Do I need special tools? Can I do it without the 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 2.0L 8 valve timing belt. 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 Beetle timing belt on my 2.0L 8 valve model, do I need the special tools? The 2.0L 8 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 your 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.
Basic Descriptions of Essential VW Beetle Timing Belt Tools:
3415 - Crankshaft pulley retainer bar.
3036 - Camshaft sprocket holder.
T10020 - Eccentric 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.
T40098 - Serpentine belt tensioner locking pin.
2085 - Camshaft seal remover tool.
3241/1 - Camshaft seal installer tool.
3203 - Crankshaft seal remover.
3202 - Crankshaft seal installer tool.
Engine and Transmission Support Tools for Mk IV A4 Chassis VW Beetle 2.0L 8 valve models
VW Beetle A4 platform features a transverse mounted engine. The transverse mounted engine has 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. Due to their size and complexity these tools are not available through us and are not included in our tool rental kits.
The following tools are NOT included in our tool rental kit:
10-222 A - Engine and transmission support bar set.
10-222 A/1 - VW New Beetle platform (chassis) engine support bar to fender brackets.
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, 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.