We have another Audi A4 repair guide for you today. This tutorial will show you how to replace the timing belt on you B6 generation Audi A4. Just a FYI, this 1.8t AMB engine has an internal water pump. You can definitely do the timing belt replacement in your garage provided you have the right tools. And while the procedure itself is not difficult, because you are working with timing parts, you have to be careful. Double check everything at each step and then check it again. You can do some serious damage to your engine if the timing is off. Now that the doom and gloom part is out of the way, let's save some money! In addition to your regular socket and wrench set you will need:
- Jack stands
- Torx socket bit set (T20, T25, T30, T40, T45)
- Hex allen socket bit set
- Belt Tension Pin Wrench Tool 3387 (not mandatory but highly recommended for setting proper belt tension)
- G12 Coolant (if you are changing the water pump)
Preparing For Carrier Service Position
1. Remove the front bumper by following the Audi A4 B6 Bumper Removal Guide.
2. Remove the top engine cover by turning the three plastic screws 180 degrees and lifting the plastic cover off.
3. Remove the two screws holding the air duct.
4. Remove two of the torx bolts holding the top of the carrier. Do the same on the other side of the carrier.
5. Remove the inter-cooler duct (held in place by 4 clips) by pressing the clips and sliding the duct to the right. Remove the three big torx bolts that secure the shock absorber. Do the same on the other side of the car. Finally remove the torx bolt below the headlight that is securing the fender. Do the same on the other side.
6. There are clips on both sides of the car that secure the AC lines. Unclip the lines.
7. At this point you can slide the carrier forward several inches into the service position and secure it by putting one of the top bolts back in. While there are some people that prefer to completely swing the carrier out of the way - that is unnecessary on the 1.8T. There is plenty of room to do the work with the carrier in the service position.
8. Continue by removing the accessory serpentine belt. Use a 17mm open ended wrench to rotate the tensioner clockwise and take out the belt. After that remove the three bolts that hold the belt tensioner and take it out.
9. Remove the plastic brackets that secure the hose from the top timing cover. They are held in place by phillips screws.
10. Two metal clips (one on each side) secure the top timing cover. Undo those and slide the cover up and out. You will have to do some maneuvering to get the cover to clear the hose.I recommend removing the electrical plug from the camshaft position sensor to give you more room.