Engine

Engine

The engine is the centrepiece of your Volkswagen. Discover here why it runs especially quietly and reliably with Volkswagen Genuine Timing Belts, Spark Plugs and Coolant Additive.   

Volkswagen Genuine Timing Belts

Strong, flexible and developed for your engine.
Your benefits
  • Perfectly matched.

To Volkswagen's engine, tensioner and idler pulleys. For fewer noises and smoother running performance.

  • Efficient.

Reliable transmission of power. Maximum change interval of up to 200,000 km.

  • Resilient & inherently robust - up to 200,000 km.

Thanks to glass and synthetic fibres and an abrasion-resistant coating. Even in extreme conditions.


Product information

A timing belt made of a solid material, which reliably transfers power for longer - in extreme heat and cold -, but which is flexible enough to adapt and to keep tension constant. That is what your engine would wish for from a timing belt. That is why we have designed Volkswagen Genuine Timing Belts exactly like this - matched to your Volkswagen.

What is the function of a timing belt?

A timing belt transfers power from the crankshaft to the camshaft. This causes the engine's valves to open and close. The fuel/air mixture enters the combustion chamber, combusts and drives the pistons. The timing belt also often controls the water pump.

Why have it inspected regularly and changed in good time?

An old or heavily worn timing belt may tear and cause engine damage. Reason: The engine's valve control loses its rhythm, the piston hits the valve like a bullet - often at 15 m/s. The entire cylinder head usually needs to be replaced.

When is it time for a timing belt change?

A timing belt lasts up to 200,000 km, depending on model, engine and driving style. Nevertheless, have it checked every now and then - by, say, your service advisors within your Service Intervals. Especially if you drive a lot of short distances, your Volkswagen is frequently left running while stationary (e.g. taxi) or if you have already driven more than 120,000 km. Tip: It is also best to have your new used car checked immediately.

Change it yourself?

An incorrectly fitted timing belt will damage the engine. Replacing it is also complicated and time-consuming. The toothed wheels and guide wheels must be perfectly aligned and the timing belt properly tensioned. The water pump, tensioner and idler pulleys should also be changed at the same time. In addition to a great deal of specialist knowledge, you will need special tools. So, preferably let your service advisors carry out the change.

Volkswagen Genuine Spark Plugs

Reliably ready to spark.
Your benefits
  • Custom-fit.

Especially developed for your Volkswagen's engine.

  • Last longer.

Up to 90.000 km, depending on model.

  • For more comfort and less consumption.

Thanks to very smooth running performance and exact positioning of the ignition spark in the combustion chamber.


Product information

Whenever you depress your accelerator pedal - your Volkswagen engine can react precisely and develop its full power with Volkswagen Genuine Spark Plugs. Reason: They have been especially developed for your engine and matched exactly to its requirements. They spark reliably, ensure optimum combustion and do not overheat. For a quiet engine operation and less consumption - up to 90.000 km.

How long do spark plugs last?

Depending on type and quality, spark plugs last 30.000 and 90.000 km. Adhere to your inspection intervals. Then you will know at an early stage when your spark plugs are no longer fit. That will prevent consequential costs.

How do spark plugs last longer?

You can extend the life of your spark plugs by having the correct oil level and through your driving style: If the oil level is too high, they may oil up; if you drive many short distances, they may become sooty. Reason: The engine does not reach the temperature that they need in order to clean themselves. 

Why is it necessary to change spark plugs?

Spark plugs are exposed to high pressure, shocks and temperatures of up to 3,000 °C. At the same time, even a few ignition failures damage the catalytic converter.      

Change them yourself?

Even if changing the spark plugs seems quite straightforward, the smallest error may cause major engine damage. Why is that? Every engine requires a different spark plug: The wrong one damages the engine in the same way as the wrong tool or the wrong tightening torque. Don't take the risk; it is best to go to Volkswagen service centre for a check.

Fireworks for your engine

To enable your engine to run quietly, your spark plugs organise a veritable fireworks display with thousands of sparks - matched to the precise millisecond.

66 sparks

On average, a spark plug supplies 3,500 sparks a minute.

Up to 3,000 °C

Spark plugs need to withstand up to 3,000 °C.

Up to 40 bar

They are exposed to a pressure of between 0.9 and 40 bar.

Control lights

Engine Coolant system faulty

Don't drive on!
Call on expert assistance.

Coolant level too low, Temperature too high or system faulty

Is illuminated: Coolant level too low, Temperature too high or system faulty.

Flashes: Coolant system faulty.

Temperature indicator in the warning range?
Stop, switch off the engine and let it cool down. Only then, continue driving. Check coolant level.

Temperature indicator in the normal range?
Check the coolant level when the engine has cooled down and top coolant up, if necessary. Is the level OK? Caution: fault! Don't continue driving; contact your Service Partner.     

Volkswagen G13 Genuine Coolant Additive

Maximum protection with maximum performance.

It protects your engine against overheating, limescale, rust, corrosion and frost, and an initial filling of all Volkswagen alone saves around 35,000 tonnes of CO2 a year: Discover more about your Volkswagen G13 Genuine Coolant Additive, how best to top up and what else you should know about your cooling system.

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