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How to set timing belt

I have a 1997 2.0L Volkswagen Jetta. We are replacing the water pump and the concern is having to move the timing belt. What are the proper settings for this, if we need to reset it? Do they need to face each other, line up with each other? Are they set at 2 or 4?

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  • eastrout May 13, 2009

    engine code is ABA

  • Anonymous May 23, 2009

    moved cam gear when disassembaling the timing belt need to start from scratch and need help



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Always be sure to set to top dead cyl1 before removing belt. there will be mark on the cam gear and another on flywheel seen through passage in bellhousing there will also be a timing mark on the balance shaft. I found it best to ignore timing mark on balance shaft gear and just remove distributor cap. you will see rotor pointing to #1 plug wire and rotor will also line up to a small notch in distributor body. this way is more accurate. also after setting timing belt turn motor over 2 full turns then recheck timing marks again. while your in there check the bearings in all idler pulleys and tensioner pulleys, hate to have to go back in there again just for a noisey bearing later. good luck.

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Hi what is the engine code it will be a three letter code on the cam belt cover or look in the boot lift the carpet find the big white sticker and look for the moter code there.

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