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How to Replace timing chain on Volkswagen Golf VII 2.0TDi 2013

Volkswagen Golf VII 2.0TDi 2013 cambelt change instructions and replacement inteval. Full guide!

Special tools

  • Auxiliary drive belt tensioner locking pin – No.T10060A.
  • Camshaft locking tool – No.3359.
  • Camshaft sprocket holding tool – No.T10172/11.
  • Crankshaft sprocket locking tool – No.T10490.
  • High-pressure fuel pump locking tool – No.T10492.
  • High-pressure fuel pump sprocket holding tool – No.T10051.
  • Tensioner pulley adjusting tool – No.T10264.
  • Tensioner pulley locking tool – No.T10265.
  • Tool set – No.T10395.

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.

Valve timing procedures

How to Replace timing belt on Volkswagen Golf VII 2.0TDi 2013
How to Replace timing belt on Volkswagen Golf VII 2.0TDi 2013

Removal

  1. Raise and support front of vehicle.
  2. Remove:
    • Engine upper cover.
    • Engine undershield.
    • RH front wheel.
    • RH splash guard.
  3. Disconnect:
    • Coolant level sensor multi-plug.
    • Fuel hose support brackets.
    • Coolant expansion tank top hose.
  4. Move coolant expansion tank to one side. DO NOT disconnect hoses.
  5. Reposition fuel filter. DO NOT disconnect fuel pipes.
  6. Support engine.
  7. Remove RH engine mounting and bracket.
  8. Disconnect:
    • Fuel supply and return pipes.
    • Diesel particulate filter (DPF) pressure sensor multi-plug.
    • Diesel particulate filter (DPF) pressure pipe from timing belt upper cover.
  9. Remove:
    • Exhaust gas temperature sensor. Use tool from tool set No.T10395.
    • Diesel particulate filter (DPF) pressure sensor bracket.
    • Timing belt upper cover [1] .
    • Auxiliary drive belt. Use tool No.T10060A.

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

    • Crankshaft pulley bolts [2] .
    • Crankshaft pulley [3] .
  10. Remove timing belt lower cover [4] .NOTE: There are two types of timing belt lower cover [4] . When removing timing belt lower cover, locking tab may need to be removed.
  11. Timing belt lower cover early type [5] :
    • Mark timing belt cover at position shown [6] . Distance between mark and inner edge of timing belt cover is 10 mm.
    • Drill an 8 mm diameter hole into timing belt cover [6] .
    • Insert screwdriver through hole and remove locking tab [7] .
  12. Timing belt lower cover later type [8] :
    • Insert screwdriver through hole and remove locking tab [7] .
  13. Turn crankshaft slowly clockwise until camshaft sprocket timing hole at 8 o’clock position [9] .
  14. Lock camshaft [10] . Use tool No.3359.
  15. Slacken camshaft sprocket bolt 1/2 turn [11] .
  16. Lock crankshaft sprocket [12] . Use tool No.T10490.
    NOTE: Engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  17. Ensure lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool located in oil seal housing [13] .
  18. Remove camshaft locking tool [10] .
  19. Hold camshaft sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
  20. Slacken camshaft sprocket centre bolt [14] .
  21. Lock camshaft [10] .
  22. Lock high-pressure fuel pump [15] . Use tool No.T10492.
  23. Remove high-pressure fuel pump locking tool [15] .
  24. Hold high-pressure fuel pump sprocket. Use tool No.T10051.
  25. Slacken high-pressure fuel pump sprocket nut 1/4 turn [16] .
  26. Lock high-pressure fuel pump [15] .
  27. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [17] .
  28. Turn tensioner pulley anti-clockwise until locking tool can be inserted [18] . Use tool No.T10264 [19] .
  29. Insert locking tool in tensioner pulley [20] . Tool No.T10265.
  30. Turn tensioner pulley fully clockwise until it reaches stop [21] . Use tool No.T10264 [19] .
  31. Tighten tensioner pulley nut finger tight [17] .
  32. Remove timing belt, starting at water pump.

Installation

NOTE: Engine must be COLD.

