- Sep 21, 2015
- Everett, WA
I am just curious if it would be a good idea to do my timing belt early since my car is tuned a bit. I own a 2017 VW Jetta 1.4TSI that makes 150 hp stock with 184 ft lbs of torque. Since new I have installed a high-flow AWE Tuning cat back exhaust with an AEM short-ram cold air intake, a Forge blow off valve, and an Unitronic Stage 1+ tune. I am at 57k miles now and was going to do my first coolant flush at 60k for funsies and got to thinking that perhaps my timing belt may be under additional stress with all the additional crap I have strapped to it. I drive quite a bit as you can see and want my car to be perfectly reliable. If I were to do it I would do the water pump at the same time. VW says the belt is good for 150k miles but ya right even when stock I wouldn't go that far. I just had my car dynoed and it is now putting out 191 hp with 249 ft-lbs of torque @ 5400 rpms. To me this means additional stress, what do you guys think?