Special Tools for VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement 1.8T

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Do I need special tools? Can I do it without the tools?

When replacing the VW Passat timing belt on my 1.8T model, do I need the special tools? On single-cam VW engines it is possible to achieve good general timing without the special tools. However some special tools are needed for the related timing belt components.

It's important to take your time well performing the VW Passat 1.8T 20 valve timing belt service. If the timing is off several degrees the check engine light could appear and a lack of performance is often noticed or slight variations in timing or orientation can result in catastrophic engine damage (e.g. bent valves). Remember, you're performing a crucial maintenance repair.

When replacing the VW Passat timing belt on my 1.8T 20 valve model, do I need the special tools? The 1.8T 20 valve engine has no specific tools to hold the crankshaft and camshaft in an exact place well changing your timing belt. The engine timing marks are referenced by the timing alignment marks placed by the factory. There are some special tools that can make VW Passat timing belt service much easier. This would include special tools for counter holding the crankshaft sprocket well loosening and tightening the crankshaft bolt as well as the camshaft sprocket bolt. Other beneficial tools include the cam and crank seal removers, cam and cranks seal installers, and eccentric wrench for properly tensioning the timing belt tensioner.

Special VW Passat Timing Belt ToolsBasic Descriptions of Essential VW Passat Timing Belt Tools:

3099 or 3415 - Crankshaft pulley retainer bar.
3036 - Camshaft sprocket holder.
3212 - Viscous fan spanner wrench.
3369 or 3411 - Bumper support tool.

NOTE: The following tools are used depending on the depth of VW Passat timing belt service that you're performing and if you've chosen to change the cam or crank seals.

V159 - Eccentric pulley pin wrench.
2085 - Camshaft seal remover tool.
2085/1 - Camshaft seal install guide tool.
3241/1 and 3241/4 - Camshaft seal installer tools.
3203 - Crankshaft seal remover.
3265 - Crankshaft seal installer tool.
3083 - Front crank seal installer tools.
T45 - Torx socket bit.


VW Passat Timing Belt Tool Rental Program

How Does Our Tool Rental Program Work? As a courtesy and for a small fee ($45.00-$55.00), we offer the option of renting a VW Timing Belt Tool Rental Kit to customers who purchase one of our BLAU VW Timing Belt Replacement Kits. Our VW timing belt tool rental program allows technicians to use the special tools required, without the investment. For example, a set of special timing belt tools for a newer TDI engine (BEW, BRM, BHW) can cost around $800 or more.

A VW Timing Belt Tool Rental Kit can be in your possession for a total of 7 days. We add appropriate transit time to your 7 day rental. When you receive your package, your invoice and the tool kit itself will have the specified date that your tool rental kit is required back (received in our facility).

What is a tool deposit? A tool deposit is an amount of money put down at the time of tool rental to ensure the return of the tool kit and adherence to our rental policies, agreement, and procedures. This is a good faith tool deposit. The deposit amount varies depending on the actual replacement cost of tools. The refund of your deposit is given when the tool kit has been returned in complete and good condition. For more information see our Tool Rental Policy.

PLEASE NOTE: The small fee we charge doesn't even cover the costs associated with this tool rental program. We offer this as a courtesy to our customers, whom we view as friends. With this in mind, our VW Timing Belt Tool Rental Kits are not available without the purchase of a BLAU VW Timing Belt Replacement Kit. Purchasing a timing belt kit and tool rental kit from Blauparts with the intent of using the tools to install timing belt parts purchased elsewhere and then returning our timing belt kit is not allowed. Due to the complications of international laws, shipping variables, duties, taxes, and returns, tool rental kits are not available to rent outside of the contiguous 48 US states. Thank you for your understanding.

 

1.8T VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits

1998 - 2001 Models with AEB, ATW, or ATB Engine Code

Please Note: 1998-1999 model years had only one timing belt system option. Owners will not need to confirm their engine code or VIN #. 2000-2001 model years have 3 different timing belt system possibilities. Owners will need to confirm their engine code in order to determine the correct timing belt system. How To Determine Your VW Engine Code

Gen II BLAU® VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.8T engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
    • INA VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Base

    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
    • INA VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Saleri Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Water Pump
      V-Belt
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal
    • Intermediate Shaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
    • INA VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Saleri Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Water Pump
      V-Belt
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal
    • Intermediate Shaft Seal
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +

2000 - 2001 Early VIN and AUG Engine Code

Please Note: 2000-2001 model years have 3 different timing belt system possibilities. Owners will need to confirm their engine code in order to determine the correct timing belt system. How To Determine Your VW Engine Code. 2001 owners will also need to confirm their VIN #. How To Decipher Your VW VIN Number.

Gen II BLAU® VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.8T engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
      w/ Idler
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Base

    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
      w/ Idler
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seals

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • NTN VW Passat Timing Belt
      Hydraulic Tensioning Damper
      w/ Idler
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seals
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +

2001 - 2005 Late VIN and AWM Engine Code

Please Note: 2001 model years have 3 different timing belt system possibilities. Owners will need to confirm their engine code in order to determine the correct timing belt system. How To Determine Your VW Engine Code. 2001 owners will also need to confirm their VIN #. How To Decipher Your VW VIN Number. 2002-2005 model years had only one timing belt system option. Owners will not need to confirm their engine code or VIN #.

Gen II BLAU® VW Passat Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.8T engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Bracket
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Base

    Preassembled BASE kit comes directly from our partner Schaeffler who has been manufacturing timing belt components under the OFFICIAL O.E. INA brand for decades. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, damper, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Bracket
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Passat Timing Belt Kit 1.8T

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Passat Timing
      Belt
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner
    • Lintens VW Passat Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Bracket
    • Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf Water Pump w/ O-Ring
      Gasket and Water Pump Bolts
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Power Steering
      Alternator Serpentine Belt
    • Flennor Gates AC Compressor
      Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Passat 1.8T Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Passat Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +