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    Thread: Timing Belt Tensioner: Extended, will it compress?

    1. Member notldubber's Avatar
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      07-12-2010 12:42 PM #1
      I pulled the head off the Girlfriends car to replace the valve stem seals. I did not compress the timing belt tensioner because I did not have a M5 studd w/nut to clamp the effer down with.

      My question is: Will it compress again? Or do i have to buy a new one

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      07-12-2010 01:26 PM #2
      if the head is off, take off the tensioner with the 3 bolts...use either a big C clamp or some kind of large vise, and compress it again...take a small brad nail or pin of equiv. size, and put it through the hole on the tensioner body, and through the piston, so that it holds it down...put the tensioner back on the block..release the pin after you put the belt on
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    3. 07-12-2010 01:28 PM #3
      It will compress, but i dunno how old is your tensioner if i where you just get a new one.. Anyways, the easiest way to do it is put the tensioner on a vice and then slowly compress it and it will go down.. Do it slowly!! When you compress each time wait till three seconds and compress it again till you see the eyelet hole then put the pin key or lil allen key will do the trick...
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      07-12-2010 02:19 PM #4
      It is new, the timing belt was done within 10 000km.

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      07-12-2010 02:29 PM #5
      this happend to me and i wrapped a rag around it to protect the texture from scratches and used a vise to compress the spring and then re-inserted the pin. it is possible and very easy...good luck

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      07-12-2010 02:29 PM #6
      There is a "special tool" that vw uses, it is a screw with a threaded washer...there is a hole in front of the tensioner and you put the screw in that and use the roller as a point of leverage so the head has to be on (mine wasn't lol) then with the threaded washer you spin with your fingers compress a little bit and wait compress a little bit etc.

      You might be able to go to the dealership and buy one or ask a tech to borrow one.

    7. 07-12-2010 03:33 PM #7
      I bolted mine to the block (with the head off) and used a quick grip clamp to compress it. Worked great, no worries about damage because of the rubber feet.


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      07-15-2010 09:46 AM #8
      You guys are window lickers you reuse your hydro tensioner! Seriously tho, that thing is a stupidly weak link in the timing belt system. Call up issam @ INA and get your selves a mechanical 16v kit with the proper size washer. It's only 65 buck total iirc. No need to ever buy a pos hydro tensioner AND the roller tension again. Iirc both of those are over 160 buck together.
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    9. 01-15-2012 08:17 AM #9
      can it be done with the head on, and bolted to the block?
      can it just be done unbolted from the block?
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    10. 02-13-2012 02:05 PM #10
      i ended up unbolting it from the block and resetting it in a vice. it works just fine.
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      02-13-2012 02:08 PM #11
      I will never use a hydro tensioner again. I've seen what they look like after not that many miles.

      What a POS part.

      I'm all for takin a trip down memory lane and putting an old 16v tensioner on every car I ever work on.
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