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Recent V6 timing belt questions

Sonar465@aol.com wrote:

> My brothers 93 100S just turned 60K miles and I was wonderingwhen it is time
> to replace the timing belt.  I know that in the I5 engine 60K is the magic
> milage to think about replacment.  Does the same hold true with the V6?

Say hello to the unfortunate Mr. Walker...

Johnson.Walker wrote:

> list 2 weeks ago. It was running in "limp" mode and shows 64,000 miles on

> with the report that the internal timing belt is broken, as well, and there
> could be major internal problems. This is my first experience with an Audi,


It seems that in recent weeks there has been a 1-to-1 correspondence
on the list between people asking about V6 timing belt replacement issues
and people reporting broken belts, bent valves and seized water pumps...

I think we're going to need a FAQ:

	Q: My V6 Audi is near/at/over 60k miles, what should I do?

	A: Run, don't walk, (and if your over 60k, don't rev it up
           too high!) to your mechanic and have the following replaced:

	  o timing belt
	  o timing belt tension rollers (2)
	  o water pump
	  o thermostat (optional, but worth it to avoid labor of
                        replacing later)

	  Total cost: $400-$600 depending on where you get parts
          and who does the work. Compare and contrast with $2500-$4000
 	  to rebuild your motor if the belt goes...

	  Of course, there are a slew of other maintainence items due
	  at 60k, but they won't wreck the motor if neglected...

1993 90CS 67k miles (with new belts, pumps, rollers, etc. etc.!)