Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Camshaft oil seal - renewal
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre post August 1985 / Camshaft oil seal - renewal

1 This is a straightforward task if the camshaft is removed but it is possible to renew the oil seal without removing the camshaft.

2 A VW special tool exists for this job (see illustration) but if it is not available, the old seal will have to be removed by securing self-tapping screws into it and pulling it out with pliers. Note which way round it is fitted.

3.2 Renewing camshaft oil seal using VW tool 2085
3.2 Renewing camshaft oil seal using VW tool 2085

3 Whichever method is used, the timing cover and camshaft sprocket will have to be removed. Slacken the coolant pump bolts to release the tension in the timing belt.

4 Lightly oil the new seal and slide onto the camshaft. Use a suitable socket and a bolt in the end of the shaft to press the new seal home. Push it in as far as it will go.

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