20V Timing Belt R&R

Peter Schulz pcschulz at comcast.net
Mon Aug 20 09:00:07 EDT 2007

I totally agree Henry!

I think that the biggest issue in trying to do the TB on a 200q 20v 
is that there is a high risk of damaging either the secondary 
radiator when tightening and loosening the crank bolts, and the same 
for the intercooler when removing the TB cover.

I've done the timing belt on these cars more than 5 times (probably 
close to 9 if I add the similar 7A in the Coupe and 90q20v), and I 
hate to admit that my first one was actually a three time affair due 
to mis-guided shortcuts and just bad decisions (used the wrong puller 
on the idler, ended up breaking the idler bolt BEHIND the oil pump...)

I've learned that there are no real shortcuts in the corrosive 
environment where I live (New England)
-if you rush or take shortcuts, something strips or breaks and you 
might have to do the whole thing over again.

Considering the time it takes to do the job and its critical nature, 
its worth taking the extra time to do it once, do it right.


At 08:54 PM 8/19/2007 -0600, Henry A Harper III wrote:

>Having done t-belts on both my GTI 16v and my 200q20v, I can say there is
>quite a lot different between them. The type 44 bumper does come off very
>easily, then it's drop the aux rad and the intercooler crossover pipe (which
>was the most uncooperative bit on mine), you can have at the v-belts and
>take off the t-belt cover. Would not want to do it leaving that stuff on the
>car. On the GTI, you basically take off the v-belts and then the plastic
>t-belt cover is accessible - since it's a sidewinder, taking off the bumper
>wouldn't really help much.
> > I've done my 16V Scirocco and several 8V Vws.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Phil Rose" <pjrose at frontiernet.net>
> > To: "Shin Hoshikawa" <pl510er at comcast.net>
> > Cc: <200q20v at audifans.com>
> > Sent: Sunday, August 19, 2007 8:31 PM
> > Subject: Re: 20V Timing Belt R&R
> >
> >
> > > At 3:52 PM -0700 8/18/07, Shin Hoshikawa wrote:
> > >>John:
> > >>
> > >>You can replace the timing belt without removing a bumper or
> > other front
> > >>end
> > >>components.
> > >
> > > You've done 5 t-belt jobs on '91 200 20V sedans??
> > >
> > > Regardless of hand sizeI believe --for this particular job--  there's
> > > quite a large gap between "can do without" and "ought to do without"
> > > (i.e., removing bumper, etc). If one's previous experience has only
> > > been with 10V engines, there could be an unpleasant a surprise in
> > > regard to accessibility of the t-belt when attempting the job for a
> > > '91 200 20V sedan.
> > >
> > > Phil
> > >
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