View Full Version : Timing Belt Tensioner Failure After Only 8K miles?

02-20-2013, 11:55 AM
The lovely rattle between 1500 and 2K RPMs has been something I have been ignoring for a month and a half. I had guessed that my wastegate arm was loose and did not want to bother in the 15* weather. But no, the tensioner I just replaced 10K miles ago failed. New parts on the way. Very annoyed....

02-20-2013, 12:08 PM
Do yourself a favor and upgrade to the 2001.5 setup if you have an 06a block

02-20-2013, 02:12 PM
Same thing happend on my parent's VW 1.8T Passat after about the same mileage. Made a loud squeaking at idle until the car warmed up. I believe the brand I had was a SKF. It was technically out of warranty but AutoHausAZ still gave me half the cost back on my card. The replacement has been fine without issues. Not fun to have to undo everything to get in and replace, but it was a good thing I did. The bad tensioner barely spun and you could see where the seal failed and let all the grease out.

02-20-2013, 04:46 PM
Not fun to have to undo everything to get in and replace,

No need to undo everything, like when replacing the belt itself. Just the top timing cover (plastic) and the tensioner itself. Tight but very doable.

I forget if the accesory belt has to be removed.

02-20-2013, 05:30 PM
what year is your car?

02-20-2013, 07:33 PM
2001 awm tqm. What is the difference between the 01 and 01.5 tensioner design? Def going to try to replace this thing without tearing down the front clip again.