[200q20v] dubious distinction?

Noelle Beaudin nobeau at tcnow.com
Wed Feb 6 07:46:07 EST 2002

Hi everyone,

Phil Rose wrote:
> Last  November, I parked our new  red '91 200 in our  garage and made
> an appointment with a distant (170 miles) shop for t-belt service.
> But a lister ("Wolff") urged me to consider getting the  t-belt
> replaced before ever again starting up the engine. You see--although
> it had a mere 57 Kmiles on the odo--it was still running with the
> original t-belt!!!

OK, I am now very confused.  I currently have 201,534 miles on
my 2c 20v tq Avant.  At 199,998 miles I took it into the "local"
Audi dealer because...well it was winter..blah blah blah.  I asked
the mechanic about the t-belt.  He said, "the t-belt on these cars
should be replacd every 90k miles" and told me I was "OK" because
the belt was done 60k miles ago.

My questions are:

1. What is the regular scheduled replacement for the t-belt?

2. Is the 20v engine an interference engine (i.e. will my valves
and pistons crash together if my t-belt does break?)

3. And is the t-belt a job that can be done at home, or does it
require a certain skill level?

Thanks again as always for putting up with inane questions. ;-)

'91 2c 20v tqa
'86 5ktq
'02 wrx

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