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    Timing Belt Replacement Question

    Hi, I had my 2009 Golf 1.6 TDI serviced yesterday, i've only owned it 2 years, and the chap at the garage wanted to know about the cambelt , and when it was last changed, I checked when I got home, found that was 4 years ago, so I am OK for another year. (by VW 5 year or 60,000 mile rule)

    My question is, If the car is very low mileage which mine is , 36.000 , I do around 6000 miles a year sometimes a lot less, will the cambelt still need the 5 year change ? The mileage was 24,000 4 years ago when it was changed, it is now as I said 36,000 so 12,000 in 4 years. So I wonder how valid the 5 year rule is.

    I am basing this on the internet results ive read, where garages quote 60,000 up to 100,000 miles before the belt needs changing, but few seem to mention the 5 year rule.

    Now obviously, I don't want to risk my engine, by leaving the belt 10 years even on low mileage, but I am wondering if 5 years is a little early for a belt that's not "that used" in terms of mileage.

    Or is there a genuine need to change them as the material perishes ( and WP and tensioners etc) after 5 years.

    I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this.

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    First posts normally go in introductions else you could get a free fix and we never see you again!!!

    It should be replaced 80,000 miles or 4 years which ever comes first. Tensioner at 120,000 miles.
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    It is 5 years or something daft like 120k miles which is silly
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    I thought it 120,000 miles or 5 years after MY2010?
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    Always best to go by the manufacturers guidance, even though they will be assuming the hardest use in most extreme conditions. Just because the mileage is low doesn't necessarily mean the item will last any longer in fact the opposite can be true. Think of car batteries, the 20k miles per year car will probably make its battery last well over 120,000 miles - my last 3 cars were still on their original batteries when traded in at over 150K miles and 8 years old compared to our low mileage 2000 miles per year car during a couple of short trips each week, which needed a new battery every 2 years! All my high mileage (25k per year) cars have had significantly lower maintenance costs per mile than our low mileage (2k per year max) cars - I've kept detailed records for the last 30 odd years

    Suppose next year you replace the cambelt at say 42000 miles after owning the car for 3 years, its now good for another 5 years when the Golf will be 16 years old, will you still own it ? probably not but you know you don't have to worry about the cambelt failing during your ownership. If on the other hand to save 300 wait until 60,000 miles, which would be in approx 4 years time, that cambelt will be 8 years old if it lasts it will be 3 years past its end date, if it fails the repair bill will be more than the cars worth. If you were to sell the car in 2 years time the cambelt would be over 5 years old and you will get less for it.
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