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2002 Jetta TDI, has 180,000 miles. Engine sputtered and cut off.

2002 Jetta TDI, has 180,000 miles. Was drving on highway and started sputtering and engine died. The engine will not start. Engine does nothing. Mechanic says that its the timing belt and could be mjaor engine damage. Do you agree?

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Standing at the front of the car pull the cover off the left side of the motor and check the belt. No tools are required the check the belt. Cover pulls up and off. It's to the left end of the valve cover.

Posted on Apr 17, 2009

  • Greg Gallinger Apr 03, 2011

    do as bearslayr said... if the belt is intact you likely have another problem... BUT if the belt is broken or slipped there is definitely major damage to the head/valves and maybe the pistons! Good luck.
    P.S. this is why you should always change the timing belt at the recommended intervals!!!

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