Timing Belt Decision in North Carolina

ekincaid

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Location
North Carolina
TDI
03 Golf TDI
I need to replace my Timing Belt in the near future in my 2003 Golf TDI. I got it a couple years ago and the timing belt only has 30k miles on it. Got to looking at the original owners receipts and was a little shocked when I read the date for the change. 2/17/2014!!

I knew it would be high. But the TDI shop wants a little over $1600 to do it. They got a great reputation and I'm sure they will do a good job.

I'm pretty ignorant about diesels if I'm honest, but I can use tools and maybe it's time to dive in. Read the instructions, and think it's doable.

Buying the timing belt kit, tools, and VCDS costs me around $775. Not much more than the shop wants for parts.

Easy decision right? I have some nagging going on in the back of my mind wishing I knew more about these things.

I was thinking I might find someone within a couple hours of Raleigh who might have the tools and VCDS who would help me accomplish this. I would be happy to come to you and pay you to help me. Maybe I'm just getting older and know screw ups happen. My younger self would have had no fear. lol
 

DivineChaos

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Location
Minnesota
TDI
mk6 jetta sportwagen tdi
I need to replace my Timing Belt in the near future in my 2003 Golf TDI. I got it a couple years ago and the timing belt only has 30k miles on it. Got to looking at the original owners receipts and was a little shocked when I read the date for the change. 2/17/2014!!

I knew it would be high. But the TDI shop wants a little over $1600 to do it. They got a great reputation and I'm sure they will do a good job.

I'm pretty ignorant about diesels if I'm honest, but I can use tools and maybe it's time to dive in. Read the instructions, and think it's doable.

Buying the timing belt kit, tools, and VCDS costs me around $775. Not much more than the shop wants for parts.

Easy decision right? I have some nagging going on in the back of my mind wishing I knew more about these things.

I was thinking I might find someone within a couple hours of Raleigh who might have the tools and VCDS who would help me accomplish this. I would be happy to come to you and pay you to help me. Maybe I'm just getting older and know screw ups happen. My younger self would have had no fear. lol
I'd help if I lived closer. It's really not bad. Just check multiple times and spin it over by hand. Check again. My 2.0 cr didn't take long. And I was helping with another one while doing mine.
 

Tdijarhead

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Lawrenceville PA
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2003 TDI Jetta Daughters Car, 2001 TDI Beetle, Daughters car, 2005 Golf TDI Mine, all 5 spds
My first alh took well over 8 hours. I’ve probably trimmed that time down to 5-6 hours. I don’t remember how many alh belts I’ve done, many a dozen and probably a half dozen BEW belts. Here is the tdiclub alh timing belt instructions. Hit the brown download button, read carefully 30-40 times and then have fun.

 

ekincaid

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Location
North Carolina
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03 Golf TDI
Check out Daniel Grindstaff in Asheville...828-273-8951.....he did my timing belt a few months ago...I think it was around $600....he's really good!
Well the price is right. I may give him a call. Looks like people have a little difficulty getting up with him. It’s a 3 1/2 hour drive from where I am, but, for $1000. I may look around a little more to see who I can find. But I may just do it myself. I think it’s more than doable. Reading some of these other threads make me just a little hesitant. Lol
 

DivineChaos

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Minnesota
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mk6 jetta sportwagen tdi
Anyway.isnt the Tb interval 10yr or 120k? By it being done in 2014, if it's under 120k on this Tb. I'd say your okay for awhile
 

DivineChaos

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mk6 jetta sportwagen tdi
Well the price is right. I may give him a call. Looks like people have a little difficulty getting up with him. It’s a 3 1/2 hour drive from where I am, but, for $1000. I may look around a little more to see who I can find. But I may just do it myself. I think it’s more than doable. Reading some of these other threads make me just a little hesitant. Lol
You can do it without removing the motor mount. Just grab on the pulley stud with vice grips and back it out. It'll come out just fine without removing that motor mount. And then when putting the new one in grip it where the threads don't matter. Doing this saves a lot of time.
 

ekincaid

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North Carolina
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03 Golf TDI
Anyway.isnt the Tb interval 10yr or 120k? By it being done in 2014, if it's under 120k on this Tb. I'd say your okay for awhile
You may be right. I thought I had read 7 years somewhere. Right now it's got 30k on it. I'm going to try reading up on this.
 

Tdijarhead

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Lawrenceville PA
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2003 TDI Jetta Daughters Car, 2001 TDI Beetle, Daughters car, 2005 Golf TDI Mine, all 5 spds
If you’re talking about an 03 alh engine the timing belt interval is 100k or 7ish years. Just as a reminder it’s usually not the belt itself that fails, it’s often a roller, tensioner or water pump that fails and seizes causing the belt to snap. Which is why you always replace each of those items when you change the timing belt.
 

hskrdu

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Maryland and New England
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2003 Golf GLS 4D 5M, 2015 GSW SE 6M
The 6 year replacement for Conti belts came from the thread below, generally the Club advice between 2000 and 2010 or so was 5 years between TB services for ALH, and similar for BEW...
 

jimbote

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spiral arm, milky way (aka central NC)
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Tacoma 4x4 converted to TDI
You can do it without removing the motor mount. Just grab on the pulley stud with vice grips and back it out. It'll come out just fine without removing that motor mount. And then when putting the new one in grip it where the threads don't matter. Doing this saves a lot of time.
Not on this one. ALH requires mount removal to get the belt in there.
 

pjgonwa

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Mar 3, 2007
Location
Statesville, NC
TDI
2006 Jetta
Daniel Grindstaff (and his dad) have done all my timing belt changes on my 2006 Jetta TDI. I would not take it any other place.
 

GolfPD

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Andromeda Galaxy
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'04 Golf BEW
You are right. Just not sure I'm willing to pay $1600. I have had them do work in the past and was very pleased.
Agreed. $1600 is a lot of money. If you decide to do it yourself there is a lot of knowledgeable people here on the forums who can help you along the way.
 

DivineChaos

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mk6 jetta sportwagen tdi
You are right. Just not sure I'm willing to pay $1600. I have had them do work in the past and was very pleased.
Only special tools you need, trupplesquares, pully lock set, and vcds to set pump timing. Only takes a day. 1600 is a lot. Our vw dealer here charges 12-1400 for Tb and wp on my mk6 jsw.
 

Nevada_TDI

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Reno, sort of...
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2001 Jetta TDI
$300.00 for the timing belt set, $50.00 to rent the timing belt tools, and $200.00 to purchase VCDS to set the timing. I am sure there is someone that will come to help you if needed.
$800.00-ish will leave you with plenty of money vs. the other way at $1600.00
 

DivineChaos

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mk6 jetta sportwagen tdi
$300.00 for the timing belt set, $50.00 to rent the timing belt tools, and $200.00 to purchase VCDS to set the timing. I am sure there is someone that will come to help you if needed.
$800.00-ish will leave you with plenty of money vs. the other way at $1600.00
There was a also ppl on ebay that have rosstech vcds cables for rent. But having it is super handy.
 

Tdijarhead

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Lawrenceville PA
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Metalmanparts.com rents cables and timing belt tools. Metalman is one of the trusted vendors and supporters of this site.
 
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