Replacement Interval Guide
- Volkswagen recommend check at the first 60,000 miles and then every 20,000 miles (replace if necessary).
- The vehicle manufacturer has not recommended a timing belt replacement interval for this engine.
NOTE: Volkswagen UK recommend the timing belt is replaced every 4 years.
- The previous use and service history of the vehicle must always be taken into account.
Check For Engine Damage
CAUTION: This engine has been identified as an INTERFERENCE engine in which the possibility of valve-to-piston damage in the event of a timing belt failure is MOST LIKELY to occur. A compression check of all cylinders should be performed before removing the cylinder head.
Repair Times – hrs
|Remove & install||2,20|
- None required.
- Disconnect battery earth lead.
- DO NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft when timing belt removed.
- Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
- Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
- DO NOT turn engine via camshaft or other sprockets.
- Observe all tightening torques.
- Raise and support front of vehicle.
- Air filter housing.
- RH front wheel.
- RH front inner wing panel.
- Engine top cover (if fitted).
- Auxiliary drive belt cover (if fitted).
- Auxiliary drive belt.
NOTE: Mark direction of rotation on belt with chalk if belt is to be reused.
- Exhaust manifold heat shield.
- Auxiliary drive belt tensioner (models with AC).
- Timing belt upper cover  .
- Crankshaft pulley bolts (4 bolts)  .
- Crankshaft pulley  .
- Timing belt lower cover  .
- Support engine.
- Remove coolant expansion tank. DO NOT disconnect hoses.
- RH engine mounting intermediate bracket bolts  .
- RH engine mounting bolts  .
- RH engine mounting.
- RH engine mounting bracket bolts  .
- RH engine mounting bracket.
- Lower engine slightly.
- Turn crankshaft clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder.
- Ensure timing mark aligned  .NOTE: Align ground tooth on crankshaft sprocket with ‘2V’ mark on sealing flange.
- Ensure camshaft sprocket timing marks aligned  .
- Slacken tensioner bolt  .
- Remove timing belt.NOTE: Mark direction of rotation on belt with chalk if belt is to be reused.
NOTE: Engine must be COLD.
- Ensure timing marks aligned  &  .
- Fit timing belt in anti-clockwise direction. Ensure belt is taut between sprockets on non-tensioned side.
- Tighten tensioner bolt finger tight  . Ensure baseplate is supported by bolt  .
- Turn tensioner clockwise  until pointer  aligned with notch  in baseplate.
- Tighten tensioner bolt to 20 Nm  .
- Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder. Ensure timing marks aligned  &  .
- Ensure pointer  aligned with notch  in baseplate.
- Apply firm thumb pressure to belt at . Pointer  and notch  must move apart.
- Release thumb pressure from belt at .
- Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder.
- Ensure pointer  aligned with notch  in baseplate. If not: Replace tensioner pulley  .
- Fit timing belt lower cover  .
- Crankshaft pulley  .
- Crankshaft pulley bolts  .
- Tighten crankshaft pulley bolts to 20 Nm  .
- Install components in reverse order of removal.
- Fit RH engine mounting bracket.
- Tighten RH engine mounting bracket bolts  . Tightening torque: 50 Nm.
- Fit RH engine mounting and intermediate bracket. Use new bolts.
- Tighten RH engine mounting and intermediate bracket:
- Bolts  . Tightening torque: 30 Nm + 90°.
- Bolts  . Tightening torque: 20 Nm + 90°.