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I was just informed by a friend that he had bought an alh with a broken timing belt and had replaced the timing belt and head by himself... i do feel very confident with his work but i do know he is old fashioned and unfamiliar with TDIs... he now has a no start condition and was wondering where we should start looking... TIA
 

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2nd, very common problem. It will take some cranking so just make sure the starter gets some rest between attempts or else you'll have a broken starter too.
 

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Assuming that your friend did the TB replacement correctly and the Fuel Pump is timed properly, then I would loosen up the 3rd injector, crank the engine until fuel spills, torque it down and try again. Repeat with same procedure with injector #2. It will then start.
 

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I would loosen up the 3rd injector, crank the engine until fuel spills, torque it down and try again. Repeat with same procedure with injector #2. It will then start.
You may as well slacken them all off and crank it then they will all bleed the pipes in one go.

Well if you think about this logically if it ran ok before the timing belt and head job then its something thats been missed or not built correctly. ;)
 

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Assuming that your friend did the TB replacement correctly and the Fuel Pump is timed properly, then I would loosen up the 3rd injector, crank the engine until fuel spills, torque it down and try again. Repeat with same procedure with injector #2. It will then start.
This can throw a code for the 3rd injector but yes it's fine and will get the air out. Any remaining air will come out as the engine runs.
 
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