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Old January 23rd, 2020, 08:21   #1
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Default Guidance for premature fail of timing belt

Looking for guidance in building a case for a premature failing of a timing belt on a 2015 Passat TDI at appro 96,000 miles (when the maintenance schedule recommends 130K). The engine is now gone bc the timing belt shredded after a recently replaced heater core also failed. All maintenance was done at the VW dealer. Thank you for your input.
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Old January 23rd, 2020, 12:28   #2
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To my knowledge there are no warranties expressed or implied with any timing belt manufacturer. Sorry.

It sucks but timing belts are really a roll of the dice. There are some that last 250k and others, like yours, that fail prematurely. I would think the dealership you had install the belt may find some compassion for your unique situation and may even contact VWoA for some assistance in costs.

Best of luck.
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Old January 24th, 2020, 08:48   #3
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If the belt is original from the factory and was never changed and the warranty expired then you have no case.
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Old January 24th, 2020, 10:18   #4
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I wonder if the water pump was replaced at some point, and the belt was not reinstalled properly. Belts rarely fail, usually it is something else that caused it.

In any event, it is out of warranty. You may be able to repair the engine, no way to know until the head is off.
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