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How to Replace timing chain on VW Golf 5 2.0 FSI

Special tools

  • Camshaft alignment tool – No.T10252.
  • Camshaft adjuster socket – No.40080.
  • Chain tensioner retaining tool – No.T10092.
  • Chain tensioner locking pin – No.T10115.
  • Two-pin wrench – No.T10020.

General precautions

  • Disconnect battery earth lead.
  • Remove spark plugs to ease turning engine.
  • Turn engine in normal direction of rotation (unless otherwise stated).
  • Observe tightening torques.
  • If fitted: Mark position of crankshaft position (CKP) sensor before removal.
  • Do NOT turn crankshaft via camshaft or other sprockets.
  • Do NOT turn crankshaft or camshaft with timing chain removed.
How to Replace timing chain on VW Golf 5 2.0 FSI
How to Replace timing chain on VW Golf 5 2.0 FSI

Valve timing procedures

  • Removal/refitting requires:
      • Timing belt removal.
  • Engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder [1] .
  • Ensure timing mark on timing belt camshaft sprocket aligned with mark on timing belt rear cover [2] .
  • Ensure indents on camshafts positioned as shown [3] .
  • Install camshaft alignment tool [4] .
  • Slacken exhaust camshaft adjuster bolt.

NOTE: There are two types of tensioner.

  • Tensioner – type A:
      • Compress timing chain tensioner and lock with retaining tool and M5 nut [5] .
      • Remove timing chain tensioner bolt [6] .

NOTE: DO NOT overtighten chain tensioner retaining tool as damage may occur.

  • Tensioner – type B:
      • Compress timing chain tensioner and lock with locking pin [7] .
  • Remove exhaust camshaft adjuster and chain.
  • Ensure engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder [1] .
  • Ensure camshaft alignment tool correctly located [4] .
  • Fit camshaft adjuster and chain. Use new bolt.
  • Ensure exhaust camshaft adjuster locating pin aligned with notch on camshaft [8] & [9] .
  • If not, repeat installation procedures.
  • Tighten bolt of exhaust camshaft adjuster. Tightening torque: 20 Nm + 45°.
  • Release tensioner after timing chain installation:
  • Tensioner – type A:
      • Install timing chain tensioner bolt [6] . Tightening torque: 10 Nm.
      • Remove chain tensioner retaining tool and M5 nut [5] .
  • Tensioner – type B:
      • Remove locking pin [7] .

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  1. Stanley Stanley

    I’ve got a 5cylinder DOHC 20.V the doesn’t want to run the engine. When I turns the crank one side of belt is tight but the other side is little loos and the IS no tension is only the free wheel .now I think the belt is little longer about 2 or 3groove. Will u help please STANLEYMAHLANGU01

  2. James Barratt James Barratt

    I quote you said, Engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder [1] .
    Ensure timing mark on timing belt camshaft sprocket aligned with mark on timing belt rear cover [2] .
    Ensure indents on camshafts positioned as shown [3] .

    Only when the camshaft cut outs are aligned opposite of each other, the timing mark on the camshaft sprocket is about 9 degree’s out from the right position to align with the mark OT on the cylinder head. So in logic you have to do the chain first. Align the cut outs, then fit the chain. Now once tight then turn the exhaust camshaft back slightly to ensure the camshaft sprocket mark aligns with the OT mark on the cylinder head. This is reverse to the way you have described it. Reason again is that is the camshaft sprocket mark aligns with the OT on cylinder head, then the cut outs in the exhaust camshaft won’t be aligned to those of the intake camshaft.

  3. NOTE: DO NOT overtighten chain tensioner retaining tool as damage may occur.

    Tensioner – type B:
    Compress timing chain tensioner and lock with locking pin [7] .
    Remove exhaust camshaft adjuster and chain.
    Ensure engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder [1] .
    Ensure camshaft alignment tool correctly located [4] .
    Fit camshaft adjuster and chain. Use new bolt.
    Ensure exhaust camshaft adjuster locating pin aligned with notch on camshaft [8] & [9] .
    If not, repeat installation procedures.
    Tighten bolt of exhaust camshaft adjuster. Tightening torque: 20 Nm + 45°.
    Release tensioner after timing chain installation:
    Tensioner – type A:
    Install timing chain tensioner bolt [6] . Tightening torque: 10 Nm.
    Remove chain tensioner retaining tool and M5 nut [5] . use the marks on crankshaft and camshaft pulley.

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