If your cambelt breaks, major damage can be caused to engine valves and pistons - damage that can be very costly to put right
If you do get away without major engine damage, cambelt failure will still leave you marooned and requiring vehicle breakdown recovery.
The cambelt is made from a rubber-based compound that deteriorates over time, even with low mileage.
Your Volkswagen's cambelt must be renewed no later than the maximum change interval (this depends on model but typically ranges from 40,000 to 120,000 miles) Or after the recommended four years, whichever is the sooner.
Look in your service book. If your camshaft timing belt (to give it its full name) was replaced by a Volkswagen Authorised Repairer, it should be recorded in the service history.
Unfortunately, it's not possible to carry out a quick visual inspection of cambelt condition. To gain access to the belt, parts of the engine have to be dismantled.
We strip down the relevant parts of the engine and renew the cambelt and cambelt tensioner. Then we reassemble the engine and road test your car.
4 - 5 years (4 years for cars registered before September 2009, 5 years thereafter). This may need to be changed sooner for high mileage drivers.