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how do i set timing on a 2001 vw jetta 2.0l. the belt seperated

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how do i set timing on a 2001 vw jetta 2.0l. the belt seperated so its more than just a replacement?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: VW
Expert:  David replied 8 years ago.

The timing on this is fairly simple since you only need to time the crank and cam, the water pump does not need to be timed. Installe the lower part of the belt and install the cover you will need to at a minimum install the lower pulley and set up the crank at TDC, once this is done, you can turn the cam to TDC and then install the belt. There is also a rear crank mark, but it is very difficult to see at times, see the attached pictures.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
So it would be ok to take the belt completely off and spin the crank and cam seperately? is there any specific direction that they must turn?
Expert:  David replied 8 years ago.
this engine will not hit valves, unless the engine was turning high rpms. Turn the engine by hand do not use the starter, it will be fine. The center crank is a 19 mm socket 12point. If you feel it bind do not force, turn the other way. There is always a chance that a valve got bent if it let go while you were driving at highway speeds. Now if you have a bent valve and force the engine you can further damage the piston or break off the valve, so when you do crank it will damage the block. Just becareful when turn by hand. Also the cam has a sensor wheel inside if it so be very careful when turn the can as not to damage the sensor wheel

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