A snapped cambelt is something you would want to avoid, particularly when you consider the cost of rebuilding or replacing your engine.
Your Volkswagen's cambelt must be renewed no later than the maximum change interval (this depends on model but typically ranges from 60,000 to 120,000 miles) Or after the recommended four years, whichever is the sooner.
If your cambelt breaks, major damage can be caused to engine valves and pistons - damage that can be very costly to put right
The cambelt is made from a rubber-based compound that deteriorates over time, even with low mileage.
If you do get away without major engine damage, cambelt failure will still leave you stranded and requiring vehicle breakdown recovery which can be very expensive.
✔ 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.
Cambelt replacement: This is a complex, labour-intensive operation best left to an expert Volkswagen-trained technician. However, we believe you'll find our prices highly competitive.
All-inclusive price: The price quoted to you by a Volkswagen Authorised Repairer includes the cost of replacing the cambelt tensioner as well as the cambelt.