timing belt age as a sole replacement indicator

Peter Golledge petergolledge at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 20:23:00 PDT 2014

I've had one on a 200 last over a decade before it "got back to me" and 
we changed it.  :-)

Given the belt is the only bit really that sensitive to age I'd skip the 
idler and water pump on this change.  So pretty cheap ($20?) and not too 
bad a job.  In most common "Audi localities" it seems local listers have 
the timing belt crank pulley holder which is really the only special 
tool required.

On 4/21/2014 8:14 PM, DeWitt Harrison wrote:
> Some time ago, in fact quite a long time ago, a veteran, very active
> q-lister by the name of Phil Payne expressed the idea that timing belts can
> become dangerously damaged by the simple passage of time, mileage
> notwithstanding. The belt on my venerable 5ktq is in that situation now
> with maybe one or two hundred miles of use but several years -- I hate to
> think how many: ten? -- on the clock.
> I would be very interested to learn what this group thinks about (the
> late?) Mr. Payne's opinion on this matter.
> Thanks,
> DeWitt Harrison
> 1988 5000CS
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