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Audi Timing Belts
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Audi Timing belt

Of all the internal combustion engine components there in your Audi, one of the integral part is an Audi timing belt. One of the possible causes of sudden break-down of your Audi may be a damaged or decayed Audi timing belt. So, in order to save yourself from such menace while driving, you must be aware of all the possible details pertaining to Audi timing belt. Such as what is an Audi timing belt, how long it may last, common signs of wear and tear of an Audi timing belt etc.

Definition of an Audi Timing Belt

An Audi timing belt is also known as a timing chain or a cam belt. Audi Timing belt checks the timing of the engine's valves by connecting the crankshaft to the camshaft. As the Audi timing belts are easier and cheaper to manufacture that is why they are used instead of the old timing chains. Also, timing chains are less efficient and are very noisy as compared to the Audi timing belts.

Audi timing belt is a rubber made up of high tensile fibers like fiberglass or Twaron / Kevlar. High temperature and Audi oil may badly affect the timing belt thus lowering its life expectancy. Due to this, now-a-days auto-manufacturers are using expensive but temperature resistant materials like HSN (Highly Saturated Nitrile). Earlier the belts were trapezoidal shaped teeth whereas the newer one has curved teeth which is quiet and may last for a longer time period if properly maintained. In terms of a design of an engine it is truly said that "curbing the girth of the Audi timing belt may ease the load and the friction".

Significance of an Audi Timing Belt

In an overhead cam engines or OHC engines an Audi timing belt is preferred over the timing chain because it has fewer lash and stretch which results in an improved efficiency and a better camshaft timing. Almost every Audi models are fitted with Audi timing belt, such as Audi Coupe, Audi Allroad Quattro, Audi Fox, Audi Quattro and many more.

Symptoms of a faulty Audi Timing Belt

  • Excessive ejection of exhaust than usual can be noted.
  • Your Audi may give you a tough start.
  • Vibrating Audi engine may result into trembling of your Audi car as a whole.
  • While driving your Audi may shut off.

Precautions to be taken

    • It is better to replace the water pump, belt tensioner, thermo-stat and camshaft seals while replacing the Audi timing belt as they might have worn out too.
    • Depending on the various factors, it is recommended that you should replace the Audi timing belt once it traverse 60,000 to 80,000 miles or you may check the owner's manual to get an exact idea about the life of your Audi timing belt.
    • One must realize a fact that the Audi timing belts may stop working without warning, but may point out few indications like cracks, cuts and excessive wear etc. and you are not suppose to ignore them or you may face costly consequences.
    • An Audi timing belt is supposed to be fit in a way to easily facilitate the movement of valves.