WHEN SHOULD I CHANGE TIMING BELT ON 2001 VW BEETLE

Asked by Dec 03, 2011 at 03:45 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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I'm not sure about the factory recommendation here, but my personal opinion on timing belts is every 60k-80k, depending on manufacturer. Some will last for years and well over 100k miles, while others will fail as low as 50,000 miles sometimes.

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The official replacement interval is listed as 105,000 miles; but there have been reports of very expensive failures before that mileage. Apparently; some states have a law that vehicles cannot require major repairs before 100,000 miles; which is why some factories have published 105,000 mile timing belt replacement intervals. The factory also recommends timing belt inspection at 40,000 and 80,000 miles; which covers them for liability if the belt on this interference engine breaks before the listed mileage. From the mileage at the reported failures; I would replace the belt on this vehicle every 60,000 miles. Don't forget to have the tensioner & water pump replaced at the same time.

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better to be safe then sorry, change it at 60,000miles or 100,000 kms and if it is a used vehicle and your unsure if the timing belt has been changed or not if the belt doesn't look brand new then I'd change it. Its a simple job to change a timing belt but not so simple to change a cylinder head.

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If you lived here in oregon,I'd tell you to bring to me,My name is Eric,And I would do The work,Parts and labor,this would include your window regulator's,And all new parts $800.oo.Even same day service......

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