timing belt age as a sole replacement indicator

tom at tomwintermedia.com tom at tomwintermedia.com
Thu Apr 24 06:54:16 PDT 2014

I just realized I have a 2084 tool (crank lock tool) that I no longer use
and probably won't use ever again, as I've stepped up to the B5 platform.

If anyone needs it, I'm open to selling it, $45 including shipping in the
lower 48. Let me know.

+1 on changing the belt. Easy job, on the I5 engine (though intimidating the
first time I did one, just because if you screw it up. . . .well, you know).
But definitely cheap insurance, and a good chance to gain some confidence
wrenching on your own car. Lots of help from the folks here if you have
questions, though. 

I just did the belt on my 2001 S4 which is more of a PITA, but less so than
swapping in a new engine or dealing with the aftermath of a broken belt.

It's kinda like oil changes. If there is a question of if you should do it,
you might as well just do it. These cars will run forever if they are
attended to. Neglect leads to bad things.

Just my $0.02

Tom 2001.5 S4 Avant

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