[V6-12v] Timing belt tools

Rokas Reipa rokas at umd.edu
Mon Feb 23 15:54:00 EST 2004

OK, here goes:

As far as the procedure itself, I followed this: http://home.ec.rr.com/miktip/tbelt.jpg

Now for the no-tools part: It is important to realize that both of the camshafts WILL move when you take the belt off. This is fine. Before taking the belt off, you need to clearly mark the position of both of the sprockets on the adjacent cylinder wall. Make multiple marks with a white-out pen or permanent marker. As far as the crank sprocket, this comes off when the little bolts around the big bolt come undone. This means you have to mark the position of the way the sprocket was on before you took it off. I marked it the same way I did with the cam sprockets, making three marks altogether on the sprocket and then on the adjacent parts. The three sprockets HAVE to be in phase  with one another and this is where you have to be very careful. Be sure to use a marker that is very visible and won't rub off. Keep in mind that after you put the new belt on, you NEED to turn the engine one complete revolution over by hand to see if any pistons are meeting valves. If you're careful and meticulous about marking like I was, everything will be alright. I suppose The two tools give you peace of mind but they ARE NOT necessary. The timing belt job on a 12v is a piece of cake compared to the 20v S6. HTH,

95.5 S6

-----Original Message-----
From: "Mancubus99" <Mancubus99 at hotmail.com>
To: "'Rokas Reipa'" <rokas at umd.edu>, "'Tom Christiansen'" <tomchr at ee.washington.edu>, <James4ihl at aol.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2004 15:06:31 -0500
Subject: RE: [V6-12v] Timing belt tools

Please share with us the tool-less procedure!

I had my mech perform the timing belt job 3 years ago.  Being a competent
(but non-Audi) mechanic, he was able to perform the service w/o the tools.
I never did find out how he was able to do this.   Fast forward 3 years and
I am willing to do the job myself to save some $$.   If you could post the
instructions it would be greatly appreciated.

-----Original Message-----
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Behalf Of Rokas Reipa
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 2:17 PM
To: Tom Christiansen; James4ihl at aol.com
Cc: v6-12v at audifans.com
Subject: Re: [V6-12v] Timing belt tools

FWIW, the procedure can be performed just fine without the tools. BTDT.

95.5 S6
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tom Christiansen" <tomchr at ee.washington.edu>
To: <James4ihl at aol.com>
Cc: <v6-12v at audifans.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 1:13 PM
Subject: [V6-12v] Timing belt tools


An alternative to renting tools would be if someone has access to the
tools and could take enough measurements to allow reproduction. I have
access to a rather cool machine shop and would rather easily be able to
build the tools. All I need is an accurate drawing.

Maybe if I could supply a handful of tools to the group at say $50/set
we wouldn't have the missing tool problem anymore.

I know that the timing belt can be changed without the special tools,
but I would consider that a bit risky. I'd much rather do it right...


On Mon, 2004-02-23 at 04:11, James4ihl at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 22/2/04 3:10:07 am, tomchr at ee.washington.edu
> writes:
> > Now I just need to find someone who's willing to rent the tools for
> > timing belt replacement to me. But I guess I have about a year to
> > find
> > that someone... If any of you know anyone on-line or in the Seattle
> > area
> > who has the tools for rent, I'd appreciate it if you'd let me know.
> >
> > Tom
> Actually, this occurred to me recently also. I'm in the UK, so there
> are probably not so many people on the list from my neck of the woods,
> but I'd been thinking about some of the Audi 'Special Tools' that are
> neccessary for working on this engine in particular. Most notably the
> tools for setting the valve timing (3243 for holding the cams in
> position, 3242 for holding the crank in position), as the procedure
> can't be performed successfully without them, but they are quite
> expensive to buy relative to the amount of times one person would use
> them. However, if anyone has them and would be prepared to rent them,
> or is interested in a group buy, (I know an Audi dealer who will
> happily supply special tools in the UK) maybe it's something we could
> help each other out with and save ourselves a lot of dough on Audi
> workshop prices?
> James

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