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2001 golf, changed timing belt, now car only goes to 2800 rpm

I broke the timing belt on a 2001 golf 2.0. Changed belt. Now the engine only goes to 2800 rpm and the engine light is on code says thew camshaft sensor is bad.

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  • ewulrich Feb 23, 2009

    I have checked the timing 3 times it dead on. Matched tdc cam and crank, Double checked tensioner.


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Check that you havent bent a valve in the cylinder head. Do a compression check on each of the cylinders if it is low on any this more than likely a bent valve resulting in no power from that cylinder.

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the timing belt will need to be changed then thatts the only reason why that will do that

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