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Timing belts - age of

In message <0716D052C1CFD0119D280060979FBE9A141BBE@a1.matrix.com.pl> Aleksander Mierzwa writes:

> Changing timing belt on 10V 5cyl engine is not an easy job. It requires
> removing all accesory belts, the crankshaft pulleys and gear, draining
> the coolant and removing the water pump. All this much easier said than
> done, because the working space (especially on turbocharged models with
> intercooler) is very tight. I've heard that on 20V engines it is yet
> bigger PITA. 

Actually, the 20v is slightly easier than the MB.  The latter starts off being 
a real problem (you can't even remove the upper belt cover without removing the 
tandem pump, and this theoretically requires removing the auxiliary radiator) 
and continues in like vein.  The headlights have to come out to provide access 
to the bumper mounting bolts, as does the intercooler.  I think they put the 
timing belt and the clutch master cylinder on a jig and built a car around them.

 Phil Payne
 Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club