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Audi A3: Timing Belt Or Timing Chain? (2006 - 2024)

Researched By AutoPadre Research Team


In North America, from model years 2009 to 2024, the 2.0L gas and hybrid Audi A3 engines along with the A3 3.2L V6 gas engine have timing chains and interference engines. From 2006 to 2008 there are some A3's with belts. The 2.0L TDIs (diesel) have timing belts and interference engines.

Scroll down to see detailed timing belt data for your particular model year of the Audi A3.

Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
YearEngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-Interference
2006 – 20242.0L 4 Cyl. (gas)Timing ChainInterference
2006 - 20093.2L V6Timing ChainInterference
2006 - 20082.0L 4 Cyl. (gas)Timing BeltInterference
2010 - 20162.0L TDI (diesels)Timing BeltInterference

Note: Replacement intervals are broad recommendations and can be affected by age, weather conditions, running conditions etc. Check with the owner's manual/ manufacturer/ dealership.

Check out the Belt Or Chain specifications for other makes and models.

Audi A3 Belt Or Chain

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2024 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2024 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2024 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2023 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2023 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2023 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2022 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2022 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2022 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2020 Audi A3
2020 Audi A3

2020 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2020 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2019 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2019 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2018 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2018 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.4L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 204 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2017 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2017 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
1.4L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 204 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2016 Audi A3 e tron
2016 Audi A3 e tron

2016 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Audi A3 gas and hybrid models have a timing chain and an interference engine. The 2016 Audi A3 2.0L Diesel has a timing belt and interference engine.

2016 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 220 hpTiming BeltInterference130k
1.4L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 204 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime
2015 Audi A3
2015 Audi A3

2015 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Audi A3 gas models have a timing chain and an interference engine. The 2015 Audi A3 2.0L Diesel has a timing belt and interference engine.

2015 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 220 hpTiming BeltInterference130k
2.0L 4 Cyl.Timing ChainInterferenceLifetime

2013 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 2013 Audi A3 2.0L gas engine has a timing chain and is an interference engine. The 2013 Audi A3 2.0L Diesel has a timing belt and interference engine.

2013 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hpTiming BeltInterference130k
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2012 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 2012 Audi A3 2.0L gas engine has a timing chain and is an interference engine. The 2012 Audi A3 2.0L Diesel has a timing belt and interference engine.

2012 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hpTiming BeltInterference130k
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2011 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 2011 Audi A3 2.0L gas engine has a timing chain and is an interference engine. The 2011 Audi A3 2.0L Diesel has a timing belt and interference engine.

2011 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hpTiming BeltInterference130k
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2010 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 2010 Audi A3 2.0L gas engine has a timing chain and is an interference engine. The 2010 Audi A3 2.0L Diesel has a timing belt and interference engine.

2010 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hpTiming BeltInterference130k
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2009 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2009 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2009 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.2L V6 250 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2008 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2008 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2008 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.2L V6 250 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2007 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2007 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2007 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.2L V6 250 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime

2006 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2006 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine.

2006 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
EngineBelt Or ChainInterference or Non-InterferenceReplacement Interval (miles)
3.2L V6 250 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hpTiming ChainInterferenceLifetime
Audi A3
Audi A3

Timing Belt Basics

The primary purpose of the timing belt or timing chain is to maintain the timing (syncronization) between the crankshaft and the camshaft(s).

A timing belt is made of a rubber compound while a timing chain is made of chain similiar to a bicycle chain.

A timing belt wears out over time and must be replaced at the manufacturer's specified interval. Timing belt failure can result in serious engine damage.

Although a timing chain will wear over time it is usually good for the lifetime of the engine but it should be routinely inspected.

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