|The tiny allen bolt circled here requires either a MetalNerd allen socket, a ball-ended allen socket, or removing the intake manifold. Each solution comes with an extra-large serving of four letter words, free!|
Luckily, the good folks from idparts.com were there to help us out. IDParts takes the frustration out of ordering the myriad of parts needed to service the timing belt on a TDI engine by incorporating it all in one easy to order kit. IDParts has, since 2003, strived to meet the particular needs of TDI owners, who often have difficulty finding the right parts, advice, and service. One of the things that distinguishes IDParts from just ordering parts at the dealer is that they take the effort to ensure you receive quality, tried and true parts. For their timing belt kit, this means a metal impeller water pump (instead of plastic), a genuine Litens tensioner, and a Dayco timing belt, which combined with the rest of the kit, allows for an extended 100,000 mile service intervals (versus 80,000). Since the TDI engine is an interference engine (the valves can contact the pistons), inferior parts should never be installed here. IDParts also provides the option for replacement injection pump bolts that are not TTY like the OEM ones are. The use of TTY bolts on an adjustable sprocket remain an absolute mystery to us, but at least VW fixed the problem by later changing to regular bolts. That, or the surplus bolts in Germany must have been used up.
|Our IDParts.com timing belt kit updated us to 100,000 mile intervals, and took the headache out of ensuring we got all of the parts necessary for the job.|
|IDParts made sure to provide us with a water pump that had a metal impeller instead of plastic.|
|A new Litens tensioner is an absolute must when servicing the timing belt on these cars. Other tensioners have been known to fail early, usually taking the timing belt with them.|