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2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit #4637915
01/17/18 04:52 PM
01/17/18 04:52 PM
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kevmor99 Offline OP
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I've been trying to find a good timing belt/tensioner/pulley/water pump kit for my Audi A4 1.8T. I ordered a Gates kit then found out they don't use NTN brand tensioner pulley's anymore, they're made under their own brand (it's stamped with their Gates logo), and also made in China.

Has anyone had any experience with these? I talked to them on the phone and they said the quality is the same of course, but has anyone had any failures?

I'm not sure if it's worth returning and then buying each component piece by piece... I'm hoping the water pump is alright as well.

Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4637932
01/17/18 05:08 PM
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Return it all and pick up one of the improved kits from Blauparts.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4637940
01/17/18 05:14 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Offline
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German car? Need German parts.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 89k Motorcraft Synthetic Blend 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 231k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: rooflessVW] #4637995
01/17/18 05:50 PM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
Trav Offline
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Return it all and pick up one of the improved kits from Blauparts.


+1000


ASE L1, Master. Deutsch Meisterbrief.
Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4637998
01/17/18 05:51 PM
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The Subaru guys have been teeved off since Gates made the change from NTN/Koyo to Chinese idlers/tensioners, supposedly there's a "premium" kit with OEM-grade tensioners and idlers.

Can't you get a Contitech(NOT the former Goodyear lineup) or INA kit?

Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4638001
01/17/18 05:53 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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OEM if you're going to keep the vehicle for awhile.




Respectfully,

Pajero!


Always remember "Planned obsolescence."

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Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4638004
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Suburban Washington DC
atikovi Offline
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I wouldn't buy any critical engine part made in China. Go for Continental/Contitech and check rockauto.com

Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4638011
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Seriously, look no further.

$278.41. Don't mess around and just get the right parts.


"Zed's dead baby, Zed's dead."
Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4638115
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Look no further than rmeuropean for German cars. They drop shop directly from SSF and are simply unbeatable for price, quality and speed.


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2007 Honda Accord 2.4 - 133K - Mobil 1 EP HM 5W-30
Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: rooflessVW] #4638156
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Indiana
Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Seriously, look no further.

$278.41. Don't mess around and just get the right parts.


x2. Much cheaper in the long run because it'll last longer.

That comes with a lot of goodies for the price btw.


03 Jeep WJ 4.0 202k Castrol Edge 10w40 HM Fram XG16
02 Volvo S60 2.4T 186k M1 0w40 Mahle OX149D
97 Chevy Blazer 4.3 153k Synpower 5w30 Supertech ST3980 (Ecore)

Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: rooflessVW] #4638759
01/18/18 12:34 PM
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Storrs, Connecticut
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Seriously, look no further.

$278.41. Don't mess around and just get the right parts.


x3.


2000 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L (181k) - Pennzoil 10w30, Napa Gold 1516, Magnefine trans filter
2009 BMW 328i (36k) - Castrol Edge Euro 0w40, MANN HU816X
Re: 2003 Audi A4 1.8T Gates Timing Belt kit [Re: kevmor99] #4638762
01/18/18 12:37 PM
01/18/18 12:37 PM
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California
kevmor99 Offline OP
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California
Thanks all for the info, I didn't realize there was an updated tensioner that replaced the hydraulic adjuster/dampener. It seems only Blauparts or the dealer has these? I wonder why everyone else is still selling the old hydraulic version...


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