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    Thread: Water pump pulley removal tool

    1. Member snowyroads's Avatar
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      11-22-2011 05:41 PM #1
      Hi everyone. im in a bit of trouble after purchasing the PS pump/ water pump pulley removal tool.

      $40 bucks from parts place inc. and it's not what i was hoping for. right away i realized it was too small. took it out to the garage and my fears were confirmed.

      I know there's other pulley removal tools out there, they even look larger than mine in diameter but it may just be photo trickery.

      I have no access to air tools or impact ratchets.

      Ive tried the vice grip and old v-belt trick with no luck. I need the pulley off to change my timing belt on the diesel.


      Please help.


      are these 6pt bolts even the correct WP bolts? i thought they were allen head bolts like the crank pulley bolts



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      11-22-2011 05:48 PM #2
      so you've tried just holding it with channel lock vice grips over it (using a rag or rubber to keep it from scratching)?
      if you can lock the grips in place, then rotate the pulley so the grips are jammed against the block or something, the bolts still won't come loose?

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      11-22-2011 05:55 PM #3
      remove the whole water pump?

      I know it requires draining the coolant but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do

      I have the ability of someone being able to make whatever I need as far as tools go. I think the one you have is for the allen bolts.

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      11-22-2011 06:01 PM #4
      maybe if u put it all back together and then pull down or push up on the v belt while u try and loosen the waterpump bolts it will loosen up, thats how i have always done it and i don't have any funky weird pulley loosener. and i've done that on 3 different cars with different accessory brackets, also its odd u have power steering on a mk1 neat
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      11-22-2011 06:19 PM #5
      Thanks for the replies. I will certainly try to hook everything back up and do the tension it up tight trick.

      Trevor, i dont have ps pump on dis bizatch. The tool says its for the ps/water pumps. 1977 to 92 vw water cooled engines.

      Im too afraid to go with the vice grip on the pulley trick as i used it on my old PS pulley for the cabby when i removed the power steering system. See below:




      I do have a hand impact wrench, one used with a hammer. Ill give that a shot after i bolt everything back up.

      I did read that i could pull the whole pump off but i think thats a bit too much work at this point.

      Thanks again guys. Much appreciated
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      11-22-2011 06:43 PM #6
      one wrench and one ratchet thats all you should need. One to hold and one to unlock.

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      11-22-2011 06:44 PM #7
      soak them with pb blaster give the heads a little tap with a hammer

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      11-22-2011 06:46 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Trev0rBr View Post
      maybe if u put it all back together and then pull down or push up on the v belt while u try and loosen the waterpump bolts it will loosen up, thats how i have always done it and i don't have any funky weird pulley loosener. and i've done that on 3 different cars with different accessory brackets, also its odd u have power steering on a mk1 neat
      The belt thing does work, and as far as power steering on a mk 1 pretty much all cabbys and sciroccos after 81 had p/s

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      11-22-2011 07:27 PM #9
      i've done the vice grip route before. works. just bend it back and sand any nicks in the pulley if any.

      using a swift turning movement seems to help too. i've also held it with the pulley belt to loosen the bolts.

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      11-22-2011 08:43 PM #10
      The torque on the water pump pulley bolts is only 15 ft-lbs.

      I have used a large flat blade screwdriver between the hub and one of the bolts to keep the pulley from rotating while loosening each of the bolts at a time.

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    11. 11-22-2011 11:33 PM #11
      Made this from a Rabbit AC pulley. Make the handle long enough so that it will wedge on something.


      Last edited by chickenfriend; 11-22-2011 at 11:41 PM.

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      11-22-2011 11:38 PM #12
      Nice welding job. Looks like some of my homebuilt tools. For my WP pulley I've always used a strap wrench. Leaves no bite marks.

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