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Subtle low-RPM power loss after cam belt change

Recently had a cambelt change on a 2000 Audi A4 (B5). The engine sounds great, seems smooth but I am convinced there is a slight, but significant, loss of power in the lower range.

Accelerating hard from idle it accelerates slower than I remember it and slower than the engine sounds tell me it ought to be. It almost feels like it is lurching until it hits 2000RPM at which point it feels like it used to before belt change (it also gets slightly quieter). If I want to maintain acceleration when changing gear I have to push the gas harder otherwise if it drops into the 1000-2000RPM on gear change it seems to drag briefly, even if this is only for 1/2 sec. This causes problems around town as I can't simply roll into new gears.

I find it hard to maintain a consistent gap between me and the car in front and feel like I'm flooring, braking, flooring, braking. This sounds very dramatic but it's not as bad as it sounds - I think there is nothing more than a very subtle loss of power. At higher RPMs it is non-existant.

Perhaps it isn't so easy to spot for the person who changed the belts but I do think if I can notice it (only had the car 2 weeks prior to change) I assume something must be up. The best way I can describe it is like driving my previous car - a far heavier Volvo V70 with a 10V engine. I got rid because it was useless for town driving so I'm not keen on being stuck with with this problem. I have had Audis in the past and this is not how an Audi performs. Change was done at Audi dealer.

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They goofed...my guess timing is 180º out...have them check timing again.
Good Luck

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