The water pump may fail resulting in engine overheating and possible timing belt damage. Overheating and/or timing belt failure can result in very expensive engine repairs. As a precaution, it is recommended to inspect the timing belt and water pump at regular intervals.
Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt on Volkswagen Golf TDI
Average mileage: 100,000 (100,000–100,000)
Engine affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo
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Water pump failed on 2002 VW Golf TDI, causing timing shear and bent valves. Catastrophic engine failure.