Top Post Dawg
- Aug 19, 2009
- 2015 Passat SEL, 2017 Alltrack SE; BB 2010 Sedan Man; 2012 Passat,
It isn't just VW. Almost everything has some errors in it, especially those that have been translated from another initial language. I would think most intelligent people would understand that after changing the oil (among other similar services) every 10k miles, 12 times, that they should continue doing just that. Not just stop changing it forever because the chart ended. Should they start making charts that go to infinity for those too slow to catch on? It is generally understood to keep repeating what you did the first 100k miles for the life of the vehicle. So many people neglect doing any maintenance until something breaks the chart really is useless except to the few who actually maintain their cars anyway.You'd hope so. Still, the number of typographic errors in virtually every VW publication is disappointing.
The factory service manual provides a fairly detailed timing belt inspection procedure including how to access it for inspection, width tolerances for your measurement callipers, and other more obvious visual issues like surface cracks or visible kevlar from inner reinforcement belts (replace immediately), tooth length measurement tolerances for calliper measurement, etc. As the belt ages, it will narrow (in fractions of a millimetre) and elongate (in millimetres), hence the importance of precise measurements with a digital calliper if you are going to run it longer than the recommended change interval.Doesn't seem confusing or poorly written to me. It specifically says:
"Timing Belt: Replace" with an X under 130k miles.
Pretty darn explicit. You can have it inspected as much or a little as you care to. More than likely, as has been said, you won't see anything that will tell you a thing about its condition. The rest of the items are very similar and call out when to inspect and or replace.
If people actually took the time to learn anything about their cars needs, the service writers wouldn't have a chance at lying about the requirements. Ignorance costs.
Here's a list (from the manual) of the "special tools" required to do the job:You'll need TB tools and you'll probably not use them again. In my opinion it's better to have someone experienced at this do the change in case something comes up or fights you in the process. Consequences of a mistake are significant.