[Vwdiesel] Anyone know how to use the VW210 TB tension gauge?

Kneale Brownson knealeski at sbcglobal.net
Tue Sep 4 09:47:07 EDT 2007

I got mine from ZDMAK  http://www.zdmak.com   If you put their product code, which is MK-142BG for the tool, into the search feature at the website, you get to the page listing it.  I think it was $49.  I think I saw it elsewhere for close to $200.

82 Diesel Westy <dieselwesty at yahoo.com> wrote:  Very nice, thanks for sharing that with us.

About how much does this tool go for ? $$


--- Kneale Brownson wrote:

> Finally found someone with the directions for using
> the VW210 timing belt tensioner tool.
> A page of directions from one of the tool
> suppliers is at:
> http://www.pbase.com/kneale_brownson/image/84921061
> Basically, it says to turn the knurled knob until
> its bevelled edge sits on the index mark of 13--the
> 13 index marks called for in the Bentley--and
> install it on the belt between the camshaft and
> injection pump. The sliding marker in the barrel
> should move to align with the bevel of the knob if
> the tension is correct. If it disappears inside the
> knob, the tension is too great. If it doesn't reach
> the bevel, the tension is too loose, and the belt
> should be tightened until the sliding mark meets the
> knob edge.
> Thanks for those who offered suggestions.
> LBaird119 at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 8/30/2007 11:41:14 AM Pacific
> Daylight Time, 
> knealeski at sbcglobal.net writes:
> > Anybody have step-by-step directions for using the
> diesel timing belt 
> > tension gauge VW210? You can see one at 
> >
> http://www.pbase.com/kneale_brownson/image/84722362 
> > 
> > I understand that the belt goes between the
> fingers on the base of the tool 
> > and the spring-loaded plunger that sticks out of
> the barrel with the numbers 
> > on it.
> > 
> > The Bentley says I need a measurement of "12-13
> index marks". How do I 
> > achieve that measurement? Where do I start? Are
> "index marks" the white numbers 
> > on the barrel or the black numbers on the handle?
> > 
> As I recall you put the tool on the timing belt
> after 
> setting tension. Crank the knob to the desired
> setting 
> on the scale. Read where the sliding white-mark part
> is 
> pointing to. That's your tension. Adjust belt
> tension 
> and recheck if necessary.
> Loren
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