Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/Cabriole 1990-1999

Camshaft (Valve) Cover

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



4 Cyl.


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Fig. Location of valve cover bolts



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Fig. Pull up on the valve cover to remove it



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Fig. Pull up the gasket at one corner of the valve cover and carefully work your finger around the perimeter

  1. Remove the negative battery cable.
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NOTE
If the VW you are working on has a theft deterrent system be sure to have the de-activation code before you remove any of the battery cables.

  1. On 2.0L engines, detach the air intake, then remove the intake manifold. Loosen the valve cover bolts
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  3. On 1.8L engines, remove the breather hose from the valve cover. Loosen and then remove all of the fasteners.
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  5. Remove the valve cover from the cylinder head.
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  7. Remove the valve cover gasket. Clean and prep the surface of the valve cover.
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  9. Clean the surface of the cylinder head.
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To install:

  1. Install a new gasket and then the valve cover.
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NOTE
Always check to ensure that the valve cover gasket is properly seated on the head.

  1. The remainder of the procedure is the reverse of removal.
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VR6
  1. Remove the spark plug connectors.
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  3. Detach the intake manifold cover and the intake manifold.
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  5. Remove the Positive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV) breather valve.
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  7. Remove the air intake hose from the throttle housing.
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  9. Disconnect the throttle cable.
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  11. Remove the radiator cap.
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CAUTION
Never open the radiator cap when the engine is hot.

  1. Clamp the coolant hose off at the throttle body.
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  3. Remove the oil dipstick guide tube.
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  5. Detach all necessary vacuum hoses and electrical connectors.
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  7. Remove the upper intake manifold. As a time saver leave the throttle housing connected to the intake during removal.
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  9. Remove the nuts along the perimeter of the cylinder head cover.
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  11. Lift off the cylinder head cover.
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  13. Remove the cylinder head cover gasket.
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To install:

  1. Installation is the reversal of removal. Remember to use a new gasket between the upper intake manifold and its lower portion. The cylinder head cover gasket is to be replaced if it is worn or damaged.
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