[Vwdiesel] timing tension

Sandy Cameron scameron at storm.ca
Wed Oct 31 14:58:07 PDT 2007

At 01:45 PM 31/10/2007 -0700, you wrote:
>  So by the sounds of it (I'm assuming were're talking about diesel), if
all the pulleys are held in place somehow so they don't move, you should be
able to work the belt off, and the new one on, without having to re time ?

Of course !

I dont even remove the valve cover. or slack the cam bolt.

The purists try to suggest that the timing should be re-checked, but I've
never seen the logic in that. The new belt has the same number of teeth as
the old one.
If no one frigged witth the timing,it should be exactly the same.

I DO make a mark on the plate behind the cam sprocket to register its
position, in case it should shift, (before removing the old belt) but none
have yet, and I've done several this way.

Also, I've found I can get the new belt on to the crank sprocket without
removing the water pump pulley, , just the crank pulley (4 allen bolts)
I can swing the lower belt guard far enough to change the belt, without
having to remove it completely.

Takes about 15 minutes in the driveway , working thru the wheel well, then
drive away.


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