I am currently driving a 2002 Skoda Fabia 1.4 and have decided to give the car to my daughter. Prior to handover I thought it would be prudent to have a full service so booked it in to my local Skoda dealer. When making the booking I was asked if the timing belt had been changed as the car was 8 years old and had done 80,000. miles. This had not been done, so I enquired as to cost etc and was advised it would be about £500. I subsequently had to cancel the service etc, and have since found that the vehicle does not need the timing belt renewing as it is a chain. Is this correct?
If this has the old, alloy block pushrod overhead valve Skoda engine then yes, it is chain to a camshaft buried deep in the block. If it's a 16v VW engine then it will be belt cam and the belt and pulleys and waterpump need to be changed.
Answered by Honest John on