Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Cylinder head - removal
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre pre August 1985 / Cylinder head - removal


1 If the engine is still in the vehicle, first carry out the following operations: a) Disconnect the battery negative lead b) Remove the air cleaner and fuel pump c) Drain the cooling system and remove the top hose and thermostat
d) Remove the distributor and spark plugs e) Remove the inlet and exhaust manifolds.

If necessary, this can be carried out with the cylinder head on the bench f) Disconnect the wiring from the coolant temperature sender and oil pressure switch
2 Unscrew the nuts and bolts from the valve cover and remove the cover together with the gasket and reinforcement strips (see illustrations).

9.2a Removing valve cover. . .
9.2a Removing valve cover. . .

9.2b . . . and gasket
9.2b . . . and gasket

3 Turn the engine until the indentation in the camshaft sprocket appears in the TDC hole in the timing cover and the notch in the crankshaft pulley is aligned with the TDC pointer on the front of the oil pump (see illustrations). Now turn the crankshaft one quarter of a turn anti-clockwise so that none of the pistons are at TDC.

9.3a TDC mark on camshaft sprocket and pointer
9.3a TDC mark on camshaft sprocket and pointer

9.3b Crankshaft pulley notch aligned with TDC pointer
9.3b Crankshaft pulley notch aligned with TDC pointer

4 Unbolt and remove the timing cover (see illustration), noting that the dipstick tube and earth lead are fitted to the upper bolts. On some later 1.3 litre models, it is necessary to remove the crankshaft pulley to remove the lower timing belt cover. Pull the dipstick tube from the cylinder block.

9.4 Removing timing cover
9.4 Removing timing cover

5 Using a socket through the hole in the camshaft sprocket, unscrew the timing cover plate upper retaining bolt.

6 Loosen the coolant pump retaining bolts, then turn the pump body clockwise to release the tension from the timing belt. Remove the timing belt from the camshaft sprocket.

7 Remove the bolts and withdraw the timing cover plate, followed by the coolant pump if required.

8 Using a splined key, unscrew the cylinder head bolts half a turn at a time in the reverse order to that shown for tightening. Note the location of the engine lifting hooks.

9 Lift the cylinder head from the block (see illustration). If it is stuck, tap it free with a wooden mallet. Do not insert a lever as damage will occur to the joint faces.

9.9 Removing cylinder head . . .
9.9 Removing cylinder head . . .

10 Remove the gasket from the cylinder block (see illustration).

9.10 . . . and gasket
9.10 . . . and gasket


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