Hi, I have a 99 Vw Passat with a timing issue, the belt is in a bad location. I have had to take off the entire front end so far, however I am not sure how to remove the radiatior and the fans to get into the area
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John, check the spark plug wires for proper location, Timing belt may have been installed in not quite right position. Verify new belt installed correctly. Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck
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All these switches I have found are on the passenger side. Either in the trunk or behind the kick panel on the passenger side. Rarely do these go bad.. And they only need reset if you have a front end accident. If you are not getting fuel check the fuses and or the fuel pressure.
This is a time consuming process, that should not be done, unless you are sure of your mechanical skills, the thermostat is behind the timing belt (why VW ever did that I do not know). You will have to remove the front bumper, and put the front of vehicle into what is called service position, meaning the front end of the car, radiator and mounting moves forward a few inches. It sounds complicated but its not really to bad.
Then you will need to removed the serpentine belt and power steering pulley. Remove timing belt covers. Then either removed the top portion of timing belt and then remove thermostat housing, or if you are really patient, you can try to squeeze the thermostat out from behind, but it is not easy at all.
All in all, this job for a DIY is probably around 5-8 hours of work and I would not attempt unless you have done something like this before.
It depends on what engine you have, but all 3 are similar. They are all in the front of the engine, so the water pump can be run by a belt. With the 1.8 turbo, it is run by the serpentine belt, but you still have to take the timing belt off because it is behind the timing belt slightly. The Vr6 is run by the timing belt, so also needs the belt removed. The V6 was less common, but also difficult. You do not have to take the timing belt off I think, but you have to remove the whole chassis at the front, because there is so little room otherwise. There really are only 4 main bolts holding the whole chassis front on. It is recommended that the thermostat and timing belt be done at the same time, to save labor, since it is intensive on any engine.
80 000miles(120 000km) is recomended by the dealer but it's safer at 40 000miles(60 000km) its safer for town driving and cold conditions considering the diffirence between a cambelt change and a replacemnet engine and downtime.
when you are looking at the engine pull off the plastic cover on top then the front cover that covers you timing belt there is a wire harness tha goes right to it in the left upper coner two ten mil bolts and it comes off careful not to drop bolts down in belt that could be bad. it is that easy
Timing belt is hidden under all accessories (alternator, A/C compressor, Power Steering pump, etc.) It is a difficult repair, on many VW models it requires removal of the whole 'front clip' which involves fenders, grill and radiator. Expect $600 -$800 cost. Usually the water pump should also be changed with timing belt - just because to tear engine down that far, it is a preventative step to save future problems.