Volkswagen Cars 2000-05

Timing Belt, Cover, Sprockets, & Seal 2

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Removal & Installation



Gasoline Engines


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Fig. Adjusting the belt tension on a 2.0L 8 valve



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Fig. Remove the timing belt cover



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Fig. Align the timing marks



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Fig. Locate the tensioner



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Fig. Loosen the tensioner bolt



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Fig. Mark the belts direction of rotation

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable and remove the accessory drive belts, crankshaft pulley and the timing belt cover(s).
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  3. Temporarily reinstall the crankshaft pulley bolt and turn the crankshaft to TDC of No. 1 piston. The mark on the camshaft sprocket should be aligned with the mark on the inner timing belt cover or the edge of the cylinder head.
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  5. With the distributor cap removed, the rotor should be pointing toward the No. 1 mark on the rim of the distributor housing. On 8 valve engines, the notch on the crankshaft pulley should align with the dot on the intermediate shaft sprocket.
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  7. Loosen the locknut on the tensioner pulley and turn the tensioner counterclockwise to relieve the tension on the timing belt.
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  9. Slide the timing belt from the sprockets.
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To install:

  1. Check the alignment of the timing marks. On 16 valve engines, the mark on the tooth should align with the mark on the rear belt cover.
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  3. Install the new timing belt and tension the belt so it can be twisted 90 ° at the middle of it's longest section, between the camshaft and intermediate sprockets.
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  5. Recheck the alignment of the timing marks and, if correct, turn the engine 2 full revolutions to return to TDC of No. 1 piston. Recheck belt tension and timing marks. Readjust as required. Torque the tensioner nut to 33 ft. lbs. (45 Nm).
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  7. Install the belt cover and accessory drive belts.
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  9. If the belt is too tight, there will be a growling noise that rises and falls with engine speed.
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