Inspection of Water Pump and Timing Belt on Volkswagen Golf TDI

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 100,000 (100,000–100,000)
Engine affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder Diesel Turbo
8 model years affected: 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2010
9 people reported this problem
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Water pump failed on 2002 VW Golf TDI, causing timing shear and bent valves. Catastrophic engine failure.