The Benefits of Genuine Timing (Cam) Belts
Cam belts, or more accurately timing belts, are typically made of a solid material which reliably transfers your engine’s power from a crankshaft to a camshaft, causing your engine’s valves to open and close. A fuel/air mixture then enters a combustion chamber, combusts, and drives the pistons.
A timing belt must operate accurately over a long period of time, often in extreme heat and cold, all while being flexible enough to adapt and keep tension constant.
When should a timing belt be replaced?
You should consider checking and replacing a Genuine Volkswagen or ŠKODA timing belt from around 120,000km or 6 years (whichever comes first), but this very much depends on model, engine, driving style and climate. Failure can be catastrophic for your engine so it’s best to have it checked at reasonably regular intervals. This is especially true:
- if you drive a lot of short distances
- your Volkswagen is frequently left running while stationary (e.g. taxis)
- or if you have already driven more than 120,000 km or 6 years has passed
Tip: If you’ve purchased a used vehicle and are unsure of its history, it’s best to have your timing belt checked immediately
Can I change the timing belt myself?
An incorrectly fitted timing belt will damage the engine. Replacing it is also complicated and time-consuming. The toothed wheels and guide wheels must be perfectly aligned and the timing belt properly tensioned. The water pump, tensioner and idler pulleys should also be changed at the same time. In addition to a great deal of specialist knowledge, you will need special tools.
Many mechanics can carry out the work for you, but not all will use genuine parts. Aftermarket parts may look the same but can either not work perfectly with your particular model of vehicle, stretch over time causing the engine timing to be off (raising your fuel consumption and emissions), or may not last as long as genuine parts, risking engine damage and failure long before your next scheduled replacement. It’s best to let your Volkswagen or ŠKODA authorised service centre carry out the change.
Volkswagen and ŠKODA Timing Belts…
- …are made of high-strength synthetic and glass fibers. They have a wear-resistant coating and can withstand the rigors of tough, frequent usage under a wide range of conditions and resist stretching.
- …feature Power Grip® HTD – High Torque Drive technology, this reduces tension focused in the tight corners of square toothed belts.
- …make it possible to keep the engine precisely tuned at all times.
- …operate quietly and smoothly and are extremely heat and moisture resistant and can withstand temperature fluctuations ranging from polar cold to scorching engine heat.
- …work best with Volkswagen Genuine Tensioners to maintain ideal belt tension at all times. This will extend their service life.
- …are exchanged together (at an authorised service centre) with the matching tensioners and reverse-motion pulleys. The kit offers cost advantages and limits the labor costs for this replacement to just one trip to the garage.
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