My indie says he can change the timing belt without removing the front of the car. Is this possible . If so can the seals etc also be replaced this way. He wants $800 for the job seems high to me.
Or, for more ambitious repairs, you can take the section off entirely and set it aside for better access to components. Clear?
Last edited by PassatFan1; 02-12-2012 at 06:10 PM.
I bought the parts for $285 from ecstuning, which included, timing belt, serpentine belt, tensioner, idle roller, water pump, thermostat, g12 coolant and the seals (might be missing something). COMPARED PRICES FROM EVERYWHERE AND ECSTUNING BY FAR HAD BEST PRICE THAT I FOUND THAT PRICE. Labor cost me $300 which came out too $585 all together. I got a bad as deal!
I bought the parts as well from ECS tunning, should have mentioned that above sorry, Best deal by far. My local shaddy tree wrench want 450 to install. he wont do it the way in the movie above but he still remove the front of the car mosly by keeps the AC hooked up. Its a manly a time intensive job. I would take it on my self, just dont have the time.
I got most everything I needed from rockauto.com It's more expensive kit's out there you can buy with everything included, but being on a budget I found it more economical to research on all the parts needed and order them separately.
It took me 4 full 12hr days to do the job. My car had the dreaded oil leak for some time, so I spent 20 minutes on every part as I dismantled them off the car. The grime build up was so bad. So I spent quite some time just cleaning. Plus not really being a mechanic I was always second guessing my work. I was always checking and rechecking everything as I put it all back together. The manual that I was working with was the Haynes manual. It had most the main torque specs but not on things like the mounting bolts for the mechanical fan pully to engine block. It was a few other specs that I can remember off the top of my head. But the next big job that I do I'll definitely invest on a Bentley manual. BTW can anyone here that has the Bentley look up the specs on the pulley mount bolts for the mechanical fan? I'd like to make sure their snug.
But now that Im all finished, I have a good mechanically sound car. The engine front and top half is clean as a whistle. But I still have to have the back lower half degreased and pressure washed sometime soon. Anyone know of some good degreasers that can cut through the toughest grime build up?
Last edited by PassatFan1; 02-13-2012 at 01:54 PM.
Per the Bentley on page D19-3, you torque the three pulley bolts to 22 ft-lb (30Nm). It says the torque for the viscous coupling is 30 ft-lb (40Nm), but only when used w/ a VW SST open-jaw spanner. I have no idea what it would convert to if you use a socket.
I got my kit from Blauparts, bought the tools from ZD mak and I did the job in one big day, the kit from blauparts is incredibile, it has a step by step homemade instruction manual that tell you all the special care you need to watch out for, it gives you also all the torque specs and bolts size,it has spare bolts that they know they can break off, all kind of good stuff overall. I think that while you are changing the belt you should change all the stuff around it and that's what this kit is.They will rent you the tools if you live in the U.S. I did put the car in the service position, it takes 30 minutes and give you so much more access so you can see what you are doing. Let me know if you need any clues,I was pretty proud of doing this myself. I had gotten an estimate from a local VW shop at 1700.00$ so I had a few spare dollars in case of a glitch.
Hey whats up. I own an '05 Passat V6 wagon and recently had my TB done. I don't know how close you are to Glastonbury, but I called Montessi in Meriden, the Hartford VW, and Langan in Glastonbury. Out of the three, after asking all the right questions, Langan was the only one that didn't seem to be blowing smoke up my @$$. The price was the cheapest, and the service guy explained everything about the job to me. I ended up paying $1,100 for the job, but I needed to get it done; that's my only car, and I was at 75k. I wasn't taking any chances. Anyways, call them up 860-633-0261. I am in no way affiliated with any of these dealers.