How Often Should Audi Accessory Belts Be Changed?
Squeak...squeak...time for an Audi accessory belt change. Old Audi drive belts or Audi multi rib belt tend to squeak slightly. Inspect the ribbed portion of the Audi drive belts and Audi multi rib belts tend to dry rot from heat and constant flexing. Inspect them closely for any cracks. The Audi drive belts are typically replaced every 30,000 miles. The Audi serpentine belt or Audi multi rib belt is typically replaced every 30,000 - 50,000 miles.
If your vehicle is approaching 100,000 miles we recommend replacing other serpentine belt related parts (i.e. tensioners, tensioning arm with pulley, springs, and sleeves). If your Audi is approaching or ready for a timing belt change, it's a great time to replace your serpentine belt and other related components and save money on replacement costs. All these necessary parts are included in our complete Audi Timing Belt Kits.
We make this replacement easy by putting our Audi accessory belts together into one convenient kits (Audi Serpentine Belt Kits). We also put everything you need for an Audi serpentine belt or Audi multi rib belt replacement into one complete kit (depending on model kits include all Audi serpentine belt tensioner pulley tensioner(s), Audi accessory belt tensioner pulley and arm, spring(s), sleeve(s), and multi rib belt)! Remember it's convenient and saves labor to replace the Audi multi rib belt and Audi accessory belt tensioner arm with pulley at that time since as the timing belt since this belt has to be removed to get to the Audi timing belt. In most cases the bearing in the Audi accessory belt tensioner arm with pulley is making noise at the same time the Audi timing belt needs replacing. We also sell OEM quality German Audi drive belts and Audi multi rib belts individually, most are priced around $15.00 to $32.00.
Please Note: All 1992-1995 V6 owners should be ready to verify their existing Audi accessory belt part number or belt length. This is because Audi is using two different sized belts that are not connected to any vin split. To verify your Audi multi rib belt part number or belt length, simply remove the front face shroud off of the engine and read the part number off of the belt.
Different Audi Accessory Belt Designs
Audi Models Using 3 V-Belts
Typically 1980-1991 Audi models use three (3) Audi accessory belts. There is an Audi power steering belt, Audi alternator belt, and Audi a/c compressor belt. These Audi accessory belts are called many different names. However, some mores specific names for them may be Audi v-belts and Audi drive belts.
Audi Models Using 1 Serpentine Belt
Typically 1992 onward Audi models use only one (1) Audi accessory belt along with one accessory belt tensioner arm with pulley. This one Audi accessory belt drives the power steering pump, alternator, and a/c compressor. This Audi accessory belt has more specific names such as an Audi multi rib belt and Audi serpentine belt.
Audi A4 Accessory Belt
Audi A6 Accessory Belt
Audi Allroad Accessory Belt
Audi S4 Accessory Belt
Audi S6 Accessory Belt
Audi A8 Accessory Belt
Audi S8 Accessory Belt
Audi S6 Accessory Belt
Audi 100 Accessory Belt - V6
Audi 90 Accessory Belt - V6
Audi V8 Accessory Belt
Audi TT Accessory Belt
Audi Models Using 1 V Belt & 2 Serpentine Belts
1997 - 2000 and most 2001 Audi A4 and 1998-2005 Vw Passat 1.8 liter Turbo models are an exception to the above. The Audi 1.8 liter Turbo engine uses one (1) Audi v-belt and two (2) Audi serpentine belts (a.k.a. Audi multi rib belts). These three (3) Audi accessory belts drive the power steering pump, alternator, and a/c compressor.