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 BEW 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.
Basic Descriptions of Essential VW Beetle Timing Belt Tools:
• 3099 / 3415 - Crankshaft counter holding torque holder.
• T10172 - Camshaft sprocket counter holding tool.
• T10051 - Camshaft hub counter holding tool.
• T10052 - Camshaft sprocket puller.
• 3359 - Camshaft and fuel pump hub lock pin tool.
• T10100 - Crankshaft sprocket holder.
• 3387 - Eccentric tensioner pulley pin wrench.
NOTE: The following tools are used depending on the depth of VW Beetle timing belt service that you're performing and if you've chosen to change the cam or crank seals.
• 3389 - Cam seal installer.
• 3265 - Crankshaft oil seal installer press sleeve.
• 3240 - Camshaft seal remover.
• 3203 - Crankshaft oil seal puller.
Mk IV A4 Chassis VW Beetle 1.9 TDI BEW 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 Beetle 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 following factory specified and specifically designed VW A4 chassis special tools, which are not available through us and are not included in our tool rental kits.
10-222 A - Engine and transmission support bar set.
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 Beetle 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, BEW, 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.