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In the next month, I am planning to have a camshaft replaced in my 05 Passat, probably by franko6, unless he stays so busy he can't get around to it.

Any chance you would post a tutorial on that, or is it not a good idea for regular folks to do for the first time on their own cars?

By the way, my car has 84K miles, and I think there will be more of these that will need the same thing. 505.01 oil since new.
 

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If you have basic mechanical ability and can do a timing belt it's not much more. You need the special tools though I'm sure someone else will buy them after you're done.

Are you having him do it? I think he knows what he's doing.
 

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Thanks for pointing to the write-up, I missed that.

I live reasonably close to Frank, so he will most likely do this for me. He is pretty swamped right now with heads mailed in from around the country. I have learned a lot from just talking with him a few times.
 

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If you have basic mechanical ability and can do a timing belt it's not much more. You need the special tools though I'm sure someone else will buy them after you're done.

Are you having him do it? I think he knows what he's doing.
Can you post the cliffs on the mods he's doing? I'm lazy and don't want to read the very long thread elsewhere.
 

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Where could one find the two special tools needed for camshaft removal?
My local VW dealer was not helpful.
 

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I just added the source to the writeup. It does take time to proofread and update them so you may rolling changes on many articles. I normally don't buy OEM VW tools unless the price is right or they're hard to find. In this case the price was right and nobody else makes them. Samstag tools had them but they charged more from them. In this case the OEM tools are purchased through snap-on through the link provided. They sell tools to the public but you have to set up an account and I'm sure the dealer buys them wholesale. The first few screens look really sketchy but it's the actual snap on VW tool site, the same place dealers buy them from.

Cliffs on what I believe franko6 is doing: drilling holes in the camshaft bearing caps to access oil passages in the head and then modifying the bearings to route the oil. I haven't read every post detailing this but it makes sense. I don't know the effect on camshaft lobe wear but it could reduce camshaft bearing wear.
 
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