Do your VW or Audi’s Timing Belt Service at Reggie’s Motorsport in Noblesville

What is a “timing belt”?

Several recent Volkswagen and Audi engines use a part called a “timing belt” (sometimes referred to as a “cam belt”).  This is a belt made of strong synthetic rubber that lives inside the engine, and requires replacement periodically.  VW engines require replacing the timing belt between 60,000 and 105,000 miles, depending on the engine used in the car.  Audi engines require replacing the timing belt between every 80,000 to 130,000 miles, depending on the engine.  To see what the interval is for your car, find the information in your owner’s manual, or give us a call.  Below is a list of some recent Volkswagen and Audi engines that use timing belts.  Some Volkswagen and Audi engines use timing chains, a part that has the same function as a timing belt, but does not typically require replacement.

Why the Timing Belt is Crucial

The timing belt plays a crucial role in your engine.  It synchronizes and connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, and sometimes the belt drives other important engine components as well.  It’s main job is to keep the internal, rotating parts of the engine rotating in harmony, and in “time” (hence the naming timing belt).  If the timing belt breaks, which can happen if the belt is past it’s “change by” interval, the engine will not run.  At.  All.  In fact, in many engines, if the belt breaks while the engine is running, the pistons and valves will collide, causing a fairly colossal amount of damage you don’t want in your automotive life.

Audi engines that use timing belts:

3.2 liter (6 cylinder)
Prior to 2005

1.8 Liter (4 cylinder)

2.0 Liter (4 cylinder)

Many popular Audi models such as the A3, A4, A6, and A8 use engines that have a timing belt. Some of the S models in the past have had timing belts, too, such as the S6 and S8.

VW engines that use timing belts:

1.9 TDi  (4 cylinder)

2.0 (non turbo 4 cylinder)

4.2 V-8

2.0 TDi  (4 cylinder)

2.0 T FSI  (4 cylinder)

2.8 V-6

1.8 T  (4 cylinder)



Virtually every recent model of VW has used an engine with a timing belt:  Golf, Golf Alltrack, Jetta, Passat, CC, Routan, Eos, Tiguan, Touareg, and the New Beetle.

When should I have the timing belt replaced?

You should change the timing belt at the interval Volkswagen or Audi recommends.  Again, you can find this information in your owner’s manual, or you can call us and we’ll check for you.  VW engines’ timing belt service life ranges from 60,000 to 105,000, depending on the engine.  The replacement interval varies from 80,000 - 130,000 miles for Audi engines. If you have recently purchased a used Volkswagen or Audi, and don’t have a record of the timing belt being changed, the safe thing to do is have the timing belt changed if the car has more mileage on it than the recommended change interval.  For example, if you purchased a Volkswagen or Audi that had 120,000 miles on it, and the required timing belt service was every 80,000 miles for that model and engine, and you don’t have a record of the belt being changed, it is a good idea to have it changed.

What is included in a timing belt service?

A timing belt service is often more than changing just the timing belt.  Typically, the service will include changing the parts the belt rides on – the belt pulleys, and the tensioners that keep the belt at the proper tension.  These parts wear and have the same operating life as the belt.  Because the engine needs to be disassembled to a degree to change the belt, it is wise to consider replacing other parts that wear out at the same time.  Some parts that are typically replaced during a timing belt service include cam seals, oil seals, serpentine belts, and water pumps.  This will depend upon the specific engine in your VW or Audi.  We will consult with you prior to the work being done to outline our recommendation before the work starts.  Regardless of the engine type, we will inspect the cooling hoses and assess the condition of the thermostat.  It is worth reiterating that what is included in a timing belt service does vary from engine to engine, and not every service will require all the above parts.

Time for real VW and Audi Expertise

As you may have realized, a timing belt service is more complex and involved than an oil change.  This is a service that should be handled by experts that have the proper training, and experience with VWs and Audis.  Reggie’s Motorworks has people with that experience and training.  Our technicians are both BOSCH and ASE certified.  This is not a service that you should have done by just anyone.

Peace of Mind

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the timing belt service is peace of mind.  With this critical service done, your VW or Audi is ready to provide that premium-quality, involving, and solidly satisfying German driving experience that you have grown to love, and depend on.