You know you’re supposed to get an oil change every 5,000 miles or so, check your battery every season, and take your car in for a transmission fluid replacement around every 50,000 miles. You take your Audi’s scheduled maintenance seriously because you know that’s what it takes to maximize its lifespan and get the best performance possible. But how much thought do you give to the timing belt? Left ignored, a timing belt can wear and break, destroying your engine and causing thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs. To help you avoid expensive Audi repairs, our import repair shop in Raleigh is walking you through everything you need to know about timing belt replacement.
What Does the Timing Belt Do?
Before we get to the timing belt, let’s talk about the crankshaft and camshafts for a moment.
Crankshaft - converts linear energy into rotational energy and, in working with pistons in the engine, allows the car to move forward and in reverse.
Camshaft - spins in a way that allows the lobes of the intake and exhaust valves to open in time with the piston motions, allowing the air/fuel mixture into the engine and exhaust out.
The timing belt connects the crankshaft and camshafts to keep them synchronized and in rhythm, which is necessary for the engine to run. The belt has ridges, or “teeth,” that grip the crankshaft timing gear and camshaft timing gear and a tensioner is in place to keep the belt taut to prevent slips or skips in how the gears catch the teeth. Smooth, even, and consistent motion is crucial to keeping the synchronization in place, which, in turn, is necessary to keep the engine running.
When Will You Need Your Audi Timing Belt Replacement?
Depending on what kind of Audi you have, your timing belt service should be scheduled at every 75,000 to 100,000 miles. Your owner’s manual, Audi dealer, or Audi repair shop can give you more specific information related to your make and model.
However, these are only guidelines. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, these are signs the belt is going out, and you should schedule service immediately:
Sluggish performance or a poor reaction;
Abrupt clicks or ticking sounds like the sound of a clock or even a ratcheting wrench;
Oil leaks and minimal oil pressure (As the timing belt wears out, it can cause loosening in nearby nuts and bolts. Less oil causes the belt to wear even more quickly so you definitely want to keep an eye out for this!)
Engine won’t turn over
If you pop your hood and notice your Audi’s timing belt is shiny, has cracks, or signs of wear, have it replaced immediately. If the belt snaps while the car is off, that’s a problem in that you’ll have to get the car towed to for repairs. However, if it snaps or malfunctions while you’re driving, the broken belt can bend the engine valves and cause irreparable damage to your engine.
Cost of an Audi Timing Belt Replacement
The cost to replace your timing belt varies depending on the make and model of your Audi, and if it’s a simple replacement before it breaks, this will be significantly less expensive and easier to repair than if it broke while you were driving and it damaged the engine.
Schedule Maintenance with our Audi Repair Shop in Raleigh
The timing belt is not something you can ignore. If you have over 75,000 miles on your car or you pop the hood and see wear on the belt, schedule service at our import repair shop in Raleigh. We’ll take a close look at the belt, engine, and nearby parts to ensure everything is in proper working order and provide you with reliable service that includes a two-year/24,000 mile warranty so you can feel confident in the quality repairs you receive. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, reach out to us today at [phone] or fill out our contact form.