it for around the same price (so saving me around a 1000 mile of diesel and the cost of a ferry).

    So, today I get the call that my 18" alloys have been refurbed and ready to go on the car. Great. Before I head out, I have a call from an independant here in Northern Ireland who can do the job for around the same price as Chris, but needs to confirm exact prices. Even better (no offence meant towards Chris).

    So the plan is simple. Go and collect the wheels and once I get a firm price tomorrow, get the car booked in ASAP. I start the car and the battery light stays lit. Strange I thought, but it sits out all the time and haven't been out in it since Saturday. Start to reverse and discover I can't turn the steering. WTF thinks I. Tried various things and checked everything I could think of, and then Googled it. Most likely cause was alternator belt snapped or slipped off. Managed to remove the top belt covering and lo and behold the belt is slack. Mucked around as best I could since I'm neither a mechanic or have the right tools, but best I can tell is that it slipped off, which hints at the tensioner giving up the ghost (exactly as described on the net).

    Oh joy! If that is the case, I need to get that fixed before I can drive it 70 miles to get it all done properly.

    So, the moral of the story is simple. Don't wait until it's too late before getting important work done to your car. The job was going to be expensive for me anyway. Now it has just got more expensive.
  2. Slinepete

    Slinepete Member

    O dear sounds like something I'd do think that's inspired me to get mine in as its about ready for timing belt and water pump
  3. quattrojames

    quattrojames Moderator Staff Member Moderator Audi A6 Audi Avant Owner Group

    You don't say what engine it is? Hopefully it's just the auxillary belt that's gone rather than the timing belt then.
  4. glenandem

    glenandem Active Member

    i used to rent a few taxi's out as i used to be a mechanic and i had a passat that kept breaking the alt tensioner bolt even after i did the alt clutch, couldnt work out what it was and tried pas pump too and other pulleys, anyway a few weeks before i sold it i decided to throw a new alternator on and it never went again but couldnt work it out as the old alt bearings felt fine etc!
    but with this a4 i have now, if i ever hear that dreaded rumbling from the engine bay it will be getting the pulley done straight away!
  5. steamship

    steamship Active Member

    2.5 TDi, worst luck. Looks like the tensioner, but since the engine was running, I'll just get both belt and tensioner replaced. Won't be today though as it is pi**ing down with rain and I've had a bad bug since the weekend.

    I've been after a quattro since the early 90's and now I have one, I ain't giving it up.
  6. Ian-83

    Ian-83 Member

    Sounds like your auxiallry belt has failed not the timinig belt. Two different items.
  7. stu_m

    stu_m Well-Known Member VCDS Map User

    as has been mentioned it sounds like the aux belt or the tensioner

    you should really replace the aux belt when you do the timing belt anyway while your in there as its one less thing to worry about plus it all has to come off for the timing belt so no biggie it will just possibly be a little more for parts

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