Valves on head damaged and timming belt ok.

Asked by Apr 20, 2019 at 06:33 PM about the 2006 Volkswagen Passat 2.0T

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I recently bought a 2006 Volkswagen passat. On
the fifth day while driving it turned off on me and
won't start up again. Got it towed to a shop and
was told it was the timming belt. Two days later
they called me and said that the timming belt was
fine but the valves on the head we're damaged.they
gave me a quote of 1400. Is it possible that the
timming belt was not damaged and the valves
we're on the engine?

2 Answers


Tell your mechanic that valves don't just get damaged without an apparent reason. I too would have guessed a broken timing belt. But if it's still intact, then it may be stretched and worn enough to "jump timing" enough to hit the pistons. These fabric timing belts are to be inspected and possibly replaced at 100K miles. Replacing the belts can be done for $500 and up but removing the head and replacing the valves is about $1400. Anyway, a "cylinder compression test" can confirm damaged valves. If they are into it that far, let them do the repair. Hold them to their diagnosis being correct, and replace that timing belt while it's apart. I'm sorry about your misfortune. Next car, get an engine with a timing chain, they rarely break.


Maybe the belt slipped several teeth.

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