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Removing timming belt to change thermostat

My sincere thanks to Passatsyncro for the info about having to remove the timming belt to get to the thermostat housing.
Can I use a camshaft alignment tool to keep the camshafts in time(meaning exactly where they are now) and then just loosen the tensioner to the point where the timming belt will slip off the left camshaft sprocket so I can take off the housing and get to the thermostat?
Also, is the alignment tool a special order from VW, or can I just buy one somewhere?
Also, will the timming belt and/or the crankshaft move if I push the car in neutral (it is an automatic) all the way into the garage (it is halfway sticking out of the garage now, so I wouldn't get rained on) but I need to get it all the way inside.
BTW- There must be a more logical method of engineering so you don't have to take half of your car apart, and put back together, just to REPLACE A THERMOSTAT!

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  • xstcleod Jun 18, 2009

    My Haines repair manual doesn't say anything about, or show, anything about a "bumper cover radiator condenser".

    And, you didn't say anythng about just loosening the tensioner to get it off the left camshaft sprocket.

    And what would the this condenser have to do with the valves?

    Thanks for you help, honeymokey, I appreciate your time and effort.



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The front bumper cover radiator condenser will have to come off . To keep from bending valves have a mechanic fix this. In the long run you will save time and money.

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    honeymokey Jun 18, 2009

    thats if you compleatly remove the belt as in your first sentence.



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