Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Pistons and connecting rods - refitting
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre pre August 1985 / Pistons and connecting rods - refitting


1 As mentioned during removal, the manufacturers recommend that the connecting rod bolts be renewed. Assemble the new bolts to the rods.

2 Clean the backs of the bearing shells and the recesses in the connecting rods and big-end caps.

3 Press the big-end bearing shells into the connecting rods and caps in their correct positions and oil them liberally (see illustration).

30.3 Correct location of tabs on big-end bearings (arrowed)
30.3 Correct location of tabs on big-end bearings (arrowed)

4 Fit a ring compressor to No 1 piston then insert the piston and connecting rod into No 1 cylinder (see illustration). With No 1 crankpin at its lowest point, drive the piston carefully into the cylinder with the wooden handle of a hammer and at the same time, guide the connecting rod into the crankpin. Make sure that the arrow on the piston crown faces the timing belt end of the engine.

30.4 Using a piston ring compressor
30.4 Using a piston ring compressor

5 Fit the big-end bearing cap in its previously noted position then fit the nuts and tighten them evenly to the specified torque.

6 Check that the crankshaft turns freely and use a feeler blade to check that the connecting rod endfloat is within the specified limits.

7 Repeat the procedure given in paragraphs 3 to 5 for No 4 piston and connecting rod, then turn the crankshaft through half a turn and repeat the procedure for No 2 and 3 pistons.

8 If the engine is in the vehicle, refit the oil pump pick-up tube and strainer, the sump and the cylinder head.


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