[Biturbos4] timining belt replaced - now lost power

docwyte@comcast.net docwyte at comcast.net
Fri Oct 28 11:14:47 EDT 2005

On any multi-valve interference engine, I change the timing belt around 60k miles.  Waiting till 90k miles is like playing the lottery, you might win, but more likely you're going to lose.  In this case, that means 30 bent valves.

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> Hi Bernd -- 
> Sorry to hear about your troubles, and I hope Keman's suggestion works out 
> for you. 
> I am curious about something else though: My '01 S4 is at 65K, and I was 
> recently told to get the timing belt replaced--I checked my 
> documentation, and verified it's not supposed to be done until 90K. Did 
> you hear anyone else telling you you had to get this done early? 
> BTW, why did you get your clutch replaced--did you feel it going, or was 
> it something you did since you were at 90K? 
> Finally, hoiw much did the timing belt and water pump work set you back? 
> Rgs, 
> Aurangzeb 
> Message: 3 
> Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2005 21:11:23 -0400 
> From: bernd 
> Subject: [Biturbos4] timining belt replaced - now lost power 
> To: biturbos4 at audifans.com 
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> i needed a new clutch and with 90000 miles the shop replaced the timing 
> belt to. 
> they also replaced the auxiliary water pump. 
> so now the car lost some power or at least it feels that way (can't get 
> the traction control kick in on wet road). 
> is there any thing they could have done wrong. 
> the engine runs smooth and no check lights are on. 
> bernd 2001 s4 avant 
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