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My 2001 V6 (B5) is approaching 60k miles, and people recommend replacing the timing belt soon.I called around and one shop told me their computer shows that the 2001 V6 has a chain, not a belt.The other shop quoted me $1300, half labor and half parts - then I told him I could buy the parts for $250 online, and he didn"t know what to say. They"re supposedly a reputable shop too.Anyhow, does my V6 have a chain, or a belt? I looked inside once and thought I saw a belt, but maybe I wasn"t looking at the right part. Thanks!
2001 GLS V6 manual, green, 15" Adelaides, Bridgestone Turanzas (great tire), all stock besides leather Wheelskin
It has a belt. Don"t go to the "chain" shop.Make sure you go to a vw/audi shop, you want someone who knows what they"re doing.$1300 is a lot. Previous owner paid less at the stealership
A full parts/labor timing belt V6 job with tensioner and water pump will run you around $1,000+ at an indy, closer to $1,500 at the dealer.Don"t hold the "I"ll buy my own parts" thing over their head. Most places won"t warrant buyer-furnished parts, so you"ll only be saving a couple hundred bucks and will have no guarantees.But if these people are talking "chain" instead of "belt", you shouldn"t be doing business there. The V6"s chains are on the back of the engine and are basically maintenance free. What you need to be concerned with is the belt.
98 GLX 30v 5-speed; Royal green; 16" Tango; custom 2ndary intake; DG shortshift; CCs/sides; white blinkers; green VW logo; debadged; Euroswitch; 5 brakelights; rear fog; Blaupunkt CD 10+1; VITAMNB5 German plate; Isotta wheelcover; TT antenna
Which introduces the age-old question, "Is it worth it to have the timing belt fail and be without my car for a month or more while they"re rebuilding the heads...hopefully correctly?" Most people think the $1k is well spent to avoid the hassles.
98 GLX 30v 5-speed; Royal green; 16" Tango; custom 2ndary intake; DG shortshift; CCs/sides; white blinkers; green VW logo; debadged; Euroswitch; 5 brakelights; rear fog; Blaupunkt CD 10+1; VITAMNB5 German plate; Isotta wheelcover; TT antenna
Thanks, good info.To be fair to the indy that quoted me $1300, they did say "up to", depending on whether or not the water pump also needs to be replaced. They also explained the buyer-furnished lack of warranty. I also live in the SF Bay Area where labor costs are probably significantly higher.So I guess another question is - does the water pump absolutely need to be replaced? Some people recommend doing it just to be safe, but if it costs that much...
2001 GLS V6 manual, green, 15" Adelaides, Bridgestone Turanzas (great tire), all stock besides leather Wheelskin
So I guess another question is - does the water pump absolutely need to be replaced? Some people recommend doing it just to be safe, but if it costs that much...
glyphin,It"s as likely OR MORE than the timing belt tensioner to go bad in the V6...which in turn will essentially destroy the engine. Since the labor on the water pump is already 90% complete by the timing belt work, it usually add very little cost and a LOT of benefit.
98 GLX 30v 5-speed; Royal green; 16" Tango; custom 2ndary intake; DG shortshift; CCs/sides; white blinkers; green VW logo; debadged; Euroswitch; 5 brakelights; rear fog; Blaupunkt CD 10+1; VITAMNB5 German plate; Isotta wheelcover; TT antenna
Yes, replace the water pump, thermostat, and coolant. My indy shop told me that they have not seen a hydraulic tensioner fail but have had many water pump replacements. These additional parts should be no more than about $200 retail (online about $85) and maybe add 1/2 to 3/4 hour in additional labor. When I had mine done by the VW only indy shop, total labor was 4 hours for everything. Also, if you haven"t replaced the serpentine belt and spring tensioner you might want to do those now but they are not critical. Mine spring tensioner started acting up at 102k and if your are somewhat handy its about a 1/2 hour DIY job and fairly easy to get to if you don"t mind scraped knuckles.

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For what it"s worth, the first owner of our 1996 Audi A4 2.8 replaced the timing belt, thermostat, and water pump about 18 months ago, at 60k miles, because the water pump failed.
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