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What to replace while changing the VW Golf timing belt on the 2.0L 8 valve engine.

VW Golf Timing Belt Replacement Diagram 2.0L
IMAGE DESCRIPTION The Golf 2.0L 8 valve engine's timing belt system is a relatively simple timing belt design. Apart from the timing belt itself the VW Golf 2.0L 8 valve engine's timing belt system consists of 2 serviceable timing belt components. One is the water pump that is driven by the timing belt. Second is the timing belt tensioner which provides variable spring loaded tension to the timing belt. These 2 components work in sync with each other to guide and tension the timing belt.

Before going through the significant work of taking your car apart for timing belt replacement, please consider the following:

Looking To Save Money... "Can I Just Replace the Timing Belt?" Simply changing the VW Golf timing belt isn't enough. Why? Around the timing belt service interval (75,000 miles), due to age the integrity of the tensioner, water pump, and other seals and o-rings are at the end or very near the end of their service life. Some individuals make the mistake of only replacing the timing belt. Then, 10,000-20,000 miles later, their new timing belt fails due to tensioner or water pump failure.

Tensioner

Why replace your VW Golf timing belt tensioner during timing belt service? Just as the timing belt has a designated service life and subsequent change interval, so does the tensioner. It's true that timing belts can get old, begin to crack, and eventually fail. However, it is just as common for the timing belt tensioner bearings to fail, thus causing timing belt failure.

How can the tensioner cause a timing belt to fail? Most tensioner bearings contain a set amount of grease behind the seal. This grease provides ample lubrication and ensures tensioner reliability for the designated life span (75,000 miles). During engine operation, constant thermal temperature fluctuations eventually cause the bearing's grease to breakdown and loose it's lubricating properties. Over time, this results in unwanted bearing play and eventual seizure. If a timing belt tensioner has too much play or seizes, the timing belt can become misaligned, or begin to 'burn up' and shred, causing engine failure. Thermal temperatures also affect the timing belt causing the material composition of the belt to change and accelerates it's life span, often resulting in premature failure.

Water Pump

Why replace your VW Golf water pump during timing belt service? It makes sense from a labor standpoint since timing belt dis-assembly is required for water pump replacement. The water pump is driven by the timing belt and contains an internal sealed bearing that has a life span similar to the timing belt, tensioner bearings. The internal bearing and seals of a VW water pump can weaken and is the primary reason why a water pump eventually fails.

Thermostat

Why replace your VW Golf thermostat during timing belt service? The engine temperature is controlled by the thermostat. Near the end of it's designated service life the thermostat spring temper changes. This causes the thermostat to open too much allowing the engine to run cooler, resulting in poor fuel optimization, decreased fuel economy, and less horsepower.

VW Golf Timing Belt Replacement Kits

BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ INA VW Golf Timing Belt Kits for 2.0L 8V Engine

Gen II BLAU® VW Golf Timing Belt Replacement Kits for the 2.0L 8 valve engine contain a preassembled INA timing belt BASE kit. The timing belt, timing belt tensioner, and hardware contained in this kit are the same as those directly supplied to the O.E. automotive manufacturer (e.g. VW).

  • Base INA VW Golf Timing Belt Kit 2.0L

    INA Base VW Timing Belt KitBASE

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Golf Timing
      Belt
    • INA VW Golf Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval   Sticker

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    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 and timing belt tensioner as supplied to VAG.
  • Enhanced INA VW Golf Timing Belt Kit 2.0L

    INA Enhanced VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Golf Timing
      Belt
    • INA VW Golf Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval   Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf 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 Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Helpful Blauparts VW Golf
      Timing Belt Replacement
      Guidelines

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  • Enhanced Plus INA VW Golf Timing Belt Kit 2.0L

    INA Enhanced + VW Timing Belt KitENHANCED +

    Preassembled BASE INA Kit:
    • INA Gates VW Golf Timing
      Belt
    • INA VW Golf Timing Belt
      Tensioner w/ Hardware
    • Timing Belt Service Interval   Sticker

    Other Components:
    • Graf 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
    3 Liters German Ravenol G12   Plus Antifreeze (2 - 1.5L Bottles)

    also included...

    Blauparts Extras
    • Serpentine Belt Pulley Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Frame Rail Bolts
    • Motor Mount to Engine Bracket
      Stretch Bolts
    • Thread Locking Compounds
    • Anti Seize Compound
    • Helpful Blauparts VW Golf
      Timing Belt Replacement
      Guidelines

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