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Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Camshaft (Cylinder Head) Cover

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Removal & Installation



1.8L Engine
  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the valve cover trim, ignition coils and wiring.
  4.  
  5. Remove the valve cover fasteners.
  6.  
  7. Remove the valve cover gasket. Clean and prep the surface of the valve cover.
  8.  
  9. Clean the gasket mating surface of the cylinder head and spark plug chambers.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Apply a small bead of sealant to the front and rear corners where the camshaft journal cap and hydraulic chain tensioner meet the cylinder head.
  2.  
  3. Install a new spark plug chamber gasket and valve cover gasket, then the valve cover.
  4.  


NOTE
Always check to ensure that the valve cover gasket is properly seated on the head.

  1. Tighten the valve cover fasteners evenly using a crisscross pattern from the inside out to 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the installation is the reverse of removal.
  4.  

2.8L 5v V6 Engines
  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the valve cover trim.
  4.  
  5. Label and remove the ignition wires.
  6.  
  7. Remove the valve cover fasteners.
  8.  
  9. Remove the valve cover gasket. Clean and prep the surface of the valve cover.
  10.  
  11. Clean the gasket mating surface of the cylinder head and spark plug chambers.
  12.  

To install:

  1. Apply a small bead of sealant to the front and rear corners where the camshaft journal cap and hydraulic chain tensioner meet the cylinder head.
  2.  
  3. Install a new spark plug chamber gasket and valve cover gasket, then the valve cover.
  4.  


NOTE
Always check to ensure that the valve cover gasket is properly seated on the head.

  1. Tighten the valve cover fasteners evenly using a crisscross pattern from the inside out to 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the installation is the reverse of removal.
  4.  



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Fig. Apply a suitable sealant to the corners of the gasket surface-to-outer camshaft journals-2.6L 5V Engine shown

2.8L V6 Engines
  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Remove the valve cover trim.
  4.  
  5. Remove the valve cover fasteners.
  6.  
  7. Remove the valve cover gasket. Clean and prep the surface of the valve cover.
  8.  
  9. Clean the gasket mating surface of the cylinder head.
  10.  

To install:

  1. Apply a small bead of sealant to the corners where the camshaft journal cap meets the cylinder head.
  2.  


NOTE
Always check to ensure that the valve cover gasket is properly seated on the head.

  1. Tighten the valve cover fasteners evenly using a crisscross pattern from the inside out to 88 inch lbs. (10 Nm).
  2.  
  3. The remainder of the installation is the reverse of removal.
  4.  

4-Cylinder Engines


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Fig. Location of valve cover bolts



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Fig. Pull up on the valve cover to remove it