Do you hear a high-pitched screeching whenever you start, accelerate, or sit idle in your vehicle? On the other hand, maybe you’ve noticed more smoke than usual escaping out of your vehicle’s exhaust pipe? Does a significant loss in power ring any bells? Or, maybe you’ve encountered issues each time you try to turn the ignition?
If you’ve noticed any of the aforementioned symptoms with your Audi or VW, then a timing belt replacement may be what your vehicle needs. But what exactly does that mean?
First off, let’s go over some basics:
What Does the Timing Belt Do?
You may know the timing belt by a different name, such as the timing chain or the cambelt. Whatever you choose to call it, this integral component is located inside your engine, where it’s responsible for synchronising movement between the camshaft and the crankshaft. Basically, this is what allows your engine’s valves to open and close at the right times during air intake and exhaust stroke. The air intake and exhaust stroke are 2 of the 4 strokes involved in a full engine cycle; the events that occur in order to power your vehicle.
Why Do I Need to Replace the Timing Belt?
Over time, your timing belt will simply wear out due to extended use, so there’s no way to make it last forever. All vehicles will require a timing belt replacement at some stage, which is generally around 4-5 years. Bringing your vehicle in to a service centre at this time is incredibly crucial. If you refuse to replace your timing belt on time, you could be risking permanent damage to your engine. Once your timing belt breaks, it will no longer work to synchronise the camshaft with the crankshaft. This means that the pistons and valves will all be out of whack, and damage will occur, which could cause your engine to stop running completely.
Replacing the Water Pump with the Timing Belt
Whether you’ve heard about it online, from a friend or straight from your mechanic, the recommendation that you replace your water pump along with your timing belt may seem a little confusing. Why on earth would you have to replace two components when only one of them is faulty? Well, allow us to give you a few good reasons:
First off, we just want to say that it’s not completely necessary for you to replace your water pump and timing belt at the same time. You don’t have to replace the water pump unless you spot a leak. It is recommended, however, because the timing belt and the water pump generally need to be replaced at around the same time. So, if you’re dealing with a worn-out timing belt, chances are that your water pump will be likely to fail soon as well.
When it comes to replacing the water pump, you can’t get to the pump without first exposing the timing belt. Needless to say, if you’re already replacing your timing belt, then replacing the water pump alongside it would take minimal effort, as opposed to having a water pump replacement performed separately.
Need a Timing Belt or Water Pump Replacement? Turn to German Auto Meisters
When it comes to getting the highest-quality care for your Audi, Volkswagen, or any other European vehicle make, German Auto Meisters are here to help. We specialise in providing luxury maintenance and repair for a wide range of European vehicle brands. Moreover, our skilful mechanics utilise the latest technology and diagnostic equipment, in a workshop outfitted with all the latest tools and instruments. Trust in us to show you how to take good care of your BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz and MINI vehicles. Together, we can help you to get the most out of your most prized possession.
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