The 2.0 Liter 8V engine was used in 1998-2005 VW Beetle. The 8V engine is driven by a timing belt system which links the cylinder head, camshaft, and crankshaft to run in sync. This VW Beetle timing belt system consists of a wear resistant, high strength, corded/molded rubber timing belt (a.k.a. VW Beetle toothed belt). There's also a tensioner that guides and tensions the VW Beetle timing belt.
It's very important to service your 2.0L VW Beetle timing belt. The timing belt and tensioner components eventually reach the end of their recommended service life. The Beetle 2.0L 8V is an interference engine (a.k.a. non-clearance engine). If the VW Beetle timing belt fails, the timing belt system that links the cylinder head, camshaft, and crankshaft no longer run in sync. Close tolerance engine designs allow for the cylinder head valves to hit the top side of the pistons. VW Beetle timing belt failure on these engines usually results in catastrophic engine damage (i.e. bent valves and in some cases cracked pistons).
We're pleased to announce our partnership with Schaeffler Group Automotive, one of Germany's and Europe's largest industrial automotive companies who have been manufacturing timing belt components under the official Original Equipment (O.E.) INA brand for decades. Partnership with an O.E. manufacturer means Blauparts can ensure absolute quality control through a direct supply chain. >> Read more about Schaeffler.
BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ INA BASE VW Beetle Timing Belt Kits include the same timing belt and timing belt tensioner components supplied to VAG. Beginning in May 2013 Blauparts began to include an INA BASE kit in nearly all of our VW Timing Belt Kits. Hundreds of INA part numbers were entered into our database. As of January 2014, approximately 90% of BLAU OFFICIAL O.E.™ INA VW Timing Belt Kits include a BASE INA kit and have been fully integrated to Gen II status.
Gen II BLAU® VW Beetle 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).