When to replace the Poly V-Belt on your AUDI A3
Recommended replacement interval for the part category Serpentine belt : 180000 km
Important!
This replacement procedure can be used for:
AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) S3 quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.8 T, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.6, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI quattro, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) 1.9 TDI, AUDI A3 Hatchback (8L1) S3 quattro View more

The steps may slightly vary depending on the car design.

This video shows the replacement procedure of a similar car part on another vehicle

Tools
Replacement: serpentine belt – AUDI A3 (8L1). Tools you'll need:
Combination spanner #16
Drive socket # 19
Ratchet wrench
Fender cover
Replacement: serpentine belt – AUDI A3 (8L1). Tip from AUTODOC:
  • All work should be done with the engine stopped.
Carry out replacement in the following order:
  1. Step 1
    Open the bonnet.
    Step 2
    Use a fender protection cover to prevent damaging paintwork and plastic parts of the car.
    Step 3
    Lift the car using a jack or place it over an inspection pit.
    Step 4
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a combination spanner #16.
  2. Step 5
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    Remove the V-ribbed belt.
    Replacement: serpentine belt – AUDI A3 (8L1). AUTODOC recommends:
    Check the condition of the tensioner pulley and idler pulley. Replace them if necessary.
  3. Step 6
    Return the tensioner pulley to its initial position.
    Step 7
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    Install the V-ribbed belt.
  4. Step 8
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    Pull aside the V-ribbed belt tensioner pulley. Use a combination spanner #16.
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