Timing belt for a 2003 Passat

Tiny
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  • 2003 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT
  • 82,400 MILES
I am about to drive from NYC to Chicago. My car is being checked over at the VW dealership and they recommend replacing the timing belt. I want to sell that car this fall and don't want to sink that much money into it. Can I make the drive without replacing the timing belt?
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:09 PM

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Tiny
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If the belt breaks. You will have much more $ to spend on repairs.

Yes, it might make the journey, but it's a 9 year old belt.

If it's a 1.8T engine with stock water pump (driven by the timing belt), the
pumps have been known to fail before the water pump.

In either case, cheaper to do now than later.

Thomas
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:19 PM
Tiny
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Sorry. Pump fails before timing belt.

Thomas
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:20 PM
Tiny
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Would the pump fail before the timing belt so I'd have warning to stop driving?
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:22 PM
Tiny
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The pump can fail by leaking. Coolant warning light in dash will flash.

Or

Mechanical failure of pump. Noisy bearing and at worst, the timing belt
will come off.

1.8T or V6?

Bottom line, don't take a chance. You'll get the money back during the
sale (keep receipt).

Thomas
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:24 PM
Tiny
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Ok, thank you. I'll have it done.
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:25 PM
Tiny
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Timing belt replacement is reccomended at 60,000 miles. Doesnt' mean it has to be just reccomended. But it's better to be safe than sorry. When it is replaced you should put on a kit which would include the waterpump and new tensioner.
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Friday, August 3rd, 2012 AT 6:59 PM
Tiny
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Per vw the t belt service isn't recommended til 105k on gasoline engines, that's what my info states.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 9:48 PM
Tiny
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Key is regular inspection. I have seen them fail early and the
water pump much earlier. Recently a 2002 Jetta 2.0l with 50K miles
overheated due to broken water pump.

Thomas
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 10:00 PM
Tiny
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Absolutely, visual inspections will show if the belt is worn or if the pump is leaking, then if there was an overheating issue, the shop just seems to try to get in his wallet kinda early, specially if he has no complaint. If it gets done he knows it's not going to be an issue. Not arguing brother.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 10:16 PM
Tiny
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Scott, did you read along here?

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2006-volkswagen-gti-noise-coming-out-engine

Talk about the Dealer wanting to get in to his wallet early!

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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 10:28 PM
Tiny
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No I didn't read that, been busy. Unfortunately very few technicians have a conscience, that stuff does go on. It's too bad. I work on cars because I like to work on cars. Getting paid to do what u like to do is rare.
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Sunday, August 12th, 2012 AT 10:53 PM

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