how do you inspect the timing belt on a 2000 VW beetle on 2000 Volkswagen Beetle

Is there an inspection plate that can be removed to view at least part of the belt?

by in Virginia Beach, VA on June 01, 2012
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1 answer 2 comments
ANSWER by , June 01, 2012
you can pull back the top of the cover thats about it. i do believe it call for belt at approx 100k or like 8 yrs. rec changing if thats where you are
COMMENT by , June 01, 2012
Thanks, 45K miles (12 years old). Dealer service advisor told me he "pulled back the cover and belt needed replacement". I checked - no indication anyone had touched the timing cover. I was thinking there might be some cover on the underside that was readily accessable but couldn't see one. Belt probably should be replaced due to age alone - but I didn't like getting mislead about "inspecting" it.
COMMENT by , June 01, 2012
i understand but if they did you probably wouldn't be able to tell. seek a 2nd opinion and price, i rec you cahnge water pump at the same time as preventitive maint