I have a 2001 A4 Avant 1.8T. At 80000 miles, I had the timing belt replaced,
along with the timing belt tensioner (as recommended by the service
technician at the dealership).
I know that at least in the past it was standard practice on some cars where
the timing belt drives the water pump (many makes, Honda and various
Chrysler models come to mind) to replace the water pump along with the
The service technician says replace the pump only if it is leaking. While I
would certainly do that, my greater concern is that the pump shaft might
seize and break the timing belt, trashing the engine.
Any experience or advice on this. The timing belt will be due for
replacement again in about 2 years. Should I replace the water pump at that