  1. Remove tensioner pulley nut [17] .
  2. Fit new tensioner pulley nut [17] . Tighten nut finger tight.
  3. Ensure tensioner pulley locking tool inserted [20] .
  4. Ensure tensioner pulley against stop [21] .
  5. Ensure tensioner pulley retaining lug is properly engaged [22] .
  6. Ensure crankshaft sprocket locking tool located correctly [12] .
  7. Ensure camshaft locked with tool [10] .
  8. Ensure high-pressure fuel pump locked with tool [15] .
    NOTE: Sprockets should turn freely but not tilt.
  9. Turn camshaft sprocket fully clockwise.
  10. Turn high-pressure fuel pump sprocket fully clockwise.
  11. Fit timing belt in clockwise direction, starting at crankshaft sprocket.
  12. Slacken tensioner pulley nut [17] .
  13. Remove locking tool from tensioner pulley [20] .
  14. Ensure camshaft sprocket bolt not at end of slotted hole [11] . If not: Repeat installation procedure.
  15. Turn tensioner pulley slowly clockwise until pointer aligned with notch [23] . Use tool No.T10264 [19] .
    NOTE: Ensure tensioner pulley nut does not turn [17] .
  16. Hold tensioner pulley. Use tool No.T10264 [19] .
  17. Tighten tensioner pulley nut [17] . Tightening torque: 20 Nm + 45°.
  18. Turn camshaft sprocket anti-clockwise to remove slack from belt between camshaft sprocket and high-pressure fuel pump sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
  19. Hold camshaft sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
  20. Tighten camshaft sprocket centre bolt [14] . Tightening torque: 10 Nm.
  21. Tighten high-pressure fuel pump sprocket nut [16] . Tightening torque: 10 Nm.
  22. Ensure high-pressure fuel pump sprocket mark at position shown [24] . If not: Remove timing belt, turn high pressure fuel pump sprocket one tooth clockwise and repeat installation procedure.
  23. Remove:
    • Camshaft locking tool [10] .
    • High-pressure fuel pump locking tool [15] .
    • Crankshaft sprocket locking tool [12] .
  24. Turn crankshaft slowly two turns clockwise until just before TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  25. Fit crankshaft sprocket locking tool while slowly turning crankshaft to TDC [12] .
  26. Ensure lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool located in oil seal housing [13] .
  27. Ensure camshaft locking tool can be inserted easily [10] .
    NOTE: DO NOT insert high-pressure fuel pump locking tool as alignment hole may be slightly misaligned. No adjustment required.
  28. Ensure tensioner pulley pointer aligned with notch or 5 mm maximum to the left or right of notch [23] . If not: Repeat installation procedure.
  29. If camshaft locking tool cannot be inserted easily [10] :
    • Remove lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool from hole in oil seal housing.
    • Turn crankshaft anti-clockwise until lug of locking tool just passes hole in oil seal housing.
    • Turn crankshaft clockwise until camshaft locking tool can be inserted [10] .
    • Hold camshaft sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
    • Slacken camshaft sprocket centre bolt [14] .

    NOTE: Lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool will be positioned to the left or right of hole in oil seal housing.

  30. If lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool is positioned to the left of hole in oil seal housing:
    • Turn crankshaft clockwise until lug and hole aligned [13] .
    • Lock crankshaft sprocket [12] .
    • Hold camshaft sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
    • Tighten camshaft sprocket centre bolt [14] . Tightening torque: 20 Nm.
  31. If lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool is positioned to the right of hole in oil seal housing:
    • Turn crankshaft anti-clockwise until lug of locking tool just passes hole in oil seal housing.
    • Turn crankshaft clockwise until lug and hole aligned [13] .
    • Lock crankshaft sprocket [12] .
    • Hold camshaft sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
    • Tighten camshaft sprocket centre bolt [14] . Tightening torque: 20 Nm.
  32. Remove locking tools [10] & [12] .
  33. Turn crankshaft slowly two turns clockwise until just before TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  34. Fit crankshaft sprocket locking tool while slowly turning crankshaft to TDC [12] .
  35. Ensure lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool located in oil seal housing [13] .
  36. Ensure camshaft locking tool can be inserted easily [10] .
  37. Remove camshaft locking tool [10] .
  38. Hold camshaft sprocket. Use tool No.T10172/11.
  39. Tighten camshaft sprocket centre bolt [14] . Tightening torque: 100 Nm.
  40. Hold high-pressure fuel pump sprocket. Use tool No.T10051.
  41. Tighten high-pressure fuel pump sprocket nut [16] . Tightening torque: 95 Nm.
  42. Remove crankshaft sprocket locking tool [12] .
  43. Turn crankshaft slowly two turns clockwise until just before TDC on No.1 cylinder.
  44. Fit crankshaft sprocket locking tool while slowly turning crankshaft to TDC [12] .
  45. Ensure lug of crankshaft sprocket locking tool located in oil seal housing [13] .
  46. Ensure camshaft locking tool can be inserted easily [10] .
  47. Remove locking tools [10] & [12] .
  48. Tighten camshaft sprocket bolt [11] . Tightening torque: 9 Nm.
  49. Install components in reverse order of removal.
    NOTE: If fitting a new timing belt lower cover [4] , ensure locking tab has been removed [7] .
  50. Tighten crankshaft pulley bolts [2] . Tightening torque: 10 Nm + 90°. Use new bolts.
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