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Category: Audi
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Experience:  17 years experience as a auto mechanic, foreign and domestic.5 years running my own repair business.
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A3 1.8 Sportback - Timing belt or chain? Just bought it, it

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A3 1.8 Sportback - Timing belt or chain? Just bought it, it has 76k miles (full history): do I need to do anything about it?
Assistant: How many miles are on the timing belt? Have you ever had to change it before?
Customer: Nothing has been changed, and was told that it has a chain??
Assistant: What year is your A3?
Customer: 2008
Assistant: Are you fixing your A3 yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: No, want to ask my mechanic
Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: what is the danger if this is the chain?
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Audi
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 6 months ago.

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In the spare tire area is a 3x5 white options sticker. Can you take a pic and post the pic here to get factory info to assist. Thanks

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
A3 1.8 Sportback TFSI, 76k miles, yr2008. I've just learned that it has a time chain, and website says it costs below £100 (what is the labour price?) Main qn is - does it really need replacement, or check/service? The last oil change was 8k miles; had regular oil changes.
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 6 months ago.

i have asked for a pic of the options sticker please to assist


Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I'm still waiting...
Expert:  Wolfgang replied 6 months ago.

hello !! I'm waiting for the picture of the options sticker so i can get the factory information to assist you!!

Thank you!!