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VW Beetle Timing Belt Installation Guide for 1.9L TDI ALH Engine

How to replace VW Beetle Timing Belt on 1.9L TDI ALH Engine Code

Wondering how to replace the timing belt on a VW Beetle with 1.9L TDI ALH engine? Blauparts is here to help! Below are step-by-step VW Beetle timing belt installation instructions and tips, developed by our master technicians. Our hands-on experience has helped us create instructions that are specific to your VW Beetle engine. Detailed instructions include complete VW Beetle front bumper removal instructions.

DISCLAIMER: VW Beetle timing belt installation is a complex repair procedure and should be performed by experienced automotive technicians, trained in performing proper timing belt installation.

Blauparts recommends that an Audi VW Factory Trained ASE Certified Technician perform timing belt repair. One who has been trained in specific timing belt procedures for your exact vehicle engine. This is for your safety and to prevent improper installation by untrained and unqualified installers and technicians, leading to possible engine damage.

Always read the factory service manual safety instructions and guidelines. Always wear safety glasses and other safety items when performing the following repair.

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How To Step 1

Position the vehicle in the air on proper automotive jack stands and remove the passenger side front wheel.

How To Step 2

Remove the protective splash pan using a T-25 Torx driver.

How To Step 3

Remove the lower intercooler hose by removing (1) 10mm nut (1) spring clip and (1) hose clamp located in the passenger side wheel well.

How to replace TDI VW Beetle timing belt ALH - step 3

How To Step 4

Loosen and remove the passenger side fender liner by removing the spring clips from corresponding studs.

How to replace TDI VW Beetle timing belt ALH - step 4

How To Step 5

Using a 16mm wrench, loosen and remove the serpentine belt by turning tensioner clockwise.

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How To Step 6

Using a 13mm socket, remove (3) bolts that secure the serpentine belt tensioner to the engine.

How To Step 7

If the forward upper intercooler hose clamp is not accessible you may need to remove the front bumper in order to remove the passengers side headlight. If the hose clamp is accessible remove hose clamp and continue to step 18.

How To Step 8

Remove the bumper cover to gain access to the hose clamp at the top of the intercooler. Pull up (vertically) in the top side corners of both the passenger and driver side of grille trim. Then push inward towards engine and once again pull up on the top side corners of both the passenger and driver side of grille trim. Be careful not to break the clips molded into the grille.

How to replace TDI VW Beetle timing belt ALH - step 8a

Pry up and remove the spring clip from the hood latch lever. Then using a flat blade screwdriver, spread the latch apart so that the rod clears the latch pins and remove latch.

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How To Step 9

Pull upwards on the grille and remove it.

How To Step 10

Using a T-25 Torx driver, remove (4) screws from both passenger and drivers side on the front side of wheel well.

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How To Step 11

Using a T-30 Torx driver, remove (5) screws on the top of the bumper cover.

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How To Step 12

Remove passenger and drivers side lower front bumper grilles.

How To Step 13

Using a T-30 Torx driver, remove (1) screw from behind the grille opening on each side of vehicle that secures the bumper cover to the radiator.

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How To Step 14

Begin to remove the bumper cover, but pause to remove the bulbs from the rear side of the marker lamps. It may be advantageous to use 2 people for this step.

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How To Step 15

Unplug passenger side headlamp. Then use a T-25 Torx driver to remove the (4) screws holding the headlamp in place.

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Remove headlamp (2 upper screws and 2 lower screws).

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How To Step 16

Use a 1/4“ drive rachet and 10mm socket to remove (3) nuts from your engine cover.

How To Step 17

Use a pliers to remove all clamps from intercooler hose between the intake manifold and intercooler. Twist the intercooler pipe and remove the pipe through the headlamp opening in the radiator support.

How to replace TDI VW Beetle timing belt ALH - step 17

How To Step 18

Drain the coolant from the engine by removing the lower hose from the oil cooler, located just above the oil filter. Then, drain the radiator at the radiator drain knob located on the lower drivers side of the radiator.

How to replace TDI VW Beetle timing belt ALH - step 18