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Timing belt and head gasket r and r

Discussion in 'VW Mk4 Jetta, Golf, New Beetle, Passat TDI forum' started by crf450r1, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. crf450r1

    crf450r1 Member

    Oct 13, 2011
    2001 golf tdi 1.9
    Power plus 520 nozzles, Koni Shocks
    I guess its time to change the timing belt and replace the head gasket on my 01 tdi golf. It appears that my water pump may be leaking around the timing belt area. i cant see exactly where the coolant is coming from but the passenger side around the timing belt is soaked with coolant. Also there is a squeal coming from that same area. could it be the pump itself? also the head gasket appears to be leaking. has anyone replaced a head gasket? if so do you have to shave the head or just replace the gasket? The coolant in the expansion tank is also oily looking. is this noramal? thanks
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  2. BugginOut

    BugginOut New Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    NB 2001
    None yet....Looking to make it mine...
    Best guess would be a head gasket and timing set. While you are at replace all the belts, check bearings on all components and probably take care of the cam seal.
  3. chittychittybangbang

    chittychittybangbang Administrator

    May 23, 2007
    2006 Jetta TDI
    don't have to shave the head but would check it. read the ALH head removal article in FAQ for DIY.

    coolant mixing w/black stuff can also come from egr cooler or oil cooler

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