Volkswagen Front Wheel Drive 1974-1989 Repair Guide

IGNITION TIMING

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See Figures 1, 2 and 3

The timing mark is on the flywheel and can be viewed through a window in the bellhousing on the transaxle. On some models, there is a plastic cap that can be pulled out. It's easier to see the marks if the cover is removed completely by unscrewing it with an Allen wrench (most are 27mm).



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Fig. Fig. 1: On some models, there is a plastic cap that can be pulled out to view the timing marks

Two marks appear on the flywheel: Top Dead Center (TDC) of cylinder No. 1 is usually indicated with a "0". The only other machined mark on the flywheel is the correct timing mark for that engine. On some flywheels the mark is a machined groove, on others it will appear as a raised lug.



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Fig. Fig. 2: On some models the timing mark is a machined groove, on others it will appear as a raised lug



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Fig. Fig. 3: Shine the timing light at the viewing window. If necessary, adjust the timing by turning the distributor

 
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