Cam Belt (Audi Q5)

Cam Belt (Audi Q5)

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Sheepshanks

20,527 posts

73 months

Friday 27th March
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Ste372 said:
Or a favourite vw one is waterpump seizing & stripping the teeth off the belt.
The later transverse diesels, like EA288, have the water pump at the other end of end to the cam belt. I assume, but could be wrong, the petrol version, EA888?, is the same, but not sure.

Ste372

359 posts

41 months

Friday 27th March
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Sheepshanks said:
The later transverse diesels, like EA288, have the water pump at the other end of end to the cam belt. I assume, but could be wrong, the petrol version, EA888?, is the same, but not sure.
Yeah I wasn't sure if it would of been that engine. I'm mainly referring to the older vw tdi lumps.

HustleRussell

17,747 posts

114 months

Friday 27th March
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ruprechtmonkeyboy said:
Twig62 said:
HustleRussell said:
MDMA . said:
On the flip side, MrsMDMA says it's all a con by the manufacturers. Her 2005 VW Golf (bought brand new) is still on the original belt. 15 years old now, no problems. Inspected every year by the same garage that services/MOT's it and no wear to it.
What sort of mechanic will sign off a cam belt for a 15th year based on a visual inspection?
Pretty much every car we see which comes in with a broken cam belt shows no sign of wear or deterioration on the belt. Personally unless the car is an absolute shed I wouldn't leave a cam belt any longer than 5 years or 50,000 miles. Each to their own though of course !
This. Anyone who says they can tell the condition of a belt by 'looking at it' is not to be listened to!
MDMA's mechanic is also signing the engine oil off year-on-year, on the basis that it still appears to be black and oily.

Fairynuff

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10 posts

9 months

Friday 27th March
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Thanks for the helpful posts

carinaman

15,012 posts

126 months

Saturday 28th March
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How long are you going to keep it?

It'll be another 5 years until the next one is due so divide the cost by 10 to give you the cost per year over ten years?

If you're looking to sell it sometime in the future will not having the cambelt done impact on the price and ease of selling?

njw1

1,180 posts

65 months

Saturday 28th March
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MDMA . said:
On the flip side, MrsMDMA says it's all a con by the manufacturers. Her 2005 VW Golf (bought brand new) is still on the original belt. 15 years old now, no problems. Inspected every year by the same garage that services/MOT's it and no wear to it.


Oh no, you've jinxed it now....

bluezedd

685 posts

36 months

Sunday 29th March
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ruprechtmonkeyboy said:
This. Anyone who says they can tell the condition of a belt by 'looking at it' is not to be listened to!
Pretty much anyone can tell the difference side by side between the belt that gave way on my parts 9-3 (cambelt snapped on a friend), and the belt currently on my 9-3. You'd have to be blind not to see the difference.

Completely agree it's not the case for every belt though, and things like waterpump failure are common taking the belt out with it.

You can quite obviously spot the material is aged, some cracking etc.

If he had checked the belt then I wouldn't have had a parts car.

Edited by bluezedd on Sunday 29th March 17:26

MDMA .

5,443 posts

55 months

Sunday 29th March
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njw1 said:
Oh no, you've jinxed it now....
Was thinking that when I typed it. But it's her car, she can do what she wants. I have mine done by the book for peace of mind. But try telling that to a women.