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Cambelt..when to change?

My 2011 A5 Cab 2.0 TDI had some work done yesterday at the dealership (shock absorpers replaced, brake pads and discs) and after going home I noted a comment on the paperwork that the cambelt is due for change in one month. The car has done 45000 miles so is that normal? The service staff never said any thing about it !!

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Audi recommend 135000 miles or 5 years for changing of the cam belt. Make sure to get the water pump and tensioners etc changed at the same time. I usually do a fan belt at the same time also.
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Thanks for the reply. The car will be 5 years old next month so I guess the cambelt change will be due but considering the low mileage (45,000, mostly motorway), will it be a bad idea to postpone the cambelt change for another 6-12 months? Only yesterday I paid nearly 1000 changing various items in the car (pads, discs, shocks, MOT) so I could do with delaying the cambelt expense for some time

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The question I'd be asking if it's on 45k miles and as you say mostly motorway, why were the brakes and shocks changed!? Brakes are usually good for 60k miles mixed driving. Mine have done 94k miles and do need replacing, but not necessary. Shocks, they usually last a lot lot longer.

Cambelts are a scarey subject, yes most of the time people get away with leaving them, but it's risky. It's not going to snap bang on 5 years. Most of time they do last a lot longer. Audi have to cover themselves for the car being used in different climates and service items having an average life span.
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I would have thought 45000 miles for break pads change is reasonable although I cant explain why the discs needed changing too. They found about leaky rear shocks in the service and although I agree with you that they should last longer, I was not fussed about it as it was covered by extended warranty so I did not have to pay (cost nearly 500). I wonder how do I tell that they really changed them as I did not have any problems before the service and did not notice any difference after they allegedly changed them!!

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Thanks for the reply. The car will be 5 years old next month so I guess the cambelt change will be due but considering the low mileage (45,000, mostly motorway), will it be a bad idea to postpone the cambelt change for another 6-12 months? Only yesterday I paid nearly 1000 changing various items in the car (pads, discs, shocks, MOT) so I could do with delaying the cambelt expense for some time
I've always had the motto with cambelt that if you think about doing it then do it. I used to drive a 1.6D Megane and changed the cambelt every 45000 miles or every year as I was doing big mileage. I have had a cambelt snap on me while I had a new one sitting on the back seat when I was on my way to change it.

It can be expensive if it snaps. I know my A5 is 4 years old with 100000 on it roughly and I wanted to do the cambelt this year and Audi said no not until next year so they do seem fairly sure they will last 5 years.

I done the belt on my wife's Volvo S40 when it had done 5 years Volvo initially recommended 144000 miles then dropped this to 90000 miles at which stage the car had 110000 miles on it and the old belt was like new. So it really is a risk but from what I have heard with this engine the water pump is more likely to fail and then boil the engine.

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I would have thought 45000 miles for break pads change is reasonable although I cant explain why the discs needed changing too. They found about leaky rear shocks in the service and although I agree with you that they should last longer, I was not fussed about it as it was covered by extended warranty so I did not have to pay (cost nearly 500). I wonder how do I tell that they really changed them as I did not have any problems before the service and did not notice any difference after they allegedly changed them!!
Check to see if they look new and shiny!
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Now what is the best price for a cam belt and water pump change? Audi dealer wants 600, got a quote for 400 from independent Audi specialist...can I do any better?
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I know my local Audi dealer has told me that if I get a quote from an independent garage who are using genuine parts within 15 miles they would price match the quote. Might be worth trying.
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Unfortunately my dealer refused to price match. They say the parts alone will cost near 400 !! So they cant understand how the indi. is doing the job for 400. Obviously I know where I am getting the job done

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You need to ensure it's like-for-like on parts, particularly that the indy is using genuine Audi parts

Also confirm that all the parts are included in both quotes - ie all tensioners and rollers, auxiliary belt, water pump etc

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Personally I prefer my friendly, local independent service man. For years I always used the "official" dealers (VW for many cars and more recently Mercedes for the van and BMW) and I have found them expensive and not particularly good. I now have an excellent indy and he looks after both my A5 plus the van and I find him excellent, much better than the officials that I have used and about 20 to 30% less expensive as he only uses genuine parts. I guess that you pays yer money and makes yer choice......

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Oops and ps I would never delay the cambelt change cos there is toooooo much at risk.....

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Thank you guys for the advice. Another question..I noted that the indi. offers Gearbox fluid and filter change and claims that VW advice changing these every 40000 miles. #My car has been always serviced at the dealership and they never mentioned that to me!!. Is it worth doing it at the same time of the cambelt change? and how much should I expect to pay for that?

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which gearbox do you have? There's 4 types I can think of....

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It is manual gearbox !

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It is manual gearbox !
There's no filter to change - there is a drain plug that can be used to drop the oil and it holds 4 litres, but I'm not aware of any recommended service interval for the manual boxes.

40k intervals (or less) are required for the s-tronic and multitronic auto boxes, and that's what I suspect they are offering

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A question springs to mind. My A5 now has about 160k km/100k miles under its belt and I do not know its service history as I bought it at 120k km/70k miles. She goes great. My question is, do the team think that I need to change the 4 shock absorbers at this age/mileage???? As far as I know they have never been changed as they look original. Thanks!!!

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