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Cambelt or chain

I have a 2005 golf 1.6 fsi and after a recent service am confused on whether the car has a cambelt or chains. My daughter has a seat ibiza 1.2 and has chains. Please could you advise as I am very confused and wish to know in case maintaince needs doing on it. Thanks
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Your 2005 VW Golf has a timing belt and not a chain.
Most importantly, your VW has what's called an interference engine.
If th eblt breaks, it will allow the valve to collide with the pistons and you will have major damage.

Be very careful to replace the belt on or before the manufacturer's recommended replacement interval.

VW originally recommended 60k miles or 5 years but that in 2004 or 2005 they changed that to 40k miles or 3 years after seeing belts (and therefore pistons and valves) go pop after about 45k.

Posted on Feb 07, 2010

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