Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Camshaft - examination
Engine repair procedures - 1.05 and 1.3 litre post August 1985 / Camshaft - examination

1 Clean the camshaft in solvent, then inspect its journals and cam peaks for pitting, scoring, cracking and wear.

2 The camshaft bearings are machined directly into the cylinder head and the bearing caps.

3 Radial play in the bearings can be measured using the Plastigage method.

Compare the results with the specified dimension.

4 If wear is evident, consult your VW dealer.

5 To check camshaft endfloat, refit the camshaft using only number 3 bearing cap.

6 Set up a dial test indicator or use feeler blades to measure the endfloat (see illustration). If the endfloat is greater than that specified, consult your VW dealer.

8.6 Measuring camshaft endfloat
8.6 Measuring camshaft endfloat

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