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Old December 29th, 2018, 16:33   #16
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I got this unsolicited recommendation/quote from my local stealer-ship for timing belt and water pump today. $1400!

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Old December 30th, 2018, 13:57   #17
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$1400 isn't bad for a dealer "if" it includes a full list of parts and is done correctly.
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Old January 1st, 2019, 07:43   #18
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And, I'd do it for half that price and you'd know it was done right!

Those "kits" need to be itemized or you have no clue what you're getting.

Didn't know there's a "pipe" needed when doing a TB job.. Hmmm.

Find a guru..
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Old January 1st, 2019, 07:58   #19
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Andy - that pipe is part of the emissions fix for his 2015, not part of the timing belt parts

I agree on not having the dealer do the timing belt and finding a respected TDI mechanic do it.
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Old January 3rd, 2019, 23:46   #20
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Andy - that pipe is part of the emissions fix for his 2015, not part of the timing belt parts

I agree on not having the dealer do the timing belt and finding a respected TDI mechanic do it.

Yep, thatís the receipt from phase 2 recall work with recommendation and price (very round number) on the WP/TB.
Iíve reached out to Tom (ninedee_golf_tdi) here in my area and I hope heíll have me!
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Old January 10th, 2019, 02:50   #21
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Local Dealership gave me a price of $700 for parts and labor. I'm getting close now @ 118000 and will need it done this spring. Looking at parts and tooling to do myself is over $800. Having the dealership do it and "IF" there are any engine after change out I'll have a leg to stand on for VW warranty. My 2 anyway
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Old January 10th, 2019, 07:04   #22
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low estimate usually means just slipping a new belt on all the old junk, no coolant change, no water pump, no tensioner, no timing adjustment, no cam and crank seals
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Local Dealership gave me a price of $700 for parts and labor. I'm getting close now @ 118000 and will need it done this spring. Looking at parts and tooling to do myself is over $800. Having the dealership do it and "IF" there are any engine after change out I'll have a leg to stand on for VW warranty. My 2 anyway
You should be able to get a complete high quality kit and tools for $500 or less. If you don't already have some basic tools like sockets and ratchet & wrenches, this might not be job you should tackle by yourself.
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...this might not be job you should tackle by yourself.
^^^ This. Unless one is really comfortable tackling big jobs (and I consider TBs to be a big job), I'd rather pay a pro to do it right instead of risking huge potential damage down the road later.

As often as TBs need replacing, I'd advise having a guru do it. Save yourself the hassle and enjoy peace of mind. Heck, maybe they'll even let you watch. That way you get a sense of all that's involved and you'll appreciate the expertise a real TDI guru truly has.
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You should be able to get a complete high quality kit and tools for $500 or less. If you don't already have some basic tools like sockets and ratchet & wrenches, this might not be job you should tackle by yourself.


The few shops Iíve spoke with say there are special tools needed for this and no parts kits that they know of. Quotes have been similar to the dealer of $1400-1600 :-(
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Old January 10th, 2019, 12:18   #26
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Well that's nuts, ID has kits for $370. And a shop shouldn't be charging you for tools. That's why they have hourly rates of $100 or more.
Best talk to a few more shops, find someone with actual positive experience working on TDIs.
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The few shops Iíve spoke with say there are special tools needed for this and no parts kits that they know of. Quotes have been similar to the dealer of $1400-1600 :-(
So let me do your homework for you.

https://www.idparts.com/timing-belt-...ca-p-7237.html

https://www.idparts.com/timing-belt-...8-p-10516.html
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Found
https://www.kermatdi.com/i-2484-timi...7Cmodel%3DGOLF
But still would need the specialty belt tooling. I have everything required including a lift.
Iíll go back to the dealer to get a detailed quote fairly soon.
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Thanks. That is helpful. I guess I shouldn't take the shop's word...
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Any thoughts on having the dealer do it since VWUSA has now so graciously extended the warranty on the car...? I can foresee them giving me grief if in fact there are engine problems later and they didn't do the WP/TB job. Then I'm playing man-in-the-middle with the shop and VWofA? Just thinking out loud.
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