timing belt change


Asked by Aug 25, 2015 at 07:20 PM about the 2009 Volkswagen Jetta TDI

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

The dealer keeps telling me to change the timing belt even though the maintenance book says to change at 120K. They say it's because I live in a low humidity climate.

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6 years is long enough, change your timing belt.

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hummmm...how many miles are on it....some go at 90 thou.. some never..

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here in south africa we work on 90 000km, the you're pushing it, i always say, its cheaper to replace timing kit rather than valves cylinder head gasket ect..........

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This is a 2009 VW Jetta TDI w/ 93,000 miles. book says change @120K

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sounds like you want to change it...so..thats what i would do then...


oe thing most people learn the hard way is not changing the belt till its to late. Vw and Audi engine are interferance engines so that means any time the belt snaps your looking to go from a 1400$ service charge to over 5000$ head and possible engine replacments. What the book says means rubbish any person with a vw or audi and knows his stuff will tell you replace that belt, pulley, water pump, and thermo stat at 90,000km because any time after that you are rolling the dice on a small or large repair bill.


While its true that velt breajage causes a lot of damage, the belt shiuld be alright until the scheduled replacement time.

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Change it at 100,000 don't push it if that belt breaks it will cost u a lot maybe up to 5,000 bucks

Hey VW Gurus, I have a question too, regarding timing belt changing. In Canada they recommend timing belt change in the 90-100,000 Km range. Reading many threads on this topic, and on many different sites based in the US, they all recommend the same, but in MILES. Why the difference when the belts must all come from the same suppliers/manufacturers. As we all know 100,000 miles = 160,000 Kms (or thereabouts). Are we Canadians getting the short end of the timing belt here? What say you?


Its likely that some one has miss posted that info on the us sites either that or its a explaining a chain driven one. Canadian cars are due at 90,000 km no ands ifs about it. This is also due to the heavy amounts of salt we use in canada. Salt and rubber does not mix to well. Also alot of the cars past 2004 for the most part have chain driven timing, so this extends the service window to 150,000km.

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