Does An Audi A3 Have A Timing Belt Or Timing Chain?

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Audi A3 Belt Or Chain

In North America, from model years 2009 to 2020, 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.

For example, the 2020 Audi A3 2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp option has a timing chain while the 2016 Audi A3 2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 220 hp option has a timing belt.

Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Model Years Engine Option Timing Belt Or Chain Interference Or Non-Interference
2006 - 2020 3.2L V6 & 2.0L 4 Cyl. (gas) timing chain interference
2006 - 2008 2.0L 4 Cyl. (gas) timing belt interference
2010 - 2016 2.0L TDI (diesels) timing belt interference
Audi A3
Audi A3

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Timing Belt Basics

A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.
A timing belt on the left versus a timing chain on the right.

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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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.

2020 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2020 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 228 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2020 Audi A3
2020 Audi A3

2019 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2019 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 228 hp timing chain interference lifetime

2018 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2018 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 228 hp timing chain interference lifetime
1.4L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 204 hp timing chain interference lifetime

2017 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2017 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 228 hp timing chain interference lifetime
1.4L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 204 hp timing chain interference lifetime

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. See the data outlined in the table below.

2016 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 228 hp timing chain interference lifetime
1.4L 4 Cyl. Hybrid 204 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 220 hp timing belt interference 130k miles
2016 Audi A3 e tron
2016 Audi A3 e tron

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. See the data outlined in the table below.

2015 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 184 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. 228 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 220 hp timing belt interference 130k miles
2015 Audi A3
2015 Audi A3

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. See the data outlined in the table below.

2013 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hp timing belt interference 130k miles

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. See the data outlined in the table below.

2012 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hp timing belt interference 130k miles

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. See the data outlined in the table below.

2011 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hp timing belt interference 130k miles

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. See the data outlined in the table below.

2010 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Diesel 140 hp timing belt interference 130k miles

2009 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2009 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2009 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
3.2L V6 250 hp timing chain interference lifetime

2008 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2008 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2008 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
3.2L V6 250 hp timing chain interference lifetime

2007 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2007 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2007 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
3.2L V6 250 hp timing chain interference lifetime

2006 Audi A3 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2006 Audi A3 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2006 Audi A3 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. 200 hp timing chain interference lifetime
3.2L V6 250 hp timing chain interference lifetime

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