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Old August 14th, 2006, 11:11   #1
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When I ask the vw dealer about replacing timing belt they tell me the water pump is recommended to be replaced also at this time. Is this
necessary maintenance? I had belt replaced on 2000 tdi beetle at 60k and local mechanic didn't recommend it then. Now I'm approaching 117,000 and am told need timing belt and water pump at 120. Opinions please.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 11:23   #2
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Sound advice, replace the pump!! The lion's share of the repair is in the labor to get to the belt and pump. If the pump fails from 120-200K miles (very likely), you'll get to pay for this repair again! However, I highly recommend that you look up a local TDI "guru" and have them do the work, instead of the dealership.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 11:54   #3
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Sound advice, replace the pump!! The lion's share of the repair is in the labor to get to the belt and pump. If the pump fails from 120-200K miles (very likely), you'll get to pay for this repair again! However, I highly recommend that you look up a local TDI "guru" and have them do the work, instead of the dealership.
__. This is very good advice! And don't forget that your car can get the belt and roller hardware from the '03 model cars and go 100K miles without needing to change the belt again. And usually dealerships will only put the 60K belt in; knowing you'll be back earlier for the $1000 job again.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 13:33   #4
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Are you going to the dealer for this work? Are you certain this dealer will have the job done right?

You should upgrade to the 100K belt/rollers as mentioned previously. You may find difficulty in having the dealer install this, since it's not "original equipment" even though identical engines were produced with this equipment a few years later.

Replace the water pump. It's done it's job long enough. If it fails, you will be redoing the timing belt work again, and may be replacing the engine if it fails catestrophically.
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Old August 14th, 2006, 15:35   #5
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Where are you? Find a guru, order the complete kit from dieselgeek.com and save $$$$! Happy TDIing.
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