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    Timing Belt Question

    Hi to you all. First proper post after intro and guessing this one has been done to death but I'm in a hurry to get things sorted (so no time for a search today). This is my first VW which is a 2012 Transporter T5.1 2.0 TDI 140PS SE Auto, 20,000 miles on the clock, . All the service history has been done through the Motorbility scheme and the paperwork, (nothing in service book) doesn't say exactly whats been done so my first question is do I need to concern myself over the timing/cam belt on such a low milage vehicle, if not yet, when do they need changing ? Secondly, does anyone know of a good independent garage in the south of England who I can trust to do good work on this bus as I can't do too much myself ? Thanks....
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    You can check with a dealer see what they say. It used to be or 80,000 miles or 4 years. Later TDI engine are 120,000 miles or 5 years.

    Manufacturer: VW, Date(s) Used: 05/2011-08/2015, Model: Transporter, Engine Code: CCHA, 103Kw, 140PS, 2.0 Ltr, 4 Cyls, Remarks: Turbocharged Direct Injection Common Rail (TDI-CR)

    You can check with your data sticker if that engine code is corrects? Data Sticker/Options Sticker and Engine Codes
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    Thanks Keith....
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    The official interval is some silly and scary interval around 120k miles for the belt but more for the tensioner? Odd.... anyway we stick to the five year rule on cars after 2010 and now tell people with pre 2010 cars to go 5 years IF they know the kit fitted is genuine VAG, I will only use genuine VAG, I am doing mine tomorrow as I suddenly realised it is 9 years since I last did it.....
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    Does the tensioner have to be renewed at the same time as the belt and what sort of cost here in the UK are we talking ? Thanks for your help here...
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    The tensioner is generally replaced at 120,000 miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keithuk View Post
    The tensioner is generally replaced at 120,000 miles.

    That's odd Keith, I rang VW yesterday to book the car in and they told me the water pump tensioner and belt are usually all done at the same time. I told them the car has only done 20K but thats what they told me.
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    My Touran has the same engine/gearbox combination as your Transporter. I had the cambelt, tensioner and water pump changed at 5 years in April 2018 cost about 380. I think your DSG gearbox could also need an oil and filter change, mine has been done twice now at 36k and 72k miles cost was about 180 (these are main dealer prices). The official interval is 40K, but I prefer to be sooner rather than later. I'm not aware of a time limit but 7 years, even with 20k miles, seems to be stretching it. The oil is critical to the smooth and correct operation of the gearbox, it is by far the least expensive thing you can do to a DSG gearbox.
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    Its normal to replace the water pump at the same time as the timing belt as its driven of the timing belt.
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