We've compiled the below information to aid you in understanding what this big deal about timing belts is. If you aren't sure, contact us and we'll be able to explain it in greater detail along with scheduling you a time to get yours serviced!
What is a Timing Belt?
Simply put, a timing belt is exactly what it sounds like - a belt whose sole purpose on your engine is to keep everything in time, or synchronized, as designed and thus is critical to your engines overall performance. It sometimes also powers what is referred to as your water pump, which is the device that pumps the coolant in your engine around and keeps it from overheating.
Some cars, such as the VR6, 2.5L I-5, and select late-model V6 and V8 engines use what is referred to as a timing chain. The chain does the same job a timing belt does, just with a different linking mechanism. For more info on timing chains, click here.
How Often Should it Be Serviced?
Here at German Auto Pros, we strongly recommend you adhere to the manufacturer recommended service intervals for all timing equipment on modern VWs and Audis. Our experts will be able to tell you how often it should be serviced and whethers its possible you may be due! Schedule an appointment with us today to bring your car in and we will check to make sure your belt won't put your engine and your pocketbook in danger!
What Kind of Timing Service Do You Offer?
We offer complete timing services that include everything necessary, along with the parts we recommend you service while our technicians are servicing your car. We have combined the timing belt service and parts costs into a convenient package for you. Timing belt components typically include the belt, tensioner(s), idler(s), water pump, thermostat, seals, coolant, and in some cases the accessory belts.
I have a VR6/2.5L I-5, V6 or V8 With a Timing Chain...
As we mentioned above, there are many VWs and Audis with the VR6, inline 5 cylinder, and some V6 and V8 engines which use a timing chain as opposed to a timing belt. They are much the same as each other with the only difference being the obvious - a belt vs. a chain. These chains are often located on the back of the engine where the transmission is bolted to the engine and thus require the removal of the engine and/or transmission in order to properly do the timing service. Do not worry, we can do that too! For those with manual gearboxes, we highly recommend replacing the clutch components while doing the timing chain to save you worry down the road. We have vendors through which we can purchase both OEM replacements and aftermarket performance upgraded clutches to suit your needs!
What Happens if My Timing Belt Fails?
Unfortunately belts do fail and they will damage other costly engine components. Valves and pistons are often the victims of a timing belt failure and ultimately result in either an engine rebuild or replacement. We've posted some example photos of what your engine could look like if the timing system fails.
Don't become a casualty of timing belt negligence! Contact us today to schedule a timing belt service to keep your car running healthy for many years to come!