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Timing Belt Change for the 3.2?

Discussion in 'A3/S3/Sportback (8P Chassis)' started by Relaxitscool, Feb 3, 2009.

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    Hi all, my car is approaching 55k miles and has started flashing service. Can anybody tell me when the timing belt change is required and what sort of cost this will involve?

    Many thanks

    Rob
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    The 3.2 V6 doesn't have timing belt. It has a timing chain which normally won't need changing until a complete engine overhaul is required.
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    It's all in the handbook too :D
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    :arco: thats saved some oney then!!!! Yeah I have a handbook, but have recently decorated I cna't lay my hands on it.

    Thanks for the answers.

    Rob
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    yup you are pretty lucky not having to have it done as it saves a few hundred quid, thankfully the 2.0TFSI belt is not due until 120k miles!
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    amazing

    what other engines have the chain instead? :sm4:
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    Can anyone else chime in on this one regarding the timing chain?

    I've hit 50k on a 3.2 V6 and the omissions light is on the dash, which after being checked is apparently related to the timing chain?

    This seems much too early for it to be going but the garage has said it is a little lumpy (seems ok to me but I'm not sure how smooth it should be)

    I saw another post which suggested 5 years or 80k whichever comes first, 5 years is approaching shortly. Got a fairly big bill and have got this on top of the usual haldex+dsg+sparks etc.

    Bit of a dilemna as this is going to be a big job at the stealers or a local specialist, really can't afford it at the moment but am slightly worried about the risks of not getting done (I do have a heavy right foot)

    Any help from 3.2 owners most appreciated

    Cheers
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    Hmm!! Think you will find that that's 75k miles!!!! Book may say 120k miles but audi now say 75k miles.
    dave
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    There have been issues recorded regarding the timing chain and stretching which put the timing out. You might want to google and have a read......
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    I have been told that the timing chain on my car needs to be changed. Thankfully it is being done under warranty. The emission light came on and they found that it was slipping a little. Have got it booked in a week on monday. Apparently its a massive job, whole gearbox needs to come out to get to it, 3 days work I have been told.

    I have been car is safe to drive as long as chain is not noisy. Once the chain starts to rattle then you HAVE to change it asap. Was told to drive it with a light foot and no sudden acceleration, frustrating as the car is made for a heavy foot.

    Guy at audi told me that it is very rare, the chain is supposed to last the lifetime of the car.

    Good luck with it mate. But if any way you can afford it, I would get it done. If it goes then whole heap of trouble.
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    Yup! New engine.....
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    If it is the 3.2 then it's your chain has stretched usually because the tensioners have weakened. I've heard of this happening at 35,000 miles upwards and it affects all 3.2s from 53/54 . There is a way of checking how much the chains have stretched and anything over -8 means they need done. Audi will tell you it is very rare but this is not the case, and to fix said chains £4000. So think twice about buying an Audi or you coul end up like me £6000 down the swanny on a car with terminal. Better buy a ford.
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    This makes sense, my '06 FR Tsfi required the belt to be changes at 60k or 4 years if I remember
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    I've just had my chains replaced by Walton Audi! Total cost was £1105.12 which included 3.5hrs labour. Bear in mind that the labour rates are reduced to £75 due to the age of the car (04) and I think I got a further discount as a good-will gesture. £3-4k would probably be about right for a newer car which dictates the full-fat hourly rates!!!
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    My 1.6 FSI is chain driven oh yeah no cambelt change for me.
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    Thats VERY cheap!

    I did a set of chains on my wifes R32 on the driveway with a couple of friends, not a small job i can tell you, here are some pictures:

    DIY Chain Renewal Thread
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