I live in washington Dc. I have a 2001 1.8T, non quattro. The car has
now 105K miles.I am in a situation where I need help from somebody. I
need to change the Timing Belt and water pump.
The car now is running but I think after reading a lot of your
reviews that my timing belt is long due. My mechanic today told me that
he does not have the tools to do this job. I am stuck in a situation
where its atleast 1000 usd. I see a lot of reviews and posts where some
fellows have done this themselves.
I was wondering is there anybody out there who has done this before,
who would like to help me as well. I offcourse can help but I am not
that confident and have never done a timing belt before. I can drive up
some distance, can bring food and drinks and offcourse if there is any
compensation that you would like we can discuss that too. please email
I can order all the required parts, but dont have those important
Help a friend in need!
Thank You all, your feedback on this is highly appreciated.
I'm aware that I'm not addressing your request but want to add a couple
It's not at all certain that the water pump is driven by the timing belt
on your car. Depends on the engine type, which can vary even for a given
model year and car.
I have the 2001 A4 1,8TS Avant (B5 chassis) using engine variant AJL. On
that motor type the water pump is driven off the serpentine belt (the
belt you can see when you lift the bonnet). That meant that there was no
advantage for me to replace the water pump while the timing belt and
tensioner were being changed. Check with Audi to see which belt drives
your water pump.
It should be possible to find a reputable independent with solid Audi
experience, in the D.C. area, who can do the job for about two thirds
the price that Audi would charge. Look for that kind of shop instead.
You want to be sure that such a job is done right.
Just my $0.25 worth.
You should check out audiworld.com under their tech articles. Here's one on
changing the 1.8T timing belt http://www.audiworld.com/tech/eng35.shtml
Here's a place that sells kits http://www.blauparts.com/ and for some
models has tools available for rental although by the sounds of the
audiworld tech article, you actually don't need special tools. If I were
you, I'd try to work with your mechanic or find an independent Audi mechanic
to do the work. You should certainly get hold of the Haynes manual and
perhaps the Bentley factory manual. Good luck.
...and use the Haynes manual to hold the Bentley Manual open at the right
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There's nothing special about the tools required - some sockets, some hex
bits and some torx bits is all - standard stuff any mechanic would have.
What he's really saying is he doesn't want to do it - not sure why because
its not a difficult job, even for a half competent home mechanic like me!
Long, but not difficult.
By using this link: http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechx/ I found:
106-B W. Jefferson Street ,
Falls Church, VA 22046
You might want to consider finding a mechanic this way. I used it myself
when I needed work done on a car my daughter drives that had a problem about
100 miles away. Usually, I do just about all this type of work myself
(including the timing belt change in my 2000 A4 1.8T). The mechanic I found
was honest and appeared to do a very good job. No guarantees; consider it a
suggestion and good luck.
p.s. I am in California, so can offer little in the way of direct help.
Whatever makes you suspect the timing belt needs changin'...sounds,etc.
get it taken care of asap. My 2001 A4 just died last week from a
broken timing belt caused by a frozen water pump(in Miami, no less).
The real problem is that in a manual trans, the gears keep moving as do
the pistons, which smash the valves and damaged the cylinder head. I
was looking at a bill for $3800 when I contacted Audi for help. I only
have 60K miles on the car so they helped me out. But my advice is to
find a reputable mechanic to ease your mind.
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