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Installing a timing belt on 99 vw bug 2.0 -no turbo

When replacing the timing belt, in order to set timing do you bring the #1 cylinder to the top dead center? What do you use as the reference mark for setting timing on the cam shaft gear?

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There should be an acid mark (black mark) on gear, and yes cylinder #1 top dead center ps. make sure to disconnect distributor so it dont fire

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How to set timing chain on a 1997 audi a4 1.8 non turbo

is this a ground zero, never looked question
our 1.8 has a belt and chain.
called the AEB engine. 20 valves.... or is it the 16valve>?

1.8 R4 20vT

ours is the DOHC head,
there are 47 steps. in the FSM.
and photos , (log in to and look?)

the engine as s chain at the rear of the 2 cams, linking them.
and a front drive belt all must be timed by the book.
the first, fact to discover, is if it is and INTERFERENCE engine.
Im told it IS>!
if yes, do not crank engine over, util you are 3 times sure of timing
or boom, kiss off valves, or more..... damage has no limits.
the book tells you to match mark, the rear chain sprockets.
ill skip this, you implied front of engine belt.
there are 2 chapters one for rear chain
and one for belt.
here is the belt side.

quote. removal.
  1. Note the radio security code and disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Place the (hood) lock carrier in the service position. For additional information, please refer to the following topic(s): Body And Trim, Service Position, Front Bumper, Hood Lock Carrier.
  3. Remove the engine accessory drive belts. For additional information, please refer to the following topic(s): General Information And Maintenance, Routing Maintenance And Tune-up.
  4. Using a 5 x 60mm bolt, secure the viscous fan pulley. Using a hex wrench, remove the viscous fan-to-pulley bolts. Remove the viscous fan assembly.
  5. Turn the engine by hand to Top Dead Center (TDC) on the firing stroke for cylinder No. 1.
  6. Remove the upper timing belt cover.
usually a dumb idea this.... but is stated.
If reusing the timing belt, mark its rotational direction so it may be installed in its original position.
  1. Using the center bolt, rotate the crankshaft in the direction of engine rotation to position the No. 1 cylinder at Top Dead Center (TDC) of its compression stroke.
  2. Remove the damper pulley-to-crankshaft bolts and the damper.
  3. Remove the lower timing belt cover.
  4. Using a Torx Wrench T45, or equivalent, loosen the timing belt tensioner, push the tensioner downward and remove the timing belt.

  1. Align the camshaft sprocket timing mark with the cylinder head cover mark.
  2. Install the timing belt on the crankshaft sprocket with the arrow facing the rotational direction.
  3. Install the lower timing belt cover.
  4. Using a bolt, secure the damper/belt pulley on the crankshaft.
  5. Align the crankshaft damper/belt pulley with the housing timing mark so that the No. 1 cylinder is at TDC of its compression stroke.
  6. Install the timing belt on the camshaft sprocket and belt tensioner.
  7. Using a 2-pin Spanner Matra Tool No. V159 Wrench, or equivalent, lift (turn clockwise) the timing belt tensioner cylinder No. 1 until it is fully extended and tensioner cylinder No. 2 is raised approx. 1mm (3/8 inch); then, hand-tighten the mounting bolt.
  8. Rotate the crankshaft 2 complete rotation in the running direction.
  9. Inspect area 'A' for proper alignment with the upper edge of piston No. 2 and adjust if necessary.
  10. Area 'A' - adjustment OK
  11. Area 'B' - wear limit
  12. Area 'C' - re-adjust and check belt drive including tensioner for wear.
details, (devil?)
If the piston edge is located in area 'A', measurement 'D' is 25-29mm (31/32-1 1/8 inches).
  1. After adjustment has been verified, secure the tensioner with a 2-pin Spanner Matra Tool No. V159 Wrench, or equivalent, and tighten the mounting bolt.
  2. Complete the damper to crankshaft installation.
  3. Using the center bolt, rotate the crankshaft 2 rotations in the direction of engine rotation until the camshaft and crankshaft marks align with their respective reference points.
  4. Install the upper timing belt cover.
  5. Install the drive belts.
  6. The balance of assembly is in reverse order of removal.
  7. Install the negative battery cable last.
  8. Test drive the vehicle.

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free IMO..
PS : a savvy mech will not do step 8 ,until he:
1: spins engine over by hands sparks out, to feel if the valves hit the pistons, ( a DUH factor if ever. there was)
and TRIPLE checking. all timing marks again before close up.

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If you mean how to install timing belt, I'm not sure on your corrolla, but on my old tercel I turned the crank pulley so that cylinder 1 was at its top height (by feeling with a screwdriver in sparkplug hole) then turned valve pulley until first valve was open (with valve cover off) then aligned the timing belt that way. It didn't work. Then I realized that the cylinder has 2 top positions, one for "compress" stroke and one for "push out exhaust", so I turned crank again to bring cylinder one to top height, aligned belt, and it worked, car started.

Then I realized that crankshaft pulley had a ''timing mark'' (a kind of little notch) on it and that it aligned perfectly with a mark on engine, just to prove that I had done it right, "by hand".

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If you have replaced the glow plugs....replace glow plug harness. If code reappears, replace glow plug controller.

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4- set engine on top dead center #1cylinder
5- remove timing belt ( mark direction if re-using belt)
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7- remove spark plugs
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Hiwich timing mark I used to time the balancer shaft on a 99 honda accord with a 2.3L

To Install:
NOTE: Clean balancer belt drive pulley, timing belt pulleys and upper/lower timing cover prior to belt installation.

