[V6-12v] A6 Timing Belt

Austin Franklin austin.franklin at charter.net
Sat Feb 23 17:39:09 PST 2008

Hi Casimiro,

I would be very surprised if replacing the timing belt is covered by any
warranty, except if it fails during the warranty period or before the
service interval...and I'd bet if there was a service interval for it (there
should be) and you didn't have it done, they wouldn't cover it.

The timing belt is not to be screwed around with.  I have heard of quite a
few people who have waited too long, and paid the price.  I did mine at 65k
I believe, and my car was 10 years old at the time.  It's cheap enough to do
compared to the damage it can cause.  Also, replace the water pump, idler
pulley and thermostat when you replace the timing belt.  The parts/labor
additionally for those is peanuts compared to one of them failing in 30k and
having to pay basically the same labor again.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: v6-12v-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:v6-12v-bounces at audifans.com]On
> Behalf Of Casimiro Izquierdo
> Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 3:44 PM
> To: Audi Fans
> Subject: [V6-12v] A6 Timing Belt
> Thanks to all of you for your input.  I am going to talk to my
> dealer next Monday and find out the real deal concerning the
> timing belt changing interval.  I spoke to a second dealer today
> and he said 60,000 miles, but the dealer where I bought the car
> says 95,000 to 110,000.  The owner's manual does not say anything
> about when to change it, all it says is that the car is equipped
> with "a long lasting toothed belt".  The bold is in the owner's manual.
> My car is a certified car and I am coming to the end of the
> additional two year extended warranty.  My dealer does not sell
> additional extensions.  But, the second dealer does and he thinks
> that this belt change would be covered under and extended
> warranty.  My dealer says that this is a maintenance item and
> that it is not covered under any warranty - perhaps except the
> original all inclusive warranty.  This second dealer also thinks
> that the dealer shop should change it if the customer requests
> it.  I am not too confident in his thinking.  I have a feeling
> that Audi corporate may overrule him and I will be stuck with the
> bill - as of now I am stuck with it anyway.  What I am afraid is
> of buying the extended warranty of 2 years to 100,000 miles for
> $3,000 and then getting stuck with the belt change.
> What I am going to do is go to the second dealer and request a
> belt change under the warranty that I have left and see if they
> do it.  Am I correct in assuming that the warranty applies to any
> dealer since it is an Audi certified vehicle warranty?
> I value all your inputs and I can see that a lot of you have been
> down the path in which I am on now.
> Thank you.
> Casimiro
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