To give you a fast answer that would be yes it can, if you are saying that the cam and crank are not set right if the belt is installed and the cam and crank are not set to the proper positions then yes this will affect your variable timing sensor. what happens is that the timing is already off so the sensor is not picking up the correct signals. if you have any concerns on this let me know how I can help and I will see what I can do,
thanks again, Jack(MR.PUTTPUTT)
The car timing was fine until we had the timing belt changed. Then we could tell it was "off" and we also developed an erratic idle. The mechanic that fixed the car said that the solenoid is shorting in and out causing the erratic idle. Another mechanic said that the cam adjustment probably wasn't done properly and needs to be redone. They want to charge us $2,200.00 and I believe they caused the problem. One more thing...we were also told that the shorting out of the solenoid blew the valve cover gasket and there is oil everywhere. The mechanic is saying this for the first time today AFTER he had replaced the belt. Thanks for your help.
2003 Audi A4 Cabriolet 3.0 V6
No. You wouldn't believe the entire story. We took it to Tires Plus because they said they could "easily" handle it. Lesson learned. They are having it towed to Audi tomorrow morning to determine whether or not they caused this. I'm certain they did.
They checked it out yesterday, fixed the timing issue and then test drove it this morning. Then they pulled up a bunch of new codes pointing to the solenoid after fixing the timing again.
Yes. He said is was "1/2 a tooth off".
So you don't believe the replacement of the timing belt caused this? If Audi says it did Tires Plus has agreed to pay the entire cost to repair it. I'm just concerned that this did not cause it and we're out $2,200.00.
I am saying that the mis-timed engine did give you a problem with the sensor, a mis-timed engine will effect the readings of the sensor, but once the engine was re-timed it should read correct. so I would say the sensor was damaged during the process of the repair. does that make sense the way I explained it? do you know what other codes the car is giving now? I would also say that the running of the engine while mis-timed caused further damage. as far as your repair costs depending on your state laws they may only be liable for the amount that they charged you.
Yes! Thank you for the explanation. The codes from this morning are 18406, 17930, and 16725.
Wow. Thanks so much for your help. We'll know more on Monday, but I did speak with the district manager from Tires Plus and he did assure me that they would cover it IF it's their fault. It's their fault :) Thanks again!