Buying a car is a big budget for most of us, however, to this one you will have to add the maintenance of your car, and for some maintenance acts the bill can be quite high. It is therefore logical to ask yourself when is the right time to accomplish these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. Today we are going to show you to you when to replace the timing belt on your Audi A3? For that, first of all, we are going to see why it is essential to achieve this process of maintenance, then, when to do the timing belt of your Audi A3 , then, we are going to fairly quickly describe to you how this change is done, and, at last, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Audi A3.


Why do we need to replace the timing belt of an Audi A3?

As we told you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Audi A3 represents a very important budget, so we figure out that you are cautious to do it and to allow you to figure out the importance of this fix, so we will fairly quickly show you why it is so important to do it on time.

Your Audi A3’s timing belt function

The timing of a Audi A3 has an important purpose in the smooth running of your engine. In fact, it will have the mission to synchronize the valves and pistons, and to make the link between the camshaft, the water pump, the crankshaft and the injection pump . It will enable the engine to work properly, and avoid any risk of engine breakage. The shorter the distance your vehicle travels, the more your belt will be solicited when starting the engine.

What are the risks if the timing belt is not changed on time?

The problem with the timing of a Audi A3 is that it is internal to the engine. And as a result, in contrast to an accessory belt, it is unachievable to visually verify its state. So you might believe that this belt is just an insignificant part, but the risks you take if you don’t replace it in time are substantial. If the timing of your Audi A3 breaks, you will most certainly have to replace the engine of this one. In fact, the pistons will hit the valves and damage them, and the camshaft will as well break. The faster the engine is running at the moment of the breakage, the more serious the consequences are. It is consequently vital to make your timing belt on time .

When to do the timing belt of its Audi A3?

We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to make the timing belt of a Audi A3? It is required to know that each engine unit is different and as we mentioned above, we must not miss on the replacement of this part. The more we advance in time the more the manufacturers improve the timing belt and normally the more recent your Audi A3 will be the less you will have to get worried about your belt. Nevertheless, check out your Audi A3’s service book to get the exact life and maximum mileage you can accomplish before you do the timing . On average, timing belts have a life of 5 to 10 years and a maximum mileage between 80, 000 and 200, 000km .

How to replace the timing belt of an Audi A3?

As the timing belt of a Audi A3 represents a high budget, one can logically wonder if it is not possible to replace it oneself. Regrettably it is very tricky to access and just the most skilled amateur mechanics and the most equipped with tools will be able to consider this procedure, we will however fairly quickly illustrate the different steps to be executed to replace this timing belt:

  • Place the Audi A3 on stands, and depending on your engine you may have to remove a wheel. Remove the timing gearboxes
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  • To get this done, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine elements remain in the right position, in any other case your engine will break. Remove the other elements that bother you (damper pulley for example).
  • Remove the old distribution after loosening the tension rollers. Before positioning the new one, you must remove all the tensioning rollers and the water pump.
  • Place the new water pump.
  • Mount the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
  • Mount the new distribution of your Audi A3 by respecting the markers.
  • Tension the belt as outlined by the manufacturer’s specifics.
  • Put the rest of it back together.
  • Verify that the engine unit is running properly.

Changing the timing belt how much does it cost?

And finally, we’ll try to give you an idea of the price if you want to replace the timing belt of your Audi A3 . Be aware that if you do it at the mechanic of the brand or at a car center like Feu Vert the price can vary a lot, but generally we estimate that the price of the distribution varies between 400 and 900 euros , depending on the place where you do it and your engine. Please be aware that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.

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