1.9 TDI PD timing belt change intervals

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  1. johno

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    Conflicting evidence out there regarding recommended service life of PD timing belts. Autodata recommend 40k miles or 4 years, Tecdoc data supplied by Contitech (who are OE supplier of belt to VAG) recommend 90,000kms. Word on the street suggests VAG have bulletined dealers to change at 40k miles or 4 years. Local dealer says 4 years or 60k miles, local VAG specialist also says 60k miles or 4 years.
    Any factual evidence not hearsay appreciated!!
     
  2. stuart86

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    i heard it was 60k or 4 years
     
  3. AndyHazza

    AndyHazza Ex-Awesome GTi Staff

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    Normally say 60K miles or 4 years really.
     
  4. sssstew

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    early PDs they set it to 40k then they up'ed it to 60k a few years after. 4 years sounds a bit low though, most people would only do about 40-50k in that time. its taken me 5 1/2 years to do 60k.
     
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    at my rate, 45k in just under 3yrs i'll be changing it next week ;)
     
  6. johno

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    thanks for the info, car is due for major service @ 55k so will get it done then; and replace the water pump as well!

    cheers johno
     
  7. Hobbiniho

    Hobbiniho Senior Member

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    iv got a 2004 tdi 130 and my service book says that the timing belt only needs changing after 80000 miles now after reading this and the fact that my car has done about 59k and is four years old does this mean that i should have the timing belt replaced or not as the book states 80k but has no mention of timescale at all?????
     
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    mine is an 04 tdi 150 just done 74k and has no history of a belt change should i get it done now - and what can i expect to pay for the job?
     
  9. lil3520

    lil3520 IBIZA 1.9 TDI SPORT 08

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    Would get it changed now, lot cheaper than a new engine.
     
  10. oldman

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    agree, 60k is a fair point in engine life and remember to do water pump with metal impellars at same time as much cheaper that way as access is at same time
     
  11. johno

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    belt change interval

    Change period is definately 60k or 4 years. Fit new water pump as well, VW also do exchange pumps (just as good and with full VW guarantee) and cost about £35 exchange. ICME labour time is 2.9 hrs for changing the belt/tensioners so 3 and a bit hours should cover it. Don't scrimp, if it aint done right the engine damage will make you wish you'd paid to have it done properly!!

    Cheapest VAG dealership to use is Skoda, I'm not proud! Besides running Seats we also have Skodas in the family.
     
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    booked in with specialist vag garage for tuesday replacing the water pump same time £300ish inc vat
     
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    Had my 54 plate leon fr tdi serviced in January.
    62000 miles, cam belt, tensioners & water pump replaced.

    service - £120
    cam belt etc - £299 (vag approved specialist)
     
  14. MarkWales

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    not a bad price then also will get discount for being member of A WELSH VW forum
     
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    got the car back £280 for belt and pump change also fitted fuel filter :D would recommend to anyone in south wales
     
  16. BenO

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    Just coming up to my 60K service too, so far havn't a quote under £520 for the service and the belt change, that dousn't include water pump either! If you see a kidney in the for sale section, its mine :(
     
  17. MarkWales

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    change the water pump cost is very lttle
     
  18. sssstew

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    scrunch - with that price difference you could drive to where mw51 got his done and still save money!
     
  19. BenO

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    Yeah, its worth shopping around, I usually go local for convenience. It would be a git to get stuck without the car 100's of miles from home if something unexpected were to come up.
     
  20. Mike S

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    Hi I was quoted £600 from Seat dealer in South London this did not include the water pump when I complained at the pump being extra they said we will throw it in .
    I got a quote from a local garage for £285 including water pump But told me that these belts last for 70k miles but they would take my money if I insisted. Flagging up changing the belts so early may have been an added value ploy by some one at Seat.

    Nobody at seat would coment but just repeated a mantra saying it was policy.:censored:[:@]
     

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