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Re: Timing belt replacement on a V8
"Jim Dhillon" <email@example.com> writes:
>Has anyone done a timing belt replacement on a Audi V8? Procedures???
Yes, I have. #1, you absolutely, positively need the factory manual to
get the procedure. There is a small mistake in the factory manual as
to procedure, in the sequence of work. This topic has been well
discussed here on the list, but the archive search engine
being what it is....
You'll need to beg, borrow or steal some special tools to do the job.
I borrowed the tools from a friend that works at a dealer, or should I
say he borrowed them for me. While there you should change the
water pump, rollers, bolts and just about anything else you can think
of. It's a PITA, and the last thing you want is to have to go back and
do the whole thing over again to change the water pump, a roller etc.
that might be ready to fail.
I bought all the parts (except the few dealer-only items) from
Auto Brokers, at least half off dealer discounted price. If you have
your teeth on other Audi's, and a Porsche or two it's no big deal,
a common sense approach to the job and follow the instructions
to the letter. Be prepared to be sans V8Q for a while should you
encounter a part you thought you wound'nt need for the job, BTDT,
don't ask, check the archives, I've blocked the experience from my
Should you decide not to do it yourself, DON'T take the car somewhere
they don't have experience with V8Q's. You don't want them learning
on your car. A lister or two have had belts break, cams slip and
way off after having their timing belts changed by mechanics who
didn't really know what they were doing.
Aside from the wait for an "unexpected" part, I didn't mind doing the
job. Gave me a whole new appreciation on how well the V8Q is put
together, and how well thought out the details are. The Audi gods
are in the details I guess.
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