VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Interval for 1.9 TDI ALH Models

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What is the recommended VW timing belt change interval for the New Beetle 1.9 TDI ALH engine? Has the in factory recommended VW Beetle timing belt interval for the 1.9 TDI engines changed? Do we recommend the factory interval, or has our experience moved us to recommend a different change interval?

Factory Recommended Timing Belt Service Interval

VW Beetle Timing Belt Change IntervalWhat is the recommended timing belt change interval for A4 platform VW Beetle 1.9 TDI ALH models? The most recent factory recommend interval is 100,000 miles.

Please Note: When originally released, the factory recommended timing belt interval for ALH TDI VW Beetle with was 40,000 miles for automatic transmissions and 60,000 miles for manual transmissions. However, in 2003 VAG raised the timing belt interval to 100,000 miles. This was done because of improvements made to the timing belt idler bearing (an increased ID from 47mm to a 60mm), and a stronger timing belt (carbon aramid material).

What does Blauparts recommend? The older 40,000 mile and 60,000 mile ALH timing belt system components should be updated to the current 100,000 mile interval by using our BASE VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Kits, which contain the factory specified improved timing belt and tensioners for the 100,000 mile change interval. When dealing with crucial timing belt service, err on the side of caution and change your VW Beetle TDI timing belt every 90,000 - 100,000 miles. It is our recommendation to closely inspect all timing belt components before the recommended interval. Play it safe, changing your timing belt may seem expensive. However, choosing to exceed your timing belt service interval is risky and can lead to unknown repair costs that will far exceed typical timing belt replacement service cost.


Intended Life-Expectancy of Timing Belt Components

Various VW Beetle timing belt component life spans. In our own service facility, we've seen a few original timing belts last over 90,000 miles and others ready to break before 75,000 miles. In addition to mileage there are other factors that age the timing belt and related components. The following are some reasons why you see the difference in how long a VW Beetle timing belt and related components last: (1) un-logged engine idle times and sitting in traffic; (2) warm-up time in cold weather; (3) environmental climate factors; (4) related engine maintenance that may have been overlooked.

Keys to the long-life of your new timing belt components after timing belt replacement. Make your new parts last! You can expect your new BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ components to last the specified 90,000 mile - 100,000 mile interval if the following important steps were taken:VW Beetle Timing Belt Part Life Expectancy

1) Timing belt service was performed using the same timing belt and timing belt tensioner that are supplied to VAG, which are engineered to meet factory interval requirements.

2) Timing belt service was performed by an experienced competent ASE certified VW mechanic who is familiar with your specific engine 1.9 TDI ALH engine.

3) Factory service procedures must be strictly followed. Even if installing the best parts, using improper procedures can shorten their life span. Incorrect installation or missteps during timing belt service are often done without intent and aren't noticed until further down the road. Fortunately, some common mishaps are noticed after re-assembly and during the final engine rotational timing sequences.

VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Kits

BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kits for 1.9 TDI ALH Engine

Gen II BLAU® VW Beetle Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.9 TDI ALH engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, tensioner idlers, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

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    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. These kits include the same manufactured brand of timing belt, tensioners, and idlers as supplied to VAG.

    Please Note: When originally released, the factory recommended timing belt interval for ALH TDI VW Beetle with was 40,000 miles for automatic transmissions and 60,000 miles for manual transmissions. However, in 2003 VAG raised the timing belt interval to 100,000 miles. This was done because of improvements made to the timing belt idler bearing (an increased ID from 47mm to a 60mm), and a stronger timing belt (carbon aramid material). This BASE kit contains Official O.E. factory specified improved timing belt and tensioners for the 100,000 mile change interval.
  • Enhanced INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Salari Water Pump w/ Gasket
      O-Ring (Metal Impeller)
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Pulley Bolts
      (Lower Crank)
    • Water Pump Bolts
    • EGR O-Ring Seal
    • Vacuum Pump O-Ring Seal
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Injection Pump Pulley Bolts
    • Valve Cover Bolts
    • Wheel Well Fender Skirt Sheet
      Metal Screws
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Beetle 1.9 TDI Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

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  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Salari Water Pump w/ Gasket
      O-Ring (Metal Impeller)
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Pulley Bolts
      (Lower Crank)
    • Water Pump Bolts
    • EGR O-Ring Seal
    • Vacuum Pump O-Ring Seal
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Injection Pump Pulley Bolts
    • Valve Cover Bolts
    • Wheel Well Fender Skirt Sheet
      Metal Screws
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Beetle 1.9 TDI Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Beetle Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +