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how difficult is it to change a timing belt???

Discussion in 'A4/S4 forum(B5 Chassis)' started by audii, Jun 21, 2011.

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    [Jun 21, 2011]
    hi to all.
    im wondering how difficult it is to change a timming belt on a a4 quattro sport, and what problems and diffaculties i'm likley to encounter and how much space putting the loock carrier in the service positon will make as all the rite ups show it removed?
    any help will be graetfully recieved thank you
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    What engine? If you have never done one before best done with bumper removed.
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    its a ajl 1.8t curiouse to know how much space there is to work in or do i really need to empty and swing the rad out of the way??
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    Not enough if you have never done one before, I have a mate who is an Audi tech, he can complete the job with the frontend in the service position, but he does them almost every day. I've done a few now and would not attempt the job with the frontend in place.

    I would also do more than just the belt, may as well do the tensioner, water pump & thermostat and all other belts.
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    There is enough space but a bit tight to get a knocking stick in to knock crankshaft bolts, make sure you get Allen keys in properly
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    ok thanks
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    Hi there,

    Had mine changed recently on my tqs, I didnt have the time to, if you search around a bit I think there is an american post that some one has done a step by step guide on how to.... I think you'll need a special tool for the belt.
    Basically you have to drop the front end off - you can't do it any other way....
    I was going to get it done by a main stealer, they do a fixed belt price of 350 inc vat with a warranty.
    I dont like the stealers around Essex and had a specialist do mine plus belts and water pumps and some other bits....
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    Bradderz_1988 Dont replace it, Upgrade it !!

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    Ye as previous posts really if you take front end off it's fairly straight forward. You can just move it out the way and rest the front crossmember on something at a comftable height did one at weekend took me about just over an hour on a non turbo. It looks dog when the front end is on but heaven when it's off lol
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    Theres a "How To" on AudiWorld Tech Articles

    May be slight differences for your car/engine, but should be pretty much spot on.
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    Not too bad at all, my biggest issue was the fact my car had teh older 112 tooth belt which has been discontinued and I then had to changeeverything to accept the 113 tooth belt. Did the timing belt, auxilery belt and fitted a new radiator in a day on my mums drive with a lunch trip to KFC
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