Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Camshaft - refitting
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre pre August 1985 / Camshaft - refitting


1 Smear a little clean engine oil on the lip and outer edge of the camshaft oil seal then drive it squarely into the cylinder head with a block of wood.

2 Oil the camshaft bearing surfaces then slide the camshaft into position, taking care not to damage the oil seal.

3 Fit the distributor flange, together with a new gasket, and tighten the socket-head bolts.

4 Using a feeler blade, check that the camshaft endfloat is as specified.

5 Fit the Woodruff key then fit the sprocket to the camshaft followed by the spacer and bolt.

Tighten the bolt while holding the sprocket stationary with a metal bar and two bolts (see illustration).

35.5 Method of tightening camshaft sprocket bolt
35.5 Method of tightening camshaft sprocket bolt

6 Fit the cam followers by turning the camshaft so that the relevant cam lobe peak is pointing away from the valve, then tap the follower between the valve stem and cam and onto the ball-stud.

7 Slide the cam follower clips into the grooves on the ball studs and locate the upper ends on the cam followers (see illustration).

35.7 Cam follower clip and groove in ball-stud
35.7 Cam follower clip and groove in ball-stud

8 Adjust the valve clearances.

9 Turn the camshaft so that the indentation in the sprocket is pointing downwards and in line with the pointer on the timing cover plate (see illustration).

35.9 Camshaft sprocket (later type) with index mark aligned with timing cover
35.9 Camshaft sprocket (later type) with index mark aligned with timing cover TDC pointer

10 Turn the crankshaft a quarter of a turn clockwise so that the notch in the crankshaft pulley is aligned with the TDC pointer on the front of the oil pump.

11 Fit the timing belt to the camshaft sprocket and coolant pump.

12 Using a screwdriver in the coolant pump, turn the pump anti-clockwise and tension the timing belt until it can just be turned through 90° with the thumb and forefinger midway between the camshaft sprocket and coolant pump.

13 Tighten the coolant pump bolts when the belt tension is correct and check the timing marks are still aligned.

14 Fit the dipstick tube to the cylinder block.

15 Fit the timing cover, insert the bolts with the earth lead and dipstick tube bracket, then tighten the bolts.

16 Press the oil spray tube into the top of the cylinder head.

17 Refit the valve cover with a new gasket, locate the reinforcement strips and tighten the nuts and bolts.

18 If the engine is in the vehicle, reverse the preliminary procedures given in Section 10.


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