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Replace timing belt in A4 Quattro while replacing steering pump

I have a 2004 A4 with 65,000 miles. Out of warranty. The steering pump went yesterday and the shop (not the dealer) recommends doing the timing belt at the same time. Because of the labor cost involved in doing the timing belt.
I'm having a hard time figuring out if the timing belt should be replaced at 75,000 miles or 105,000 on this model.
Does anyone know which it is?
Since it's been out of warranty (less than a year), I've had about $3000 in repairs, and am not in a rush to spend more than I need to.
This car also has a leak in the steering rack (which the dealership never found), so that's also looming out there as a repair. And, another wheel bearing is going.
This car has cost me more than my previous 6 cars (all Toyotas) ever did. I'll be selling it soon and going back to Lexus.

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  • sadams2363 Jan 01, 2009

    I did buy it new and had it in to the dealer several times while it was in warranty about the fluid leak. I asked several times while the steering fluid needed replaced and they said it just 'runs out sometimes'. All the maintenance (in warranty) was done by the dealer. I took it ot an independent shop to have the steering fluid problem check out and they found the leak.
    I've called Audi customer service in Washington, DC and they have been trying to reach the dealer.
    Once the steering rack is replaced, I'm selling the car.


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I have been an Audi tech for years. The recommendation is 75K however with that said at 65k it is cheap insurance to replace it at this time, Audi has always been expensive to repair, The issue with the rack and pinion if you have a history of complaints on the problems you can contact the district office for assistance, please be advised that they are more likely to assist you if you purchased the vehicle new and followed all of the maintenance required.
As a sidenote if you decide not to replace the belt then I would sell the car as soon as possible, These are what's known as a close tolerance engine,Which means if the belt breaks major engine damage will occur, I know this is not a great way to start the new year but I hope this helps,

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Bobneu..if you'rean audi tech maybe you can answer a question for me. I just had my timing belt and water pump replaced. picked my car up and it's making a loud winding noise, took it back the next day and they said the power steering fluid was low and didnt notice it leaking, they topped it off and the noise went away. I drove it for about 3 hrs and the noise came back. i am out of town and took it to a sister store (firestone). my check engine light also came on upon starting the car today. they topped off my fluid again and said it looks like my steering rack is leaking which wouldnt have anything to do with the job done. i did call the firestone that did the work and said power steering is leaking and they said they dont unhook it but do unclamp it and move it to the water isn't it possible they cause the damage since this problem didnt exist until this job was done?

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  • mdouville Dec 04, 2010

    This same problem has just happened to me. Had the timing belt and water pump replaced and now the power steering is making a noise. Did you ever get an answer?


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