View Full Version : How to tell if your TB has been replaced?

01-29-2007, 01:34 PM
Can audi tell me by looking at the car?

i have no documentation if it was replaced or not ..

im at 109,800 miles .. car drives strong and the dealer i bought from said it was done or the car wouldnt be running as good..

im scared of it breaking on me!! help!

1 ate T
01-29-2007, 01:38 PM
Best way to know is to change it [up] lol

01-29-2007, 01:39 PM
thats a scary thought

1 ate T
01-29-2007, 01:43 PM
lol sorry.

I don't think there is a way.. The belts don't have like a date on them or anything lol

Without documents saying they've been done, it's pretty rough to assume.

01-29-2007, 01:45 PM
Best way to know is to change it [up] lol

scary but right

01-29-2007, 01:59 PM
when in doubt, change it out!!!!!

01-29-2007, 03:20 PM
If there's no record of it being changed, you better change it!

01-29-2007, 03:23 PM
If there's no record of it being changed, you better change it!

Yeah because at the mileage you are at your way passed the scheduled change.

It's better to be safe than sorry.

01-29-2007, 03:27 PM
one way to look is taking off the t-belt cover. A lot of people use non-oem belts like contitech so if you see that I'd say it's a safe bet that it was changed but then again you don't know when. Either way looks like you're getting closer to your 2nd t-belt change so it would be a good time to do it anyway. Rule most of us use is 60k, especially if you mod it. Also if you see missing bolts, pieces, stripped bolts around the t-belt. Kind of hard to see untill you actually get inthere.

01-29-2007, 05:17 PM
oo man, this sucks

01-29-2007, 05:23 PM
I would say you have to change it. Whats the service interval for the 2.8?

01-29-2007, 05:28 PM
Let me just tell you that I got my car with 109K miles on it and the guy I bought it from swore up and down that it had been changed...

The tensioner broke in my driveway at 117K miles - I was lucky I didn't eat anything with that.

Change it.

Also - any dealer that says your car would not be running as good if the timing belt had not been changed...I would honestly not listen to a word he says.

The belt is either broken or it's not - the tensioner takes up any slack in the system. It's not like a brake pad where if it's worn you might not get as much braking performance...

01-29-2007, 05:31 PM
ahh, i dont really wanna change it by my self.. im not too hands on with the engine lol ... how much would it cost for labor?

01-29-2007, 05:33 PM
I'm not sure - I know it took me a good solid 8 hours in my driveway - I spread it over a weekend. The cost for the kit including everything I needed to replace while I was there was about $250-$300. I'm not sure what the book rate is for the job, but at $75 an hour if it takes a pro 8 hours you're looking at $800+ for parts and labor - but I could be WAY off, as I did the job myself...

01-29-2007, 05:35 PM
This looks like a pretty informative thread: http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?t=21796&highlight=timing+belt+job+cost

Looks like anywhere from $600 to $1500...

01-29-2007, 05:37 PM
i see, is there a write up on how to do it?

01-29-2007, 05:39 PM
not on a 2.8. I can do a timing belt in 3 hours if I took my time.

01-29-2007, 05:45 PM
not on a 2.8. I can do a timing belt in 3 hours if I took my time.

HAha! I didn't even look at his engine.

Well - hopefully that is better news for you.

The 1.8t TB job is a hassle, but you really get to know your car...

Not sure if there is a write up for the 2.8 - check AudiWorld. There is a great write up for the 1.8 there...

01-29-2007, 06:13 PM
if you are near york pa, I have a guy who will do it for 500, PM me if you need details

01-29-2007, 06:21 PM
ahh id like 2 do it my self some what, but meh..

01-29-2007, 06:50 PM
I would do it and just bite the bill, just do it your self there are so many write ups on, and even if you get stuck there are ppl on here that can help you in now time, plus my friend with a tt just blew his on the highway a month ago and it cost his 3g's for fix everything

01-29-2007, 07:20 PM
i say if your not mechanically sound or your doubting your abilities to do it, dont do it. its a complicated task for one who isnt too "hands on" with an engine.

01-29-2007, 07:21 PM
[headbang] owtch

01-30-2007, 09:43 AM
Yeah I have the same issue, the previous owner said that the TB was replaced, but I have no documentation stating that it was.

S4 in_lowplaces
01-30-2007, 10:21 AM
Yes very hard to tell if it has been changed.....When i bough my first car i wasent sure if it had it done either i ended up looking down in there with my dad and we found it, it was all cracked,dried out and ready to go on us. Good thing we looked. Anyways good luck

01-30-2007, 10:28 AM
the tensioner has been upgraded since the one originally put onto the car... if you can get a visual of the tensioner, IIRC it can be determined whether its the old or new style...

01-30-2007, 10:28 AM
i have a sticker on my airbox saying that the timing belt has been replaced at 75k... my car is at 125k now... should i replace mine again?

01-30-2007, 11:22 AM
ahh, i dont really wanna change it by my self.. im not too hands on with the engine lol ... how much would it cost for labor?

I have 2.8 and mine was $700 (parts and labor) at my local indy shop. That included the tb, water pump, rollers and tensioners.

Were you talking to the salesman or the service dept at the dealer? If it was done at the dealer, the service dept should be able to look up your VIN number.

01-30-2007, 12:11 PM
i went to my mobile station and he said , he can tell if it has been replaced or not, so when i bring it in for an oil change and a break check hes gonna check it out for me

01-30-2007, 12:36 PM
good luck but better be safe than sorry bro, id hate to see that break on ya.......like everone said, check first, you can pretty much tell if its been changed, check for an oem belt, and if it looks cracked, stressed, or worn at all, id change her

01-30-2007, 01:37 PM
So as a DIY project, what is the difficulty level? Would I have much trouble if dismantling/reassembling isn't a problem for me?

I have zero experience working on cars, but I've always done the work on everything I own myself (be it re-plumbing a bathroom, building all my computers, interior/electrical mods to my car, etc.).

Are there first-timer things to be wary of, or is it pretty straightforward if I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty?