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How to Replace timing belts on VW Golf 6 1.6

Replacement Interval Guide

  • Volkswagen recommend check at the first 60,000 miles and then every 20,000 miles (replace if necessary).
  • No manufacturer’s recommended replacement interval.

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(s).

Repair Times – hrs

Remove & install:
Golf/Golf Plus/Jetta/Passat/Touran 2,20
Caddy 1,90

Special Tools

  • Auxiliary drive belt tensioner locking pin – Volkswagen No.T10060A.
  • Two-pin wrench – Volkswagen No.T10020.

Special Precautions

  • 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.

How to Replace timing belts on VW Golf 6 1.6

Removal

  1. Raise and support front of vehicle.
  2. Remove:
      • Engine undershield.
      • Engine upper cover.
      • Auxiliary drive belt. Use tool No.T10060A.

    NOTE: Remove auxiliary drive belt tensioner locking pin No.T10060A before removing RH engine mounting.

  3. Drain coolant (if necessary).
  4. Disconnect coolant expansion tank top hose.
  5. Remove:
      • Coolant expansion tank. DO NOT disconnect hoses.
      • Timing belt upper cover [1] .
  6. Turn crankshaft to TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  7. Ensure crankshaft pulley timing marks aligned [2] .
  8. Ensure camshaft sprocket timing marks aligned [3] .
  9. Support engine.
  10. Remove:
      • Crankshaft pulley bolts [4] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [5] .
      • Timing belt centre cover [6] .
      • Timing belt lower cover [7] .
      • RH engine mounting.
      • RH engine mounting bracket.
  11. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [8] . Turn tensioner clockwise away from belt. Use tool No.T10020 [9] . Lightly tighten nut [8] .
  12. Remove timing belt.

    NOTE: Mark direction of rotation on belt with chalk if belt is to be reused.

Installation

NOTE: Engine must be COLD.

  1. Ensure camshaft sprocket timing marks aligned [3] .
  2. Fit timing belt to crankshaft sprocket and water pump sprocket.
  3. Install:
      • Timing belt lower cover [7] .
      • Timing belt centre cover [6] .
      • Crankshaft pulley [5] .
      • Crankshaft pulley bolts [4] .
  4. Tighten crankshaft pulley bolts [4] . Tightening torque: 10 Nm + 90°. Use new bolts.
  5. Ensure crankshaft pulley timing marks aligned [2] .
  6. Fit timing belt to tensioner pulley and camshaft sprocket.

    NOTE: Ensure belt is taut between sprockets on non-tensioned side.

  7. Ensure tensioner retaining lug is properly engaged [10] .
  8. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [8] .
  9. Turn tensioner 5 times fully anti-clockwise and clockwise from stop to stop. Use tool No.T10020 [9] .
  10. Turn tensioner fully anti-clockwise then slowly clockwise until pointer [11] aligned with notch [12] in baseplate. Use tool No.T10020 [9] .
  11. Tighten tensioner pulley nut [8] . Tightening torque: 20 Nm.
  12. Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise to TDC on No.1 cylinder.

    NOTE: Turn crankshaft last 45° smoothly without stopping.

  13. Ensure camshaft sprocket timing marks aligned [3] .
  14. Ensure crankshaft pulley timing marks aligned [2] .
  15. Ensure pointer [11] aligned with notch [12] in baseplate.
  16. If not: Repeat tensioning procedure.
  17. Install components in reverse order of removal.
  18. Refill coolant (if necessary).

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