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    Thread: 2003 Passat 1.8t Timing Belt Tensioner

    1. Semi-n00b deutscher_b5's Avatar
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      05-17-2010 03:24 PM #1
      I'm in the process of doing a timing belt change. I am replacing the timing belt tensioner while I'm at it. I need a little clarity on in. The tensioner pulley is just a pulley, correct? The actual tension is applied by the pin it's self when installed - type 3. So when I install the pulley, it should rotate freely and only be limited by the little bracket that restricts it from a full rotation. Is this correct? Also, should I use any type of "locktite" on any of the bolts during the installation of all major components, or feel confident at tightening to the correct torque?
      Last edited by deutscher_b5; 05-17-2010 at 03:38 PM.
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      05-17-2010 03:52 PM #2
      Mr. D,

      This is the AWM 20V Turbo engine so replace the coolant pump as it's driven by the timing belt and is best replaced as a preventive measure. The idler should rotate freely and after install adjusted per the bentley manual. Adjustment is tricky as the directions aren't very clear. Be careful and check the adjustment a few times as a jumped belt on this engine is a bad thing... I did not use thread locker on my AWM when I did the jo b, just followed torque requirements.

      Good Luck.
      Last edited by Andromeda451; 05-17-2010 at 03:55 PM. Reason: accuracy

    3. Semi-n00b deutscher_b5's Avatar
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      05-17-2010 03:58 PM #3
      Andromeda, the engine code is AWM, so yes. I was thinking of using the "blue loctite" as a precautionary measure in my maintenance. I purchased a new coolant pump as well as a few other items that were offered in a kit through ECS. I am going to move forward with the installation. Thank you for your input!
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