View Full Version : timing belt job done - impression

10-08-2009, 09:57 AM
I just did my timing belt job on a 1.8 and thought to share a quick picture. I am not a mechanic - just an ordinary mechanical engineer - so it was an exciting experience for me.


All I can say is that the whole job was surpringly smooth without having had any trouble. My manual was like gold of course. Decided to replace all the other belts, too. I can only encourage everyone to try it on your own as you can save plenty of money and you will learn a lot about your car.

And be assured: You'll have the full attention of all neighbours around [:D]. Make sure to have a pen by the hand to write down the funniest comments [;)].

Happy [wrench]

10-08-2009, 10:26 AM

10-08-2009, 10:34 AM
nice! What exhaust mani is that? What setup?

10-08-2009, 10:40 AM
Where did you buy your parts and what instructions did you use. I am also a mechanical engineer and really want to give it a shot, I just don't know if I have the time. But it's killing me to think about paying the amount the dealership wants. Did you need any special tools?

Congrats and good job...

10-08-2009, 10:44 AM
^My mechanic charges $500 parts included for a TB job on the 1.8t and the kit is $250 (from various places) if I wanted to do it myself. Go to the dealership, and expect to pay outragous prices.

10-08-2009, 10:52 AM
nice! What exhaust mani is that? What setup?

from the pic it looks to be a 1.8 non-turbo.

10-08-2009, 11:02 AM
yeah i bet it is... seeing as it says just 1.8... and just looking at it ha

10-08-2009, 11:27 AM
So, you think a stock 1.8T is slow?

10-08-2009, 11:52 AM
holy cow yeah that is a N/A 1.8 not too many of them,excluding europe. ptretty cool to have one but i bet there pretty slow

10-08-2009, 12:04 PM
Guys, this is an eurospec. 1.8 - not 1.8T. (125 HP vs. 150 HP).

The entire timing belt kit run me 68 EUR for made in germany parts (apprx. $100). The 3 other belts were 58 EUR + cooling liquid for 10 EUR ($14). That's all.

In germany we have some nice books availible for example "A4 B5 do it yourself". Contains all maintenance steps. Illustrated with lots of drawings.

No special tools required. Make sure you have a variety of hex-keys and 2 or 3 torx by the hand.

Another benefit: No mechanic can touch your car and mess anything up. I have tan leather (sports seats) which are very rare and still in great shape.

10-08-2009, 12:26 PM
Really interesting they used the 1.8T radiator core support w/ the intercooling piping integrated on the bottom.

Makes sense though, the tooling probably cost more than the decrease in material cost.