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I can get a 90 jetta turbo diesel for $400, only problem is the timing belt snapped so it can't run. The kit is only $100 online compared to $400-$600 at a mechanics. So anybody done a timing belt before? How hard is it and any tips?
It's not too difficult but plan on spending a few hours on it. You're going to have to pull the water pump off at the same time so you might as well replace it while it's off. They're not too expensive.
I am a mechanic at a vw/porsche dealership. We dont see old model vw's anymore so i cant say for personal experience on those specific cars but from experience with modern TDI engines, you might need some one there who knows what he is doing. Like said earlier in the thread, replace the waterpump at the same time since you are in the area. On most timing belt jobs in the shop we replace cam seals aswell. Im going to assume this car isnt an interference engine due to its age, but if you wish to check for damage, pull the valve cover off the engine and inspect the valves for visible damage or chunks of metal resting in the head of the engine, but when you remove the valve cover replace the gasket since they are one time use and torque the bolts in sequence from inward to outward to avoid warpage. You may need an engine hook and floor jack to complete the job since you most likely have to remove the engine mount on the left side, so you will need to keep the engine up. You may need some vw specific tools to get the job done aswell, you may need to lock the camshaft into place while doing work unless you can rig something up. And replace all hardware used since most is torque to yield which means it will most likely break if torqued to proper spec after the repairs are done. Make sure you mark the timing marks on the crank/camshaft with a paint pen before hand to make them most visible than the factory "nicks". If you have any other questions, just ask me. Keep in mind this is also a mechanical diesel fuel injection pump which can be a bitch to properly set after the repairs. I might be able to snag all the torque specs for you if you need.
I have to replace the timing belt in my car and all i know is the shop wants around $700 for the whole thing and the only reason my dad doesn't want to do it with me is because you have to remove the entire engine, thus making it difficult.
if a timing belt just snapped its not just as easy as putting a new one on its not liek a wiper blade going bad
1. car has jumped timing.
2. may have bent a valve due to it breaking
3 could be both an exhaust valve or a intake valve..
if you do decide to do this it will cost more then 700 i feel.