My 2001 Audi TT has 102,000 miles on it, so I had the timing belt replaced last month since it was recommended that I replace it before 105,000 miles. The repair was done at a local mechanic shop. Last week, I brought my car in to the dealer to have an unrelated sensor replaced. During this visit, the dealer performed a safety recall check of the timing belt since they were unaware that it had been replaced last month. The dealer reported that the timing belt looked frayed around the edges and was loose.
After hearing this I brought the car back to the mechanic who replaced the timing belt. He checked it for me and said that it looked brand new like the day he installed it. He also said that it was not loose and didn't understand how it could be loose since there is a tensioner (?) That would prevent it from becoming loose. I called the Audi dealer back and they suggested I bring the car back to them and their shop foreman would show me the timing belt so I could see for myself. I'm not sure who to trust in this situation? When I bring the car back to the dealer how will I know what to look for? Can you give me some tips on how I can confirm if the timing belt is indeed new and there is no fraying?
I'm very concerned about this situation, because years ago on a previous car with a previous mechanic, I had my clutch replaced, and found out months later that he never even replaced the clutch. He pocketed the money and just told me that he replaced it. So I'm afraid this is a repeat situation- if that's the case, I don't want my timing belt to snap and cause engine damage, and I want my money back!
I would appreciate your advice!
have the same problem?
Thursday, March 26th, 2009 AT 2:59 PM