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How to Replace timing chains on VW Golf 5 1.4 FSI

Special tools

  • Dial gauge – No.VAS 6079.
  • Dial gauge holder – No.T10170.
  • Camshaft alignment tool – No.T10171.
  • Camshaft/oil pump sprocket holding tool – No.T10172.
  • Crankshaft locking tool – No.T10340.
  • Crankshaft pulley holding tool – No.3415.
  • Tensioner locking pin – No.T40011.

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 chains on VW Golf 5 1.4 FSI
How to Replace timing chains on VW Golf 5 1.4 FSI

Valve timing procedures

  • Removal/installation of timing chain requires:
      • Timing chain cover removal.
      • Sump removal.

NOTE: Mark direction of rotation on chains.

  • Install dial gauge and holder in No.1 cylinder plug hole. Ensure engine at TDC on No.1 cylinder [1] .
  • Ensure timing marks on camshafts aligned as shown. If not, turn crankshaft 360° [2] .
  • Fit camshaft alignment tool [3] .

NOTE: If camshaft alignment tool cannot be inserted valve timing is incorrect.

  • Compress timing chain tensioner and lock with locking pin [4] .
  • Remove camshaft sprockets and chain.
  • Align camshafts. Use special tool [3] .
  • Install camshaft sprockets and timing chain.
  • Engines with variable valve timing:
      • Fit new bolt. Tighten inlet camshaft adjuster bolt [5] . Tightening torque: 40 Nm + 90°.

NOTE: Inlet camshaft sprocket bolt has LH thread

  • Engines without variable valve timing:
      • Tighten inlet camshaft sprocket bolt [6] . Tightening torque: 50 Nm + 90°.
  • Tighten exhaust camshaft sprocket bolt. Tightening torque: 50 Nm + 90°.
  • Tighten crankshaft pulley bolt. Tightening torque:
      • A = 150 Nm + 180°
      • B = 90 Nm + 90°

NOTE: Crankshaft pulley bolt and bolt on each camshaft sprocket MUST only be used once.

  • Remove camshaft alignment tool. Turn crankshaft two turns clockwise.
  • Check valve timing [3] .

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