Does An Audi A4 Have A Timing Belt Or Timing Chain?

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Audi A4 Belt Or Chain

All 2010 - 2021 Audi A4s have a timing chain and interference engine. From 2007 - 2008 all 4 cylinder A4s have timing belts while the V6's have chains.

In 2008 the cabriolets (convertibles) have a timing belt while the sedans have a timing chain.

From 1996 - 2006 all A4s have timing belts apart from the 3.2L V6's.

All Audi A4 engines are interference.

For example, the 2021 Audi A4 2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (40) option has a timing chain while the 2009 Audi A4 2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 200 hp (FSI), Cabriolet option has a timing belt.

Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Model Years Engine Option Timing Belt Or Chain Interference Or Non-Interference
2010 - 2021 all timing chain interference
2007 - 2008 4 Cylinders timing belt interference
2009 (sedan) 4 Cylinders timing chain interference
2009 (cabriolet) 4 Cylinders timing belt interference
2007 - 2016 V6 timing chain interference
2005 - 2009 3.2L timing chain interference
1996 - 2006 1.8L, 2.0L, 2.8L, 3.0L timing belt interference
2019 Audi A4
2019 Audi A4

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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.

2021 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2021 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2021 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (40) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 261 hp (45) timing chain interference lifetime

2020 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2020 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2020 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (40) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 261 hp (45) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 349 hp (S4) timing chain interference lifetime

2019 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2019 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2019 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 201 hp (40) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 261 hp (45) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 349 hp (S4) timing chain interference lifetime
2019 Audi A4
2019 Audi A4

2018 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2018 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2018 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 190 hp (40) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 252 hp (45) timing chain interference lifetime
2018 Audi A4
2018 Audi A4

2017 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2017 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2017 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 190 hp (40) timing chain interference lifetime
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 252 hp (45) timing chain interference lifetime

2016 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2016 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2016 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 222 hp (CNCD) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 333 hp (S4 CAKA) timing chain interference lifetime
2016 Audi A4
2016 Audi A4

2015 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2015 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2015 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 222 hp (CNCD) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 333 hp (S4 CAKA) timing chain interference lifetime

2014 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2014 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2014 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 222 hp (CNCD) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 333 hp (S4 CAKA) timing chain interference lifetime

2013 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2013 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2013 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 211 hp (CNCD) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 333 hp (S4 CAKA) timing chain interference lifetime

2012 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2012 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2012 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 211 hp (CNCD) timing chain interference lifetime
3.0L V6 Turbo 333 hp (S4 CAKA) timing chain interference lifetime

2011 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2011 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2011 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 211 hp (CNCD)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2010 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2010 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2010 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 211 hp (CNCD)
Belt Or Chain timing chain
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval lifetime

2009 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

Apart from the cabriolets (convertibles) all 2009 Audi A4 models have a timing chain and an interference engine. The cabriolets (convertibles) 2009 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2009 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 200 hp (FSI), Cabriolet timing belt interference 75k inspect, 95k replace miles
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 211 hp (CDNC), Sedans timing chain interference lifetime
3.2L V6 265 hp (S4 CALA) timing chain interference lifetime

2008 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The V6 2008 Audi A4 models have a timing chain while the 4 Cyl. has a timing belt. Both have an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2008 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 211 hp (CDNC) timing belt interference 75k inspect, 95k replace miles
3.2L V6 265 hp (S4 CALA) timing chain interference lifetime

2007 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The V6 2007 Audi A4 models have a timing chain while the 4 Cyl. has a timing belt. Both have an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2007 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 200 hp (FSI) timing belt interference 75k inspect, 95k replace miles
3.2L V6 265 hp (S4 CALA) timing chain interference lifetime

2006 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 1.8L, 2.0L and 3.0L 2006 Audi A4 models have a timing belt while the 3.2L has a timing chain. All have interference engines. See the data outlined in the table below.

2006 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 80k miles
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 200 hp (FSI) timing belt interference 75k inspect, 95k replace miles
3.0L V6 220 hp (B6) timing belt interference 80k miles
3.2L V6 255 hp (FSI) timing chain interference lifetime

2005 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

The 1.8L, 2.0L and 3.0L 2005 Audi A4 models have a timing belt while the 3.2L has a timing chain. All have interference engines. See the data outlined in the table below.

2005 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 80k miles
2.0L 4 Cyl. Turbo 200 hp (FSI) timing belt interference 75k inspect, 95k replace miles
3.0L V6 220 hp (B6) timing belt interference 80k miles
3.2L V6 255 hp (FSI) timing chain interference lifetime

2004 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2004 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2004 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 90k miles
3.0L V6 220 hp (B6) timing belt interference 105k normal, 52.5k severe miles

2003 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2003 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2003 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 90k miles
3.0L V6 220 hp (B6) timing belt interference 105k normal, 52.5k severe miles

2002 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2002 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2002 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 90k miles
3.0L V6 220 hp (B6) timing belt interference 105k normal, 52.5k severe miles

2001 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2001 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2001 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 120k miles
2.8L V6 190hp (B5) timing belt interference 105k miles

2000 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 2000 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

2000 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 120k miles
2.8L V6 190hp (B5) timing belt interference 105k miles

1999 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1999 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1999 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 120k miles
2.8L V6 190hp (B5) timing belt interference 105k miles

1998 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1998 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1998 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 120k miles
2.8L V6 190hp (B5) timing belt interference 105k miles

1997 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1997 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1997 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option Belt Or Chain Interference or Non-interference Replacement Interval
1.8L 4 Cyl. Turbo 170 hp (B6) timing belt interference 120k miles
2.8L V6 190hp (B5) timing belt interference 105k miles

1996 Audi A4 - Timing Belt Or Chain

All 1996 Audi A4 models have a timing belt and an interference engine. See the data outlined in the table below.

1996 Audi A4 Timing Belt Or Chain
Engine Option 2.8L V6 172hp (B5)
Belt Or Chain timing belt
Interference or Non-interference interference
Replacement Interval 60k miles

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