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So I’m a newbie in Las Vegas, NV with a 99.5 Jetta TDI GLS looking for help with a timing belt change. I’ve read the post on it but would still like some assistance from someone who has done it before, and I’d like to not have to buy the special tools and VAG-COM yet since I’ve already dumped sooo much $ in to it! And I really can’t afford the $1-1200 at the local shop! I’m not looking for anyone to do it for me, I’m very hands on and won’t learn anything that way! I think I’m mechanically competent enough to do it, just looking for a lil help from someone who knows more then me, and use of their tools of course :D

Here’s a list of what I’ve already done to it, I bought it from an auction and it was in horrible condition! Multiple leaks, front end damage, no temperature or speed readings, sunroof siliconed shut, etc. etc…

So this is what I’ve done on my own so far. Front bumper, Radiator support, Turbo Intercooler, AC Intercooler, AC compressor, Receiver Dryer, Expansion chamber, AC line from compressor to intercooler, Radiator, Upper and lower Rad hoses, All rubber coolant hoses, All Vacuum hoses, Thermostat, Thermostat housing, Coolant reservoir, Engine Temperature Sensor, Coolant flange, P/S suction hose, P/S pressurized line from pump to rack, Multiple Hose mounts, Oil Cooler seals, Serpentine belt, Tensioner, Alternator, Front and Rear Speed Sensors, Left Rear Caliper mount, Front and Rear brakes, Antenna, Multiple Sunroof parts, CD Deck, and probably a handful of other stuff that I can’t recall right now.

Plus I got the windows tinted (a must in Vegas) a windshield and new tires. And I still need to do my suspension, door panel, skid plate, paint, gear selector (I think that’s what it’s called) and find out why I still can’t read my speed. But I figure that stuff can wait, I know the timing belt is a must! I looked at it yesterday after getting the AC charged and the belt is halfway off one of the drives!

Is there any or does anyone know a competent member in Vegas willing to help?? It would be much appreciated! Thanks for taking the time to read my long post! Any responses would be great!
 

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I think that the cam and crank holding tools are needed

So I’m a newbie in Las Vegas, NV with a 99.5 Jetta TDI GLS looking for help with a timing belt change. I’ve read the post on it but would still like some assistance from someone who has done it before, and I’d like to not have to buy the special tools and VAG-COM yet !
Sorry not close enough to be able to help and I have not done the job myself but after everything I have read I would not want to do the job without at least the camshaft and crankshaft holding tools.

This poster replaced the timing belt with a homemade camshaft holding tool and a drill for the injection pump pulley but no tool holding the crankshaft, gutsy move I think.

http://www.myturbodiesel.com/forum/f5/timing-belt-does-cam-gear-really-have-come-off-9032/

Earlier today I spoke to VW/TDI specialist and he said that if I install the new belt correctly with the right tools then I can drive the car to another location that has the VAG-COM for the fine tune adjustment of the timing. Maybe someone in your area can help you with the VAG-COM after you replace the belt.

I will try to replace the timing belt with only the camshaft and crankshaft holding tools and a drill since these tools are reasonably priced.


Good luck
Carl
1982 300SD
daughter's 2002 Jetta TDI
 
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