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Hi, all. ... I'm encouraged to know there's such a good VW web site with helpful owner info to get and keep their VW's in tip-top shape. Because, just in the past month, I bought a 1981 VW Diesel Rabbit 5 spd Pickup with 238,000+ miles on it. And I'm about to fly to Columbus, OH, tomorrow, to pick up a 2002 VW Jetta TDI 4 spd auto with 200,000+ miles. I've never owned a diesel ANYTHING, VW or otherwise, until now.

With the exception of having to deal with diesel fuel problems (old fuel with water/mold gelling gumming up the injectors on the VW Rabbit Pickup), my brief experience with diesel VW's has been positive, so far. But I'm quite sure I'll need a lot of folk's insight/tips/guidance to help get and keep both VW's in top running form. ... To wit, can anyone advise me on what tools I'd need and what steps to take in order to replace the diesel engine's timing/water pump belt? Any other helpful advice as to what I should do/be-on-the-lookout for to check out and set up these high-mileage vehicles, to ward off expensive repairs and keep them humming for 100,000's more miles, would be greatly appreciated.

~Rich :)
 

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If you're in Columbus, you may want to give this guy a call and stop by : http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/members/growler/ , very knowledgeable, contact info within.

RE: tools, the timing belt needs some special tools. I rent them upon request: http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/ALH-engine-timing-belt-change-VW-Jetta-TDI-1.htm here are pics of the tools and instructions if you want to DIY

http://www.myturbodiesel.com/1000q/a4/new-owner-checklist-VW-TDI-mk4.htm Here is a buying guide with some gotchas and other critical maintenance.

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