[Vwdiesel] Crankshaft to Timing Belt Sprocket Connection

RF72050 at aol.com RF72050 at aol.com
Tue Mar 11 19:59:57 PDT 2008

Hi all,
    I planned on installing new front oil seals on  my 1985 1.6l TD engine 
while I had it apart to replace the timing belt and  tensioner.  There were 
signs the crankshaft front oil  seal had been leaking.  I loosened the bolt 
holding the timing  belt sprocket.  Man, that thing was tight!  When I removed  the 
timing belt sprocket I noticed the fit was poor and the key &  keyway were 
toast, as in hardly recognizable.  Now I know why whoever  worked on the engine 
last, tightened the bolt so tight.  I've checked  ETKA and there is no part 
number listed for the key between the crank and  sprocket.  It appears the engine 
will have to be removed so the crankshaft  can be removed and either replaced 
or repaired.
Anyone have experience with this issue?  Can the crankshaft be  repaired?  
Ray Folda
Medford, OR

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