So as I got off on El Toro last night on my way to the OC In-N-Out meet, I hear that ominous clicking I've heard so much about as I sat at the light waiting to go into the shopping center. Then the gurgle clickclicktearclickclick gurgle dead that quickly followed. A couple good samaritans helped me push my car into the Chevron right there and then AAA showed up pretty quick and took me home.
This is my first real issue I've had with my car, and according to what I've researched, a potentially very costly one. Now here's the point of this thread:
If I was at a dead stop when my timing belt went, then can I expect a lot less damage than if it failed when I was doing 70 on the 5, right? I did try restarting it several times in a small fit of panicked denial before getting out and pushing it out of traffic, but that wouldn't destroy the head, would it?
Well Larry @ Commonwealth VW seems to think so. He didn't seem to care that I was at a dead stop when he sounded so sure that timing belt failures = $4500 for a new cylinder head. Now I'm not sure what to do at all. I can't get my car down there until Saturday the 9th, but luckily my folks have an extra car I can drive for this week.
And before I get a barrage of 1.8T-savvy people telling me, yes the timing belt and water pump was done since I've had the car. I got it with 52K on the clock and now it's at 90, and VW did it around 70.
Does anyone have an experience with this happening to them? I need all the tips and extra confidence I can take until this problem is solved.