just got a 99 vw bug with 2.0 engine. I need to replace the water pump, I have serp belt off and the 2 timing belt covers off, if I don't move the cam and crankshaft pulleys in the removal and reinstallation, do I still have to get pulleys lined up and get #1 cylinder to top dead center?


Asked by Sep 29, 2013 at 09:46 AM about the 1999 Volkswagen Beetle 2 Dr GL Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

replacing water pump, I have to remove timing belt, but do I have to get #1 cylinder to top
dead center if the pulleys are'nt moved?  serpentine belt and 2 timing belt covers are off,
timing belt is still installed.  Not sure if I have to go all out with timing or not.

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You don't have too but I always do it just because if a pulley is moved you can put back without the re-timing hassle, might as well replace the timing ans other belts while your there.

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