Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Camshaft - removal
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre pre August 1985 / Camshaft - 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) Remove the distributor and spark plugs 2 If the cylinder head is still fitted to the engine, first carry out the procedure described in paragraphs 3 to 6 inclusive.

3 Unscrew the nuts and bolts from the valve cover and remove the cover together with the gasket and reinforcement strips.

4 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. Now turn the crankshaft one quarter of a turn anti-clockwise so that none of the pistons are at TDC.

5 Unbolt and remove the timing cover, 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.

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 Prise the oil spray tube from the top of the cylinder head (see illustration).

10.7 Removing oil spray tube
10.7 Removing oil spray tube

8 Note how the cam follower clips are fitted then prise them from the ball-studs (see illustration).

10.8 Removing a cam follower clip
10.8 Removing a cam follower clip

9 Identify each cam follower for location then remove each one by levering with a screwdriver. Make sure that the peak of the relevant cam is pointing away from the follower first by turning the camshaft as necessary (see illustration).

10.9 Removing a cam follower
10.9 Removing a cam follower

10 Unscrew the camshaft sprocket bolt and remove the spacer (see illustration). The sprocket can be held stationary using a metal bar with two bolts, with one bolt inserted in a hole and the other bolt resting on the outer rim of the sprocket.

10.10 Removing camshaft sprocket bolt (early type sprocket shown)
10.10 Removing camshaft sprocket bolt (early type sprocket shown)

11 Tap the sprocket from the camshaft with a wooden mallet and prise out the Woodruff key.

12 Using feeler blades, check the camshaft endfloat by inserting the blade between the end of the camshaft and distributor flanges (see illustration). If it is more than the amount specified, the components will have to be checked for wear and renewed as necessary.

10.12 Checking camshaft endfloat
10.12 Checking camshaft endfloat

13 Using an Allen key, unscrew the bolts and remove the distributor flange (see illustration). Remove the gasket.

10.13 Removing distributor flange
10.13 Removing distributor flange

14 Carefully slide the camshaft from the cylinder head, taking care not to damage the three bearing surfaces as the lobes of the cams pass through them (see illustration).

10.14 Withdrawing camshaft
10.14 Withdrawing camshaft

15 Prise the camshaft oil seal from the cylinder head (see illustration).

10.15 Removing camshaft oil seal
10.15 Removing camshaft oil seal


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