  1. Set timing belt drive pulley to TDC by aligning dimple on pulley with dimple on oil pump. honda-03-23-3426.gif

  2. Set camshaft pulley to TDC so that "UP" mark is at top and grooves align with top of cylinder head. Timing belt installation honda-03-23-3549.gif

  3. Starting with driver pulley, install timing belt in a counterclockwise sequence.
  4. Loosen and ten retighten adjusting nut.
  5. Install balancer belt drive pulley. NOTE: Inspect rubber seal on lower cover and replace as necessary.
  6. Install lower cover.
  7. Install crankshaft pulley and bolt.
  8. Rotate crankshaft pulley counterclockwise several times to seat belt.
  9. Loosen adjusting nut 1 turn.
  10. Rotate crankshaft counterclockwise 3 teeth on camshaft pulley.
  11. Tighten adjusting nut to 33 ft lb (44 Nm). honda-03-23-3542.gif

  12. Turn crankshaft pulley until TDC is achieved. honda-03-23-3426.gif

  13. Ensure that camshaft pulley "UP" mark is at top and grooves align with top of cylinder head.
  14. Remove crankshaft pulley and lower cover.
  15. Rotate crankshaft to TDC again and lock timing belt adjuster arm with a 6 mm timing cover bolt.
  16. Loosen adjuster nut 1 turn and ensure that belt tensioner freely moves.
  17. Push tensioner up and tighten adjusting nut. Balancer shaft alignment honda-03-23-3556.gif

  18. Remove bolt and washer from maintenance hole.
  19. Using a 6 X 100 mm bolt, scribe a mark 2.9 in (74 mm) from end.
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  22. Align groove on balancer shaft with pointer on oil pump housing.
  23. Install balancer belt and loosen adjusting nut 1 turn to tension.
  24. Retighten bolt. Balancer shaft alignment honda-03-23-3556.gif

  25. Remove bolt from maintenance hole and install bolt and washer. Tighten to 22 ft lb (29 Nm).
  26. Reinstall crankshaft pulley.
  27. Loosen adjusting nut 1 turn.
  28. Rotate crankshaft pulley counterclockwise 1 turn and tighten adjusting nut.
  29. Remove bolt from timing belt adjuster arm. NOTE: Inspect rubber seal on lower cover and replace as necessary.
  30. Remove crankshaft pulley.
  31. Install lower cover.
  32. Install seal at adjusting nut. NOTE: Crankshaft pulley, bolt and washer must be cleaned prior to installation.
  33. Lubricate crankshaft pulley bolt between head and washer and bolt threads with clean engine oil. honda-03-23-3537.gif

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  35. Install dipstick/tube assembly.
  36. Install upper cover. Tighten bolts to 9 ft lb (12 Nm).
  37. Install cylinder head cover.
  38. Install alternator bracket and alternator.
  39. Install power steering pump belt and alternator belt. Upper bracket installation honda-03-23-3420.gif

  40. Install upper bracket and tighten fasteners in proper numbered sequence.
  41. Install stop.
  42. Install battery and enter radio anti-theft code.
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My 2006 VW TURBO TDI is sick- Help me

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How to install timing belt on 1998 vw beetle

Things You'll Need: · Set of quarter-inch drive sockets Quarter-inch drive ratchet Set of half-inch drive sockets Half-inch drive air gun Set of metric wrenches Special tools for holding camshaft timing #2065-A and injection pump #2064

Step 1

Remove the accessory drive belts and the accessory drive belt tensioner. Remove the upper timing belt cover and the valve cover. Turn the crankshaft clockwise until the No.1 cylinder is atop, dead center, with the flywheel timing marks aligned.

Step 2

Install the special tool setting bar (#2065-A) on the rear of the camshaft. If it does not fit, turn the crankshaft once more and line up the timing marks again in the hole of the transmission housing.

Step 3

Insert locking pin #2064 into the injection pump to hold it in position. Remove the crankshaft pulley bolts, the crankshaft pulley and the lower timing belt cover. Loosen the tensioner pulley nut and allow the tensioner to move away from the belt. Loosely tighten the nut to hold the tensioner out of the way. Remove the top guide pulley and the timing belt.

Step 4

Make sure that the timing mark on the flywheel is lined up and that the camshaft setting bar and injection locking pin are in place. Loosen the camshaft bolt a half turn and tap the sprocket with a soft mallet to loosen it off its taper. The sprocket should move freely. Install the top guide pulley and torque to 18 foot pounds of torque.

Step 5

Install the new timing belt, starting on the right side and working counterclockwise. Keep the tension on the right nontensioned side. Loosen the tensioner pulley nut. Using the two-pin wrench, turn the tensioner pulley clockwise until the notch and raised mark are aligned. Torque the tensioner pulley nut to 15 foot pounds of torque. Make sure the flywheel timing mark is still aligned.

Step 6

Torque the camshaft bolt to 33 foot pounds of torque. Remove the locking pin from the injection pump and remove the camshaft setting bar. Turn the crankshaft two turns and check the alignment on the flywheel. Make sure that the setting bar can be inserted easily and that the injection pump locking pin can be inserted. Install all components in reverse order of removal and torque the crankshaft bolt to 18 foot pounds of torque.

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I need the piston firing order for a VG30E or a VG30ode

My sincere apologies for the extremely delayed response.
I am personally going back to answer your unanswered questions.

I have only been a free contributor to this site for the past 4-months.

I do not know if you still need this information, but I am going ahead and answering it anyway.

1. Non Turbo =VG30E. Turbo = VG30ET. In any case the Engine Cylinder numbers, Firing Order, and Distributor Connections are the same.

For the 3.0L:
Firing Order:
(back of engine)
(front of engine)

2. I am not sure what what "cam adjustments" you were looking for. I am sure you probably have taken care of that or found what you were looking for. However, in most cases the person is really asking about the Timing issue.

Click on the following Link for the Timing Belt/Chain Diagrams.

Again, my sincerest apologies:

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