Special Tools for VW Jetta Timing Belt Replacement 1.9 TDI ALH Models

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

On older single-cam VW engines it is possible to achieve general timing without the special tools. However, on the ALH VW TDI engine, special tools were designed for a reason. Slight variations in timing or orientation can result in a very poor performing TDI or catastrophic engine damage (e.g. bent valves).

This isn't the area of vehicle maintenance to cut corners or try to save time. On these VW models, in order to achieve 100% proper cam to crankshaft, and injector pump timing, special tools are absolutely necessary. When the timing is off several degrees the check engine light could appear and a lack of performance is noticed (i.e. poor fuel economy, excessive black smoke and soot, hard starting). Remember, you're performing a crucial maintenance repair. If done incorrectly, catastrophic engine damage will result.

When replacing the VW Jetta timing belt on my 1.9 TDI ALH model, do I need the special tools? The 1.9 TDI ALH engine has no specific tools to hold the crankshaft in place. This can be easily referenced by the crank timing reference marks. The camshaft and injector pump sprockets are crucial in the proper engine timing and need the special tools to maintain engine timing. There are some other special tools that can make your timing belt service much easier. This would include special tools for counter holding the crankshaft sprocket when 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.

Basic Descriptions of Essential VW Jetta Timing Belt Tools:1.9 TDI ALH VW Jetta Timing Belt Tools

• 3418 - Camshaft locking plate.
• 3036 - Camshaft / injection pump sprocket counter hold.
• T40001 - Camshaft sprocket puller.
• 3359 - Injection pump sprocket locking pin.
• T10020 / V159 - Two pin spanner and wrench.
• Crankshaft lock tool.
• TS25 - 1/4 Allen socket (for automatic transmission).
• Feeler gauge set - Used to make sure the camshaft
  locking plate is tight in the camshaft.
• 3415 - Crank holder - Used to hold the crank stationary when removing
  the crank bolt.

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

• 3203 - Crank seal remover.
• 3265 - Crank seal installer.

SPECIAL NOTE: Mk IV A4 Chassis VW Jetta 1.9 TDI ALH Models

The following are NOT included in our tool rental kit:

Due to their size and complexity the following tools and software are not available through us and are not included in our tool rental kits.

Engine and Transmission Support Tools - The transverse mounted engine this is used in the VW Jetta A4 platform features a timing belt that runs through the center of the passenger side motor mount bracket. This motor mount bracket must be removed to perform the timing belt service. To remove the motor mount bracket the engine and transmission needs to be properly supported. If they are not properly supported, damage can occur to the engine, transmission, fenders, and body of the car. It is necessary to use of the factory specified and specifically designed VW A4 chassis special tools listed below.

10-222 A - Engine and transmission support bar set.
10-222 A/1 - VW A4 platform (chassis) engine support bar to fender brackets.

Diagnostic Software - Diagnostic software (e.g. Ross Tech) is also needed in order to properly tune the injector timing. The timing belt tools will only get the injector pump timing to a window where the engine will start and run. The Ross Tech diagnostic software is designed to fine tune the injection timing for optimal efficiency and performance.


VW Jetta 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.

 

VW Jetta Timing Belt Replacement Kits

BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ INA VW Jetta Timing Belt Kits for 1.9 TDI ALH Engine

Gen II BLAU® VW Jetta Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 1.9 TDI ALH engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, tensioner idlers, and hardware contained in this BASE kit are the same as those directly supplied to VAG.

  • Base INA VW Jetta Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Buy VW Jetta 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. These kits include the same manufactured brand of timing belt, tensioners, and idlers as supplied to VAG.

    Please Note: When originally released, the factory recommended timing belt interval for ALH TDI VW Jetta with was 40,000 miles for automatic transmissions and 60,000 miles for manual transmissions. However, in 2003 VAG raised the timing belt interval to 100,000 miles. This was done because of improvements made to the timing belt idler bearing (an increased ID from 47mm to a 60mm), and a stronger timing belt (carbon aramid material). This BASE kit contains Official O.E. factory specified improved timing belt and tensioners for the 100,000 mile change interval.
  • Enhanced INA VW Jetta Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Salari Water Pump w/ Gasket
      O-Ring (Metal Impeller)
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Pulley Bolts
      (Lower Crank)
    • Water Pump Bolts
    • EGR O-Ring Seal
    • Vacuum Pump O-Ring Seal
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Injection Pump Pulley Bolts
    • Valve Cover Bolts
    • Wheel Well Fender Skirt Sheet
      Metal Screws
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Jetta 1.9 TDI Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Jetta Timing Belt Kit Enhanced
  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Jetta Timing Belt Kit 1.9 TDI

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates Timing Belt (Long Life
      Carbon Aramid Version)
    • INA 80mm OD Timing Belt
      Tensioner Idler w/ Hardware
      (Updated 60mm Bearing)
    • Litens Timing Belt Tensioner
      Idler w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Tensioner Idlers
      w/ Hardware
    • INA Timing Belt Service Interval
      Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Salari Water Pump w/ Gasket
      O-Ring (Metal Impeller)
    • Thermostat w/ O-Ring
    • Thermostat Housing w/ Hardware
    • Flennor Gates Serpentine Belt
    • Front Crank Seal
    • Camshaft Seal

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Pulley Bolts
      (Lower Crank)
    • Water Pump Bolts
    • EGR O-Ring Seal
    • Vacuum Pump O-Ring Seal
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Injection Pump Pulley Bolts
    • Valve Cover Bolts
    • Wheel Well Fender Skirt Sheet
      Metal Screws
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Blauparts Detailed Step-by-Step
      VW Jetta 1.9 TDI Timing Belt
      Instructions - Numerous pages
      and images of detailed step-by-
      step guidelines, including front
      bumper removal.

    Buy VW Jetta Timing Belt Kit Enhanced +