Do I need to replace the water pump along with the timing belt?

I have a 2016 Volkswagen Golf and have received differing advice about replacing the water pump with the timing belt. Some garages have said to me the water pump is not driven by the timing belt so it does not need to be replaced at the same time. Is this correct? I'd appreciate advice on this.

Asked on 11 January 2021 by Suraj

Answered by Dan Powell
To get to the water pump, the mechanic may have to remove the timing belt first. If that is the case, replace the water pump at the same time as the mechanic will have access to it at the same time and it'll save long-term labour costs.
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