Buying a car is a big budget for most people, however, to this one you will have to add the routine service of your car, and for some routine service acts the bill can be quite high. It is so obvious to ask yourself when is the best time to accomplish these repairs and not do them “for nothing”. In this article we are going to describe to you when to replace the timing belt on your Volkswagen Transporter? For that, to begin with, we are going to see why it is essential to do this work of routine service, then, when to do the timing belt of your Volkswagen Transporter , then, we are going to fairly quickly describe to you how this change is done, and, finally, how much it costs to do the timing belt of a Volkswagen Transporter.


Why do we need to replace the timing belt of an Volkswagen Transporter?

As we informed you in introduction, changing a timing belt on a Volkswagen Transporter represents an enormous budget, so we figure out that you are reluctant to do it and to allow you to figure out the benefit of this fix, so we will fairly quickly describe why it is so important to do it on time.

Your Volkswagen Transporter’s timing belt objective

The timing of a Volkswagen Transporter has a vital purpose in the smooth running of your engine. In actual 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 unit to work effectively, and avoid any risk of engine breakage. The shorter the distance your car travels, the more your belt will be solicited when starting the engine unit.

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

The issue with the timing of a Volkswagen Transporter is that it is internal to the engine unit. And consequently, contrary to an accessory belt, it is difficult to visually check its state. So you might presume that this belt is just an insignificant part, but the risks you take if you don’t replace it in time are enormous. If the timing of your Volkswagen Transporter breaks, you will most certainly have to replace the engine of this one. In actual 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 significant the outcomes are. It is consequently crucial to make your timing belt on time .

When to do the timing belt of its Volkswagen Transporter?

We will now answer the question that you all have to ask yourselves, when to produce the timing belt of a Volkswagen Transporter? It is necessary to know that each engine unit is different and as we mentioned earlier, 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 Volkswagen Transporter will be the less you will have to get worried about your belt. Nevertheless, check out your Volkswagen Transporter’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 Volkswagen Transporter?

As the timing belt of a Volkswagen Transporter represents a high budget, one can rationally wonder if it is not possible to replace it on your own. 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 operation, we will nevertheless fairly quickly summarize the different steps to be accomplished to replace this timing belt:

  • Place the Volkswagen Transporter on stands, and based on your engine unit you may have to remove a wheel. Take out the timing gearboxes
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  • To do this, you must buy the timing kit so that all the engine unit elements remain in the right position, otherwise your engine unit will break. Take out the other elements that bother you (damper pulley for example).
  • Take out the old distribution after loosening the tension rollers. Before positioning the new one, you must remove all the tensioning rollers and the water pump.
  • Mount the new water pump.
  • Install the new tension rollers, pay attention to the location of each one.
  • Install the new distribution of your Volkswagen Transporter by respecting the markers.
  • Tension the belt according to the manufacturer’s specifics.
  • Put the rest of it back together.
  • Verify that the engine unit is running effectively.

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 Volkswagen Transporter . Take note that if you do it at the garage of the brand or at a car center like Feu Vert the price can vary a lot, but generally speaking we estimate that the price of the distribution varies between 400 and 900 euros , based on the place where you do it and your engine unit. Please be aware that the kits include the belt, idlers and water pump.

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