Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Timing belt and sprockets - removal
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre pre August 1985 / Timing belt and sprockets - 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 c) Remove the alternator drivebelt 2 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.

3 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.

4 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 (see illustration).

12.4 Releasing timing belt from camshaft sprocket
12.4 Releasing timing belt from camshaft sprocket

5 Using an Allen key, unbolt the pulley from the crankshaft sprocket then remove the timing belt.

6 To remove the camshaft sprocket, unscrew the bolt and remove the spacer. Tap off the sprocket and remove the Woodruff key. Do not turn the camshaft. The sprocket can be held stationary using a metal bar with two bolts, with one bolt inserted through a sprocket hole and the other bolt resting on the outer rim.

7 To remove the crankshaft sprocket, unscrew the bolt and lever the sprocket from the crankshaft (see illustration). Do not turn the crankshaft otherwise the pistons may touch the valve heads. Hold the crankshaft stationary with a lever inserted in the starter ring gear (remove the starter as applicable).

Remove the Woodruff key.

12.7 Removing crankshaft sprocket bolt and washer
12.7 Removing crankshaft sprocket bolt and washer


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