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Timing Belt Troubles

Skinner Apr 1, 2007

  1. Skinner

    Skinner New Member


    Went to change the timing belt on my A4 1.8t 1997 R reg got the kit and it is nothing like my one that is on the car already so i ordered one from Audi instead and it is the same kit as the Gates one that i got for the start can anyone help me out here or do i have to fit this new style kit??

    Cheers Richard
  2. joost

    joost Active Member

    If by it being different you mean the tensioner and the pulley, then yes you have to fit them.

    They changed/improved(?) the design on the tensioner system around late '97/98 as the old design was prone to failure due to wear. IIRC, the old ones had a ball and socket joint at the end of the tensioner which pushed the pulley to tension the belt - the new version is just a straight-forward piston/pulley on eccentric cam type thing.

    Might be worth getting a water pump (make sure it's got the metal impellers as the plastic ones can break off) and changing that at the same time if you've not already done so.

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