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Old August 30th, 2017, 07:18   #1
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Default Timing belt / change cam ?

My mechanic is telling me I should change the cam when I get my timing belt done (probably late next yr) Car is an 04 Golf TDI .... 315K km's right now. I want to keep the car another 3-4yrs max. Opinions ??
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Old August 30th, 2017, 07:35   #2
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Has he actually seen the cam? Not hard to take a look yourself, might save you a few bucks.
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Old August 30th, 2017, 07:40   #3
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Pop the valve cover (5 minutes) and feel the lobes of the cam. If any of them feel sharp the chamfer is gone, the cam has had it, and it certainly makes sense to do the replacement while everything is already apart to do the timing belt.

Some BEW cams last forever, some are toast at 200K. Mine has 317K and is about to be replaced during the 320K timing belt change... three lobes have sharp edges.
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410k on my original BHW cam.

I knock on wood so often my knuckles hurt.
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My Passat's cam packed it in around 270K kms. #1 lobe was almost perfectly round. My '06 Jetta sounds like it needs a cam too. Time to change it soon.
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410k on my original BHW cam.
Wow... that might be a record.

A guy that lucky can probably run with scissors and swim less than an hour after eating... go for it!!
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Old September 1st, 2017, 15:02   #7
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I bought Gofaster's BRM 3 years ago with 430,000 kilometers. Original cam is in perfect shape. It has 460,000 now. When changing the timing belt compression didn't seem that good when rolling it over so the valves and possibly the injectors need some attention but with the Unitronics tune it is still a tiger.
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